Mark Richard Masters was born in Northern California, but his family moved to Oregon when he was very young. After they finally settled down in a very small town, his family fractured. Shortly after that Mark began to write. For many years he would alternate between writing and not. Finally he decided to try to make money off of his hobby.
on May 30, 2013 :
An interesting concept but that's about the only thing I can praise about this story. Even ignoring the punctuation errors, I thought this was a classic exercise in how to tell a story in the blandest way possible. No description, characterisation, atmosphere or imagery... The tale is mostly told through dialogue, which need not be a bad thing except that the dialogue here is as lifeless as a brick.
The vocabulary is lacklustre and repetitive (eg 'jotting down notes'). We aren't even told how old Tom is.
Even the story seems illogical - Tom thinks he's killed at least fifteen people, why hasn't he had his eyes checked out before? Why did the psychologist ask his wife to remove Tom's spectacles instead of doing it himself?
And the final couple of lines, it seems so contrived that Tom has to enquire who Peggy was just so Wiemer can then disclose the revelation.
Sorry to sound so negative, I just thought the whole story was very weak.
(review of free book)