by William Pauley III
Narrated by Connor Brannigan
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Pub Date 21 Mar 2022 | Archive Date Not set
Franklin feels alone in life.
One fateful night, he gets a curious text from a stranger, Lynda, another resident of his apartment building. She convinces him to come over, against his better judgment, and surprisingly the night seems to be going great, despite a little awkwardness.
However, it's clear that Lynda is living with demons, as everything inside her apartment seems to trigger some dark memory buried deep within her psyche. In hopes of helping her escape the prison that is her home, he invites her over to his place, but the problems only get worse, to the point he fears she won't make it through the night.
Just when he feels the evening has reached peak insanity, he discovers her madness is rubbing off on him...
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Wow.. wasn't expecting that ending! This was my first book by this author and definitely won't be the last.
Raw and bizarre, the Bedlam Bible series continues. This title is all one continuous albeit freaky story that will have you questioning reality. Reads like a modern-day lovecraftian fever-dream. I wasn’t as sold on this work as ‘The Tower’, but it still sucks you in and refuses to let you go. Trigger warning: sexual abuse is discussed briefly in this title.
ARC audiobook provided in exchange for an honest review.
As with all these short audiobook stories, the narrator was perfect! The story itself felt like pure insanity right from the start! It kept me engaged and listening long past my bedtime. The authors storytelling never fails to keep me wanting more, no matter the subject matter. This book was more sexual than the others which didn’t bother me, but might for some. The ending left me with my jaw on the floor!
Let me just explain what makes William Pauley three’s books so brilliant, in this book we have Franklin and he gets an anonymous text from a girl named Linda who he doesn’t know but this is the phone call that was overheard in his other book GD electric lights. I love that about his books how you could read one and you can totally get the connection to another one that isn’t in addition to, but a whole new story on its own. OK so we have Franklin who’s sitting home bored has nothing to do and it gets an anonymous text asking if he wants to come over because she has wine and cheese really good cheese. After a few texts like him asking do I know you? And they finally deciding they both went to a bar close to where they live she sarts acting that the bar in the meeting there is a shared memory and he’s only been there twice and never since they had the garden yet she persists that’s where they met when his girlfriend at the time went in the bar. He finds it weird but moved on. When he finally decides that he’ll go because he’s doing nothing else, when he arrives she’s there with wine and a really good cheese which the Franklin looks like just sliced cheese. Her house is a mess she looks like a packrat there’s dirty clothes in trash in a really funky smell all throughout the apartment. after a while he knows he must get out of there before you can mention leaving she gets a text and it says don’t forget to take your medicine, Barry and he’s perplexed why does this grown woman need someone to remind her to take her medicine but instead of getting up and taking her medicine she puts the phone back down and wants to continue making out something her very thick saliva has change his mind about. When he brings up her taking her medicine she blows it off and then tries to say it was medicine for her dad because she must take care of him but looking around her apartment he knows I can’t possibly be true. When he finally tells her he’s going to go she breaks down really dramatically in fact him not to break up attack keeps telling him he’s too angry and told to shut her up he tells her let’s both of us go to my apartment to get a change of scenery but because she has some nonsense about how she cannot leave her apartment because the hallway keeps changing distances and she can never reach her destination he says he’ll carry her. Now if you think this brief interaction is crazy and out of the box well you haven’t heard nothing yet. I think this is my favorite book so far but this author I have read almost all of his books and I can’t wait to read more. I find his book strange quirky but all are interesting and I highly recommend the white fuzz by William Pauley three for a quick fun read I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.
SO FUCKING WEIRD!!! I love it though, and I guess that says a lot about me lmao
Props to William Pauley III, my new favourite author of insane books (both figuratively and literally) and Connor Brannigan, awesome narration!! This is such a weird, strangely erotic, completely unhinged book. I have no words; I'm still processing whatever the fuck is that ending. What is White Fuzz? What really is going on with Lynda? I don't think I can get enough of the weirdness of this bedlam bible series
*𝐀𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐀𝐑𝐂 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐨𝐨𝐦 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰*
This book was very bizarre. Some parts were a little gross to me, but I’m not one to be able to listen to descriptions of bodily fluids. I thought it leaned heavily into men and how the male sex drive will overrule major red flags. Overall good quick short read.
