Passing Place

“The Greyhound pulled away into the thunderous summer storm, leaving in its wake a dishevelled, world-weary figure in the dark, deserted bus station.”
Richard is a man come to the end. Grieving after the death of his wife he has travelled the back roads of America in the search for an answer to that most impossible of questions. Why? Looking for that answer in all the wrong place.
In a Hicksville town in the western desert, he answers a want ad for a piano player and finds himself in the Passing Place, an impossible bar, where the patrons all have stories to tell…

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A tale about tales, set in a strange bar with stranger inhabitants
Richard is a man at the end of a grief-driven odyssey across America on the back of greyhound buses. Who finds a strange form of salvation in a card in a window.

Fantasy and science-fiction collide with horror and the supernatural in a world where reality is a matter of perception…
Sonny, the doorman, drinks his brandy and tells a story of death row. A green haired girl sits in her tree and speaks of the Wolf of Winter. The Weaver of Tears cries diamonds, and the Gunslinger speaks of death riding in on desert winds. The Grey Man tells of his soulless world before dancing with his mop once more. In the kitchen, the chef bends casually to make the greatest sandwich in the world. And the devil behind the bar tells tall tales while he pours you a drink.
Welcome to Esqwith’s Piano Bar and Grill. Where the impossible is the everyday and reality is just a matter of perspective. Even the cat has a story to tell…
An impossible place that bridges dimensions and time itself. A place where stories are told and retold anew. A place where something lurks unseen, something from the void, something dangerous, something hungry, something red…
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On kindle and in paperback.
This book is an (unexpected) gem as far as I am concerned. I read the writer’s first book as well, which was also an enjoyable read, but this one fitted a lot better with the genre I normally read. It’s a very interesting mixture of fantasy, horror, a doorman with a past, a club with a forest attached, an engaging personal journey…all mixed with a bit of suspense.
…oh, and there is a cat. An odd one…
In summary, it combines many different things with a story that goes nowhere and everywhere, and I will be waiting impatiently for the sequel….