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Tormented (The Extreme Horror Series) Paperback – March 11, 2018
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 11, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 338 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1986211290
- ISBN-13 : 978-1986211291
- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.85 x 8 inches
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There is certainly gore and torture as would be expected in a story about an old broken down asylum run by disgraced doctors and abusive orderlies. And old procedural experimentation on the patients such as transorbital lobotomies and electroshock. But the character development of the patients and their afflictions are both lacking enough detail and depth to make them interesting.
So for me this novel did not offer anything new or exciting. My guess is that with the current abilities of movie special effects artists this story could be turned into a pretty convincing gorefest. In fact, the material is here to make it a cult classic if done properly. But even then I wouldn't go to see it.
Welcome to Arlington Asylum - place that harbors crazies from all walks of life, but then there are some that are not wrapped around the bend and are actually sane.
Adrian James was close to taking his own life until he was rescued by a man named Isaac Templeton. At the time Adrian didn't know what to expect when Isaac came into his life, but Isaac promised to make him better as long as he would come stay at a place where they could administer a new medicine that was sure to cure all.
Little does Adrian know that he has just stepped into his worst nightmare and that the place he is staying in is an asylum. The new medicine that is suppose to be a cure is far from what was promised and the medicine is doing some strange things to the patients.
When Adrian sees something that is beyond his imagination he cannot figure out if he is having a hallucination or if it is real as a mutated monster is roaming the halls of the asylum and it goes into a rage turning the asylum into a gore fest. But that is the least of Adrian's worries as when he finds out there are more of those creatures he wonders along with the rest of the patients if they will be ever make it out of the asylum alive!
What kind of creature does Adrian see? Where did it come from? Why are there creatures roaming the halls of the asylum? Does Adrian along with the other patients make it out alive? No spoilers here as you will just have to read the book!
The book moved at a fast pace once I hit the 30% mark and as I hit the 50% mark it took off like lightning as I could hardly put it down! This was a gorey romp into insanity all the way to the end of the book! Other characters are in the book as well that come into play through most of the book and everything moves super fast when the creatures make an appearance.
Author Lee Mountford knows how to turn a perfectly docile asylum into a gore infested romp! The book literally explodes with bloody gore through the last half of the book which takes this book into the extreme realms of hell! Buckle up readers as you are in for one gorey ride! Giving this book five bloody stars!
I read it in two days.
I would have read it in one if time had permitted. Tormented starts strong and stays strong. It grabs you by the cerebral cortex and doesn’t let go, doesn’t let up, and you don’t want it to. This was an amazing, captivating, horrifying read. I loved every sentence.
If I had paid more attention to the synopsis, I might not have waited so long to read it. Tormented is not just asylum horror, it is Asylum Cosmic Horror! Lee Mountford as expertly, beautifully combined the two subgenres into one horrifying, mind-bending story, and the mythos he has created is really quite terrifying. Let’s also be clear that Tormented is extreme horror. It is not the most horrifically graphic extreme horror I have ever read, but it most definitely is not for those with weak constitutions regarding graphic material and gore. Mountford’s descriptions are flowing in spite of the violence and gore, and he sometimes stops just short of graphic to allow the reader’s imagination to carry the visual the last few steps. I find this to be bit mind-fornicating, but one cannot deny the brilliance of it.
Tormented has subtle foreshadowing but is ultimately full of unpredictable turns of events. The characterization is smooth and methodical, always part of the story, much like learning about a character by watching a movie. I love Mountford’s writing style.
I felt both elated and foolish when I realized, after the fact, that Tormented is part of a series (did not pay attention to the synopsis). It is Book 2 of the Extreme Horror Series. But, as stated in the synopsis, they are separate stories in the same universe. Awesome. That means there’s more!
This book builds upon the mythology found in his previous works, Horror In The Woods and The Demonic, and gives us a wider, more terrifying view of the darker universe that touches ours, and the terrible fates that await there.
The end is incredibly satisfying, and readers who love the intense finales of his previous books will not be disappointed. The last three chapters give us a beautifully crafted three-fold punch of darkness that will leave you wide-eyed. The imagery Lee has mastered so well is both graphic and cinematic.
If you like your horror as dark as it gets, and setting foot in a world that has true despair to the core, this is absolutely the book for you. Truly one of the best horror stories I have read. I would love to see this given a faithful treatment on screen, but it would take a brave film-maker indeed.
Absolutely a triumph, Lee. Well done, sir!
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Tormented follows the story of Adrian James, inmate of Arlington Ayslum. Not only is Adrian subject to the horrors from the aylum's safistic ordelies and cruel experimental treatments, there is something even deadlier in the basement, waiting to unleash hell on Earth; what better place to start than this mad house.
What I enjoyed about Lee's first novel, Horror in the Woods, was (what I felt) the influence of Resident Evil 7. Tormented has the feel of the earier Resident Evil games, as well as Doom and a mostly forgotten video game called The Suffering. Lee takes these elements and skillfully transfers them into a thrilling, splatter-fest of a novel. An absolute must. On a final note, Tormented absolutely needs to be turned into a movie! - D.T
What can I say about Tormented? It is a genuine horror novel. Lee Mountford has written a book that is gripping but also horrific.
Not for the faint hearted.
It's gory and has plenty of brutal death scenes so not for the squeemish. I'm a big Shaun Hutson fan so I'm used to over the top violence and gore. I will definitely read more of Lee Mounfords books. My only criticism is there were a few spelling errors but nothing major.