I really liked this book! It’s not too long, just right. I like the first person dialogue and the randomness. You’ll find many things to think about. I don’t want to give anything away but you’ll see. Great narrator and awesome artwork, as well. Don’t sleep on this one. All the best
I want to first start by thanking Netgalley, Doom Fiction, and the author William Pauley III for my ALC/ARC. That being said, all thoughts are completely my own.
I just finished White Fuzz by William Pauley III. I was listening to this audiobook at work and the moment I finished it, I looked at the clock—white fuzz—saw I only had a few minutes left of work, opened this notebook on a random page, and started writing this—white fuzz—a review. If you're my boss and you are reading this, no I did not.
First thing first, I did not know this was a sequel, the truth is I went into this book pretty much blindly, but even if it was a sequel I don't think you need to read book one to read this one. Actually, if you want the book to have its true disturbed and unsettling effect—white fuzz—it's better to go in blindly. ***That being said def. check the trigger warnings at the bottom.*** I had read half the synopsis and the effect of wonder, confusion, disgust—white fuzz—, surprise, unsettledness, and weirdness was top-tier.
At one point I was like I need to finish because this is a Netgalley ALC/ARC but the reality is at the same time—white fuzz—I did not want to DNF the book. I wanted to finish it and see how weird it would get. It's kind of like when you cover your face with your hands but then spread the fingers wide open to be able to see. It's like seeing an animal corpse and feeling both disgusted and sad but also—white fuzz—very curious and intrigued.
For context, this book gets Junji Ito weird. If you can’t handle mangas, no judging it happens, but want the Junji Ito experience, this novella is for you. That being said—white fuzz—I also recommend this to fans of Junji Ito and maybe even Joe Hill. I'm looking forward to checking out this author’s other works.
I believe it's better to not know much about this book and just experience it like that but IF YOU HAVE TO KNOW, this is how I would describe it:
Kafka meets Junji Ito with a touch of Joe Hill.
Anyway, if you are a fan of horror, alien movies/books vibes (not saying they’re alien but it gives me the vibes of this media), disturbing, confusing, unsettling, what the fuck am I reading vibes, weird af books then this book is for you.
Body horror, Body shaming, Cursing, Emotional abuse, Gore, mention of sexual assault, mention of pedophilia, mention of child abuse, self-harm, graphic sex... I might be missing some.
I gotta admit I was atrracted to this book by its cover. I completely loved the concept and it made the book look like something I would reaally like. Fortunately, I was right.
This is my first time reading something from William Pauley III and now I know I will continue reading his work. The way he built the story in White Fuzz was incredible. The book provoked a lot of feelings in me, starting from distress, passing through confusion and finishing with amusement.
Franklin's sentiments are completely felt and we are able to experience whatever he's going on by the great narration. Lynda's life is sad, whilst her past was unraveled I felt more and more empathy for her and it also helped me understand her actions. Both characters are so complex and well-built that you really don't need more.
This is a weird story, however, the author makes it very attractive to read and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I read most of it in a single day, and then woke up the next one wanting to continue.
The ending is WOOOOW! I wasn't expecting it at all. Overall I really enjoyed it and if you like body horror subgenre, you are definetely going to love this!!
White Fuzz is as bizarre as it gets. The story is about a loner who gets a mysterious call from a random woman eagerly inviting him over to her house. I won't dive more into the plot to avoid spoilers. All I'm going to say is I wanted to take a long shower after this.
The beginning and ending were my favorite parts of the book. The middle went a bit off the rails for me, and it was definitely a mistake to listen to the audio mid-shift-- but that's my fault. Regardless, good enough story.
(TW: Sexual abuse and incest are mentioned.)
