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Gone to See the River Man Kindle Edition
--Bryan Smith, author of Depraved
"Kristopher Triana pens the most violent, depraved tales with the craft and care of a poet describing a sunset, only the sunset has been eviscerated, and dismembered, and it is screaming."
--Wrath James White, author of The Resurrectionist
- ASIN : B085W6B9ZL
- Publisher : Cemetery Dance Publications (March 12, 2020)
- Publication date : March 12, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 340 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 182 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1941918727
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,325 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lori has been corresponding with Edmund, a brutal rapist/serial killer whose magic is as black as the grave...
While visiting Edmund in prison and pampering him with cheese doodles and yoo-hoo, Edmund sends Lori on a quest...
He asks her to travel to the valley of Killen along the Hollow River to his family's shack... the shack "they" never knew about and...
...get the old key from a chest in the shack and take the key to the River Man who lives in a shack on the opposite side of the river...
Edmund tells Lori that there's only 2 places to find peace... the woods and the grave... and she must always finish what she starts...
Lori loves Edmund and wants to gain his trust and love so she packs up her disabled sister and herself to fulfill his quest...
When they arrive at the trailhead to the river they meet a tall man dressed in a black suit and tie who tells them they can't go empty handed to see the River Man....
On the trail the girls meet a black man, Buzz Fledderjohn, who asks if they are lost... Buzz tells them the ghost story of the River Man...
With the reluctant help of Buzz and his little boat, the three follow the old wooden sign reading: INTO THE HOLLOW...
This was a very riveting story that I couldn't put down. I would classify this tale as a southern gothic horror and a good one I might add. It has the feel of another superb novel, WICKED TEMPER by Randy Thornhorn.
There is no scarcity of works, both fiction and non-fiction, about people, female and male, becoming enamored, even sexually and romantically, by real-life serial killers. Such delusional attraction is the basis of Kristopher Triana’s recently released GONE TO SEE THE RIVER MAN (2020). Triana, however, takes his story to far different and more very terrifying places than most.
Thirty-nine-year-old Lori’s “interest in true crime books and documentaries was a hobby turned obsession. It was her one escape from the dullness of her own reality, the emptiness of everyday life… Killers, of all people, made her feel alive.” Her hobby leads her to a fascination with an imprisoned Edmund Cox—a killer of twenty-one young females he has brutally raped and mutilated. Beginning with letters to Cox—letters to which she receives answers and which become more and more explicit—to visitations with the intense and “very masculine” killer in Varden Prison, Lori begins to feel a bond with the man—a bond that begins to become an obsession. Cox demands Lori go to his shack, his “sanctum,” in Killen, “a rural river town with a population under five hundred” and retrieve a key, not for him, but to take to a “mystery man,” known as the “River Man” who lives further down river from Cox’s long-hidden abode. It is Lori’s chance to prove herself and come out ahead of Cox’s other female admirers. On the trek to the hovel, Lori takes her older, brain damaged sister, Abby, as she cannot be left alone and leaving her with anyone else would be mortifying for her. But nothing is as horrifying as the excursion the two sisters find themselves upon through isolated, wild, rugged terrain in search of Cox’s dilapidated cabin and key—and their attempt to find the River Man.
Triana, author of eight novels, is known for his ability to write some very mesmerizing, startling, and at times gruesome fiction. FULL BRUTAL (2018) is a prime and unforgettable example. In GONE TO SEE THE RIVER MAN Triana displays a greater depth and variety to his writing than ever before, with superb character development, command of an evocative and unsettling setting, and carefully crafted technique.
The suspense the author creates in the work is exceptional. Triana cleverly intersperses his chronicle of the two sisters in the woods with letters previously written by Lori and Cox bringing to life in first person the escalating relationship between the two. More dramatically, the author inserts flashbacks detailing Lori’s history with her parents and especially with Abby and their younger brother Pete. There are only a minimal number of additional, exceptionally well-drawn characters who appear in the novel along with intriguing, haunting, atmospheric moments of southern blues music.
With each revelation Triana provides, the story becomes darker; petrifying secrets are revealed and the novel becomes more foreboding as does the two women’s foray through the wilderness to a fate unknown but most likely pernicious.
The concluding pages of GONE TO SEE THE RIVER MAN ooze with incredible malevolence as the truth about the River Man as well as Cox and Lori’s fate are spelled out in startling, disturbing detail. Readers will close the novel’s cover in amazement of the disturbing journey Kristopher Triana has taken them. For lovers of horror, GONE TO SEE THE RIVER MAN is a well written, captivating, modern apex of the genre.
At 70% through this book, I told myself I’d sleep, and finish reading in the morning. That didn’t happen, as I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So, I finished it all in one evening, and I’m not sorry. This story grabbed me and did not let go. It’s heavy. At one point, I felt like I was going to choke on the emotion within its pages. I mean that as a compliment to the author in every way. I want books to make me feel, no matter the emotion, and this one left my shoulders heavy with the weight of grief, shame, and guilt.
Kristopher Triana has developed a strong cast of characters in this novel, but none leave an impact like Lori. No spoilers here—let me just tell you that I felt complicit in her actions, as I looked on, unable to turn away. This book went beyond my expectations based on the synopsis. The “River Man” and every other character will linger in my mind for some time to come. This story is terrifying in its portrayal of humanity. It’s saturated with secrets and shame, all of which take a toll on the characters as well as the reader. This book is an experience in the best sense of the word.
While I found some of the scenes to be gut-wrenching and uncomfortable, none of the content ever felt gratuitous. There’s depth and intent to this story. I love how it alternates between past and present in a seamless fashion, giving the reader a glimpse into the characters’ past, but only in small doses. As you read, you peel back the layers of the past. On the surface, this seems like a tale of obsession, but what begins as such becomes so much more. Delving into the characters’ motives and their psychological damage kept me hanging onto every word.
This was my first read from Triana, and what an introduction! The horror of humanity is often more frightening than any creatures one can conjure with the mind. This book is heartbreaking and haunting from beginning to end, and has claimed a spot on my Best of 2020 list.
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Excellently written. Very visual but not overly so, i had a clear image in my head of the happenings (where's that MiB pen to erase my memory!) but they didnt bog down or hamper the story being told.
Do yourself a favour and dive into the river that is this tale. But don't look to hard, you may see The River Man.