Lie Canthropy

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What mystical force is released by the twirls and undulations of a dancing girl? And what power does she exert over a captive audience in a town built on secrets? Is it worth the soul of a child? Learn the terrible truth; read "Lie Canthropy".

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Published: July 16, 2011
Words: 4,560
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465796455
About Jerry McKinney

With the influences of King and Barker, Jerry McKinney lets loose his imagination upon the world. A normal man with a demented mind.

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Reviews

Review by: Leslie Whitaker on March 05, 2012 : star star star star star
The secrets that a small town can hide... Mr. McKinney has written a very different kind of werewolf story. The focus not being on the werewolf so much, but what is best for the town regardless of cost. The ending gave me a shiver as the image was so clearly shown. An awesome read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tiffiny Sarradet on March 02, 2012 : star star star star star
This isn't a story; it's an experience!

Less than two pages into this, I blinked and realized I was staring at the last sentence. The world just disappeared! There were no other tabs, no sounds, no pets twitching in their sleep - I forgot to even smoke. I can't remember how long it's been since I lost myself in another world so completely. I take that back; it was during the Song of Ice and Fire series about 6 years ago.

BRAVO, McKinney! Now that I'm done raving, the actual story...

Obviously, this an engrossing tale. We're treated to an extremely limited environment (could use a little more in that arena now that I think on it) that is so enriched by colorful characters and mystery, we begin to feel part of it somehow. Maybe we're the fly on the wall or the beaten down hat atop Mack's incredulous eyebrows.

Mack seems pretty accepting of Joe's tale, especially for the curious fellow he's originally portrayed as. However, what many readers would see as a flaw, I see as further evidence of McKinney's innate ability to capture our imaginations. It's possible Mack just isn't very bright. It's also possible these characters live in a reality where such things have been known to happen before. Who wants a character who's completely consistent (aka predictable) anyway?

I admire this author a great deal, having now read three of his stories that seem to have all come from different heads. It's rare to come across someone so creative they don't even have a comfort zone, much less do they confine themselves to one. McKinney's voice is unique, bold, and mesmerizing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jackie Williams on Feb. 26, 2012 : star star star star star
Small towns have secrets, some have creepy secrets.
A totally engrossing story! Another great!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: JENNIFER THOMAS on Feb. 01, 2012 : star star star star star
Wonderfully written story about a town and it's people who have a lot to bear. Characters that you will love, hate and be curious about. Highly recommended read for lovers of mystery, horror and the unknown.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: JENNIFER THOMAS on Feb. 01, 2012 : star star star star star
Wonderfully written story about a town and it's people who have a lot to bear. Characters that you will love, hate and be curious about. Highly recommended read for lovers of mystery, horror and the unknown.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: vix kirkpatrick on Jan. 24, 2012 : star star star star star
if the merit of a horror story can be measured by the amount of bile you have to swallow back down then this hits the top spot!
how can you gush when you have a mouthful of that... drool maybe?!
riveted from the first paragraph I almost fell in love with the old barber...
the build up for the little girl was amazing, all the villagers etc... so the ending was a real shock... which apart from the snappy writing style seems to be Jerry forte!! a shock ending.. you really dont see them coming!
as always... please write a longer novel!!! I would love to entertained by you for days instead of hours!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Malina Roos on Jan. 22, 2012 : star star star star star
Wow. What a fabulous story. A mysterious girl makes a weekly trip to the local butcher shop. A curious man wants to know why and the secrets begin to unfold. Jerry McKinney has a way with words and imagery that makes you want to be a part of his dark and twisted mind. I am impressed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sandy on Jan. 15, 2012 : star star star star star
Thank you Jerry for creeping me out again with another one of your fantastic short stories! I don't know which one of your stories is my favorite. This small town was going along fine until all of the little twisted elements came into play and I was like wow, you done it again!! I'm visualizing Mayberry (small town, close neighbors)while reading this book and now, Mayberry will never be the same to me.

Mack is quietly working in a barber shop keeping Joe company while doing the grunt work and out of the corner of his eye, he sees the little girl who makes her weekly trip to the butcher shop. Mack is so curious about this wild child with the pink jacket who runs into town weekly to buy from the butcher that he becomes obsessed with tracking her down. Joe ends up telling Mack the history of the town and why they have the Full Moon Dances and this is where the story gets interesting. I'm not giving the story away, but a great story line here. What happens at the dances and what if you don't attend? Mack's quest for the pink jacket girl is revealed when he discovers he is part of the group of 6 which keeps the curse at bay.

I love Jerry's choice of words and his dialogue with the characters make the book feel so realistic. "Tangled hair bounced with each step, her dirty face only cleaned by the tracks of tears." (little girl)

I will definitely read this book again and share it with others - creepy and mysterious.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emma Audsley on Dec. 28, 2011 : star star star star
One of my favourite reads of 2011....buy it & dive in head first, you won't regret it!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rafael Lopez on Aug. 01, 2011 : star star star star
Jerry McKinney wrote a wonderfully mysterious, suspenseful, and at times gruesome story that leaves you seeking answers until the end. A very good tale of horror that is unique to any werewolf stories I know of.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jeremiah Coe on July 31, 2011 : star star star star
I can't say much that other reviewers haven't already. I can say that I am a die hard werewolf fan and I expect a lot out of the stories I read. In Lie Canthropy Jerry McKinney delievered everything I hoped for and more. I can not suggest this book high enough, treat yourself, buy it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Aline Iniestra on July 20, 2011 : star star star star star
Enchantment, mystery, beauty, fear, darnkess, and I dare say fantasy are some of the wonderful things conveyed by author Jerry McKinney in this story. It is beautiful horror where the story and characters (dwelling in several situations and worlds)will grab you by the heart and soul and take you through a journey of wonderful imagery, events and experience. Innocence and evil are two things you will have to live in the story, and your deepest emotions will be knocked down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Alycia Derrick on July 18, 2011 : star star star star star
In the old style of a gripping Stephen King novel, Lie Canthropy grips you from the first moments you step into McKinneys' world. Amazingly told, the author paints a gripping, mysterious, chilling tale that allows us readers to dive into his world and see these characters from the inside out. The beauty of a child is hard to paint in a haunting light, but McKinney does it well. Mysterious and gripping, I highly recommend this read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lori R. Lopez on July 16, 2011 : star star star star star
BEAUTIFUL AND MYSTERIOUS

The graceful moves and lovely-grotesque changes of the child hold residents of a small community spellbound. They live in awe of her, in fear and ignorance, and blame her for the residents who die after full moons. This is a tale of loathing and wonder, of mysteries and transformations, well told by the talented author Jerry McKinney. It describes a simple town harboring secrets and a dark truth. Why do the people view the girl with fear and hate, yet when she dances they are enchanted? What keeps her apart from them? These answers are revealed in "Lie Canthropy", a mystical tale of terror. Read it and you, too, will be captivated!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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