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Vlad V. is the author of THE BUTTON, YORICK and BRACHMAN'S UNDERWORLD. His novella THE SLEEP ARTIST was published in Insanity Tales, a collection of dark fiction, in October 2014 (Books & Boos Press).
His first kids' book, THE MOON IS DEAD!, was released in January 2015.
An editor, publishing consultant, freelance writer, and former newspaper correspondent for the Lowell Sun and Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, his work can be viewed at www.TheVlad.net. His books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and Smashwords.com.
Vlad has appeared on A Newbie's Guide to Publishing, Sci-fi Saturday Night, Queen City Kamikaze (panelist), New England Authors Expo, Indie Author News, Open Book Society, Yahoo! Shine, Cool Roots (performer), Rooted (performer), Strange Amusements, Digital Journal and at many more websites, blogs, bookstores, and libraries. Please see his growing list of credits below.
Vlad was raised in Groton, Massachusetts and now resides in Lowell, Massachusetts with his wife, Jordana. He received an Associates Degree in Journalism from Middlesex Community College, and after a few years of freelance writing, decided to go back to school. He is now a proud member of the National Honor Society at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he is studying History and English.
Dale T. Phillips
on Aug. 28, 2012 :
Delilah Brachman is having a tough time. First, she gets killed. Then her problems get worse.
Folks, that is a great way to start a book, as is done here. After her sudden and unexpected death, Delilah plunges into the hideous underworld of an “In-Betweener” afterlife, where people await judgment while trying to dodge demons and deadly foes. Delilah has made terrible life choices, and is destined for a rough ride on the “Tuesday Train,” one of the worst judgment transports.
But Delilah is a fighter, and makes her way through her new nightmare, finding unlikely allies and opponents alike, as she tries to unravel the secret to her fate. If you're killed in this underworld, you're dead for all time, and there are plenty of ways for that to happen. Delilah becomes a pawn in an unholy war between powerful forces, and she must evade the clutches of murderous minions.
The author begins with a tough proposition, a totally unlikeable lead character. Stay with her, though, because her struggle is worthwhile. And the descriptions of the underworld are worth the read, as the author skillfully appeals to all the senses. This is a place of moral and physical darkness, alive with the filth of decay and evil. The book gives many eerie echoes of Stephen King, in a very good way.
Because of the realistic manner in which the horrors are presented, it will not appeal to casual readers of tamer fare. But if you're a horror aficionado, you will enjoy it. Might even give you a few nightmares—a good thing in this genre.
(reviewed the day of purchase)