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You were warned.
Uncover the secret a dead woman’s children will have to deal with in “Upstairs, Locked.” Don’t place your trust in the neighbor who lives in the “Safe House,” the man who lives upstairs in “The Leak,” or in the lovers you meet in “The Devil You Know.”
Bring back the dead in “The Lessons Learned and the Damage Done” — but be careful who’s watching. Build the walls that keep the monsters out in “Melt the Bullet, Blunt the Knife” — but don’t get trapped inside.
Avoid the obsessions that make people become “Heroes and Villains.” Free yourself from the past that haunts you in “New Year, Old Ghosts,” the past that keeps leading you back to “The Old Apartment.” And if you know how it all ends, find someone who will be with you until very last moment, until “A Sudden Loss of Cabin Pressure.”
Ten more unsettling stories to be read in the dark. Read them tonight.
Before the damage becomes permanent . . . .
In Slices, Michael Montoure showed us that he was going places. Permanent Damage proves that he’s more or less arrived. If you’re the sort of person who likes fumbling through the surrounding, sudden darkness that threatens to overtake us at any moment with little more than a flickering candle to show you the way, then this book should be placed in your hand as soon as possible.
— Schuler Books Weblog, November 28, 2012
Montoure’s writing is an engaging Twilight Zone meets dark (and sometimes bloody) horror, and always with an intensely personal focus. His horror derives not from externalities, but rather from insecurities and terrors that lurk at the very core of our emotional beings. Do yourself a favor and pick up this collection, you won’t regret it.
— Ron Miles, November 12, 2012
Permanent Damage is classic Montoure mind bombs. The stories are grounded smoothly enough in the people and settings so that they are easy to get into, but like a Chinese finger trap, getting out is much harder than you’ll expect.
— Timothy C. Ward, September 30th. 2012
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