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Infernal Machines (A Vintage Horror Novel) by [Millar, Will]
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"You like horror with brains and heart and style, this is it." - Joe Lansdale, bestselling author of The Thicket

Welcome to Chapel Harbor, Washington, a town where everybody buries their secrets deep, and nobody is quite who they seem. A town where the ghost of a serial killer known as The Junkman is rumored to stalk the woods at night, and where an unassuming magic shop and its mysterious proprietor, Arthur Cardiff, may possess the key to an ancient and terrible evil.

In this coming of age story, Paulie and Stoner are two kids a little too smart for their own good. They stole their first car in kindergarten, and as for the homemade rocket launcher in Stoner’s garage … well, it’s best just not to ask. With 9th grade just around the corner, the boys find themselves on the wrong side of an older band of white supremacists that go by the name of “Twisted Cross.” When a rumble at a high school keg party turns fatal, it sets off a chain of events that test the limits of Paulie and Stoner’s friendship, and their very sanity.

Packed with hairpin turns and twists that will keep you guessing until the very last page, Infernal Machines is a blood drenched, adrenaline fueled, roller-coaster of a horror story that’s at once a paean to the Pulp Horror classics of the early 1980’s and a meditation on the enduring power of friendship.

About the Author

Will Millar was raised in Commack, a quiet and unassuming town close to the northern shore of Long Island. As a kid, his primary passions were horror and hell-raising. As he tended to cultivate the latter to a greater extent than the former, by the time he was 17 years old, the whole town decided they’d had quite enough of his antics, and would he please just take his act on the road, thank you very much. He enlisted in the Marine Corps, where his penchant for fire, explosions and general mayhem were tolerated, if not somewhat approved. At this point, Will also discovered the writers of the Beat Generation and began to write more consistently, submitting his less profane poems to underground ‘zines and belting out the more terrible stuff to unsuspecting audiences at various open mike nights throughout the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the last 15 years, Will has worked as a writer in various mediums, though horror continues to remain his favorite. He sometimes contributes articles to Cracked.com, and his short stories are available in several different anthologies. Infernal Machines is his first novel. At the present, Will lives in Phoenix AZ. He is a father of four, owns two dogs and has a wonderfully understanding girlfriend, all of whom somehow manage to put up with all of his crap.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Immortal Ink Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (Dec 20 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARLD97S
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Will Millar’s “Infernal Machines” is touted as a horror novel, but it’s more than that. Sure, it’s horror … but there are elements of drama, mystery, sci-fi, occult, action, and more so thoroughly threaded throughout that it seems like calling it horror sells it short.

Describing it isn’t easy, either. At various points, I was reminded of Stephen King’s “It” and “Needful Things,” “The Goonies,” and pretty much every monster movie I ever watched. Yet, it isn’t just derivative regurgitation. It has monsters of the human (serial killers, white supremacists) and inhuman varieties. It has coming of age moments. It makes strong statements about families and love. It speaks of choices and the price of such choices. It even shares some age-old wisdom: “when the Universe throws you a break, it possesses a child’s patience.”

Regardless of whether it’s easily genred (not a real word, I know) or described, “Infernal Machines” a damn good book. I highly recommend it to all horror, paranormal, and supernatural fans.

See this review during Will's book tour stop at vaempires.com on 3/28/13.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa358b990) out of 5 stars Horror fiction at its best Dec 24 2012
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Just....wow. This book really took me back to the 1980's, when horror fiction was king. I'm talking writers like Stephen King, Peter Straub, Robert McCammon...the ones who represent horror fiction in its most traditional outfit.

Chapel Harbor has in its past a serial or spree killer known affectionately as The Junkman. His propensity for violence showed itself back during an art exhibit in which The Junkman tried to murder everyone in attendance. The authorities would later discover that The Junkman had been orchestrating a circus of horrors for a while.

Move to the modern day. We meet the main characters in the the story--Paulie and Stoner, two teenage boys, are trying to plow through school without getting themselves in more trouble. The boys have some other issues, including a local gang of ne'er-do-wells they refer to as the nazis. As the end of the school year approaches, Paulie and Stoner seem to be on a collision course with the nazis.

