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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Blog Tour: Crossfades by William Todd Rose

Author:William Todd Rose
Publisher: Hydra
Date of publication: May 2015

In a dark horror novella for fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Dean Koontz, one unsuspecting man faces a mass murderer who’s turned the afterlife into his own terrifying playground.

Some men fear their own deaths. Others dream of peace and heaven. But Albert knows exactly what he wants: to be the lord of his own private hell, where his eternal reward will be torturing the souls of his victims. And he knows how to get it.

While Chuck’s dream of a promotion may be ordinary, his career is anything but. As a Recon and Enforcement Technician, Level II, at a mysterious organization known only as the Institute, Chuck spends his days rescuing souls that get trapped between this life and the next, caught in mini-hells known as crossfades.

Lydia has no dreams—only nightmares. There will be no awakening from the impossible realm of terror and pain where she’s trapped . . . unless Chuck tracks her down. But this rescue will not be easy, not for a mere Level II technician. Because, in this place, Albert is god. And he’s determined that none shall escape his wrath.

Have you ever read a book/novella and said to yourself after, what did I just read?  Yeah, that is what happened to me with Crossfades.  To be honest, I'm not 100% totally sure I "got" what was going on in the book.  From my best understanding, Chuck was picked for a secret job through a psych test in college.  He astrally projects to a person's "crossfade" to try to help them to the other side.  A crossfade is a reality a soul makes for themselves instead of crossing over.  The rest, I'm a bit hazy on, especially the "cutscene" concept.  I wish the novella had been longer to give more of a explanation of the whole process and how things worked.

As for the rest of the story, it's definitely chilling and disturbing.   Lydia's scenes were fast paced and creepy, especially the bathroom scene! It's almost like a car accident.  You know it's bad, but you can't help but look anyway.  This book definitely takes you on a wild, almost trippy, ride right through to the end. Make sure to enter the giveaway to try to win a copy for yourself!

 I think this is a novella I will be re-reading more slowly to get the whole effect, now that I have been through the journey once with Chuck. I will be reviewing Bleedovers toward the end of the summer, so stay tuned.

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 About William Todd Rose


William Todd Rose writes dark, speculative fiction from his home in West Virginia. His short stories have been featured in numerous anthologies and magazines, and his work includes the novels Cry Havoc, The Dead & Dying, and The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People, and the novella Apocalyptic Organ Grinder. For more information on the author, including links to bonus content, please visit him online.

William Todd Rose’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

 Monday, May 18th: No More Grumpy Bookseller – Crossfades
Tuesday, May 19th: Wag the Fox – author Q&A
Wednesday, May 20th: The Road to Here – Crossfades
Tuesday, May 26th: Savvy Verse and Wit – Crossfades
Thursday, May 28th: Bell, Book & Candle – Crossfades
Monday, June 1st: A Tattered Copy – Crossfades
Tuesday, June 2nd: Wildfire Books – Crossfades
Wednesday, June 10th: From the TBR Pile – Crossfades
Thursday, June 11th: For the Love of Fictional Worlds – Crossfades
Tuesday, June 16th: The Bibliophile Chronicles – Crossfades
Tuesday, June 23rd: Bewitched Bookworms – Crossfades
Tuesday, August 25th: Savvy Verse and Wit – Bleedovers
Wednesday, August 26th: The Road to Here – Bleedovers
Thursday, August 27th: For the Love of Fictional Worlds – Bleedovers
Monday, August 31st: A Tattered Copy – Bleedovers
Tuesday, September 1st: Bell, Book & Candle – Bleedovers
Wednesday, September 2nd: No More Grumpy Bookseller – Bleedovers
Thursday, September 3rd: Bewitched Bookworms – Bleedovers
Tuesday, September 8th: From the TBR Pile – Bleedovers
Wednesday, September 9th: The Bibliophile Chronicles – Bleedovers
Monday, September 14th: Wildfire Books – Bleedovers

1 comment:

heathertlc said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!