Brachman's Underworld by Vlad Vaslyn

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Delilah Brachman just died and now she has six days to dodge her fate or she'll perish for all-time. She's become an "In-Betweener," someone whose judgment has yet to be decided, and she's drawn a ticket for the Tuesday Train, the most damning ticket of all. She struggles against the demon Noc, whose cunning mind masks a childlike loneliness it will do anything to quell, and against Honest Jack, an idealist tyrant who uses torture to get his way. Meanwhile, she begins to care for a man that her real life never prepared her for. Will she overcome the demons in her past, or will the life she led condemn her for all-time?

Brachman's Underworld is an epic life-after-death tale that examines the powers of judgment, and asks the question: can there be personal growth without true enlightenment, or are the two inexorably linked? Fast-paced, deeply psychological, and rich with literary nuance, critics have called Brachman's Underworld the lovechild of Beetlejuice and Stephen King.
 

About Vlad Vaslyn

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I snuck The Tommyknockers by Stephen King out of the library when I was eleven years old. Despite the nightmares, I'd stay up all night reading it, partly because I was discovering that there was pleasure in terror, and partly because I was too scared to go to bed before the sun came up. It took me all summer and some of the fall to finish it, but when I did, I immediately dug up another King book. My love affair with the creepy, bizarre, and thought-provoking had officially begun.I'm the author of Brachman's Underworld and Yorick, and I've appeared on sites such as Digital Journal, Yahoo! Shine, Indie Author News, and Strange Amusements. My next title, The Button, will be published in September of 2013 by Lucid Dream Press. My background as a newspaper correspondent and freelance writer has earned me dozens of publishing credits for local news articles as well. I was raised in Groton, Massachusetts and now reside in Lowell, Massachusetts with my wife, Jordana. I received an Associates Degree in Journalism from Middlesex Community College, and after a few years of freelance writing, I decided to go back to school. I'm now a proud member of the National Honor Society at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where I'm studying History and English. I'm a voracious reader, avid hiker, and can't watch enough documentaries. Seriously, I have a problem. I love games too. Board games, card games, strategy games, you name it, I'll play it. I'm a pretty eclectic reader, and don't limit myself to one genre. Some of my favorite authors in no particular order are: Stephen King, John Steinbeck, Richard Adams, William Golding, Isaac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Robert Jordan.The greatest sadness for me is that I'll never be able to write all the stories swirling through my head, or read all the masterpieces penned by all those wonderful authors out there.
 
Published January 14, 2014 by Lucid Dream Press. 518 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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However, Delilah channeled her father as her inner-voice, this sometimes emphasized my understanding of Delilah and sometimes felt a little jarring.

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