Brad Marlowe
Author - Screenwriter - Filmmaker - Photographer - Graphic Artist

Novels


 




          

                                 SLEEPWALKER 
                             The Last Sandman     

A dark force is born from the uncommon imaginations of young Sean and Cole Golden, casting a cold shadow over Nod, the ever-changing land of dreams. When the malevolent entity abducts the Sandman, and then snatches its own creators from their cozy beds in an Iowa farmhouse, Jake (the boys’ cynical father) is forced to resurrect the imaginative child within in order to cross the adult-proof barrier that separates the real from the surreal. In Nod, a world literally made of our dreams, the younger Jake must rescue Sean, Cole, and the Sandman before the sleep-deprived citizens of the world burn everything to the ground.

Jake faces physical manifestations of all manner of dreams, including a treacherous money forest, Lost Lake (where mankind’s collected regrets churn beneath black waters), They and Them (monochromatic Siamese twins who are the architects of The Rules for accountants and elementary school teachers), The Tree of Hope, and Death himself—who turns out to be a pretty nice guy. But despite the wondrous locales and characters contained in the story, there is a current of authentic emotion tethering the whimsical fantasy elements to a credible reality like the string of a bright red balloon tied around a child's wrist.

SLEEPWALKER: THE LAST SANDMAN is a modern fantasy without wizards, faeries, dragons, or vampires. It is an exploration of the origin of dreams and the tale of a world-weary, brokenhearted father’s love for the sons he has neglected far too long. It is a fantastical journey through lost love and rediscovered hope that may lead to redemption—for one family, and the world entire.

A thematic cousin to PETER PAN and ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, this unique adventure offers emotional complexity to mature readers while delivering a thrilling ride for the young and the young at heart.

(4 1/2 Star Average Across 32 Reviews at Amazon.com)

About the Author

Brad Marlowe studied filmmaking at NYU, read scripts for legendary schlockmeister Roger Corman, wrote for Playboy magazine, was a freelance technology columnist, and is an award-winning screenwriter/director with five feature films to his credit. The family-friendly SLEEPWALKER: THE LAST SANDMAN was the author's first novel, followed by the gruesome horror story, HOUSE OF DRUMS. Mr. Marlowe lives in California with his sons Cameron and Taylor.

   
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                             HOUSE OF DRUMS

In Zaire, the locals whisper about a hermetic mountain tribe rumored to have the ability to transfer the entirety of its dying elders' knowledge directly into the minds of its younger members. Legend has it that the Shantu were visited by a traveling Hindu raja, who engaged in a series of spiritual debates with their chief regarding the nature of the soul. The chief believed that the soul was contained within the flesh; therefore one could absorb the strength of an enemy by eating his heart. The raja argued that the soul was a bright, ethereal smoke which rose from the body and rejoined the universal pool of life essences upon the body's demise. The old raja never emerged from the jungle, but the locals claim that they've caught glimpses of Shantu children peering out from the trees at the edge of the jungle: children with eerily ancient and luminescent eyes.

Allan Steele is twenty four, hopelessly insecure, and the great-grandson of a Hindu raja. He is desperate to acquire knowledge by any means necessary—despite his severe learning disabilities—so when he is given the opportunity to tag along with his lifelong mentor on an anthropological expedition to study the Shantu, Allan jumps at the chance. But the knowledge Allan gains at the hands of the tribal chief comes at a gruesome price.

Argus Steele, Allan's father, developed a taste for blood and purchased sex in Vietnam. But his attention is torn away from his addictions by the miraculous transformation of his estranged son upon Allan's return from Africa. Long convinced that Allan has been sent by God to punish him for his sins, Argus becomes determined to discover Allan's secret—and to destroy "God's messenger."

House of Drums is the tale of two monsters—each unaware of the other's dark hungers as they careen down parallel paths toward the unforgettable climax of this disturbing psycho-supernatural story of ambition, compulsion, and Destiny.


AUTHOR'S NOTE

Please consider joining me and other critical (in the best sense) readers in my Credit For Criticism: House of Drums discussion group. Participants will be cited in the 2nd Kindle edition of the book, as well as in the upcoming paperback version. You can locate the Credit For Criticism discussion group on my Amazon.com Author's Page.

Thank you, and I hope to see you there!

Brad Marlowe


A WORD OF WARNING TO FANS OF
SLEEPWALKER: THE LAST SANDMAN

HOUSE OF DRUMS is as different from SLEEPWALKER: THE LAST SANDMAN as a blackened, bloody steak is from a warm apple tart. HOUSE OF DRUMS is disturbing, twisted, graphic, gruesome and (hopefully) very, very scary. I don't say this to discourage you from reading my new book but, rather, to avoid any disorientation that you might have felt moving unprepared from the light into the dark. And to any cynics who might interpret this sincere warning as a marketing ploy, I would be eager to hear your own assessment—after you've read both books.

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*This downloadable PDF of the COMPLETE book has a light but legible watermark (a text "brand" across the pages after page 50) which I've placed on all free editions of my work, which is only available on this website. To purchase your own pristine copy of  the book - please select the appropriate link:


If you enjoy my work please purchase my books and films, and then tell all of your friends about your wonderful new discovery. Your willingness to pay for this work allows me to create new work. Thanks for your support!



        


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Dex Wexler is a struggling director of independent films, a newly-divorced father of two preteen boys, and a nice guy with limited prospects. Apart from his close relationship with his sons and his friendship with his eccentric repertory of fellow filmmakers, Dex's life has never looked bleaker. But when he's coerced into posing as the director of a big-budget X-rated production, in order to assist an investigation into the suspicious suicides of a string of young girls who had recently auditioned for porn films, Dex's unremarkable life takes a dark and unexpected turn.

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