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.
A Deeply Personal Ode to Living Life to the Fullest
I was not expecting the type of book one might expect when they see a title like "Piece by Piece" - you see Ouija imagery with a bit of blood on the cover, and with me personally, the title "Piece by Piece" immediately makes me think of the music of Slayer and whatever gory imagery pairs with it. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a story with heart, passion, and a meaningful message (NOTE: I'm well aware that gorefests can have all these qualities as well. Calm down!). We start out in the year 1988 (the same year yours truly was born), with 11-year-old Bobby being visited by three mysterious young women who have a message for him, delivered by a spirit through the Ouija board. Nothing fancy, just being informed that he's gonna die in his forties, standard procedure. What follows is a heart-warming story of how Bobby chooses to spend the rest of his life, and how the spirit always sort of stuck around to fill in more clues along the way. I was touched by the moments Bobby had with his family, and how aware he was of the meaning behind each moment, which made me cry all the more once I reached the end. I'm not kidding - this story was very sweet, and was exactly what I needed to be reminded of the beauty behind humanity. As a bonus, we also get a non-related tale called "The Widower", which is a perfect allegory for crippling depression (you'll have to read it to see what I mean). I highly recommend "Piece by Piece" by Daemon Manx to any genre reader, and to those who might usually shy away from tales of the macabre.
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......