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Review: Dead Man’s Eye

Dead Man’s Eye is a novella by author Shaun Jeffrey. It is available in eBook format only from Smashwords. It is also available at Amazon in the U.S. and Amazon in the UK.

First published September 18th 2010, it was published on  December 30th 2010 by Deshca Press.

Genre: Horror/Thriller   Audience: Adult

Goodreads description:

A corneal transplant does more than correct Joanna Raines sight. It allows her to see something that doesn’t want to be seen. Something evil. Something that threatens mankind. The only trouble is that no one believes her, and by the time they do, it might be too late … Seeing is believing. Now Joanna just has to convince everyone else.

Joanna Raines was losing her sight. It crept upon her stealthily until she was left in almost complete darkness. As a young photographer her entire world revolved around her visual impressions.

Electing to risk transplant surgery before being forever trapped in blackness, what at first seemed to be a miraculous cure has turned into Joanna’s worst nightmare.

Through her new eye, a dead man’s eye, she is now able to see what others can’t, an evil that resides within, an evil that is spreading. But what can one former photographer do to stand up against the powers of hell? Will Joanna be able to find help before it’s too late? Or will the legions of hell claim her first.

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Dead Man’s Eye is a novella in the horror/thriller genre. Joanna Raines has Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy and received a transplant in one eye. While still in the healing stages, she is witness to a terrible accident and begins seeing what appear to be dark corona-like shadows around the victim.

Afraid that she is going crazy, she is reluctant to seek treatment, but when the shadows turn out to be something other, something evil, she can no longer stand idly by.

Author Shaun Jeffrey has written a dark and brilliant novella. The author has a very smooth quality to his writing which offers a nice contrast to the subject matter. While only a short narrative, there is enough substance to the plot to make this story feel complete. And it is the author’s ability to really paint a picture with his words that elevates this from being just another horror story.

From the very first line, the writing captivates:

Joanna Raines looked at the world through a dead man’s eye.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. From its description I anticipated this to follow along the lines of those horror stories where someone receives a possessed body part from a transplant and evil and violence ensue. That was not the case here.

Although similar in concept to the film “Jian Gui” and its American re-make “The Eye,” the story progresses very differently. As I’ve read hundreds of horror stories, I didn’t expect this one to wow me. And while the plot itself and its ending are not unexpected, it was the writing that stood out.

I did not anticipate an indie horror author to have such command of their words and the ability to craft such a well-written novella. I would typically never rate a short horror story a five (aside from Stephen King), but the writing in this one deserves it.

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A note to readers: In its eBook format, the story has not been adapted for an American audience so readers should expect alternate spelling and punctuation as well as certain “Britishims.”

This story contains language, violence and brief sexual content and may not be appropriate for young readers.

 

Author bio from Goodreads:

Shaun Jeffrey was brought up in a house in a cemetery, so it was only natural for his prose to stray towards the dark side when he started writing.

He has had three novels published, Evilution, The Kult and Deadfall, and one collection of short stories, Voyeurs of Death. He has also had over 40 short stories published in places such as Dark Discoveries and Cemetery Dance.

His novel The Kult was optioned for film and shooting has just finished.

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