What Makes You Die by Tom Piccirilli

I'm was surprised the protagonist and main character (told from the first persons point of view) in this delightful Novella is named Tommy Pic.  Is this any indication of Tom Piccirilli's real life? 

Tommy Pic a screenwriter, with one success under his belt, a low budget horror flick despite other better written screenplays he has written.  He wakes up in a mental institution after a failed attempt to commit suicide, a failed attempt at Hara-Kari surrounded by real and imaginary people.

He lives in his mother's basement, where he's writing a new screenplay called "What Makes You Die" which he can't remember writing. His publisher seems interested and wants more from him.

But he's depressed, an alcoholic, he hallucinates and struggles to write and has a relationship with a younger girl which spurs his creative juices.  An imaginary witch, from childhood past.  He's obviously mentally on the brink of another breakdown.

It's hard to categorize this book,  is it horror, mystery, a crime story.  Any which way, it's black.

I enjoyed this crazy ride.  I'd give it 5 stars.  *****  and highly recommend it.

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Like most of the books I read, this one came from the Surrey Public Library. On the shelf Books We Liked

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Tom Piccirilli is the author of more than twenty novels including THE LAST KIND WORDS, SHADOW SEASON, THE COLD SPOT, THE COLDEST MILE, and A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN. He's won two International Thriller Awards and four Bram Stoker Awards, as well as having been nominated for the Edgar, the World Fantasy Award, the Macavity, and Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire.

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