- By Vince Churchill
- Editions: eBook & Paperback
- Published: May 9th 2014
- Source: Review by Request
- Genre: Erotic Suspense
- In a Flutter: Twisted and Captivating
“What’s more terrifying – a madman with a twisted vision of love, or the perverse journey he forces his victims to endure? Lives are not the most precious things that can be lost. Sometimes they’re found.
Hyde…and hope to find yourself.”
HYDE is a dark erotic thriller from author, Vince Churchill. A little KISS THE GIRLS, a little STORY OF O, 100% enticing.
A Delightfully Twisted Erotic Thriller!
This was an Erotic debut from an author who generally works in horror, and the result is both genre-bending and incredibly entertaining.
The blurb for this book references Kiss the Girls and I can’t argue with that assessment… If Alex Cross was also abducted and kept at the mercy of Casanova.
Hyde is a serial abductor who keeps his victims for a week and releases them physically unharmed back into the world. None of the victims will talk about their experience with the mysterious Hyde, and the NYPD are left chasing a ghost. They are no closer to catching their man when he abducts his eighth victim…
But this time, it’s personal…
Hyde has made a formidable enemy by abducting the twin sister of NYPD Detective Samantha Burnett. The ball-busting investigator is ready to kill Hyde for taking her sister Simone.
Sam has a kind of pseudo-psychic connection with her sister, and the connection is particularly strong during sex… Shared feelings and sensations and all of that… But the connections is severed as soon as Simone falls into Hyde’s clutches.
I was entertained while watching the investigation unfold for the first 25% of the book, and then it became infinitely more intriguing when Sam’s sister is suddenly returned to civilization… The ordeal was over for Simone, but it was just beginning for Sam at that point.
That was the moment I found myself completely engrossed in this story. Metaphorically on the edge of my seat…
Hyde believes he is liberating his victims of their sexual self-restraint. He is looking for a woman to be his perfect match. In order to find her, he snatches candidates from their homes and puts them through a series of tests. Hyde has a team of ominously masked henchmen (and women) which handle his victims and allow him to remain unseen…
This is a story more about sexual self-discovery than any sort of non-con type of structure. While I certainly consider this to be deep into dub-con territory, it wasn’t as, well, rape-y as I had anticipated.
That being said, there’s a mountain of material which some readers might find objectionable.
This is not a romance,
No Stockholm Syndrome,
There are no heroes in this story…
However, it felt as if the author was pulling his punches.
Perhaps I was expecting something more sinister based on the blurb?
If the primary focus of this book was Samantha’s journey of sexual self-discovery, then we were robbed of the key moments in her transformation.
The book was Dark but not pitch black…
Twisted but not enough to make you squirm…
I feel that the blurb sets you up for something so much more than what is actually delivered on the page. However, the decision to soften some of the blows will endear this book to a wider audience.
It was certainly an entertaining read – Filled with vivid imagery and sexual situations as wild and frenzied as a fever dream.
Sam lay back on the bed and stared into the large mirror above her. There must be at least one camera there, she thought to herself.
Nearly another hour passed. Sam hummed the theme to Hogan’s Heroes. The bedroom door opened, and then something dropped to the floor. Sam continued to lie there, anticipating Hyde’s voice, but it never came.
“You should know, I’m not much of a game player.” She stared into the canopy’s mirror.
Curiosity finally got the best of her. She rolled over to the edge of the bed and sat up. A gallon-sized Ziploc bag lay on the floor. The contents weren’t recognizable, so she padded across the room and picked it up. She turned the bag over in her hands. It contained a mass of hair. The strands were long and corn-silk blonde. Its texture clearly indicated the hair came from a young girl. She stared at the hair like it was a rotting corpse. Sam fell back a step, and then noticed a note card inside the bag. She removed it and read the short, neatly written message aloud:
See what happens when you’re naughty?
“Oh, you shouldn’t be surprised,” Hyde spoke. “Me, being a maniac and all.”
“You fucking bastard,” she said, still focused on the hair. “What did you do?!”
“If I wanted to hurt this sweet little girl, it would have been her head in the bag, not just her beautiful hair. Test my attempts at kindness again, and I will become the perverted psychopath you choose to believe I am.”
Malice gleamed from Sam’s eyes. “I will kill you.”
There was a pause before he answered. “Of course you will. We’ll start fresh tomorrow morning. And as you’ve noticed, your door is unlocked and unguarded. Leave anytime you’re ready.”
Q&A with Vince Churchill
If you were to describe your book in only one word, what would it be?
What would you say inspired you to write it?
It was more a case of my imagination going wild and taking the story concept into a deeper, darker adult direction.
