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Bravo! Loved Deep in the Darkness. I love the fact that you didn't cop out like so many authors do and have the, "it's going to be ok HOLLYWOOD ending!!!" You have a talent my friend. Horror isn't necessarily my genre with all the reading I do. That didn't matter one bit. I couldn't wait to get back to the book and I'm kind of bummed that I finished. Congrats on the early success of the novel.

Gregg "Opie" Hughes (from the Opie and Anthony Show!)

Dear Mr. Laimo,

I finished reading your novel Deep in the Darkness on Saturday. I had to write you and tell you that I LOVED the book. I hope I'm not breaking the boundaries of appropriate respect when I say that it really scared the hell out of me. And other than that, I really felt like I knew the characters and even cried at the ending. As a huge fan of Stephen King and having read almost everything he's had published, I've built up somewhat of an immunity to horror novels and not much can scare me any more. Deep in the Darkness did and I had to write you. I know you hear it all the time, but EXCELLENT JOB!!

Kelly Jones

Michael,

I just finished your book Deep In The Darkness. One word for that... WOW! It sent shivers threw my spine. I was really amazed by how extremely detailed you were. This book really freaked me out. I'm going to try and read ALL of your other books, which I heard there's alot of them, so I better get started. Even if you don't email me back, I'll still keep reading your books. Keep making these horror stories, they are the best.

Your fan,
Zach

Dear Michael,

I just finished reading Deep in the Darkness less than five minutes ago, and I just had to send you a note to say how much I enjoyed reading my first horror novel. I read your book every morning while I sat on the train on my way in to work and sometimes I remembered the book and forgot my lunch. A wonderful novel. You are truly a talented writer. Thank you for the adventure and a truly new experience. I look forward to reading more books you've written.

Dear Michael,

I just read your novel, my first experience of you. What a great read! A dollop of King, a pinch of Poe and Lovecraft, and a delightful sprinkle of Levin and Wells! All blended in your distinctive, exciting style! What a fine meal for the imagination you serve up! I haven't been so entertained by a book since I read those timeless masters just referenced. Hope you become a prolific writer like SK!

Best regards,
Scott LeTourneau

Dear Michael,

I am 47, I read about 4 books a week, usually mystery or horror and bestsellers and this book, Deep in the Darkness, was really something special. I run across lots of books that are great and I say I will e-mail the author and tell them it was a good book and then I get busy and oh well! I just had to tell you this book was fantastic, the characters, the setting, everything. You would think this could never happen but the way you wrote it I just wonder if it did really happen. You are a fantastic writer, I can't wait to get Atmosphere. You are the best writer I have ever come across. I hope you become rich and famous, I know you will!

Your new fan,
Sue Forman

Hello,

I finished Deep in the Darkness today--whew! It's an amazing novel; I loved it from beginning to end. The suspense and tension of the trapped protagonists, and the my growing frustration for their situation really engrossed me in the story, tugging at emotions from all angles. Not to mention the writing was just perfect.

Michael,

Deep in the Darkness is wickedly stunning. I had a hard time putting your book down, even when nature called (I'm just not a bathroom reader, heh heh). You drew me into the story, hooking me right from the first part of the prologue clear to the very end. My God, I felt so much empathy for your main characters--you fleshed them out perfectly! And that plot, Holy Smoke Batman! Those Isolates! I don't creep out easily, but there were times when I had to close your novel and shudder, honestly!

Dear Mr. Laimo,

My name is James Michael Rice, I'm a resident of Bridgewater, MA., and the author of Rebel Angels, a coming-of-age thriller, which I recently self published. Just the other day, while making my bi-weekly stop at a local bookstore (in order to check my book sales), I happened upon a copy of Deep in the Darkness. For the most part, the book was a spontaneous buy; I was unable to resist it based on the fact that the story takes place in New England, particularly New Hampshire, which is my favorite summer retreat.

I devoured Deep in the Darkness in three nights or so, enthralled by the suddenness of the violence that occurs early on in the book, and also by the fact that the Isolates seemed so terrifyingly invincible... I just had to see whether or not our "hero", Michael, would prevail. As Mr. Cayle fell deeper and deeper into the deadly web of the Isolates, I felt as though I were right there with him, becoming more and more entangled in the conspiracy of Ashbourough. In case I've been beating around the proverbial bush too much... I found the book to be very enjoyable, a fast read, and, in the tradition of any good book, I was sad when it ended.

 

Desecration

Coming soon from Bloodletting Press.

