“… if you’ve ever listened to The Cure in the dark, danced to The Dead Milkmen, lost a loved one, hung out with skaters, hated your parents or hated preppies, or if anyone’s ever called you a “freak,” I think you’ll find a little of yourself in this book. Its honest representation of this subculture – from the music to the fashion – is spun throughout the web of fantasy …”
– Cynthia Conlin
“… I’m utterly mystified that this book worked as well as it did for me. It’s written for readers with a firm grasp of the Goth subculture (I don’t qualify); it doesn’t attempt to have a plot as such; and the vampires are hopelessly larger-than-life, with their expensive cars, outrageous acts of violence, and nonstop scorn for mortals. (In fact, the vampires consider themselves so godlike that pronouns referring to them are capitalized, a typographical idiosyncrasy that I found rather disconcerting.) Perhaps the book’s appeal lies in the sheer honesty of the narrative. … Self-serving but sincere, THE GOTHIC RAINBOW is definitely worth checking out … I know that’s a strange kind of thumbs-up, but THE GOTHIC RAINBOW is a strange kind of book. It’s certainly not for everyone. … It is a book of dreams and fantasies, power and pain, and bittersweet Goth-flavored wish fulfillment …”
– Catherine B. Krusberg
Sphere Fantasy Online
“… One aspect of the writing that I appreciated is that the author uses different styles of writing throughout this novel. Muss-Barnes excels in his literary descriptions of buildings, character dress, and dreams. … the choice of words and inflection of mood hit dead on at what I anticipated I would find when I first picked up the book …”
– Dan O.
“… Eric effectively blends elements from different genres and literary styles in a duet between mortals and Fey. Highly unique, believable characters, and a musical playlist to boot! I found the book compelling and charming (in a twisted way), and would gladly read the book again …”
“… THE GOTHIC RAINBOW by Eric Muss-Barnes is, frankly, one of the most absorbing novels that I have read in quite some time. … I’ve found the book well worth my time, and I hope you will give it a shot. I do not believe you will be sorry. At the end, I think you will agree that Eric Muss-Barnes will be a name to watch …”
– Christopher T. Miller
“… it’s quite a page-turner, with lots of shocking vampiric escapades. This book, on the whole, is extremely well-written with a wonderful poetic style. I’m glad I didn’t let the slow start scare me off …”
– Susan Moon
The Nocturnal Lyric
“… I haven’t yet begun the book itself, and I am already amazed and anticipatory: I feel as one does when you read a page in a book and think, “Yes! I feel that way too!”… That delight …”
“… I must admit that I didn’t think I’d like your book. When I first read the title, I thought, “Oh, brother, this is going to be cheesy.” I must relent my original thoughts (NEVER judge a book by it’s cover), and heap praises onto you. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I took THE GOTHIC RAINBOW on vacation with me, and spent a lot of time each day in coffee shops reading. I was sad when I finished; I had come to know each character and felt close to them. I wanted more! …”
“… I loved this novel, though Chapter 23 did throw me for a loop. I liked the way you interweaved dreams and current life. Threw me for a moment, but then I caught on. I also see you are a bit of a Shakespeare fan yourself. Really know how to manipulate me, don’t we? …”
“… I just finished reading THE GOTHIC RAINBOW. All I can say is “Wow!” Man, I can’t remember the last time I read a book that gave me the willies like that! …”
“… Your view and opinion of how a vampire should and would act is exactly what I envisioned – I’ve often thought that most of the books that I read were totally off on how one would feel and behave if one were a vampire. … I felt as though I had gained some friends by the final page. And I also wished that I hadn’t ended. I read your novel in 2 DAYS (much to the amazement of everyone), and completely absorbed every page …”
“… I remember how it was just getting cold when I received your book, and how it kept me company for two nights while I constantly sipped Cotton Club ginger ale in my bed and disconnected the phone because I wanted to see what happened uninterrupted …”
“… as for your writing style – One word: Eloquent! … Your use of imagery, or words to create imagery is extraordinary. Very passionate. I can’t imagine what you must have been feeling as you wrote this epic …”
“… As I read THE GOTHIC RAINBOW, I could sense that Eric Muss-Barnes has a definite passion for writing…”
– Jeff Davis
Puck & CLF News
“… THE GOTHIC RAINBOW gives solace and escape for those who feel trapped in a messed-up world full of heartaches and misunderstandings. There is plenty of sex and violence to stimulate, but it’s the delicate beauty and passionate writing of this novel that will touch your soul …”
Shadows know nothing of what you have seen, do they? And everyone who meets you, would never suspect all the pain you have endured this life.
Enough to make death that much closer… on those certain nights… all alone… when things get really bad…
Death you know well. The stories it can tell. Every page carved to your blood. Despair. And a thousand sentences of crucifixion have you been read and convicted in a tomb built of your own hands.
Your story is nothing.
Write all your stupid, self-indulgent poems and cry all your pathetic tears of self-pity. No one cares at all.
This book is for the lost. For all who have cried without making a sound. All who have longed for moments that never were. Within these pages shines a dim candle down every path of your oblivion.
Along these words leads a road down which you shall never turn back. A story carved from the part of your soul that knows more agony than all. The first time you read these words was a solitary moment in time that every sorrow in your life had delivered you to.
You are home…
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