What was the source of inspiration for Sam?
There really wasn’t one. The story needed a “good” girl & a “bad” one. I did want her to be a cop, but the rest is all just bits and pieces from a variety of sources.
What about Hyde?
Hyde is me. My alter-ego. I think every man and woman has a dark side.
What made you choose to include photographs in your book? Where did you obtain those images?
It was something the publisher and I came up with to add a little something extra to the story, since it was a novella and not a full-blown novel. Dark Receses Press sought out the images online & the artists received credit.
Do you have any experience in Law Enforcement? What kind of research did you do to prepare for writing this book?
I majored in Law Enforcement Administration in college but honestly, I did ZERO research for the book.
What is your all time favorite book?
Oooo I’m not sure I have an all-timer. It changes by the day and my mood. Today I’ll say The Ruins by Scott Smith.
What made you pick that one above all others?
I’d say it was the intensity I felt reading it. It seriously got under my skin.
What made you decide to become an Author?
I grew up in the local public library and I think very early on I wanted to create my own books.
Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
I’ve been writing my whole life, so no, it hasn’t changed me. But I do think I’d be an entirely different person if I didn’t write.
What would you say was the toughest part?
Developing discipline to get through the longer projects until I became more experienced.
Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
No. Never. *knock on wood* I’m not sure I’ll live long enough to write all the books I have ideas for.
Was there ever a time, during your work for this book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
Nope. Hyde was an extremely easy project to do. From the beginning, it really felt like it wrote itself.
What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
I’ve spent the majority of 2014 writing. I was my infant granddaughter’s nanny for about 3 months. I work out regularly. Take care of my wife & home.
How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
First off, any review is a good review. You try to learn what you can from the more negative ones, but no need taking it personally. All creative folks have to develop a thick skin otherwise you won’t be able to sustain yourself in the tougher times. And there’s always gonna be tougher times.
What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next?
Since Hyde, the same publisher, Dark Recesses Press has published my next book called Goodnight, My Sweet. It’s an end of the world thriller. The next book up is an illustrated superhero/horror novel called Midnight Eternal. It’s in the vein of The Dark Knight or Watchmen. I’ve just started on the dark thriller, Siete, which involves seven regular people burdened with saving humanity.
How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to when you hit ‘Publish’?
What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
By far, I spent the most time on my first book. I wrote the 1st draft while I was in high school back in 1979 but the world didn’t see it until 2002. I worked on several drafts off and on over the years.
Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
Dark Recesses Press hired an editor & took care of the formatting and cover design.
How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
The editor was a pro I knew but hadn’t worked with. I’ve been very fortunate with the editors I’ve worked with on my projects. I like someone tough but fun to get the best out out of my work.
Where is your work being distributed? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
My publisher handles that. Hyde is available at all major online sellers & Createspace.
If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
Oh, I wouldn’t have waited so long to get serious about my first book. I should have worked & pushed much harder to get it out back in my mid-20’s.
If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
I would want a second, parallel life to live.
If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one item you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
A Leatherman tool.
Name your favorite fruit.
How about favorite time of the day?
Were you a Boy Scout?
Favorite food for breakfast?
Leftover pepperoni pizza & orange juice.
What was the last book you absolutely fell in love with?
Creepers by David Morrell
Is there a book you keep meaning to read, but haven’t gotten around to it? Don’t worry, we all have ridiculously long TBRs!
Believe it or not, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
I used to collect comic books when I was younger. Now I would say favorite DVDs.
Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Coffee or tea?
Sweet or salty?
Drama or comedy?
Cats or dogs?
Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto?
When in doubt, DON’T.
Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Night out in the street.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Foreign horror films!
Favorite Swear Word?
I use them all with equal love & devotion…smile.
About the Author
Vince Churchill has six published novels: The Dead Shall Inherit The Earth, The Blackest Heart, The Butcher Bride, Pandora, Hyde, and Goodnight, My Sweet. The Dead Shall Inherit The Earth was featured in XBOX Magazine’s ZOMBIES! Collector’s Edition as one of The 37 Greatest Zombie Triumphs.
Vince’s short fiction has appeared in anthologies such as The Undead, The Undead II, The Horror Library – Volume One, The Beast Within, and the Black Quill award winning Midnight Walk. He was also a list contributor in the Book of Lists: Horror. Vince’s novella, “Condemned”, anchored The Butcher Shop Quartet II anthology.
In the pipeline is the illustrated superhero shocker, Midnight Eternal.
Well Folks, this is my last Indie Flutters post here at the Butterfly-O-Meter Blog. I’ve had a fabulous time this year, but it’s time for me to retire and focus on my other blog 😉
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Thank You again & Happy Reading!