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Summary

"I am first and foremost, an artist. The murders are but provision." (The Family Man)

In a world horribly altered by a mysterious, year-long phenomenon dubbed the Great Darkness of 1999, the Family Man - a serial killer for whom dreaming and killing are intertwined - wanders the strange new landscape searching for answers.

Haunted by the powerful Red Dream visited upon him by the enigmatic Shepard of Wolves, the Family Man stumbles across a kill list containing the names of other monstrous killers, some even more infamous than he. They have been drawn into the Shepard's Game - the ultimate contest of killers - and the prize is worth every drop of blood spilled in its name.

As the Family Man resolves to strike the killers' names from his list and unravel the mystery of the Shepard of Wolves, his own personal war against the waking world demands a heavy price - he must rouse the demons of his buried past.

©2019 Mark Anzalone (P)2020 WildBlue Press

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  • Anthony M.
  • 03-01-21

Horror avant-garde

For those seeking new horror The Red Son is definitely worth your time. The dark quest for virtuoso is mind bending. Caveat here that I've listed to the original podcast and my view of the book might be a bit biased. It took me until Chapter 3 before I accepted the voice of the narrator because the podcast featured the author and his brother--they're really good. What sets this apart is the world of Maeltopia, a very dark and hellish world. Details are richly described and the environment is absolutely nightmarish. I would have liked to had a bit more detail and story on some of the unique characters: e..g., Lefty. Perhaps just being selfish here as many of the characters are worthy of their own short stories aside from the Family Man. Overall an excellent listen and look forward to Vol. II.