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Goodreads Blurb: When Gabriel Holland’s beloved Helena vanishes from his life, he journeys to the home of disgraced artist Cristian Salazar, the man he holds responsible for her disappearance and the death of several friends. Once in the town of Carliton, Gabriel finds only malice and mystery in the tales told by the few brave enough to speak ill of Salazar and the sinister Cousin Beatriz. And within shadows, in the guise of night, walks Alatiel, the creature Helena has become. . . .
The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar is a NOVELLA of approximately 21,000 words. The novella was previously titled "The Poison of a Smile."
To me, this novella was a mix of Bram Stoker and Rob Zombie. Ever scene in Portrait seemed like it could play out in a Zombie horror flick.
This isn't my usual genre, but I enjoyed the story. I was confused in the time lapses at some parts, but quickly figured things out. Gabriel is trying to find his fiance only yo end up in the presence of Christian Salazar. You never really figure out, or are told, what Salazar and his family really are. You begin to wonder if everything that has happened is real or an illusion. Even Gabriel is confused while at the Salazar estate. It's pretty trippy. Some of the scenes are kind of graphic, so if that bothers you, you may want to pass.
The cover alone is pretty damn freaky. It paints the scene that it represents wonderfully. When I first saw the cover I couldn't figure out what or who it was. But it will click into place when you come upon this passage in the novella.
If you want a horror story that will blow your mind, this is it. It was very creepy, and I wouldn't read it in the dark, or alone.
Steven Katriel writes Gothic Horror, Paranormal Fantasy, and Literary Fiction. He has lived in Wales, UK all his life. In recent years, he wrote history articles for a community magazine. Steve’s literary heroes and heroines range from Oscar Wilde to Hilary Mantel. He has a passion for past times and this is reflected in his writing.
Immortal Ink Publishing is awesome and giving away a copy of Portrait of Alatiel Salazar by Steven Katriel to one of my readers!
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