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Fade to Black (Awake in the Dark Book 1) by [McBain, Tim, Vargus, L.T.]
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A 27 year old slacker has seizures during which he may or may not be astral projecting.


What he learns might have the power to change the world.

One second JEFF GROBNAGGER is standing in line at the grocery store, and the next he's in an alley where a hooded figure strangles him to death.

So that sucks.

This happens over and over again, every time Grobnagger has a seizure. Alley. Choking. Death. Repeat. What for? Why would anyone want to kill him repeatedly? Is it just a recurring seizure dream? When a sniper's bullet shatters his apartment window, he realizes two things: he's in serious danger, and there's no way he's getting his security deposit back.

Who is the hooded man? And who tried to kill Grobnagger in real life? His quest for answers leads to a missing girl, cults obsessed with astral projection, an arcane puzzle sphere, an evil book, a private detective named Louise and a mustached man named Glenn that makes the most delicious food he's ever tasted.

No one he meets is who they seem, and every answer leads to more questions, more seizures and more horrific deaths that may or may not be transpiring on some mysterious plane beyond the physical world.

FADE TO BLACK is book one of five in the AWAKE IN THE DARK series.


Scroll up and click the cover to Look Inside and read the first chapter.

Live. Die. Repeat.

What readers are saying about FADE TO BLACK:

Fade to Black is the funniest book I've read in... I can't remember how long. Seriously funny. I think I laughed out loud roughly once every three pages. That's a lot of funny packed into one book! And not just an internal chuckle here and there, but an honest to goodness laugh out loud that made my significant other call, 'What?' from the next room repeatedly. - Lisbeth Ames

"(FADE TO BLACK) weirdly resonates with me. It is sneaky in a way – it holds the things we fear up to the light – opening the reader up to honesty – to love and hope and the truths of our souls found in the darkest of nights. It’s weird and dark and twisted – and real. And I recommend the trip." - Leiah Cooper, SoIReadThisBookToday.com

"Buy it, read it, laugh your butt off over it and trust me you’ll likely love the heck out of this book." - Horror Chick, agirlsguidetohorror.com

"Smart, dark and thrilling." - Patricia Hamill

"I don't normally give five stars, but "Fade to Black" gets five stars from me for one reason: I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time. As I mentioned earlier, I am eagerly awaiting the second novel in the series, because I have to see what happens. It kind of reminds me of the feeling I got the first time I watched Lost, the TV series. It feels like my eyes have been opened to a universe of possibilities, and I cannot wait to see how McBain and Vargus explore that world." - E. Branden Hart, emptysinkpublishing.com

"Grobnagger's narration is hilarious. There are going to be times while reading this that you find yourself laughing even while he's breaking your heart." - eden Hudson, author of HOW TO KILL YOURSELF IN A SMALL TOWN

"Chuck Palahniuk (crossed with) the Dean Koontz Odd Thomas series." - Drunkle Dan, The Drunken Beardsmen podcast

"An unusually philosophical, intensely self-aware and thoughtful paranormal thriller. Takes the iconography of the tarot and does something extraordinary and original with it." - Lisbeth Ames

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1127 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502951037
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smarmy Press (19 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OP0TMQY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The beginning of the 'Awake In The Dark' Series kicks off with a bang, and slowly, but not TOO slowly builds as the story continues until you are frothing at the mouth for the Next installment!

You first meet Jeff Grobnagger in a dark alley getting killed for the umpteenth time, you find that he has seizures that send him to this strange pocket existence. The peculiar Grobnagger becomes a surprisingly sympathetic character that in a way, reminds you of the unnamed Narrator of Fight Club(Minus the dis-associative disorder).

The writing style that Tim McBain & LT Vargas employ is VERY reminiscent of Chuck Palanchuck and Dean Koontz. Very easy to read with Twisted side notes and internal dialogue that has you rooting for people that may not be entirely nice. I love that fact that they don't give you every detail all at once, but rather trust the intelligence of the reader to actually string together facts and come to a logical conclusion of what is actually happening while keeping an ace in the hole at all times, even if that ace changes!
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I'm on the train during my normal commute to work, I have earphones in because I'd rather listen to something like Liszt than the endless boredom of chatter, and I lose it. Literally. I'm laughing out loud and people are looking at me.

Then, at lunch, among my colleagues, the same thing happens. Suddenly I'm crazy cat lady.

Then I reached the middle of the book. Suddenly I'm feeling emotional because this guy just can't catch a break. His sense of humour is masking his belief that he's not worth anything. It's obvious from the beginning that he's not exactly Mr Confidence, but when it's written in black and white - deep.

Jeff Grobnagger has seizures. When he has these seizures, he is killed by the man in the hooded mask. During Jeff's plight to find out why he has these seizures, he befriends Glenn, a mid fifties man who is embarking on his own journey.

Forget the enticing plot line - which in itself will want you coming back for more - this character is intensely layered. You'll be rooting for him until the very end.

My brand of satirical humor may be different to yours, but for me, this book was slap your knee funny. Reading the inner monologue of Jeff Grobnagger, kept me turning the pages from beginning to end.

Hilariously funny, deeply philosophical and only the beginning.

Read this book. You won't regret it.
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The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. – Dante Alighieri

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. – Carl Jung

“Come on,” he says. “Maybe I want to offer some fatherly advice or some (insert word here Amazon won't let me insert) thing, right?”

Poor Jeff Grobnagger can’t catch a break. You see, he suffers from seizures. Seizures that fling him not only into the pain of the seizure itself. They throw him into another world – a world where he wakes to find himself hanging by his ankle in a filthy alley in a dark and grayscale world. And every time he gets free, usually falling both ungracefully and painfully to the alley’s filthy pavement, his reward is to be strangled to death by a shadowy figure in a hooded cloak.

“Any minute now a hooded man will come barreling out of nowhere and kill me.

So. That sucks.”

That first line of Fade to Black sets the theme for the rest of the book – an extraordinarily snarky, moody, broody, and oh-so-elegant and humourous fall into the absurd that kept me reading well past ridiculously late hours.

I first found L. T. Vargus, the co-author of the book, along with Tim McBain, when I read and reviewed her book Casting Shadows Everywhere. In that book, I wrote:

This book moved me, pained me, in so many ways. It brought up memories best forgotten, pain, heart break. But mostly, it opened me up with the wisdom and compassion shown by the author.

Happily, I can say much the same about this newest book by Vargus. I completely identified with Grobnagger.
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Not a complete story in the first book, just drawing you in for another few books. Quite funny, started ok, some good characters but the plot was a bit dodgy and after finishing it, I couldn't be bothered to read the next book to find out what happens.
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