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M. Night comes for a Visit. Should I care?


a review of M. Night Shymalan’s The Visit
By Christopher Ouellette

I want to just start off by acknowledging my estranged relationship with Mr. Shyamalan. I saw Signs not knowing anything about it. (This was before Mel had melted down and long before I knew how to pronounce Jacqueline or Shyamalan.) I had not seen the previews, so I was not among the throngs who thought they were going to a wall-to-wall alien invasion horror film. So as the Family Drama in a haunted house vibe rolled out, I was on board, and I was hooked.

Of course, where do you go after that? IMDB tells you that this is the same guy who gave you The Sixth Sense, and you now have to rent Unbreakable (from a ma and pa video store). Do you remember that time period? People were getting all hyperbolic on him: ‘The second coming of Hitchcock!’ ‘The next Spielberg!’ (This was two years before War of the Worlds, so that was still a compliment.)

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MIRRORWORLD is CRAZY…and Available!

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It’s that time of year again, when a new novel hits the virtual and real life shelves of bookstores across North America. “But,” you say, “You have books out like every other month! What makes this one special enough to get a ‘that time of year’ intro?” Good question! While I do release many novels in e-book and paperback, I only have one hardcover release per year that’s available online AND in physical stores. And its fate is pretty much sealed, for better or worse, in the first six weeks of sales. So I shout a little bit louder about these books and prod for social sharing. Pretty please with Hydra on top!

Now,  let’s get Crazy!

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MIRRORWORLD is one of the most action-packed novels I’ve ever written, and that’s saying a lot. It’s also one of the most creative, containing monsters of my own creation that aren’t simply a rehash of well known beasties (zombies, vampires, myths, etc…). The main character, who has no sense of fear (physical or social) is fun because his words and actions are often totally unfiltered and unpredictable. But he’s also more flawed than many of my characters, and despite his fearless nature, is in some ways, easy to relate to. But enough of me blathering on about the book I wrote. Here’s the summary! Check it out for yourself, and if you dig it, spread the word. If you don’t, spread the word anyway!

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