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UNBOUND and Other Tales

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A book by David Dunwoody

"A great collection of macabre and strange stories that will appease old Dunwoody fans and surely earn him more...This book is darker than Lovecraft's coffin, and it presses that feeling down on you." --HorrorNews.net(added by author)

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Author: David Dunwoody
Publisher: Library of Horror Press
1 review about UNBOUND and Other Tales

A walk into the dark world of David Dunwoody...

  • May 10, 2010
A friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in reading a book from one of *his* friends... UNBOUND and Other Tales by David Dunwoody. I held on to the book until I was ready for a dip into some dark horror, and UNBOUND fit that need pretty well. The book consists of one main story and eight smaller pieces. I liked the longer story much more than the smaller pieces, mainly due to the more complete story development. But even the smaller chapters were quite "colorful" in their darkness. All in all, an enjoyable diversion.

The title story, Unbound, revolves around the disappearance of an author, Matt Rudd, who is known for a series involving a character by the name of Sharpe. Josh Talbot is called upon by the head of the publishing company to finish up Rudd's last Sharpe novel in time for it to be released. When Talbot starts rummaging around Rudd's office to try and find any notes about the novel's current status, he stumbles upon three bloody envelopes that appear to have details about killings that could well have been committed by Rudd. If that's indeed the case, it means that Rudd has been acting out the killings of his Sharpe character before writing about them. But that theory comes to a quick end when Talbot receives a phone call from a mysterious individual telling him to finish the novel using those "ideas" he found in the office. And Talbot has no choice but to do so, because whoever belongs to the voice knows everything about him and has no qualms about killing anyone around Talbot to make sure his wishes are carried out. Talbot has to walk a fine line between appearing to comply with the killer while trying to stop the deaths before he becomes the final one.

The Unbound story was, I felt, quite well done. The premise was different, and Dunwoody did an excellent job in keeping me guessing as to what was going to happen next. The smaller short "stories" are dark and eclectic, and sometimes left me with a bit of a "huh?" feeling. There are ex-wives and killer bugs, grave riders and cat fighting, creepy silent clowns, and even a cameo reappearance by Emil Sharpe from the main story. Even thought I may not have quite followed or gotten into some of them, the writing was well done, however.

I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another book by David Dunwoody and descend into his world of darkness. It's definitely not your mass market novel material, and you're never quite sure what's going to happen on the next page...

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