Bullettime by Nick Mamatas

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David Holbrook is a scrawny kid, the victim of bullies, and the neglected son of insane parents.

David Holbrook is the Kallis Episkopos, a vicious murderer turned imprisoned leader of a death cult dedicated to Eris, the Hellenic goddess of discord.

David Holbrook never killed anyone, and lives a lonely and luckless existence with his aging mother in a tumbledown New Jersey town.

Caught between finger and trigger, David is given three chances to decide his fate as he is compelled to live and relive all his potential existences, guided only by the dark wisdom found in a bottle of cough syrup.

From the author of the instant cult classic Move Under Ground comes a fantasy of blood, lust, destiny, school shootings, and the chance to change your future.


About Nick Mamatas

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Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels including Sensation and The Damned Highway (with Brian Keene). His short stories have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, The New Haven Review, and the anthologies Lovecraft Unbound and Long Island Noir, among many other venues. With Ellen Datlow, he co-edited the Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology Haunted Legends. Nick's fiction and work as an editor and anthologist has been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, and four other Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Berekley, California.
Published August 15, 2012 by ChiZine. 225 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mamatas is sometimes overly enamored of his own prose (“The marrow of his bones boils with glee”), and the concept of the Ylem is less developed than it could have been, but readers willing to venture off the beaten path will be intrigued by Dave’s sometimes pathetic and sometimes oddly end...

Jul 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Bullettime

Strange Horizons

This Dave, a self-styled Kallis Episkipos, seems to be more aware than any of the other Daves of the role Eris played in his life, and actually takes over for the Ylem-imprisoned narrator, though it's somewhat unclear how he came by this awareness.

Jan 23 2013 | Read Full Review of Bullettime

Newstalk 1010

It would be exasperating, as it is for Dave Holbrook - at least for the version of Dave Holbrook who is stuck in “Ylem” in Nick Mamatas’ Bullettime.

Sep 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Bullettime

The Crow's Caw

Living out the lives of a character caught in an infinite number of catch-22 situations might be tedious, but Mamatas is a true craftsman who doesn’t take himself too seriously, playing with language and rhythm without losing the speed of his narrative.

Aug 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Bullettime

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