Writer’s Block Trilogy: The Possession by A.K. Kuykendall
Since his youth, Gregory Stillingsworth has known his destiny: to become a great writer. Indeed, now a wildly successful author, he has penned seventy-three novels, all of them best-sellers. Obsessive and possessive, he writes the old-fashioned way – on a typewriter. His instrument, beaten and tattered even when his parents gave it to him for his fourteenth birthday, has earned a name over the years – Buford. It has also earned a voice. Early on, it spoke to him, repeating a simple mantra: “You and I, forever. You and I, together.” Gregory Stillingsworth, a world-renowned horror writer, an author who has already surpassed the great ones like Koontz and King, was destined to reach the top. Or was he? Was he destined, instead, to live the life carved for him by his cursed forebears?
About the Author
A.K. Kuykendall was born in Albany, Georgia, but grew up as a military brat on the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), and later at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is married and is the proud father of three sons. His true passion in life is writing thought-provoking novels that blend the concepts of fact and fiction. (From Amazon)
I was given this book to review and after a bit of a slow start, I enjoyed the story and was intrigued by the characters, including the typewriter, Buford. It is a real horror story with horrific deeds and thoughts, firstly by Gregory, the best selling writer. There are clever twists in this story where fact and fiction and horror overlap and leave the reader quite shaken.
The book is well written but the language is at times over the top and the relationship between Gregory and his wife in the good times seems unrealistically intense after being together for about fourteen years, but maybe that is the love cynic in me coming out.
There are enough changes of direction in the plot to keep you reading on to the end and there is a satisfactory ending with openings, of course, to go forward to the next part of the trilogy.
The jumps in time, for example at chapter ten, were unexpected and interesting and the story was overall original.
There is a really useful prologue which gives the origins of the doll in the story and an ‘afterword’ giving the writers thoughts and motivations. This is to me a very dark horror tale, the writer does not shirk from lots of blood, ‘teeth ripping into flesh’ and the like, gory at times, but well worth the read.