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In the Midnight of His Heart by Al Bruno III

A novel of horror and obsession 

To all outward appearances John Sig is just an old man living a quietly in an empty old house. His one pleasure is when he heads down to the local diner and visits with his favorite waitress Angie. When Angie disappears, John sets out to find her. For an ordinary old man that might seem like a foolish idea but John Sig isn’t human, he’s a monster living in the shadow of a nightmare thirty-five years old.

Note: In the Midnight of His Heart contains pervasive harsh language; also, some graphic sexual content and graphic violence.



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By Chris Poirier, editor

Dec 6, 2010: Writing is literate, and a quick read. Haven’t really caught a glimpse of the story yet, but the characters seem well-drawn.

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Much Less Romantic Than the Title Sounds

By Unillustrated, author of Citadel

Sep 28, 2014: This is a complete novel in a modern setting. It has strong elements of dark fantasy, monstrous races (that prey on / despise humanity), magic (the dark secrets sort, not DnD style) government conspiracies and eldritch abominations from beyond our world, etc.

The story starts off simply enough, there’s an old man with a crush on a pretty waitress. John Sig is his name. His friend Phil thinks John is an idiot and no pretty little thing is going to want to . . . well Phil is a little crude so we won’t repeat his statements here. He doesn’t approve.

Like I said, simple enough. Of course this is a dark fantasy / horror novel so no, obviously it isn’t. I’ll try not to spoil anything but its apparent very early on that John is a lot less nice than he appears.

He used to be a very dangerous man and though his aging body may have reduced his threat level his mind is still that of a being who looks on the people around him as either prey or threats.

Watching everything slide out of control is great fun. If you like a story where things that go bump in the night are a source of fear rather than in need of redeeming this could well be for you.

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