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"Downtrodden architect Glenn Washington and his none-too-bright sidekick Lennie help a crooked real estate baron flip houses in downtrodden Detroit. A house comes up that is too good to gut for parts. Too good to be true. Waaaay too good. Thing is, nothing leads where it should - go through the front door, step out the door on the back porch. Best library ever. And why are the cops nosing around? Non-Euclidian architectural petty-crime adventure, and all that implies." (Adrian Simmons, writing for Black Gate magazine)

"This is a very entertaining and readable story, and what makes it even better is the sheer amount of incidental detail that Nelson includes. At the end, just when I thought it was coming off the boil a little, there is a neat little twist that pulls it back up again, as well as allowing for sequels. One for the ‘Best of the Year’ collections." (Paul Fraser, writing for sfmagazines.com)

"Absorbing horror novella." (Rich Horton, Locus)

©2017 David Erik Nelson (P)2018 David Erik Nelson

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Wonderful little tale

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I actually finished this a week ago but held off writing the review until I had time to give it thought. Honestly I can't fault this quirky, wonderful little tale. Likeable characters, an entirely unique (to my knowledge) story and spot-on narration. Top marks.

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Absorbing Horror

I loved everything about this book - the story is brilliant, with such a clever premise, the characters come to life immediately, the dialogue between characters is exceptional, at times such dry humour I laughed despite the scenario being horrific! The narration is at the absolute top end of excellent, the narrator just 'gets' the characters. When he's narrating the dialogue at the crooked house he totally brings the characters, the house and the oddities of the scenarios to life.

This is a short story that packs a big punch in 2.5 hours. It took me back to the pleasure and fascination of when I first discovered Stephen King - those wierd and often horrific situations people found themselves in, written in such a way that you're right there with them, wide eyed in fascination and trepidation of what could possibly happen next, willing it to be something you could never dream of, it pushing your imagination to new places and then yearning for more to feed the habit of expanding your mind into the impossible. Well this story is like that.

I received a foc review copy of this story from the author/narrator via Audiobook Boom. I don't personally know either and this is an unbiased review.

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A theory of colour.

This short story by David Erik Nelson is a tightly woven tapestry of personality and evoked mental images, well written to roll pictures through the mind, and although a tale of horror, is also one of beauty.
An old house in Detroit is bought by a developer who send his two men in to determine if it was a fixer-upper or a tearer-downer. What they find is a really old place in extremely good condition, not only the fabric of the building but also internally - exquisite furnishings, all in pristine condition, shelves loaded with books with unusual titles, nothing vandalised and, even more strange, nothing weather damaged, mildewed or invaded by leaves or rodents. It's locked, of course, and two cops seem to have a more than usual interest in it.

David Sadzin's narration is calm and steady. No histionics to invade the story. His voicings for the individual characters captures well the people as written including, especially, that of Glenn, the first person narrator, and his colleague, Lenny, who might be considered a slow learner but is a fountain of information. The whole is performed with a sensitivity which allows for the horror to seep darkly into the reader's mentality rather than come crashing down on them.

My thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me a complimentary copy of There was a Crooked House, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Creepy, rather than horrific, this is a book which will linger in my head.

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  • Jeremy L.
  • 23-07-18

Still gripped by this damn house!

If you're a fan of smart, artfully-crafted horror fiction, David Erik Nelson's "There Was a Crooked Man, He Flipped a Crooked House" is a must. The gritty backdrop of Detroit makes a great setting for this eerie tale, and the way the subtly-bizarre details of the story unfold is excellently done. This piece doses out just the right amount of anticipation, surprise, and satisfaction to grip the reader to the end.

I loved this piece as an audiobook, particularly because of their choice of voice actor. David Sadzin brings the characters to life, and gets the pacing just right.

I swear, that crooked house still has its hooks in me...

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  • Jason
  • 06-08-18

A very fun listen. Well crafted short

There Was A crooked Man... was a very interesting take on the “haunted house” story. The characters were unique and well performed by David Sadzin. The story moved along at a perfect pace with just the right amount of humor to keep it from being a dark horror story. The chills happen, but not so much in the typical scare fashion, this is not a jump scare type of horror. It is more of a Sci-fi horror. Looking forward to more from both this writer and this narrator.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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  • Laura B.
  • 29-07-18

Great writing, great narration...definitely a win!

Writing a successful short story or novella can be a tall order. The author has to create characters and a plot that engages the reader, give sufficient description and explanation, and still keep the story focused and moving forward at an appropriate pace. Many stories don’t do enough, or go overboard, but Nelson does it right.

A haunted house story is a classic for a reason, and Nelson does great things with the premise. His characters are well-developed and engaging, the plot unfolds at a perfect rate, and information is revealed at just the right time and with the right amount of detail. I also loved the modern cultural touchstones, such as the world of flipping houses and the references to Wheaton’s law. It made the story feel unique, and added a fresh feeling to the concept. It also prompted me to look up several things that the characters mentioned, not because I needed to know more to enjoy the story, but because the great writing piqued my interest in the things they discussed. That definitely reflects a high level of engagement.

