Piece by Piece by Daemon Manx
How would you live your life if you knew the year you were going to die
Sometimes, all it takes is perspective to appreciate the simple things, or a little extra concern for the frailty of the present moment to fully understand what makes life worth living. And sometimes, all it takes is a little shove in the right direction.
When Bobby Canfield was eleven years old, he received a message from a mysterious presence called Mac. The delivery of this message was through a Ouija board, and it would forever change Bobby's life. After all, it's not every day you find out when you are going to die.
HORROR WITH A HEART
finished reading Piece by Piece by Daemon Manx. This novella was so full of heart! Manx knows how to write horror with a heart and he does it well. This is a Coming of Age story crossed with some supernatural aspects. Bobby, an 11 year old comes across three girls with a ouija board. As he begins to play with the ouija board he gets a message from a spirit called Mac. The message is the exact year he is going to die. As life goes on, Bobby grows up and starts his own family, while that message plays in the back of his mind. To tell you more would be too much, as it would spoil the experience of reading this story. This novella was a page turner. Between the mystery and build up I needed to find out what was going to happen to Bobby. I had no idea the twists that awaited me. Piece by Piece is such a fitting title because this story literally comes together like a puzzle. To say that I loved this story is an understatement. This is not your average ouija board story. It is so much more. I will be thinking about this one for a long time to come. In the next story, The Widower, Manx combines grief horror with a creature feature. There are many metaphors that touch upon real life fears and what impact diseases such as cancer have on people. This one hit home as I am a cancer survivor myself. There are two authors that come to mind if I were to describe Manx writing style. Manx writes from the heart like Chad Lutzke and delivers weird speculative dark fiction like Kealan Patrick Burke. Both authors are my favorites. I think we are going to see great things in Manx future in writing. 5 out of 5 shining stars for this gem.
A great read! Immediately, I was sucked into the narrative and fully immersed. The stories are one part highly relatable, and another part leading you to some incredible turns that leave wanting to know where the next one will take you. Highly recommended.
I'm going to use the word vague to describe this story. But in no way is that a negative. The author tells a complete story without giving anything away until the very end. You get brief a-ha moments, but it's all on the character's part, the author keeps you in the dark about what has actually been discovered. That is brilliant. I was surprised by the companion piece The Widower. That was a straight up creature feature that hit me because it involves one of my fears.
Love this Author's style. Great read. So creative.
I was so looking forward to the second book by this author, and he did not disappoint. This book takes you on a lifelong journey that is not only a suspenseful mystery, but also such a sweet story about love and life. If you knew when you were going to die, would you live your life differently? I don't want to give any of this precious story away because I want to you read it and evaluate your own life. We will all die, but if you knew when...... and I loved the extra story at the end. Can't wait for more from Daemon Manx. Write more for me please......
The myriad pieces are greater than the sum of its parts!
To Whom It May Concern, I'm going to sling a word by you. Just one word, two syllables. It's a word that seems to have fallen out of fashion as of late; or, more accurately, the concept of the word instead of the word itself. Are you ready? Ok, good. The word, ladies and gentlemen, is restraint. No, I'm not talking about restraining orders, since those sure as hell aren't uncommon anymore. And, as much as I hate to disappoint the BDSM crowd, I'm not talking about leather attire with buckles and fasteners. I'm genuinely just talking about keeping things within limits. Sure, outside of the aforementioned things that I wasn't alluding to, restraint is not a commonly used word. It certainly doesn't have much of a place in our current bundle-offer/BOGO/loyalty card/upsizing/refer-a-friend society. Which is a shame. Because, honestly, sometimes restraint is exactly the thing that is needed in order to really create an incredible tale. Which, IMHO, is exactly what Piece by Piece is. An incredible tale. And what makes it truly fall within the incredible category is that, despite being short, it packs a hell of a wallop. And THAT is what I am talking about when I mention restraint. The concept of Piece by Piece, that of knowing the date of one's death, is a sound one. Uncommon enough that it's not treading over trampled ground. The additional elements that Daemon adds could have been expanded upon for a much larger work. But... That would have ultimately diminished the impact of the actual story being told. And said impact is important. It's arguably the crux of the whole endeavor. And so, by showing a little restraint, and executing a very tight and contained narrative, Daemon Manx has managed to make a little seem like a lot. Truly, Piece by Piece punches well above its weight, being more engaging and enjoyable than many books twice to three times as large. Which, to me, is the mark of a great author. It takes talent to make someone care for a character in a minimal number of pages. It takes talent to tell a story that is imminently relatable to most people while keeping the word count down. But Mr. Manx does so with ease. This is a story best kept under wraps, so you will find no spoilers here. No mentions of characters or plot points. Go into this one blind. Trust me, you'll be glad you did. Short, sweet, and to the point, I daresay that Piece by Piece embodies the perfect short story. It's a little eerie, a little saccharine, a little heartfelt, and a little speculative, all while being a wholly unique concept. It'll get you in the feels, too. The companion piece The Widower is a more straightforward horror offering. I like how it took cancer, which is already horrible and terrifying in its own right, and put a different spin on it. It's also a little bit of a haunted house tale, though that's all the insight I'm going to give. All in all, The Widower was a good little horror romp, and since Piece by Piece was less scary and more supernatural, it was good to see Daemon flexing his "spooky" literary muscles. Piece by Piece is an easy recommend to just about anyone who is looking for a couple of tales that will make you think "well damn!".