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Thanks and enjoy ALTAR! Below are some highlights of the reviews for the story, and I’d love to know your thoughts, as well.
Praise for ALTAR:
“ALTAR is redolent of hard-edged supernatural horror from the golden days of McCammon and King. Nobody is safe in a Fracassi story.” — Laird Barron, author of X’s for Eyes
“…great descriptive writing and amazing use of one of the least likely settings for a horror novella, a community swimming pool. Fracassi’s work building the characters and their relationships pays off when the weird starts creeping in. Both an intense and satisfying reading experience. Admired the depiction of the family dynamics as much as the horror.” — Jeffrey Ford, author of A Natural History of Hell
“Philip Fracassi’s ALTAR does to swimming pools what Peter Benchley’s JAWS did to oceans.” — Ralph Robert Moore, author of Ghosters
“2 bEastly paws (or 5 stars) WAY UP for Philip Fracassi’s _ALTAR_! !!” — Joe Pulver, author of The King in Yellow Tales
“Smooth prose, excellent characterization, and just enough horror madness to let the story ring in your head long after you’ve read it.” — Ronald Malfi, author of The Night Parade
“The moment I finished, I wanted to flip back to page one and read it again, just to see how he did it. “The Altar” is a keeper, and Philip Fracassi is the real deal.” — Paul F. Olson, author of Whispered Echoes
“Fracassi knows when to hold back and when to twist the knife. Fortunately for us, there’s more of the latter. Altar is riveting stuff.” –- Michael Wehunt, author of Greener Pastures
“Fracassi has the ability to inject dread into the familiar and everyday, ratcheting the tension to reach absolute horror. Profoundly disturbing.” — Christopher Slatsky, author of Alectryomancer
“Altar cements Fracassi into the annals of weird and horror fiction with a well-written, tightly paced extravaganza that showcases his flair for solid characterization combined with cinematic, bloodcurdling terror.” — This Is Horror
“Philip gets into the mind of a young boy better than I’ve seen anyone do since Stephen King’s IT, and it makes the story that much more terrifying…” — Shotgun Logic
“The everyday events are tinted with a gray of unease as we watch the simple things slowly bind and mutate into a terrifying beast of a tale.” — Ginger Nuts of Horror
“Altar offers up a good blend of real-life and supernatural horror…it’s about that fear of the unknown so many of us have, and the way the life we take for granted can be upturned, suddenly and violently…well worth picking up any time you’re in the mood for a quick dip into darkness. Recommended.” — Cemetery Dance Online
“Altar…consistently confounds expectations, leading the reader down one narrative path only to change direction – often in the most unexpected of ways.” — DarkMusings UK
“Altar is an absolutely great and fantastic character driven tale of impending doom.” — Horror Fiction Review
“What starts out as a day swimming with the family turns into a nightmare of epic proportions.” — Horror Novel Reviews
“If you haven’t read anything by Philip Fracassi then you need to fix this. “Altar” is a perfect novelette featuring great characters, stunning imagery and a dread filled atmosphere. There are a few images that will remain engraved on my brain for some time to come. Pass me the mind bleach, please. Bravo Mr Fracassi, Bravo. Highly recommended.” — BeavistheBookhead
“…a highly enjoyable dose of cosmic horror that sucks you in for a compelling ride...” — The Books of Blood