 

Within The Darkness, Golden Eyes

published by Flesh & Blood Press (1999)

"Within the Darkness, Golden Eyes is all a good horror story should be, because it has everything a good horror story should have. Laimo is able to draw out the tension and suspense until it is almost unbearable."
Edo van Belkom, Bram Stoker Award- Winning Author (From his introduction to Within the Darkness, Golden Eyes)

The Twilight Garden

Miranda-Jahya Publications (1998)

 

"Comforts of Home" from Lost On The Darkside, ed by John Pelan 2005

"George" from Eulogies: A Horror World Yearbook, ed by Nanci Kalanta 2005

"Contents" from In Delirium ed by Brian Keene 2006

"Ultimo Recurso" from El Libro de los Zombies ed by James Lowder 2004

"Grassland" from Apex Digest Fall 2006

"Dance: The Devil's Orgasm" - Strange Bedfellows: Hot Blood 12, edited by Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett, October 2004

Sleepwalker (Excerpt) - Black October Magazine #6, October 2004

"Till Death Do They Part" - Inhuman Magazine #2

"My Wife" - The Edge Magazine #20, Final Issue

"Within Darkness, Golden Eyes" - Epitaphs, Final Issue

"Something in the Air" - A Walk on the Darkside, edited by John Pelan, September 2004

"End of the Line" - Shivers 3, edited by Richard Chizmar, Cemetery Dance Publications, August 2004

"The Rash" - Vivisections, edited by William P. Simmons, Catalyst Press, Summer 2003

"Gila Way" - Best Of Horrorfind 2, edited by Brian Keene, Summer 2003

"Five Minutes of Video" - Underworlds #1, Winter 2003

"Soils of The Witch Garden" - Whispers and Shadows, edited by Jack Fisher, Cosmos Books, Winter 2002

"Enchantment for the Mummy" - Extremes: Darkest Africa, edited by Brian A. Hopkins, Lone Wolf Publications, Winter 2002

"The Exploitations of George Frederick Leighton" - The Asylum, Volume 2, DarkTales, Summer 2002, and Prime Books, Winter 2003

"Brothers Of Passion" - Redsine 8, Fall 2002

Within the Darkness, Golden Eyes is tightly written and does leave off at a part that makes the reader wonder what the next installment will be like... A decent showing... I would like to check out the next two parts of the story...
Brett Savory, Chiaroscuro

"Pool" - The Edge: Tales Of Suspense #15, Fall 2002

"Snuff's Enough" - The Dead Inn Volume 1, edited by Shane Ryan Staley, Delirium Books, Summer 2001

"Urban Sabbatical" - Darkness Rising Volume 1, Summer 2001

"Last Resort" - The Book of All Flesh, edited by James Lowder, Eden Studios, Fall 2001

"Anxiety" - Horrorfind, Fall 2000; Reprinted in The Best Of Horrorfind, October 2001

"Summer Fling" - Unnatural Selection, Fall 2000; Reprinted in Unnatural Selection, Prime Books, Fall 2001

"1-800-SUICIDE" - The Edge: Tales of Suspense #9, Winter 2001

"Night of the Rage" - Whispers from the Shattered Forum #5, Winter 2001

"Michael Laimo is a great storyteller who seamlessly describes the scene and tells us of the action that unfolds with a minimal amount of words... Within The Darkness, Golden Eyes is a quick, 15-minute read that entertains the mind and taunts the soul."
— Matt Hayes, Spicy Green Iguana

"Water's Call" - Parchment Symbols, Spring 2001; Reprinted in Midnight Gallery, Summer 2001

"The Body Shop" (with T. A. Marko) - 1000 Delights Vol. 1 Issue 1, May 2001.

"Milk" - The Edge #6, January 2000

"Imperfection, and the Bowing" - Delirium Magazine #1, January 2000

"Scarred For Life" - Something Wicked #1, January 2000

"Roaches" - Welcome to Nod #21, January 2000

"Off the Hook" - Hoodz #2, Spring 2000

"Banalica" - Electric Wine, Summer 2000

"For the Infestation of Maggots" - Flesh & Blood Magazine #6, Summer 2000

"Run of the Dead" - Cabal Asylum # 16, Winter 1999

"Big Bertha" - FrightNet #12, April 1999

"Night Fuel" - Dread #7, Spring 1999

"I Exude In Partials" - Fantasque #2, Spring 1999; Reprinted in The Pedestal, Winter 2000

