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A Stitch of Madness

By A.J. Brown


Dark and Haunting Tales of Madness

Synopsis Blurb

Madness: extremely foolish behavior.
Imprisoned for the murder of his best friend, Johnny Cleary sets out to tell what happened on the day Bobby “Buster” Lennon died, but are the words he writes true or does the deception run deeper.

Madness: the state of being mentally ill, especially severely.
There is something wrong with Irene. Momma’s dead and a ragdoll speaks to her in a voice that is hauntingly familiar. And what about the stitches, the very things that just might hold Irene together?

Madness: a state of frenzied or chaotic activity.
After an odd stranger pays Robert Wallenger a visit, his world begins to unravel and the past comes rushing back, along with a sickly sweet scent.

There is madness in everyone. For most, the madness never surfaces. For others, all it takes is one thing, big or small, for them to spiral out of control.

Content Review

So, fortune favored the foolish and I came across this volume of some of A.J. Brown’s older stories.  In a shot of double fortune, it came in the form of a physical book I get to keep, which is perfect because this is definitely shelf worthy!

Dark and haunting, A Stitch of Madness is a collection of 3 short stories of the broken mind.  Written with frightening clarity, each story drags you down a dark path into madness right alongside the characters.

Catherine’s Well
Johnny Cleary tells the tale of the day his best friend dies at the cursed Catherine’s Well in this skillfully written first person letter to the reader.  The seamlessly integrated gradual reveal of who Johnny really is deep down is a critical component of this story of legends, obsession, and madness, so don’t skip anything!

Stitches is the heart wrenching, horrifying tale of Irene and her ragdoll.  Her ragdoll speaks to her, teaches her about the magic and joys of sewing.  AJ Brown’s story of one young woman’s tragic insanity will horrify you long after you finish reading it.

A Sickly Sweet Scent
This first person narrative recounts the chaos of karma and the sickly sweet scent of past events coming to call.  Once again, A.J. Brown delivers a uniquely written first-person story that wholly reflects the voice of the character telling it in both tone and verbiage. This story was all tension and terror.

There is a lot more I would like to say about the stories, but I abhor spoilers in my reviews and I have not figured out how to say more without spoilers. However, if you have read other works by A.J. Brown, you are familiar with his superior talent. If not, please don’t rob yourself of the experience of reading his work.  Check out my reviews of his other works here.

But either way…

Don’t miss out on this masterful collection of madness by A.J. Brown.

Get it on Amazon now:
US Link: A Stitch of Madness
UK Link: A Stitch of Madness

About the Author: A.J. Brown

A.J. Brown is a southern-born writer who tells emotionally charged, character driven stories that often delve into the darker parts of the human psyche. Most of his stories have the southern country feel of his childhood.

A.J. writes in a conversational style that draws the reader in and holds their attention. His characters are average people with average lives who are layered with memories and emotions and are fallible, just like anyone else.

A.J. draws inspiration from every day events and conversations. The characters of his stories are drawn from people he has met or seen during his life. Some of the best stories are inspired by his two children.

Though he writes mostly darker stories, he does so without unnecessary gore, coarse language, or sex.

A.J. is also a husband to Cate and a father to two kids, who often inspire him in the most interesting ways.

More than 150 of his stories have been published in various online and print publications. His story Mother Weeps was nominated for a Pushcart Award in 2010. Another story, Picket Fences, was the editor’s choice story for Necrotic Tissue in October of 2010. The story, Numbers, won the quarterly contest at WilyWriters.com in June of 2013.

If you would like to learn more about A.J. you can check out his blog, Type AJ Negative.
Or, check out his Amazon Page.
You can also find him on Facebook (ajbrown36).


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