COUNTDOWN TO PAPER: DAY 7
Welcome to Day 7 of the “Ghost Radio: Countdown to Paper” event! Our celebration of the mass market paperback release of Leopoldo Gout’s hit horror novel Ghost Radio. Today Leopoldo shares some reader responses. And make sure to read to the bottom of the post for a chance to win some exciting PRIZES!
Getting good reviews from major publications is great. But it’s the reader response that creates real excitement . It’s great when they hear the exact reaction you wanted. I worked hard to make this book a page-turner, and it’s so satisfying to hear people talk about how hard it was to put down or how fast they read it. In this anti-literary age that reaction is special.
There’s a devilish glee to find out that the parts intended to scare worked. Or to hear someone point to a line or paragraph you worked very hard on. And all the comparisons to the early work of Stephen King are beyond flattering.
But it’s also great when readers surprise you, seeing things in the book that never consciously contemplated. Or when they draw parallels to their own lives. A writer learns so much from this kind of response.
So in light of this, and because I’m shamelessly proud of the book, here’s some reader responses posted on various sites around the Internet. Yup, writers do look at these things:
“One of the most thoughtful and original horror novels I’ve ever read.” — Adam Sadler (Amazon)
“Ghost Radio doesn’t fit neatly into the paradigms of the horror genre. The author uses disturbing ambiguities to sustain a constant sense of being off-kilter – a sense shared by both the the reader and the protagonist. Characters and chronology are intricately messed with in a way that screams for resolution; for most of the book we are follow a protagonist who alternately craves The Answer but also seems to run from it. The resolution, when it comes, is specific enough to make the novel feel complete (there is no sense of lingering but cheap mystery) but also true to the elusiveness of the rest of the book.” — A. Reader (Amazon)
“[Ghost Radio] grabs you by the scruff of the neck, sends chills down your spine as it takes you to places you don’t want to go. Scary stuff, but deliciously scary. I was awake all night, even though I finished the book by two. I couldn’t help myself, I started it again.” — Mallory Smith (Amazon)
“I enjoyed every moment of reading this novel.” — Amy (Good Reads)
“I’m a horror fan and have read all of Dean Koontz and Stephen King. And I’ll say that “Ghost Radio” is right up there with King and Koontz.” – Weatherman (Amazon)
“Haunting, creepy, and incredibly hard to put down.” — ANT “azrealart” (Amazon)
“Ghost Radio is a very impressive debut by Leopold Gout.” — Liviu (Good Reads)
“This is more than a good horror story. It’s a good book with characters you care about and a plot that will keep you riveted to the pages. I just loved it. Brrr, I really loved it.” — Sarah Hackett (Amazon)
“I had a blast reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good suspense/ paranormal thriller.” — Tina Hayes (Amazon)
” I recommend this book to all.” — JK8 (Amazon)
“One of the best books I’ve read this year.” — Paisley Monsoon (Amazon)
“Leopoldo Gout writes a thriller masterpiece with Ghost Radio.” — Reviewette (Barnes & Noble)
“Don’t read this late at night, unless you want to stay awake.” — Margaret Bonaham (Amazon)
“This is a haunting story and expect to hear much more from Leopoldo Gout.” — Neal C. Reynolds (Amazon)
Each day of this event we offer the chance to win prizes. Every winner will receive autographed copies of both the hardback and paperback editions of Ghost Radio. But they will also receive a special bonus surprise tied to the day’s theme. This could be additional books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, or maybe something even more exciting. So what are you waiting for? Enter today’s contest now.
Here’s all you need to do to enter today’s contest:
Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “COUNTDOWN TO PAPER – DAY 7″ in the subject line, and “Ghost Radio” in the body of the email. Or just use the contact form below:
This contest closes on March 13, 2010. Winners will be chosen at random, and notified the following week.
And don’t forget to check back to tomorrow for another day of this exciting event, and another chance to win PRIZES!
If you’ve missed any of the COUNTDOWN TO PAPER event you can catch up here.