The Fleshless Man
- Author: Norman Prentiss
- Artist: Elder Lemon Design
- Pub. Date: December 9, 2014
- ISBN: 978-1-58767-483-9
- Status: Out of Print
The Fleshless Man
by Norman Prentiss
About the Book:
"The Fleshless Man wants to kill me," his mother said.
Curtis never enjoyed the cool, oppressive atmosphere of his childhood home, and that atmosphere is even worse when he returns as an adult. His mother is dying, and her illness seems to infect everyone around her: Curtis's brother has developed a nervous habit that might indicate more serious problems; the attending nurse exhibits puzzling, possibly sinister behavior; and Curtis himself suffers from nightmares and uncharacteristic dark thoughts.
It's as if the house itself wants his mother to die more quickly--and it will achieve that goal however it can.
Even if it must inspire Curtis to imagine harming his own mother.
Even if it must summon the intervention of a strange entity called the Fleshless Man.
"An examination of the nature of families in crisis and sibling relationships put to the test. Throughout this story there is very much the feel of something terrible taking place just off the page, out of the reader's line of sight."
— Black Static
"Quietly sneaks up on the reader, delivering a sense of unease and dread. You won't want to put this book down. "
— Horror Drive-In
"Surreal tale of a house that's haunted by memories, guilt, and perhaps more…effectively atmospheric and likely to linger in your mind well after you've read the last word."
— Robert Morrish, Twilight Ridge
"Norman Prentiss weaves a compelling spell, developing fully realized characters while telling a haunting story that grabs the reader with icy cold hands and refuses to let go until the final page is turned. The Fleshless Man is eerie, suspenseful, and an instant classic."
— Brian James Freeman, author of The Painted Darkness and Black Fire
"The atmosphere Mr. Prentiss creates is desolate, thick and caustic, his prose haunting and visceral. His characters are amazingly life-like and real."
— Peter Schwotzer, Literary Mayhem
"The Fleshless Man is a creepy tale that straddles the line between the real and the unreal. Be prepared...This is a stunning work that demands to be consumed in one sitting!"
— Michael McBride, author of Snowblind and The Coyote
Bram Stoker Award winning author Norman Prentiss lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and works as an English teacher and part-time editor. Other publications include Four Legs in the Morning, Invisible Fences, and The Narrator (with Michael McBride), with anthology appearances in Four Halloweens, Dark Fusions, Blood Lite 3, Best Horror of the Year, The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, and four editions of the Shivers anthology series.
Published in one state:
• Perfect-bound trade paperback ($14)