I absolutely loved David Sadzin’s narration. I love to read and definitely read more than I listen, so I’m really looking for a narrator to enhance the experience I could get from reading something on my own. Sadzin delivers a fantastic listening experience, and I’ll be looking for more from him.

I was given a free review copy of the audiobook, at my request, and am leaving this review voluntarily. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Marcus
  • 26-07-18

Great Standalone piece

This story feels like classic Stephen King mixed with modern Peter Clines. There are various elements here that hearken back to both of these authors (whose works I greatly enjoy) and yet it stands firmly on its own.

This is one of those stories where what makes them great is hard to describe to someone. The characters, the atmosphere, the writing, all of it comes together to form a very enjoyable piece.

Dialogue is one of the many ways Nelson establishes and develops his characters, and Sadzin does a great job bringing them to life. There's quite a bit of swearing at certain parts, but it doesn't feel gratuitous. Indeed, it helps make all the characters feel "real".

I was provided this audiobook free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I honestly loved it and will be checking for more.

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  • BuildItLikeBeal
  • 14-08-18

Twisted story about a twisted House

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"There was a crooked man, he flipped a crooked house" is an exciting story that is part mystery that teases your brain for comprehension, and part thriller that makes you guess at who's going to survive. The story picks up with the main character, a good-hearted working man, that is tasked by his boss, a less than upstanding individual, to rehabilitate a house in the slums in an attempt to quickly resell the house at a profit. But when he peers into the house through the glass of the front door, what he sees boggles his mind. The house seems out of place in setting as well as time, but everyone soon finds out there is much more going on within it's walls than meets the eye.

If you have read and loved Peter Cline's book "14" or Steven King's book "IT", you will enjoy this short story.

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The narration is good and portrays the main character well.


** I was given this book to review at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review. **

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  • Kingsley
  • 07-08-18

A tense, gripping horror

Horror is not my genre. It's okay, but generally not something I enjoy. Yet this story was something I really enjoyed and it kept me wanting more.

Set in a broken down, crime ridden Detroit the story opens with our main characters almost getting arrested by police for trying to break into an old house. The house is locked and seems almost impossible to get into, almost blocking anyone from entering. This is the beginnings of the mystery that is the house. Once in, there are strange and creepy goings on that keep the reader on edge and wanting to know more about the house.

The character of Glenn Washington is an interesting one. He is well rounded, sometimes come across as uneducated and very 'street' while other times he shows his smarts - such as his deep knowledge of abstract art. It's the almost contradictory, yet working together well, pieces of the character that make him interesting.

Narration by David Sadzin is good. He is easy to listen to and engages well with the text.

David Erik Nelson's writing, along with David Sadzin's narration keep the story interesting and gripping. Well worth the time, even for someone like me who doesn't like most horror books.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 03-08-18

 A surprisingly erudite, creepy story... 

This is somewhat reminiscent of an HP Lovecraft tale, crossbred with John Steinbeck...but with modern updates. Very weird, and Very well done!

David Sadzin gave us a fantastic narrative performance. And I truly hope that he'll be doing more genre fiction in the future...

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • jstep
  • 31-07-18

Entertaining, unique paranormal novella...

There Was a Crooked Man, He Flipped a Crooked House by David Erik Nelson was a fun, entertaining quick listen. Though this is classified under horror, I felt that it was a bit more of a comedic horror story. There's nothing really scary about it at all, and everything and all of the various characters are handled quite lightheartedly in this story. It was a very unique tale though, and I really enjoyed it. It's short, running just over two and a half hours, so I won't go into any more details. If the summary sounds good though, give it a listen!

David Sadzin's narration was really pot on for this short story. He handled the various female and male voices really well and his narration fit the tone of the story. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Wanpakumono
  • 30-07-18

Enjoyable short book with paranormal elements

I really liked this book. If I had to complain about anything, it would be the frequent use of the F-bomb. I just didn't think it was necessary. I requested a copy of this book and agreed to review it.
I liked the narration as well. It didn't detract from the story and it didn't lull me to sleep either. I have read this book twice now. I enjoyed it just as much the second time.

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  • Jan
  • 30-07-18

Great book! Great narration!

supernatural, scary-good, suspense, Detroit

I'm thinking that Rod Serling is back! Educated as an architect but not really sure about all that tearing down the old just to repeat the cycle, Glenn works for a shyster real estate agent with a really nice guy who sees the world around him much more simply than others. Their assignment is to make a judgment call on this beautiful old Victorian in a discarded neighborhood. What they learn, however, is really Twilight Zone. It's not a long book, but it will stay with you a long time!
I happen to need audiobooks, and narrator David Sadzin is the finest kind. His natural voice is very easy to listen to and he goes for understandability rather than attempting to replicate a dialectical cadence. Good going!
I requested and received a free audio review copy via AudioBookBOOM.