Recent Reviews for Mike E. Purfield
Stereo Sanctity (Book) - 8/1/2003 1:15:44 PM|
My review for Castle Dracula:
Daryl Hersh was discovered on a train when he was just a child. He had no recollection of his friends, family or past. He had amnesia. Somehow he managed to wing it through life and end up as a best selling children’s author and the husband of the band Paw Pad’s front woman Belinda Kastner.
Just when you begin to assume life is peachy it was all but that. The friendly,
“Being’s” that visit him at night while he sleeps and shower him with warmth and playfulness turn ugly. Their once welcoming arms lunged out at him, trying to harm Daryl. There were countless nights when Belinda would wake up and find Daryl sleep walking, chasing and laughing with the Beings she could not see, running amuck throughout their living room as if he were playing a game of “Hide and Seek”. Everything changed when she found him bleeding and paranoid from his attempts to try and stop the demonic figures, when in reality he was harming himself.
But what is reality?
This is the question I kept asking myself as I read this book.
When pregnant Belinda can take no more of her husband’s acts of violence towards himself, she has him admitted to a “Clinic”, or at least what Daryl thinks is a clinic. During his stay in this new, safe haven, he realizes the place that is supposed to make him well, is actually the sanctuary of his inner demons.
He finds himself lured out of his bed in the middle of the night by a young boy who points out the perverted and twisted masquerade that is going on within the clinic’s walls. His travels with the boy unravel the mystery behind his angelic tormentors and shed light on his forgotten past, his blood line tainted by the man who destroyed his ancestors before him.
Stereo Sanctity kept me glued page after page; a whirlwind of suspense, perversion and horror plagued my mind. Not only does Mike E. Purfield have the gift of a great storyteller, he describes his characters in a way where I felt myself growing close to them, as if I had just met them at the B.G.C.B to catch a show. And his knowledge of music gives the book a fresh feel. Recognizing many of the bands he mentions, I could easily relate to the lifestyle of the characters in this tale.
This is one way he describes Daryl’s boredom in the book. Purfield has a great uniqueness in his writing. One minute I felt terrified and a page later I found myself laughing at his wit. He doesn’t drag on like some writers, putting you to sleep before you reach the third chapter of their book. He bluntly gets to the point, which makes it easy to read, his “in you face” style of story telling, keeping you compelled.
I’m definitely proud to add Stereo Sanctity to my collection . Just when you think the genre is slipping, along comes Mike E. Purfield, spooks blazing and ready to open a new porthole to the world or Horror.
Dirty Boots (Book) - 3/17/2002 7:25:32 AM
A brisk road movie of a horror novel fueled by likeable heroes and downright loathsome villians. A fun thriller that I breezed through in one sitting.