Book Review: Eye Contact – Author Thomas M. Malafarina

"The eye sees a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination awake" - Leonardo da Vinci

“Eye Contact” is an absorbing, terrifying story of the personal nature of reality and a poignant, nerve-wracking exploration into whom or what is our most defining voice amidst the suspension of all sensory input. It reminded me in plan (but not in execution – more on that later) of the non-linear Aronofsky film “The Fountain”, wherein recurring visual motifs and similitude of action grounded us amidst the jump cuts of time, space and character though in “Eye Contact” we also have the singular “voice” of protagonist David Matson as a through line and the husband and wife team of David and Gina Matson maintain their present day relationship as well. Continue reading

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Book Review: Gallery of Horror – Author Thomas M. Malafarina, Artist Nunzio Barbera

Book Review: Gallery of Horror – Author Thomas M. Malafarina, Artist Nunzio Barbera

Gallery of Horror is a very good short story collection that is wonderfully designed not only as a homage to the groundbreaking imagination of Rod Serling but as an interactive litmus for your tastes and concepts of horror in art. Continue reading

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Book Review: Burn Phone – Author Thomas M. Malafarina

What if you possessed the ultimate technological weapon?

In “Burn Phone”, Thomas Malafarina has a visual artist’s eye for detail and exuberance for the minutiae of his deceptively simple scenes. He writes with the same flourish for violence and tableaus of flesh as Clive Barker and yet he shares the same cosmic vision and torment of inner and outer space of H. P. Lovecraft, all the while working the clichĂ©s and conventions of the genre bravely and unabashedly. All in all, “Burn Phone” is one hell of a rollicking horror house ride. Continue reading

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