This short story has more might than some 1000 page novels.
Odd Man Out by James Newman, was so riveting, so powerful, I sat awestruck for several minutes after the last page. Then I launched an hour-long discussion about it with my husband, though I’m pretty sure he didn’t get to say much.
Odd Man Out (Release Date: November 21, 2016)
WELCOME TO THE BLACK MOUNTAIN CAMP FOR BOYS!
Summer, 1989. It is a time for splashing in the lake and exploring the wilderness, for nine teenagers to bond together and create friendships that could last the rest of their lives.
But among this group there is a young man with a secret–a secret that, in this time and place, is unthinkable to his peers.
When the others discover the truth, it will change each of them forever. They will all have blood on their hands.
ODD MAN OUT is a heart-wrenching tale of bullies and bigotry, a story that explores what happens when good people don’t stand up for what’s right. It is a tale of how far we have come . . . and how far we still have left to go.
“At that moment I realized the true nature of hatred. It is contagious.”
Odd Man Out will rip your heart out guys! It takes quite a lot to render me speechless (just ask my friends) and this 94 page powerhouse might as well have cut out my tongue. It already broke my heart and churned my guts into butter. My apologies for the graphic imagery but those are the strong feelings this book is capable of evoking.
I suppose you can call this a “coming of age” story but only in the sense that it involves young boys on the cusp of manhood. Really, it is a tale about the darkest parts of human nature and how easily people can drop their masks of civility when fear and ignorance take over. Very fitting considering what is happening today.
Odd Man Out starts with a group of teens forced to be the focus group for a new summer camp. A freak accident occurs and the boys are left with little to no adult supervision. Before long, the bully of the group whips up the rest of the boys into a frenzy reminiscent of “Lord of the Flies” and the horror that ensues is more terrifying than any work of fiction than can be conjured.
To say that I “enjoyed” this story is not quite the right word because of its nature but I did love it and will say it is AMAZING!!! The writing is fantastic and the author reveals very harsh truths about the reality of hatred, particularly about bullying. What makes this “horror” so terrifying to read is that you can imagine how something like this can and does happen even to this day.
I can’t praise Odd Man Out enough. It’s horrific, brilliant and enthralling. I beseech you to get yourself a copy. You will not regret it. Be prepared to read it in one sitting. If you are able to put it down, then you are a stronger person than I. 😉
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About the Author
James Newman is the author of a diverse selection of horror and suspense tales, dark fiction told with a distinct Southern voice and more often than not with a hint of pitch-black humor. His published work includes the novels MIDNIGHT RAIN, THE WICKED, ANIMOSITY, and UGLY AS SIN, and the collection PEOPLE ARE STRANGE. STILL WATERS, a short Christian-themed horror film based on his original screenplay, is now available for purchase at http://www.tackytiefilms.com. Up next are the novels DOG DAYS O’ SUMMER and SCAPEGOAT (co-written w/Mark Allan Gunnells and Adam Howe, respectively).