Broken Escalator

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
Broken Escalator is a surrealist horror novel by Christopher Munroe, where mechanical failure spirals quickly out of control and human nature is discovered to be by turns nobler and more brutal than anyone could imagine. Or at least, than anyone would like to admit… More

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About Christopher Munroe

Christopher Munroe is an actor/author/comedian from Calgary, Canada, where he lives, works, writes and spends too much time on Twitter with his girlfriend Kat and their puppy, Rusty. While he’s a prolific and occasionally podcasted author of short and flash fiction, Broken Escalator is his first novel and, having spent months of his life working on it, he now finds himself mildly nervous every time he’s inside a mall…

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Review by: Kimberly Gould on Feb. 8, 2013 :
Broken escalator is an eerie crossing of an otherworldly fantasy, like the Wizard of Oz, with the Lord of the Flies. This book can't be shelved anywhere but horror, and please put it with the most psychologically twisted in the category, thank you. The only reason I don't give this book five stars is that it has scarred me to landmark I must visit every week. That and the small hand-holding I needed to make it to chapter three. It was hard to swallow that first moment when people look at the broken escalator and don't just walk down as happens every other time the darn things stop working. I had faith, recognized the signs that something 'odd' was at work, and plowed on. I'm very glad I did.

For his first full-length novel, Christopher has provided a wonderful offering, one that should not be sacrificed with a ceremonial dagger on the Chapters counter, but shared in a less destructive way. I'm not a horror reader by nature, but I enjoyed the chilling scenes, the psychotic characters, and the pure evil that existed in this book. Rarely do authors get so clear a mission as to have good triumph over evil, but here it is!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Chris Willott on Jan. 14, 2013 :
I'll never look at West Edmonton Mall in the same way again. It was really a page-turner, and a fun romp into the author's crazed imagination.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Hammed Al-Tamimi on Nov. 25, 2012 :
The story was very beautifully written and imagined, but I must admit, that what I loved the most and what really got my attention was how smart the author is, I love an author who goes deep and makes you think.

The beginning paragraphs are true hooks.
Good luck and wish you the best.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Kat Fullerton on Sep. 27, 2012 :
After reading this often hilarious yet genuinely terrifying urban nightmare, you'll never look at an escalator the same way again.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Olav Rokne on Sep. 25, 2012 :
Christopher Munroe's pithy prose and well-rounded characters make this odd tale of urban mayhem a must-read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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