Meanwhile, Chapel Harbor is about to open a new store: a magic shop. Arthur Cardiff, the store's curious owner, is about to unveil his greatest creation: a giant, mechanical "golem." I won't say more. You will have to read the book to find out how these events ultimately unfold. Infernal Machine in a longer book, right in the tradition of '80's horror, but Will Millar has an assured voice that never fails to enlighten and amuse. Among the many strengths of this book are the cast of unique, zany--sometimes psychopathic--characters. This book took me back not only to the glory days of horror but also to my own youth when we had bottle-rocket battles down in the junkyard and did things that ... well, thank heavens Mom never found out. This is a tremendous coming-of-age story with stellar prose and hundreds and hundreds of quotable lines. If you worry about the book's length, don't. It's fully justified, as, like the title, it's a giant machine with a lot of various moving parts.

Just when you thought modern horror fiction obsessed with vampires and zombies and other pop-culture phenomenon, Infernal Machines throws you back to the glory days of horror. Unfortunately, not enough horror writers are in touch with their roots, but Millar definitely is, and I look forward to seeing what he writes next.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa358ba08) out of 5 stars Amazing read! Jan. 27 2013
By pherbear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I don't normally write book or product reviews on here. Usually, I'm too lazy, but I feel the need to do so here.

I stumbled upon this book by complete accident. The author requested to follow me on Twitter one day. I checked out his profile, decided that he didn't creep me out, and accepted his follow request; in turn, I followed him back. In the days after, I noticed that he was tweeting a lot about his book, and eventually I became curious enough to request a sample read. I was hooked within the first few pages, and devoured the novel within a matter of days. The length of a novel means nothing when the story is gripping.

Infernal Machines is a well-written vintage coming-of-age meets horror novel. From the first pages, it sucks you in, leaving you not wanting to put it down for a second. Will Millar does a great job of fleshing out his characters, and building a world without info-dumping. He made me feel for his characters in a way that I don't necessarily do too often when I'm reading. I wanted to be friends with Paulie and Stoner; I wanted to be with them on this terrifying but exhilarating adventure, and participate in their investigations and hijinks. When they were angry, I was angry; when they were sad, I felt the same. These are amazing characters that stick with you even after the novel is over; and that, to me, is the sign of a great writer.

Millar's horror is not about monsters--not exactly. It's more about how you feel when you face something you don't know or understand. The fear-factor of his novel is subtle, at least in my opinion. You'll find your skin crawling when he describes the destruction of something, but only hints at what might have caused it; or the sinister look on a character's face that disappears an instant later. At other times, it is the actions of the characters that creep you out more than anything else. His writing very much reminds me of Stephen King's work, most notably "The Body" (the novella "Stand By Me" was based on) and "IT."

I really enjoyed this novel, and have been recommending it to all my friends. If you're looking for a good read, I urge you to download the sample and get sucked in like the rest of us! The novel is filled with twists and surprises; just when you thought it's going to go one way, it'll go another, leaving you wondering what's going to happen next! Needless to say, I will definitely be keeping a lookout for Millar's future work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa358bcc0) out of 5 stars seriously talented Oct. 13 2013
By Kaye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Has the energy and vision of a Robert Bloch story. The lovely prose is its own character, describing an incongruent world of menace and illusion. Will Millar is a great voice in a renaissance of horror fiction, and I hope he enjoys the tremendous success he deserves.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa358bbdc) out of 5 stars Great book! Dec 22 2012
By sticksdt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great book! It keeps you engrossed so that you don't want to put it down. The author really puts you in the middle of this story w/ the characters....I cared what happened to them. And there were some great twists and surprises! I think anyone would enjoy this book but especially those that like horror/thriller/sci-fi books. I'm anxious to read another book by this author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa30a0210) out of 5 stars Great horror mash-up Oct. 1 2013
By shelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm giving it 4 stars because the story itself is very entertaining and well-written with great characters.
If half stars were allowed (ahem, Amazon) I would lower my rating to 3.5 due to the need for a good editor. Bad editing is a pet peeve of mine, it tends to take me right out of the story, and this was a really good story. A lot of the editing problems were obviously things where the author had planned on switching out a phrase or word for something else, and simply didn't delete the original writing. Anyway. The story reminded me of other great coming of age stories like Stephen King's The Body and Robert McCammon's Boy's Life. Very enjoyable and I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.