Thank you, Netgalley, for the free audiobook.
Thank you to Doom fiction for this opportunity to listen to the arc audiobook. This book and its audio version are available March 21,2023.
This is my rate and and review of the audiobook.
I LOVED IT! The narrator was *chef’s kiss*. The story was proper creepy funny and short. Franklin was trying to be neighborly to a fellow apartment dweller Lynda by going to her place but when weird things begin to happen he invites her to his place and everything hits the fan. Lynda has demons and those demons won’t stop. I really recommend this short horror listen to anybody who wants to be creeped out.
Grotesque and absurd but somehow engrossing. There were Lovecraftian elements without the heavy-handed language.
Bonus was that the narrator inspired me to read Kobo Abe!
OK this author could be my next fix to strange and horror stories, but let me tell you something, this is a very strange story, I have listen to three books already and all three are very strange but I think this one takes the prize hahah. if I was a guy I would have run the other way around when meeting Linda, this character, she is very strange and talking with her is like meeting all people in a crazy shelter house, all around her situation and her fears make sense in the end but at the same time we get the feeling, what did I just listened to, yeah it is such a ride, and like all the other stories for me they take place in the same building.
Again I loved the person reading, Connor Brannigan is very good reading this author books, he gives life to the story in a way many can’t, it is like, “ah I need to put the kids to bed, but let me listen just a little bit more while I do this”, hahah, this time we only had two characters a male and a female and Brannigan, did bring the two characters to life, I highly recommend this author and paired with Mr. Brannigan is like blue over gold, is good and worthwhile, the story gets a bit mature, sexual even, with some undertones of sexual abuse, but to tell you the truth I don’t know to what point it is real or not, just try it out and you’ll see, I cant really explain what I thought of it because it would give the ending away.
Thank you NetGalley and Doom Fiction for the free AAC and this is my honest opinion.
This was absolutely wild. Our main character gets a call from a random number, a woman who happens to live in the same apartment building as him. She invites him over for wine and some fancy, expensive cheese. Despite his best judgment, he decides to accept the invitation and go over to her flat.
This was chaotic, in the best way I think I can explain. It is raw (and definitely not to be read by under 18s that's for sure!!). This wasn't the kind of book where sex scenes are hot, but rather uncomfortable to read through, so please bare this in mind. Though it has scenes of that nature, this is not (and never felt like) erotica in any sense.
I also found the main female character was a version of mentally ill I have not seen portrayed ... ever I think? I really thought the book was heading in a very different direction due to some of her statements but we ended up with something different entirely!
The narrator did a great job of taking the chaos and making it feel palpable, like I was a fly on the wall watching their interactions and feeling the anxiety creep up and down as various things came to pass. I have to say I hate some of the wording choices in the sexual scenes (I do not want to read the word 'gash' and I certainly don't want to hear it said out loud!) but the narrator did a great job considering the vulgar language - I am simply unused to sex scenes of this nature!
Overall a genuinely confusing ride - I didn't know where this was going to go and it really did keep me guessing up until the very last sentence. If you're into horror / creepy content this is absolutely for you!
<i>I was provided with a complimentary copy of this audiobook by Doom Fiction via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which I leave voluntarily</i>
The only negative thing I can say about this book is that I made the mistake of listening to it on the bus. I can tell you firsthand this is one better enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Alone. Via headphones.
That aside, this book was a bizarre horror masterpiece. I was hooked from the very start, and the intensity just kept growing until the final crescendo which left me with raised eyebrows and my jaw on the floor. Trying to explain the plot of this to my boyfriend was genuinely difficult.
Once again, Connor Brannigan’s narration was brilliant and he really made Franklin come to life for me. I am so glad I got to read this via audiobook as it added so much to the experience.
Thank you so much to Doom Fiction and NetGalley for providing me with an Audio ARC. All opinions are my own.
This was insane and I really loved it!
It was entertaining, weird and overall a brilliant story, highly recommend reading it!
