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Jeremy Bishop has, by all outward appearances, lived a normal life. He grew up in a nice home, in a friendly seaside town. But, as is often, the pleasant facade seen at first glance conceals a darker side. Throughout childhood and early teen years he encountered malevolent entities that whisked in and out of rooms, moved furniture and haunted his dreams.
At second glance, the seaside town was only miles from where the puritans tortured innocent women and hung them as witches, a history and culture that permeated the area. A closer inspection of the nice house revealed past evils of previous owners—bullet holes in windows and a five foot square, red, white and black Swastika painted on the basement wall—a basement that terrified Bishop and his two brothers, even as adults.
He processed these encounters through drawings of monsters and devils, expunging horrible images from his mind. As an adult, he continues to expel the monsters of his childhood through his novels, the first of which, TORMENT, is based on a dream. Enter the mind of Jeremy Bishop if you dare. Share his nightmares. Experience the fear that shaped his life. You may never be the same.
on April 13, 2011 :
I am not a critic, a writer or one to think my opinion is superior to others. I am a reader. I read for pleasure & my pleasure is fear. The darker, scarier & more out of the box a book is, the more I tend to love it. Years ago I was haunted by a D. Koontz novel, The Taken. As I started reading this one I thought, ok so this is gonna be like that, cool. Well, it is, kinda...but darker, scarier...& not such a feel good story when you got right down to it. For that reason, I loved it. It was well worth my 3 bucks. I have no complaints. It engaged me from the very beginning & I was almost out of breathe, racing from page to page...like I was running with them. Thoroughly enjoyed it, my only regret is that I can't read it again & get that feeling back, well, at least not for a few years :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Feb. 15, 2011 :
There's nothing quite like a good zombie tale mixed with a shot of apocalypse, and Torment hooked me at first. It began as original, fast-paced, and had a lot of twists and turns that kept me reading. The storyline is utterly unique, the prose is direct, and the characters are more or less believable, despite some unlikely interactions (but hey, that CAN add to good fiction, right?).
Unfortunately the story stumbled about halfway through and didn't get back up. The characters, which at first can be forgiven for lacking depth since it's the beginning of the book, didn't develop resonance later on. I didn't have any emotional reactions when characters are iced one by one, for instance. The human aspects of Torment are forgotten in favor of gratuitous action.
While I really enjoyed the first half, I was disappointed by the second half. I think Bishop would do well to pull this book down and reissue it once the kinks are worked out.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 16, 2010 :
This is an interesting book. Written by an established author under a pen name, it is a departure of a sort from his normal fare. It is his first horror novel. Like some of his past work however, there are religious overtones and questions about God and faith. The horror in this book is supernatural. This is not a zombie novel. If you are looking for a Romero type zombie novel, this isn't it. If you are looking for a supernatural apocalypse, this is what you want.
Ultimately, the action of the story is one long chase scene. The beginning act of the book nicely establishes the main character and then . . . the chase scene begins and lasts until the very end of the book. It's a long chase, and Jeremy tries to keep it interesting, but there are parts that simply go on too long.
While this appears to be a stand alone novel, there are unanswered questions in this book that leave it open for a sequel. Personally, I don't think it needs any follow up. The unanswered questions are best left to the reader.
So. I said it was interesting, but is it any good? Is it enjoyable?
Yes, it's good read but not great. I enjoyed it. I don't want to say the book drags, but man, that is one long chase with lots of running. I skipped some of the running, and enjoyed the book more for it.
Good characters, good action, good ideas.
Give it a try.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)