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Thursday, November 19, 2015

WE ARE MONSTERS by Brian Kirk_Tour

We Are Monsters, Synopsis (314 pages)

The Apocalypse has come to the Sugar Hill mental asylum. 

He’s the hospital’s newest, and most notorious, patient—a paranoid schizophrenic who sees humanity’s dark side.

Luckily he’s in good hands. Dr. Eli Alpert has a talent for healing tortured souls. And his protégé is working on a cure for schizophrenia, a drug that returns patients to their former selves. But unforeseen side effects are starting to emerge. Forcing prior traumas to the surface. Setting inner demons free.

Monsters have been unleashed inside the Sugar Hill mental asylum. They don’t have fangs or claws. They look just like you or me.

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Review "We Are Monsters is fantastic -- a frightening and intense thriller and one hell of a debut. I was blown away." (Brian Keene, best-selling author of Ghoul and ...


Biography, Brian Kirk

Brian Kirk lives in Atlanta with his beautiful wife and rambunctious identical twin boys. He works as a freelance writer in addition to writing fiction, and is currently working on the second book in a planned trilogy. We Are Monsters is his debut release. Feel free to connect with him online. Don't worry, he only kills his characters.

Praise for We Are Monsters

“Keep an eye on Brian Kirk. His ambitious debut, We Are Monsters, is a high-voltage thrill, like watching Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor and Joel Schumacher’s Flatliners on split screens. ” — Jonathan Moore, Bram Stoker Award nominated author of Redheads

"We Are Monsters is fantastic -- a frightening and intense thriller and one hell of a debut novel. I was blown away. Brian Kirk is exactly what readers need -- a talented new voice with original, awe-inspiring ideas that can push the genre forward." 
-Brian Keene, best-selling author of Ghoul and The Rising

"Brian Kirk's debut We Are Monsters is a smart, elaborate novel that weaves together the best and worst of us. Complex, terrifying, and still humane, this book moved me to both horror and compassion, and that's a difficult thing indeed. Easily the best book I've read this year." (Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy.)

"A tightly woven tale from an author who has a heart, and that makes me excited to see what else Kirk has in store for us. The whole story will have you examining the human race as never before." (Ginger Nuts of Horror)

"Brian Kirk's debut novel We Are Monsters is a sure bet. 
A hippy-trippy jaunt that goes deep into the baser things we keep bottled up... and what happens when they're freed. Highly recommended!" (John F.D. Taff, Bram Stoker nominated author of The End In All Beginnings.)

"A disturbing, gets-under-your-skin debut novel. I expect to read much more from Kirk in the future." (Robert Ford, author of The Compound and Samson and Denial.)

"I can't praise this book enough!" (Horror Novel Reviews)

"Cleverly told. Psychologically complex." (Scarlet's Web)

"A gorgeous display of conceivable terror that resonates long after reading." (Ranked as one of the Top Ten Horror Novels of 2015 by


Don't come to this novel expecting only light-hearted horror [is that an oxymoron?]. WE ARE MONSTERS will inspire you to think, ponder, consider, and wonder. WE ARE MONSTERS is psychological horror, suspense, mystery, thriller. Brian Kirk pulls no punches. Clearly he has researched the spotty and often unpleasant, even ugly, history of mental health "treatment." His two opposing protagonists, Dr. Eli Alpert  and Dr. Alex Drexler, are both highly-educated, intelligent, psychiatrists, with experience. But they are so divergent-how can they harmonize? Eli believes in respect, Alex in pharmacology. Indeed, Alex is working on a formula to affect a complete cure from mental disorder.

WE ARE MONSTERS poses a conundrum pondered for centuries by great minds:  what constitutes insanity? Who is insane? Who is qualified to determine? What treatment can be effective, and at what cost to the patient? In the end, we all are monsters.

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