Friday, 19 October 2012

The Fleshless Man by Norman Prentiss

This is the story of Curtis, Glen and their mother. She is dying from cancer, and Curtis has returned home to be with her in her last days. Things have changed a bit since he left. His brother has lost lots of weight and seems very jittery, and Curtis himself has been having terrible dreams since he returned. The nurse tells of the legend of 'The Fleshless Man' and Curtis' mother is afraid that the 'Fleshless Man' is trying to kill her. Who is he, why is his brother so twitchy and his mother so afraid?

This was a short, fast and poignant read. The story explores Curtis' feelings about leaving home and leaving his brother to care for his mother and her illness on his own. It was chilling and quite a hard book to read in places, because of the emotive subject matter (described quite graphically!). In short it was a tactfully written story with just the right amount of chills. An enjoyable read.

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