Heroin in the Magic Now by Terry M. West. Publisher: Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc.
5 STARS – Due for release on 8/31/2014, but available for pre-order here.
More Misery and Darkness than Frank Miller’s Sin City
In Heroin in the Magic Now, Terry M. West has turned the writing of the novelette/novella into Reality Composition. Every character is holding an unseen camera, recording the privacy of a life that goes on everywhere behind the scenes. Although Terry comes through strong with his unique voice that is unmistakably Terry M. West, once again, he proves to deliver something distinctive. When I started reading Heroin in the Magic Now, I took a deep breath and sighed – it provided the Fix I was looking for.
Terry M. West’s writing is addictive. I highly recommend it over alcohol or heroin. And – utilizing Hardcore Crust as an intro into Heroin in the Magic Now creates a seamless ooze into the seedy world that sets your teeth on edge. I enjoyed this more than Frank Miller’s Sin City, which is one of my favorite movies exploring darkness and misery. I want to see this on celluloid – digital is also acceptable with the right attention given. Although sick, edgy, and filled with heartache and broken dreams, Heroin in the Magic Now also taps into heart and hope. It’s filled with real-world perspective from the shadows, masterfully crafted with just the right touch of fiction and fantasy. I loved it when I wasn’t able to discern reality from fantasy.
Oh, wait – I found a lot of that – which kept me on the edge of my seat, turning page after page. Terry M. West has to know these vampires, zombies, ghouls, werewolves and human monsters… I mean… they have to exist… at least in his mind. And everyone knows our world is full of them. I can’t speak for Mr. West, but I can remember back when I was a child – the greatest thing I could ever imagine becoming – was a monster. As I grew older, that only changed slightly. I learned how to manifest the monsters into the heroes I always believed they were when I was a child. That’s what I get from Heroin in the Magic Now. I just love the gris-gris bag the lead character Gary Hack carries. I had something similar when I was twelve years old. It was a small doll from Haiti stuffed with gris-gris seeds. I can still smell it. Gary Hack was constantly learning.
As I read Heroin in the Magic Now, I sensed a deep metamorphosis taking place within me and then an awakening. I had to stop a moment because I was having flashbacks of aspects of my own life that were painful, heartrending and hopeless. It’s tough when you don’t want to surrender and decide there isn’t another choice. You’re locked into that moment of helplessness and start to play the game: Things will get better – it will all somehow change – the tide will turn. And you wait for years. And sometimes, you just throw yourself out of an airplane or put a needle in your arm or drink yourself into the blackness and wonder how you made it to this point in your miserable life and you finally just give up. And in that moment of surrender everything changes – although you have no idea until that moment of déjà vu – and you awaken to the realization that you have just learned something very important. I’ll be reading this again. God – this is going to be a great movie.