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The Dark Game
Contributor(s): Janz, Jonathan

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ISBN: 1787581853     ISBN-13: 9781787581852
Publisher: Flame Tree Pub
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: April 2019

"In his latest pulp horror gem, Janz channels early Stephen King to twist the story of a secluded writers’ retreat into something unique and thought-provoking." - Booklist

Ten writers are selected for a summer-long writing retreat with the most celebrated and reclusive author in the world. Their host is the legendary Roderick Wells. Handsome, enigmatic, and fiendishly talented, Wells promises to teach his pupils about writing, about magic, about the untapped potential that each of them possesses. Most of all, he plans to teach them about the darkness in their hearts.

The writers think they are signing up for a chance at riches and literary prestige. But they are really entering the twisted imagination of a deranged genius, a lethal contest pitting them against one another in a struggle for their sanity and their lives. They have entered into Roderick Wells’s most brilliant and horrible creation.

The Dark Game.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

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BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Horror
Dewey: 813
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Fiction Without Frontiers
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (1.05 lbs) 343 pages
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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2019 February #2)

A promising premise—fictional characters inspired by indiscretions in their authors' pasts coming to life and preying on their creators—is undermined by the meandering pace of this horror novel's events. World-renowned author Roderick Wells has invited 10 writers to his Indiana mansion to participate in a six-week contest from which (he promises) only one will emerge "the next Legendary Author." When he autocratically demands that they all write horror stories ("Everything begins with horror," he proclaims), the authors begin channeling emotions aroused by "terrible secrets" from their pasts—betrayals, derelictions, even murders—into characters who acquire enough physical substance to begin picking them off in and-then-there-were-none fashion. It eventually becomes clear that the participants were chosen for their secrets as much as for their writing prowess, but not until readers endure chapter upon chapter of the writers flagellating themselves for their psychic wounds. A pyrotechnic finale that reveals the true reason for Wells's contest shows a vitality and focus unfortunately lacking from earlier chapters. Janz (The Sorrows) fails to make this anything more than a clever idea. (Apr.)

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