Skull Session



[Read] ➳ Skull Session ➯ Daniel Hecht – E17streets4all.co.uk A young man suffering from Tourette s Syndrome desperately searches for steady work before his ex wife can claim custody of their son He accepts a job offer from his eccentric aunt to repair her old H A young man suffering from Tourette s Syndrome desperately searches for steady work before his ex wife can claim custody of their son He accepts a job offer from his eccentric aunt to repair her old Hudson Valley mansion, and takes his girlfriend along to help Sifting through the rubble, he discovers that the house has been vandalized by an almost superhuman rage And when dead teenagers are found in the area, the violent path leads directly to the mansion s door To end the horror, he must confront his family s past, and the dark side of his own soul.Skull Session

I was born into an artist s community founded in by my parents and their friends in the wilds of Westchester County, NY Surrounded by these individualistic yet communalistic bohemians, I saw artists in every discipline working their magic, and could not help but follow in their footstepsI ve lived all over the US and have worked at every kind of job to make ends meet, and I enjoy the labor of body and hands as much as the effort of the mind Mailman, logger, carpenter, musician, musical instrument builder, graphic designer, apple picker, farmhand, nonprofit organizational director, college administrator, educator the great thing about a checkered past is that you see the world from a lot of perspectives This is the best education for a writer I have lived in Vermont for many years, have three kids and several cats, am active on behalf of environmental causes, and am highly reclusive.

Skull Session ePUB ò Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 421 pages
  • Skull Session
  • Daniel Hecht
  • English
  • 03 April 2019
  • 0670876615

10 thoughts on “Skull Session

  1. says:

    Honestly, I didn t expect to like this book I definitely didn t expect to become completely engrossed in it This is some type of bizarre cross genre novel medical mystery, haunted house horror, psychological thriller semi supernatural urban fantasy Whatever you want to call it, it was a great read.Hecht dives into the concepts surrounding abnormal psychology and how much we still don t know about the human mind With tons of info and what seems like personal accounts of Tourrets and Auti Honestly, I didn t expect to like this book I definitely didn t expect to become completely engrossed in it This is some type of bizarre cross genre novel medical mystery, haunted house horror, psychological thriller semi supernatural urban fantasy Whatever you want to call it, it was a great read.Hecht dives into the concepts surrounding abnormal psychology and how much we still don t know about the human mind With tons of info and what seems like personal accounts of Tourrets and Autism, we also have dark family secrets, brutal murders, a spooky giant house, and well, you ll see

  2. says:

    Another great book by Daniel Hecht How did I not know about this author sooner His books are really detailed and the characters are wonderful I have to admit that some of the horror in the books is a bit hockey especially in this one , but the characters are so great it really makes no difference I have twoof his to go and then it is time to pray that he writes another one I have thoroughly enjoyed Hecht s books All of them

  3. says:

    Fairly interesting story of a man with Tourettes hired by his aunt to repair her badly vandalized mansion While digging through her papers family secrets begin to be revealed Interesting, likable characters And while I liked the emphasis on the medical aspects, exploring the mind of Tourettes, it builds up to quite an unbelievable and unsatisfying ending.

  4. says:

    Was going to give this 4 stars until the last 30 pages ripped off my head pooped down my neck Hecht was a great guitarist, to end on a positive note Was going to give this 4 stars until the last 30 pages ripped off my head pooped down my neck Hecht was a great guitarist, to end on a positive note

  5. says:

