Dustin Reviews: ‘A Masque of Infamy’ by Kelly Dessaint

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00030]A Masque of Infamy is a raucous story of teenage rebellion. But instead of “What d’ya got?” fifteen-year-old Louis Baudrey knows exactly what he’s fighting against

After moving from Los Angeles to small town Alabama in 1987 with his father, his younger brother and Rick, a friend of the family, Louis tries to fit in at the local high school, but the Bible-thumpers and the rednecks don’t take too kindly to his outlandish wardrobe and burgeoning punk attitude. At home, he defies the sadistic intentions of Rick, who rules the household with an iron fist. As Louis begins to lose all hope, he stumbles upon indisputable proof that will free him and his brother from Rick’s tyranny. But just when he thinks his troubles are over, he’s locked up in the adolescent ward of a mental hospital, where he must fight the red tape of the system to realize his dream of being a punk rocker.

A Masque of Infamy was not what I had expected, but in a very good way. The characters were well developed, the descriptions amazing and a story line that made me laugh and angry at the same time. I even got misty eyed a couple of times. My one (tiny) concern was that the story is told by Louis, a fifteen-year-old boy who at times (during his narrations) spoke in a college-level vocabulary. Other than that, many times it felt as if Louis was in my presence telling me his tale of woe.

Kelly Dessaint author of  'A Masque of Infamy'

About the author

Kelly Dessaint was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, the sculptor Irina Dessaint. Graduate of the welfare system and universities of Alabama, he has lived and traveled all over America since he left home at fifteen. A veteran of the small press, he currently publishes the zine Piltdownlad.

Author web site:http://www.kellydessaint.com

A Masque of Infamy is available at: Amazon


Kindle Length: 320 pages
Publication Date: April 9th 2013 by Phony Lid Books
Language: English
ASIN: 1930935331
ISBN13: 9781930935334

4+ out of 5 stars


Dustin Reviews: ‘Sam: A Novel Of Horror and Suspense’ by Iain Rob Wright

'Sam: A Novel Of Horror and Suspense' by Iain Rob WrightWANT TO HEAR A SECRET?

When washed-up priest, Angela Murs, and skittish ghost hunter, Tim Golding, are summoned to a vast country manor to help a sick little boy, they have no idea what to expect. It’s clear that young Sammie is a very disturbed child, but there’s surely no way he could have been behind the recent spate of accidents, or the death of his father. The child is dirty, malnourished, and perhaps the victim of a negligent mother, but as Angela and Tim’s investigations take them deeper into the mystery, they realise that there is much more going on than they ever could have expected. When the blood begins to flow, there will be no escape, and little Sammie will finally be forced to show his true nature.

Sam: A Novel Of Horror and Suspense was an interesting read. Characters were well developed and distinctive. The story moved along quite nicely. Frequently I heard faint background music in my head as if I were watching a horror movie. Any moment, I expected to hear Tubular Bells, the ominous music from the movie ‘The Exorcist’. If I say any more I’ll give away the story and you won’t be left cursing at yourself because you didn’t see the ending coming. FYI: Don’t read this book in the dark…. or alone.

Iain Rob Wright

About the author

Iain Rob Wright was born in 1984 and lives in Redditch, a small town in the West Midlands, UK, with his cocker spaniels, Daisy and Oscar, his fat old cat, Jess, his many tropical fish, and the love of his life, Sally. Writing is the passion that fills his life during the small periods of time when he isn’t cleaning up after his pets.

Horror is his beloved genre and his next gruesome novel, Animal Kingdom, will be released later this year. His inspirations range from Brian Keene, Stephen King, and Richard Laymon, to J A Konrath and Terry Pratchett.

Read his regular blog at: http://iainrobwright.blogspot.com

Visit his official website is: http://iainrobwright.com

Sam: A Novel Of Horror and Suspense is available at: Amazon


Kindle Length: 294 pages
Publication Date: September 16th 2012 by SalGad Publishing Group
Language: English

4+ out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: ‘Fat Vampire’ by Johnny B. Truant

Fat  VampireFrom the author of ‘Unicorn Western‘ comes a story of fangs and fast food…

When overweight treadmill salesman Reginald Baskin finally meets a co-worker who doesn’t make fun of him, it’s just his own bad luck that tech guy Maurice turns out to be a thousand-year-old vampire.

