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The synopsis for The Cursed Man had me in it’s grasp right away. The thought of death being attached to someone, killing anyone that came in contact with that person was intriguing. Within the first chapter, you are immediately thrown into Alister Kunkle’s cursed life. Alister’s situation is grim and overflowing with mystery as you find out just how horrible his life has become. This is one gripping plot that I found strangely fascinating.Rommel’s The Cursed Man will have you on the edge of your seat, right up to the last page. His characters are vivid and exciting to follow as the plot rolls to a heart-thumping conclusion. If you enjoy horror, you’ll definitely appreciate Rommel’s twisting tale.
Reviewed by Jennifer ~ Fictitious Musings (click to go)
Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.
With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death’s preferential treatment.
But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman.
Alister Kunkle is a patient at the Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. For the past 25 years, he has been secluded from the staff, and the outside world, at his own request. He is convinced that anyone who communicates with him, in any way, is dead within a day, for Alister is Cursed.
His first exposure to death came when he was a child, and he attended the funeral of a beloved aunt. As a married man, Alister became convinced that Death had cursed him when he came home to find his wife and child dead. He rushed into the street, and laid down in the middle of the road, hoping that someone will put him out of his misery. A driver narrowly misses him, and rushes to Alister's aid, to see if he is alright. The driver suddenly keels over, dead from a heart attack. Taken to Sunnyside in an ambulance, Alister distinctly remembers a number of staff members, including big, muscular orderlies used to mental patients, dropping like flies. Looking out the window of his room, Alister sees a dry, dessicated landscape full of dead plants.
A psychiatrist named Anna Lee comes to the Institution, demanding to see Alister. The Director does his best to dissuade her, telling her about Alister's "situation," and showing her news articles as proof. She is not to be denied, so she enters Alister's room, talks with him for a while, then leaves, saying that she will be back the next day. Lo and behold, she returns the next day; she is not dead. Moving one step at a time, she takes Alister outside. The grounds are green and lush, not brown, dry and lifeless. She tells Alister that he is mentally ill, and not cursed. The beloved aunt, whose funeral Alister distinctly remembers, died several years before he was born. The mass deaths at the Institution on Alister's arrival never happened. Dr. Lee reveals that she is not exactly who she says she is. Then things get weird.
This is a very well-written book, with a little bit of Stephen King-like horror. It will keep the reader interested, and it is a gem of a story. First of a series, this book is about a man who believes that Death has taken an unnatural interest in him, killing everyone with whom he comes in contact. Can he really be cursed, or is he just mentally ill? ~ reviewed by Paul Lappen
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The Lurking Man: Book 2 in the Thanatology series
Among The People
You killed my Brother
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The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel
The Cursed Man opens with a shocking death scene that immediately captures the audience and draws the reader slowly through an intriguing maze of twists and turns that continues right to the climax. I was amazed by the deft way that Keith Rommel handled the plot and slowly unraveled the mystery.
The story opens with Alister angrily shouting at a shadowy figure who forced his wife to drown their little girl and afterward commit suicide. The scene is incredibly powerful, although fair warning, it would be disturbing to a younger audience. Through Alister’s eyes, the reader comes to know that the figure is death and that anyone who speaks with Alister dies within twenty-four hours. The question of how Alister managed to get death’s attention in such a way leads the reader down an ever-darkening and complex path.
The twists and turns continue throughout the story. With each new scene, the reader is left wondering. “Where will it all end?” I had no idea where Keith Rommel would take the story even in the last twenty pages, and thought the story was incredibly well done.
Mystery lovers will DEVOUR this book. I highly recommend it. 5/5
Review by Jeanette ~ read2review.com