Extreme Horror / Horror Fiction / Kelli Owen

Left for Dead / Fall from Grace

By Kelli Owen


Synopsis blurb

When Susan’s 8-year-old daughter is brutally attacked, she becomes consumed by her need for revenge—but mere punishment is not enough. Susan learns that sometimes those being given the lessons are not those doing the learning.

Grace has spent seven years adjusting to the tragedies of her youth. She has become a smart, sexy, complex teenager—who is nothing short of dangerous, as she teeters on the edge of the abyss and smiles at the monsters inside.

Trigger & Parental Warning: Extremely graphic material, which includes sexual situations and minors. It’s fiction, but it’s graphic enough to upset some readers. You’ve been warned.

Content Review

Left for Dead and Fall from Grace, two shorts by Kelli Owen, are really two parts of the same story. The story of Gracie Chase.  This is one of the most impactful things I have ever read.

I’m entirely sure where to begin reviewing this one. I’m not even sure how to classify it. The subject matter and content put it in the realm of Extreme Horror. And it IS Extreme Horror, but it is also much more than that. It is psychological horror. Revenge Horror. Explicit dark fiction. Mind-wrecking, gut-wrenching, give-you-nightmares horror.

Let’s look at why, shall we?

Left for Dead is revenge horror seasoned with psychological horror and torture horror. The main plot revolves around a dark, gut-twisting backstory. I have yet to decide which is more horrific: the main story or the backstory? There is so much harsh realism here: real life horrors, valid psychology, vivid characters who some might find entirely too relatable. It’s unnerving. Yes, this is a story about a mother’s revenge after her daughter was assaulted, and you may not find that particularly unique as a concept. However! Under Kelli’s pen, this horror comes to life, becomes real. You see it, hear it, smell it. You feel it. And some of us empathize with it way too much.

Fall from Grace is the second part of the overall story. The aftermath. The abused little girl years later. Told in first person, this is the extreme horror tale of what happened inside the mind of the one who was broken, in her own words. Fall from Grace builds with shocking unpredictability, and the ending leaves you feeling mentally violated as well as a little physically ill. It is that well done. It is that good.

Left for Dead / Fall from Grace is a daring story presented with unapologetic skill. It challenges the horror genre and the horror reader. I read it in one sitting. Twice. I found it compelling in a disturbing and twisted way. It struck me deeply and spoke to me in many ways, on many levels. Perhaps my personal life experience is a factor. I can’t be certain. I do believe that, taken in context, others could gain an understanding of the subject matter from partaking of this dark tale.

But it does come with a disclaimer and I urge everyone to take it seriously. The content is not for those with delicate intestinal or emotional fortitude. It challenged me, and I am pretty fortified!

Now let’s sum up.

In Left for Dead and Fall from Grace, Kelli Owen takes some of the most horrifying realities of life and puts them in your face and in your head and in your guts and makes you like it.

This book has been banned by Amazon, so you can’t get it there.

Here’s where you can get it:

Payhip – ebook
kobo – ebook
kelliowen.com – printed chapbook (signed)

Discussion on this book welcome.

About the Author: Kelli Owen

Kelli Owen is the author of more than a dozen books–her fiction spanning from thriller and psychological horror, to an occasional bloodbath, and the even rarer happy ending. She was an editor and reviewer for over a decade, and has attended countless writing conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA regarding both her writing and the field in general. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she now lives in Destination, Pennsylvania.

For more information on her books and social media links, please visit her website at kelliowen.com

NOTE: For exclusive behind the scenes info, notes, etc. on Kelli’s fiction, please consider becoming a patron at http://www.patreon.com/kelliowen

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