"Bite of the Meso" - A Midsummer Night's Terror, Summer 1999

"Slugfest" - Crimson #3, Summer 1999; Reprinted in Scars, Fall 2001

"Standing Silent, Without Heart" - Twilight Showcase, Summer 1999

"Tapestry" - Deadbolt #4, Summer 1999

"Outside Looking In" - Darkness Within #1, Summer 1999

"A Matter of When" - Flesh & Blood #5, December 1999

"Murder in the Eyes of God" - The Darklands Project, March 1998; Reprinted in Alternate Realities #4, July 1998

"Memories" - Shadowlands, Spring 1998

"Final Exam" - FrightNet Online Magazine, May/June 1998; Reprinted in The Reaper #2, Summer 1999

"The Policy" - Classic Pulp Fiction Stories, June 1998

"Call of the Siren" - The House of Pain, July 1998; Reprinted in Silken Ropes, December 1998

"Laimo takes his time with this story, building layer upon layer of suspense and dread that swells to a surprising and unexpected climax."
Brian Keene, Masters of Terror

"Contact Lenses" - MindMares, Summer 1998

"Alley Man" - The Edge Magazine: Tales of Suspense Issue #2, Fall 1998

"Upside Down" - Weird Stories, November 1998; Reprinted in Goblin Muse, Summer 2000

"Grass Land" - Burning Sky #1, Fall 1998

"Sir Robert, the Dragon, and the Princess" - The Twilight Garden #1, Fall 1998; Reprinted in EOTU Magazine #2, Summer 2000

"Sweet Dreams" - Goddess of the Bay #5, Fall 1998

"Open Season" - Altered Perceptions # 7, December 1998

"Room 412" - The Edge: Tales of Suspense #3, Fall 1998

"Mosquito Summer" - Knightmares, March/April 1997; Reprinted in The House of Pain, November 1997

"Body Bumps" - Cabal Asylum, Spring 1997; Reprinted in Stump, April 1998

"Icky" - Knightmares, September 1997; Reprinted in Raise the Dead, December 1997

"The Wave" - Vampire Dan's Story Emporium, October 1997; Reprinted in Startling Science Stories, August 1998

"Within the Darkness, Golden Eyes" - Epitaph Magazine, October 1997; Reprinted by Flesh & Blood Press in chapbook form

"To Be" - Crossroads, October 1997

"Feels Like the First Time" - The House of Pain, December 1997; Reprinted in Stump, January 1997, and Gathering Darkness, October 1998

"All Hallows Three" - Crossroads, Fall 1996

"Contents" - In Darkness Eternal, Stygian Vortex Publications, Winter 1996; Reprinted in GenrEZone, May 1999

"One Last Breath" - PLOT Magazine, Fall 1996

"The Layover" - Rictus, Fall 1995; Reprinted in Dark Whispers: An Anthology of Terror, October 1998

"Mouse in a Maze" - Outer Darkness, Fall 1995

"The Visitor" - Lost Worlds, January 1994

"11:11" - Heliocentric Net, Summer 1994; Reprinted in FrightNet Online Magazine, October 1997, and Goddess of the Bay Editor's Edition, Fall 1999

"The Happiest Man Alive" - Pirate Writings #4, Summer 1994

"A quietly suspenseful and quite fascinating story of a doctor trapped into serving some odd-nonhuman patients. The story is reasonably complete unto itself, while setting up future installments and is a quality source of chills... check it out!"
— Jim Lee, Scavenger's Newsletter, on Within Darkness, Golden Eyes

"Sir Robert, The Princess, and The Dragon" , "To Be", "The Baby", "Sweet Dreams", "Growing Up with A Murderer" appeared in the Twilight Garden Chapbook Issue #3, Summer 1999

"Five Minutes Of Video", "Gila Way", "Slugfest", "Banalica", "11:11", "The Alley Man", "Room 412", "Murder In The Eyes Of God", "Night Fuel", "Bite Of The Meso", "The Layover" appear in the collection, Demons, Freaks, and Other Abnormalities, out in hardcover from Delirium Books. 1st Edition published 1999. Reprinted Fall 2002.

"The Smart Society", "Tapestry", "Anxiety", "Off The Hook", "Urban Sabbatical", "Standing Silent Without Heart", "Last Resort", "The Water’s Call", "One Last Breath", "Sweet Dreams", "Milk", "The Happiest Man Alive", "Within The Darkness, Golden Eyes", "A Matter Of When", "For The Infestation Of Maggots" appeared in the collection Dregs Of Society published in hardcover from Prime Books, Fall 2001.