    Book Review originally published here you know the kind of book that starts out great, builds this wonderful, delightfully creepy plot, introduces you to these amazing characters with detailed, complex, three dimensional personalities, all of them with their own quirks and characteristics The suspense is so palpable you re on the edge of your seat and you just can t wait to see how it all plays out.Until it does play out, and the big reveal is so shoc Book Review originally published here you know the kind of book that starts out great, builds this wonderful, delightfully creepy plot, introduces you to these amazing characters with detailed, complex, three dimensional personalities, all of them with their own quirks and characteristics The suspense is so palpable you re on the edge of your seat and you just can t wait to see how it all plays out.Until it does play out, and the big reveal is so shocking you can barely believe what you re reading and unfortunately, not in a good way The big climax is weird, out of place, and seemingly comes out of nowhere It s also utterly ridiculous, even within the bonds of the world described in this book.So, basically, an amazing, atmospheric, eerie read Up until the last thirty pages which, as one reviewer on Goodreads adequately described them the last 30 pages ripped off my head and pooped down my neck That s the most adequate description I ve found of that horrible, out of place, surreal ending.Anyway, back to hte plot Paul Skogland, our main character, has Tourette s syndrom and struggles to cope with his symptoms, and with keeping a job When his wealthy aunt wants him to repair the old family estate which she has left vacant for the past six months, Paul jumps at the opportunity But the mayhem wrecked in the manor doesn t seem like something that could be attributed to a regular person.The force seems almost too strong for that.Then, when a local police detective investigates missing persons reports of several teenagers who disappeared in the past few months, and the traces lead him to the house Paul is renovating, Paul realizes that to face the monster inhabiting his ancestral home, he might first have to face the monster inside himself.Worth a read especially if you like psychological horror neurological thrillers, but I m giving you a fair warning you will probably either like the ending, or absolutely hate it

  6. says:

    Paul Skoglund hasn t had a permanent job in years, partly due to his Tourette s syndrom He s asked by his Aunt Vivian to repair her nineteenth century hunting lodge in the Hudson Valley The home has suffered severe damage Paul had been attending college courses to improve his job prospects but knows he needs steady employment His former wife, Janet, is attempting to gain custody of their son, Mark, because of Paul s condition.Paul agrees to the repairs While he s at it, he asks his aunt if Paul Skoglund hasn t had a permanent job in years, partly due to his Tourette s syndrom He s asked by his Aunt Vivian to repair her nineteenth century hunting lodge in the Hudson Valley The home has suffered severe damage Paul had been attending college courses to improve his job prospects but knows he needs steady employment His former wife, Janet, is attempting to gain custody of their son, Mark, because of Paul s condition.Paul agrees to the repairs While he s at it, he asks his aunt if there s someone who had a grudge who may have damaged the home so completely He feels that he doesn t want to do all the work only to have someone wreck the home again.At the same time, Mo Ford is transferred to the New York State Police barracks in Lewisboro He s inherited a number of cases One is of a hit and run where 23 year old Richard Mason was killed Also there are a number is missing high school kids who disappeared from the area within the last few months.When Mo interviews Richard Mason s 14 year old schizophrenic sister, she sends him a note that it would happen again, soon.Mo finds a connection between the Highwood Lodge and the missing teens He s told that some kind of satanic rituals have occured there He works with Paul and Paul s girlfriend, Lia McLean to learn the cause of the damage While doing this, a subplot is that Paul is seeking information of why his father, Ben, may have committed suicide and how that realates to the Lodge and Paul s aunt.This is an intricate story with much information on Tourettes More information than the reader needs but still interesting.The plot moves along, somewhat slowly during the first portion of the book but the reader is rewarded for sticking to it I recommend the book as a lesson for dealing with the disabled and for watching Paul, a strong character, do what he must to overcome his handicap and maintain his social life

  7. says:

    SKULL SESSION Neurological Thriller NY Cont VGDaniel Hecht 1st bookViking, 1998 HardcoverPaul Skoglund, unable to keep a job due to having Tourette s, agrees to clean up and start repairs on the vandalized house owned by his estranged aunt But when he sees the extent of destruction and learns from a local policeman that a number of young people have gone missing or died in that area, it s clear there isgoing on than simple vandalism This book caught me up from page one and hel SKULL SESSION Neurological Thriller NY Cont VGDaniel Hecht 1st bookViking, 1998 HardcoverPaul Skoglund, unable to keep a job due to having Tourette s, agrees to clean up and start repairs on the vandalized house owned by his estranged aunt But when he sees the extent of destruction and learns from a local policeman that a number of young people have gone missing or died in that area, it s clear there isgoing on than simple vandalism This book caught me up from page one and held me with rapt attention I learned a lot about Tourette s, which I found interesting, but be aware the author crosses from the book being a neurological thriller into psychological horror toward the end There was one scene toward the end I would prefer to have seen done differently, but overall felt this was a very good book with some very interesting characters I shall definitely readby Mr Hecht

  8. says:

    This is a terrifying book It s Gothic at its darkest Disturbing and perfect for October dank overcast rain filled bleak aura I have read Daniel Hecht s books in the past and enjoyed themThis one left me feeling odd while reading it I had to keep reading but I didn t want to But I had to know If you like the kind of book that has you looking over your shoulder to see what s causing the hair on your neck to stand on end as you readthen this is the one for you.

