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Chastity Bream doesn't dance anymore. She also can't walk, speak or think. She's fed through a tube, turned twice a day and left alone in her bed. That is except for him - the one in her closet, who comes out to tend to her needs. And his.

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ISBN: 9781458061898
About John Paul Allen

John Paul Allen is the author of Gifted Trust and Monkey Love as well as a number of short stories his mother is not allowed to read. He lives near his girlfreind, Lisa, in the Nashville area with his dogs Tom, Jerry, and his Sun Conure, Tika. He does not advocate violence against anyone human or of the animal kingdom unless there's a good story involved.

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Review by: Valarie Hudgins on March 13, 2014 :
Really bad, not even worth $1.00.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: MoratGurgeh on Aug. 18, 2013 :
Genuinely creepy.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jeanette Hornby on Dec. 20, 2012 :
A short, creepy and enthralling story. The development of the main character and situation was strangely enjoyable. A good read.
(review of free book)

Review by: D.G. Gass on Dec. 02, 2012 :
Morbid, sick, twisted, warped, bizarre. Words that come to mind after finishing John Paul Allen’s “House Guest“. And one other word comes to mind as well, excellent.

Told through the vantage point of the stories protagonist, an antihero that has taken up residence in Chasity Bream’s closet, John Paul Allen pushes social norms, acceptability and boundaries in, “House Guest“. A first person telling of a secret lover’s observations and desires as he lays in wait for when he can be alone with the object of his desire, who is now in a vegetative state. And that desire isn’t solely focused on her.

The author cleverly leads his readers into (what many would consider) the delusional mind of his protagonist as he envisions himself as some type of heroic lover. Allen’s attention to detail to scenes that would offend one’s sensibility, adds to the spine chilling effect of the story.

As a reader, I found “House Guest” disturbing on so many levels, which resonated long after I finished the story. That and the willingness of the author to push beyond the safe and acceptable conventions of story telling are the reasons that I thoroughly enjoyed my first reading of this author. It’s a dark, macabre and well written story.

Note: In all senses, this is a bizarre and disturbing story involving rape. While I enjoyed the story and found no glorification or romanticizing of rape, I wouldn’t recommend it to younger readers.
(review of free book)

Review by: Paul Ruyle on Aug. 15, 2011 :
Houseguest Review by Paul Ruyle

I read houseguest as an invitation from a friend whom once served in no small way as a person who helped to save my life. Both he and his wife came to my aid unrequested, when no one else was able or willing to. Many months later, through no fault of anyone, we were all but totally out of contact. And then this message came in suggesting I read Houseguest. Taking the fact of this being a rare interaction with a couple I know to be of only the sincerest high quality in life I jumped in.

I was not ready for what I found. I am a busy person with aspergers. I CRAVE information and entertainment in all forms, but really prefer it to arrive at a pace that is compatible with my way of thinking both in terms of subtle observations, awareness of the multifaceted connections that sounds, smells and even lighting have upon my perception of the world as well as NOT being something that is a mere rehashing of what has gone past my senses before. To be short; I am just not all that in to trendy rechauffe.

But this is not about me. It is about John Paul Allen’s story. It is simply a love story, and one of the type of an atypical point of view in life that is not easily described by me without needing more space than this one affords me.

Chastity Bream is the handicapped woman in this tale. The details of her condition are not important; for we all at times are either labeled or otherwise perceived as being something that is defined. Something that is known and easily classified to the outside world; based on our outward appearances. Supposedly she is a brain dead body who is fed via tubes and might as well be dead. For all practical purposes miss Bream little more than a human nutrient consumption and waste production factory. But as they saying goes, appearances can be VERY deceptive.

The love interest for Chastity is our hero , though many mainstream thinkers may not define the man in this wonderful and captivating story as such. He is someone who I feel in many ways lives inside of me. Passionate, intelligent, VERY observant and more than able to put the needs of others happiness above his own.

And here is where the Authors uncanny ability to express observations in a way that I frequently do think but almost never state comes to play. Take this example of how the this heroic lover, whilst secretively hidden away among the parents of the disabled Chastity closet and other camouflage accoutrements, observes what is for millions an accurate depiction of the subtle cruelty of a ho hum relationship whereupon the sex act has become more of a duty, or even a chore, than the electrifying, sweaty and deliciously messy activities that unusually precede something as long term as a marriage. John Paul Allen writes: “They never made love, though at times they’d join long enough for Herb (The Father of Chastity) to fill her”.

Those sixteen words express in a deceptively simple way the vast wasteland and sick depression involved where love, meaning LIFE, is allowed to dwindle down to a flickering candle when a raging fire of romance once roared!

Fortunately for Chastity Bream, that is a fate that will NEVER befall her. Not as long as THE HOUSEGUEST is part of the picture. There is a shocking developmental twists amid the story that I will not ruin herein. The type of thing where you THINK you know where this is all going, only to find you have been DELICIOUSLY fooled, and the mistaken comfort of your perception as to the story’s progression leaves your world turned inside out, upside down, and no where close to what you expected! Suffice it to say to all the lonely and / or poorly attended ladies and wives out there, perhaps wondering when their knight in shining armor will arrive to satiate them, that you just never know from where or when a REAL man will arrive to rescue you from your unfulfilled desires. Filled with tastefully rendered though very graphic images of the acts of murder, love and even the pleasures of having more than one partner and yet still deeply loving each of them, the houseguest will TRULY leave you wanting much more! Surely more than has now been revealed…. Note to the Author: As for me, John Paul Allen, I am anxiously awaiting further tales from the goings on at the Quinley Convalescent Home… Thank you! Review by Paul Ruyle 8-15-11
(review of free book)

Review by: Greg Fewer on May 30, 2011 :
While I was thrown off a little by the baseball metaphors in the opening paragraph (I don't live in the United States for one thing, and the way in which the metaphors were being used by the protagonist in this first-person narrative seemed extraordinarily flippant), I very much enjoyed Houseguest. It is a darkly humorous and tightly written look at the assumptions and justifications of a deranged young man as seen from his point of view.
(review of free book)

Review by: Benjamin X. Wretlind on May 23, 2011 :
Very well written and very creepy with an ending I didn't expect (and I did expect a lot of different endings).
(review of free book)

Review by: Daniel Russell on April 03, 2011 :
A very well thought out story. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Horror on a more intimate level.
(review of free book)

Review by: tabby lewis on March 19, 2011 :
I don't have much time to properly review this, but I wanted to say this story is so creepy, kinda makes u want to check your house...thoroughly! Privy to some info, I know how this story came to be and I amazed to what it turned out to be! I still say that the plot could have easily been a book instead of a short story. I'm on to Monkey Love, which I have great expectations for!
(review of free book)

Review by: heather czaja on March 13, 2011 :
Delightfully creepy! I loved this story and was only disappointed by the character names (kinda old-fashion). I get the nod wink humor or the daughters name but still...
(review of free book)

Review by: Blaze McRob on March 13, 2011 :
Absurdity is what makes this story what it is: how the hell is it going to end? Isn't that what a story is supposed to do? This one does exactly that. Excellent writing! I will read more of your twisted stories, John.
(review of free book)

Review by: Ernest Winchester on March 12, 2011 :
The first few pages were rather confusing. A re-read helped a little but… And so many things remained inconsistent, bordering on absurd. But the reader must make allowances. Beyond all that, it was a rather good, though somewhat baffling, story.
(review of free book)

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