Book Review: Bride of the Reaper by Charles Romalotti

For seven years now I have been waiting for Austin, TX based author Charles Romalotti to publish another book. I fell in love with his characters and writing style first sometime between 2003 and 2005 when I was Editor at the former Music Revue Magazine. For my punk and goth page he had sent me copies of both of his books, ‘Salad Days’ and ‘Pariah’. I was hooked. He captured the life of the punk rock scene of the 1980’s in his first book. In his next ones (as ‘Pariah’ contains three books in one) he added fear to our hearts. And now in his third books he is haunting our dreams and turning the lives of his characters into nightmares.

‘Bride of the Reaper’ takes us into a world of misfits once again, and we even visit some of the same clubs and same people we have heard of in Romalotti’s previous works. In this story a girl names Kitty, a.k.a. The bride of the reaper, find her dream job hosting a terrible late night horror movie show, reminiscent of Miss Elvira herself. She moves into a new apartment with a rugged roommate, Token, and they immediately start to notice a presence in their humble abode.

With twists around each page, you will not be able to put this book down. Trust me, it gave me insomnia many nights. Normally I take two weeks to read a normal novel, this one took me four nights! It’s that good. You will want to keep reading so you can find out what is going to happen next. One of the things that kept me glued was Kitty herself. They call her the bride of the reaper because she has an aneurism, she could just up and die at any time… so you stay and you read because you wonder when it’s going to pop, and she’ll be dead.

After that you stay glued because of the ghosts. The missing cat. The missing roommate. How about the guy who owns the house and has been missing all the while? Is it his ghost that haunts the grounds? Is it really a ghost at all? All of these thoughts will play through your mind as you get engrossed within the pages of ‘Bride of the Reaper’. This book gets twenty stars from me. It was worth the seven year wait and now I am again anxious for Romalotti’s next books. He has talent beyond mention.

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