Book Review- Tim Quellette’s Fractured

I recently spent some time reading a book that I was drawn into after the first few paragraphs. The opening pages felt more like I was having a conversation than reading a work of fiction, and by the end I was left wanting more than what I had in front of me.

I recently spent some time reading a book that I was drawn into after the first few paragraphs. The opening pages felt more like I was having a conversation than reading a work of fiction, and by the end I was left wanting more than what I had in front of me.

As a horror fan, I’ve read most of Dean Koontz’ work and several Stephen King novels, and I’ve watched numerous Alfred Hitchcock movies; but reading Tim Ouellette’s Fractured A Collection of Dark Fiction & Poetry, I was cast into a new world of Horror Fiction.

Introduced to characters like Frank Merton and his wife in Sleep, Jack Wheeler and his sister Mia in Insatiable and Michael McCann in Till Death Do Us Part, I got a glimpse into a completely enthralling form of dark fiction like I haven’t come across before.

The common horror term in today’s movies and books ranges from psychological to graphic, and Tim’s book left both of those impressions on me by the time I put it down. It also achieved it’s goal by making me think.

His writing is fresh because it’s descriptive and vivid but refrains from the norm by omitting the gruesome scenes that we find most common in today’s life.

During a brief chat with Tim, I gained some insight into his mind:

Q: Why the Title ‘Fractured’?

TIM: The title “Fractured” lends itself to the disconnection with reality that each of the main characters appears to experience in each story.

Q: What draws you to write the from the darker side of your mind?

TIM: I’ve always felt that every person has a side of themselves they don’t want anyone to see; a side that is perhaps more ‘true’ or ‘real’ or ‘authentic’ than the persona they put on for everyone day in and day out. Writing horror fiction allows me to delve into this “no-man’s land” and write freely and authentically.

Q:What do we have to look forward from you next?

TIM: I enjoy reading/writing horror fiction but also non-fiction and essays. I’m currently at work on a collection of essays about family and children titled ‘SONS & DAUGHTERS’ as well as my first full-length novel ‘FALLEN’. I’ve also published a comparative study of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and Adolph Hitler titled ‘A STUDY IN EXTREMES’.

Q:Would you ever consider visiting South Africa?  If so why and what would you like to see while here?

TIM: I would love to visit South Africa if given the opportunity. I understand there are some beautiful national parks in South Africa and would love to visit them some day.

Q:What advise do you have for aspiring authors?

TIM: Write daily, even if it’s just in a journal. I spent the better part of ten years filling journals with thoughts, notes, and ideas, some of which have found their way into my current work. Above all else one must persevere; believe in yourself, develop your own unique voice.

Q:Reading Fractured I found it very visual, do you intentionally try and create a mental picture for a reader or does it come out that way naturally?

TIM: This has always occurred naturally for me; it’s the way I come about my ideas. I’ll typically have some sort of a scene develop in my mind based on an odd thought or even a person I might see in the street. From that moment on scenes present themselves to me; at that point it’s my job to jot them down. I don’t try to make sense of them until much later on.

Q: What’s your opinion on our late idol Nelson Mandela?

TIM:  I have always considered him a brave, dedicated, passionate individual with an authentic love for his fellow-man. I can still recall the moment he was released from prison and thinking “This man is going to change the world”.

Q:What is your favourite part of Fractured, the must read part for anyone wanting to read it?

TIM:  I would say read ‘DEMONTIA’, it appears early in the book. The way Paul McGowan becomes unhinged is really indicative of what to expect in my writing.

Q: In recent memory what have you heard about South Africa in the news?

TIM: Primarily the passing of Nelson Mandela.

Q: You steer clear of the blood and gore often associated with horror, although your descriptions are very descriptive- is this an easy feat to accomplish or is it harder to perfect than just scribbling the gore down?

TIM: It’s easier for me to accomplish for some reason. I’ve never been a huge fan of fiction that involved characters hacking each other to death just for the shock value. While that’s certainly ‘horror’, for me the best (or worst) kind of horror is psychological.

Q:have you ever heard of Fanfiction? If so what genre would you write for if you had to write Fanfiction?

TIM: I think I would probably write horror Fanfiction if given the choice.

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I can highly recommend Tim’s work for anyone looking to be catapulted into a new world of horror.

Lastly I must say a huge thank you to Tim Ouellette for sharing his amazing writing with the world, and also for giving me the chance to read and review his work and for taking the time out to talk to me about ‘Fractured’.

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