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Siren Promised Kindle Edition
An Illustrated novel by Alan M. Clark and Jeremy Robert Johnson.
A young woman sets out to break her addictions and the destructive cycle of generations of abuse, but the world around her has other plans. To save herself and the daughter she loves, she must battle addiction, the demons within, men who are barely human, and the weight of generations of darkness.
"Siren Promised is a tale of addiction and legacy and rebirth. It is spontaneous and compelling. Dark, sordid characters, bound together like weaving vines of a bog rose. A haunting tale that will surprise you constantly. I recommend it highly."
-- Cemetery Dance Weekly
"Siren Promised is a page-turner. Johnson and Clark are masters of their crafts and have turned in a gripping, frightening piece of work that shows that real life, the people we know, and we ourselves can be more horrifying than any made-up monster or ghoul."
--Verbicide--This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
"I have just one word for you - DAMN! By the time I was done reading Iwas wondering about the purpose in my own life; they left me with anemptiness I didn't even know existed."-- HORROR-WEB.COM
"What makes Siren Promised such a towering achievement is the rare skill that both men possess totransform their personal experiences into a work of such visionarypower. It's harrowing, it's horrific, it's moving, and it'smesmerizing."-- SIMON CLARK, From the Introduction
"Siren Promised is a page-turner. Johnson and Clark are masters of their crafts..."-- VERBICIDE
"Siren Promised is a tale of addiction and legacy and rebirth. It is spontaneous andcompelling. Dark, sordid characters, bound together like weaving vinesof a bog rose. A haunting tale that will surprise you constantly. Irecommend it highly."-- CEMETERY DANCE WEEKLY
- ASIN : B005QSS5PS
- Publisher : IFD Publishing (September 28, 2011)
- Publication date : September 28, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 3045 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 176 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,348,579 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Before Angie can leave for her old home, her friend Stacy talks her into attending a rave, "just to dance". But Cypher is there, waiting for Angie. He corners her, forces some bad LSD into her mouth and rapes her. Angie manages to escape, injuring Cypher in the process, only to stumble into the woods where the drugs render her senseless. In her fugue, Angie has visions of Kaya dying.
With the bad drugs still running rampant through her brain, Angie must get herself together and find the money to get home immediately. Her fear for Kaya's well-being overruns her fear of Cypher. And while Angie struggles to get closer to Kaya, so does 'Uncle Curtis'.
'Siren Promised' is a story of wretchedness and redemption. The horrors of Angie's past and her current drug fugue are not sugarcoated. The atmosphere is bleak and filled with disturbingly dark situations, the characters are unlikable at best, and yet you may still find yourself rooting for the character's lost innocence to bloom again. Kaya's existence with Colleen is so horrid that even 'Uncle Curtis' looks like a good parental figure to her. Angie's life has been so wasted its practically impossible to believe she can reverse it, and yet right up to the final horrific confrontation it is Angie who dares to continue clinging to her hope.
Also noteworthy are the darkly beautiful illustrations by Alan Clark, a talented cover artist whose works I have always admired. I only recently discovered Jeremy Robert Johnson, and while I don't consider 'Siren Promised' to be his best piece, I most definitely look forward to purchasing more of his books. Enjoy!
Crisp writing with bleak and beautiful artwork throughout, that really enhances the story and creates some truly disturbing imagery. 4.5 Stars. Highly Recommended!
The story, however, is an absolute, unending, drag, pages and pages and pages of it.
Not worth the effort, seriously.
This book is truly frightening: it starts out with the characters down single straw of existence, and follows them as they swim upstream to preserve it. To get from point A to point B for these people is fraught, period, and you find yourself shuddering with a kind of revulsion and curious fear at what these people have to yet to endure -- not unlike the sickening feeling a reader gets when one comes to that part in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle when you realize you're going to have to endure the next few pages of the spy's being skinned alive as a form of interrogative torture with no small amount of relish by the knife-lover, or the near-end of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" where you find yourself all-but-wanting-to scream at the page "don't just sit there! do something!" (before realizing it's just writing -- and made up, at that).
Who's this book for? Well, if you haven't been able to take John Shirley's fiction, don't bother. Go home. This shit's top-of-the-line, and a new iteration for a new era (an age-or-two past William Burroughs' noting "a junkie will stare at his shoe for 8 hours without interruption ... his best friend could keel over dead in front of him and he would calmly wait for a bit then then start methodologically rifling through his pockets" or however-he-put-it). One may be oddly unable to admit you can relate to this tale, and feeling all the guardrails you're used to blown away off and gone while you traverse these spaces, both inward and outward [how does a reformed junkie feel when she shows up at a Rave? how do the regrets and awkward inward pinings register and otherwise inform the action?] you'll be stuck in space that doesn't make most other horror seem scary, it makes it seem like they're only trying (successfully, or not).
How does it feel to be a rag doll, just wanting to have a heart, while you're whole body is twitching the other way?
The Storm Within.
The World Without.
And people who ... well, if they're not in almost-off-the-grid-entirely projects where Other Rules very definitely apply and courtesy and reliance on neighbors is almost a joke or exotic-sounding concern, you get this as relative comfort and succor: "As they were marched across the street at gunpoint, the suburbs of Monahan were quiet. To each his own was the law of the suburban sprawl. Angie felt surrounded and alone at the same time."
You realize you're an grown adult when you think, "Nobody did anything ... and, really, why did I think anybody necessarily would?"
These two will take you there.
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The story is paced perfectly, it isn't a quick read, it pulls you in and pushes you forward with every punch. Jeremy Robert Johnson is extremely good at pacing a story, his short stories in 'Angel Dust Apocalypse' are powerful and aggressive; 'Extinction Journals' is witty and clever, and both of theses are paced quite fast taking the reader on a roller-coaster ride of epic highs, and brutal lows but 'Siren Promised' gives something else, it forces the reader to slow down, while reading you almost fear being left in these places where the atmosphere is dark and heavy and you can taste the decay in the air.
Jeremy Robert Johnson's work stays with you, he brakes into your brain and abuses your hippocampus leaving you beautifully scarred with wonderful tales that never leave. In the future there will be support groups filled with people dressed in hospital gowns, quivering and pacing about, who have read Jeremy Robert Johnson's work and it has altered them; their depressed because they can't share it enough; broken because they have been lived with genuine raw characters that leap from the pages of his books and beg you to rescue them, but all you can do is read on and tumble down with them. I am proud to say that I will be in one of those support groups!
I would encourage you to read this book, share this author with all your friends and family (Grandma might not appreciate it, but I'm sure if you read it to her when she is sleeping some of it may sink in).