And when Maurice turns Reginald to save his life, it’s just Reginald’s own further bad luck that he wakes up to discover he’s become the slowest, weakest, most out-of-shape vampire ever born, doomed to “heal” to his corpulent self for all of eternity.

As Reginald struggles with the downsides of being a fat vampire — too slow to catch people to feed on, mocked by those he tries to glamour, assaulted by his intended prey and left for undead — he discovers in himself rare powers that few vampires have… and just in time too, because the Vampire Council might just want his head for being an inferior representative of their race.

 Fat Vampire is the story of an unlikely hero who, after having an imperfect eternity shoved into his grease-stained hands, must learn to turn the afterlife’s lemons into tasty lemon danishes.

Fat Vampire was a fun, change-of-pace read. I felt for Reginald almost from the start of the book. I was rooting for him. Go Reginald! The office staff were the stereo-typical butt-holes one frequently finds in the work place. Not only did I relate to the office staff, but also being “the one” kid picked on in school and other “demons” that haunted Reginald. I was really enjoying the story when it abruptly stopped…. where the heck was the rest of the story ??? Apparently I had downloaded a “teaser” copy and so I only. got a good taste then it was all taken away from me. OK… so I’ll probably never find out what happens to Reginald cause by the time I get through my 500+ digital books, I’ll have forgotten to go back and purchase the rest of Fat Vampire.

Johnny B Truant

About the author

Johnny B. Truant is an author, blogger, and podcaster who, like the Ramones, was long denied induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite having a large cult following. He makes his online home at JohnnyBTruant.com and is the author of the Unicorn Western series, the Fat Vampire series, The Bialy Pimps, and a handful of other properties and growing every week.

You can connect with Johnny on Twitter at @JohnnyBTruant, and you should totally send him an email from JohnnyBTruant.com if the mood strikes you.

Author web site:http://www.johnnybtruant.com

Fat Vampire is available at:Amazon


Kindle Length:148 pages
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Language: English
ISBN13: 1230000132527
ASIN: B009KP93F4

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: ‘Round Robin – A Love Story of Epic Proportions’ by Joseph Flynn

Round RobinRound Robin Phinney…

She’s 230 pounds of bad attitude. She dishes out sandwiches and insults to the customers at Screaming Mimi’s deli. She takes a dim view of people in general and men in particular.

Her home is her sanctuary. She has an apartment upstairs. Downstairs, she’s created a private park, lushly landscaped, dotted with ponds, furnished with two Chicago Park District benches.

Manfred Welk is what Charles Atlas would have looked like if he’d been serious about lifting weights. A former Olympic powerlifter for East Germany, his ex-wife turned him in for spying.

Brought to Chicago after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he needs a place to live.

When cold weather hits and Robin’s furnace goes out, the plants in her park start to die. Worse, she has no money for repairs — but she does have a small vacant apartment in her basement. Something she might swap for the services of a live-in handyman.

After interviewing a number of prospective fix-it people, Robin finds, to her great horror, the best choice is a giant German with CIA connections. That’s bad enough, but the guy turns out to have a kid, a blue-haired prepubescent brat named Bianca who’s been raised in a brothel.

Robin, Manfred and Bianca all have their demons to cast out. You’ll have a grand time watching as they do.

Round Robin – A Love Story of Epic Proportions was an unexpected story and delightfully told. There is just the right amount of humor to keep the story from becoming too serious. The subject matter (delicate at times) is presented in a no-nonsense manner and is quite believable without being “glossed-over” or frivolous. The characters are well developed and play well off each other. Flynn draws the reader into a journey of discovery, to uncover the source of Robin’s painful secret.

Joseph Flynn

About the author

Joseph Flynn has been published both traditionally — Signet Books, Bantam Books and Variance Publishing — and through his own imprint, Stray Dog Press, Inc. Both major media reviews and reader reviews have praised his work. Booklist said, “Flynn is an excellent storyteller.” The Chicago Tribune said, “Flynn [is] a master of high-octane plotting.” The most repeated reader comment is: Write faster, we want more.

Author web site:http://www.josephflynn.com

Round Robin – A Love Story of Epic Proportions is available at: Amazon


Print Length: 339 pages
Publication Date:
Published December 20, 2010 by Stray Dog Press, Inc.
Language: English
N: 9780098303
ISBN: 098303124X

5 out of 5 stars