  9. says:

    This is an interesting book on many levels, and had me hooked from the first page and, as much as it may seem that this would be an automatic 5 thumbs review, there were parts of this novel that pulled it down to a 4 thumbs rating.The main protagonist suffers from Tourette s syndrome which in itself is an unusual choice of malady to use in a protagonist However, it works well with the subject matter of the book and, through the struggles the main lead has with his condition the reader learns a This is an interesting book on many levels, and had me hooked from the first page and, as much as it may seem that this would be an automatic 5 thumbs review, there were parts of this novel that pulled it down to a 4 thumbs rating.The main protagonist suffers from Tourette s syndrome which in itself is an unusual choice of malady to use in a protagonist However, it works well with the subject matter of the book and, through the struggles the main lead has with his condition the reader learns a great deal about this illness and this is where the book lost its 5 thumbs, at times there is so much neurological information it slows the narrative down, and that really affects the novel overall, but it did make me wonder if the Author had not had personal experience in some way of Tourette s Back to the main character it is safe to say that this man has his plate full dealing not only with his own problems but those of his son who also has issues, what kind I am not saying as it would spoil the experience of reading the book The reader is often taken inside the mind of the main character and is able to experience the world he lives in and the events that happen to him through his eyes This serves to make him a very real person with great depth and, at times, it feels as if the reader is right there with him in this world.When I first started reading this I assumed it was going to be a purely neurological thriller, and was quite happy to accept this as I soon found out I was totally wrong With a skilful hand the Author turns this book into a cross genre novel covering everything from horror to supernatural urban fantasy with stops at the psychological and medical arenas along the way It may sound that this leads to what is a very disjointed read, but each of the genres are woven seamlessly together making this an easy, if not very fast paced, read For the die hard horror fan out there, the scary portions of this book may seem a little tame, but with everything that this book has going for it, it really doesn t matter in my opinion.I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good thriller mystery, and I will be readingby this Author.Originally reviewed on This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

  10. says:

    One thing I liked about this book was the fact that the copy I got was a proof book, so it had a bunch of amusing little typos in it The sister s name was different fr a whole chapter, for example The main character refers to his aunt s horse instead of house at one point Things like that.The rest of the book, though Meh A lot of the plot hinged on people not communicating with each other and being purposefully vague I guess you ll just have to figure it out on your own Yeah, or you c One thing I liked about this book was the fact that the copy I got was a proof book, so it had a bunch of amusing little typos in it The sister s name was different fr a whole chapter, for example The main character refers to his aunt s horse instead of house at one point Things like that.The rest of the book, though Meh A lot of the plot hinged on people not communicating with each other and being purposefully vague I guess you ll just have to figure it out on your own Yeah, or you could just tell me and save your pointlessly cryptic crap Oh look at this interesting thing that the cop found out that I m not going to tell you about for another three chapters Um, yeah, cool.While I m glad that the author went through and did research into Tourette s to make sure that he didn t go making a mockery of the disease on accident, the amount of information about it that made it into the book ended up being excessive and dragged the pace of the book down a lot Considering I read almost 200 pages 198 exactly, I remember commenting on it before we got the first whisper of plot, so much of that could have been trimmed I m reading a thriller here, not a research textbook.Another thing that got old fast was the way the women in the book were described Her perfect hair, the way the sweater clung to her perfect waist, the perfect curve of her breasts, the sweet curve of her ass, the tight line of her thigh, her perfect heartshaped face Yes, we get it, all the women in the book, even the ones who have been declared too thin or not his type are perfect PERFECT And the cop has a raging boner for pretty much every single one he meets except the one that s game, of course Meanwhile, the main character Umhe had a mustache Andhair I honestly can t remember anythingabout him than the mustache and the fact that he wasn t a dough ball Yet his girlfriend, and her rampant perfection on every front, is burned into my skull for life.The twist at the end thankfully didn t end up being what I thought it was going to be, but it left me with a pretty severe case of yeah, okay then once I got to it All in all, the book was okay Not one I d read again, but okay I guess

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