Thank you to @netgalley and the publisher for an AudioARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. It was intriguing from the first page. Wasn’t expecting that ending. Will be reading more from this author!
A night of weird experiences that just get worse and worse. Franklin gets a random text from a woman who coincidently lives in the same apartment complex. He invites her over and insanity ensues.
I honestly had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up this book, but it was filled with weird and strange twists and turns, with an insane twist at the end. It felt like a fever dream. A great short read if you're looking for something different and out of the box (and of course if you don't mind some gore).
White Fuzz by William Pauley III is book 2 in the Bedlam Bible series. It's so good!
With superb and frightening plot points, Pauley's storytelling, and writing style are superb.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Well that was the weirdest audiobook I have listened to in a while! Far weirder and grosser than things I usually listen to, but a thoroughly entertaining and well-written book with such an unusual storyline. One I won't forget.
I think I liked this one better than the first one and I loved that one. This one was so so weird. I was hooked from the start and was trying to understand what was happening. The end was just crazy. Definitely another fever dream! Thank you to NetGalley and Doom Fiction for the audio arc in exchange for my honest review.
* Book review *
Genre: Weird science fiction and horror
Rating: ***** 5 stars!
Synopsis: Lynda sends out a random text to a stranger and asks him to come over and the story is about what happens over the course of the night. I cant tell you more than that as it would spoil the book.
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book! It was very surprising and unpredictable so it kept my attention to the very end. I never could guess what was going to happen next. It had a fantastic unsettling atmosphere that I enjoyed and the narrator for the audiobook was really good and did a fantastic job. I definitely want to read more from this author and highly suggest if you like this genre to pick this one up in the audiobook format for sure!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Even though I accidentally listened to this audiobook before I listened to the first in the serious, I feel like I had a pretty good idea of what was going on. On the other hand, I had no idea what was going on although the end tied it up pretty well. The audio version was enjoyable to listen to, the narrater did quite a good job, Now I need to read/listen to the rest of them.
The second strange book in this series sees one resident of the odd Eighth Block receive a text message from an unkn0wn number. After a confusing phone call he ends up accepting an invitation to pop over to Lynda's flat for some "nice cheese, the expensive stuff".
The strangeness continues from there as this unusual girl, whose behaviour raises a number of red flags, ends up staying over at his flat and the romance blossoms from there.
It doesn't end well.
A very well written short story of loneliness and the search for mutual benefit, with the lurking suspicion that all is not as it seems.
Well this audiobook went a little farther than I was expecting, but in a good way. After reading the description of this one I wasn't sure if I was really going to like it, but because the characters were so compelling and were so flawed it truly made this one an enjoyable listen. I wasn't expecting the story to really suck me in but here I am once again shouting to anyone who will hear it how enjoyable Pauley's work is to listen to.
Super weird. I really enjoyed it, but it was seriously super weird (in the best way). Disgusting, horrifying, funny, awkward, vulgar. I would only give it 4 and not 5 stars just because I wish it was longer, but that’s a personal preference. Aside from that, it goes down as 5 stars on my list. The storyline was easy to follow, dialogue felt authentic, details were incredible. I’m looking forward to reading more from the author.
A random text to a stranger. A hallway. A pair of scissors…and pills…and a razor blade. What do they all have in common? Those are just some of the things that link Lynda and Franklin together.
This story was strange and unusual and made me actually pause to think when I reached the end of it. I’m not even sure how to categorize this book because it had a lot of elements (romance, horror, sci-fi, complete and utter bewilderment), but this is the first story in a long while that I wanted to talk about with other readers. I wanted to tell them how much I enjoyed the storyline and its complex yet simplistic characters. I FELT something when I finished - not an easy task for someone who reads a lot.
Those who impact us most make us think. They give an alternative way of thinking. They’re different, they’re unique, and they’re enigmatic. The complexity of this story will give you all of those things. It really was an impactful read.
The narration was great, especially for me, who is picky about how voices sound. I’d absolutely listen to another Connor Brannigan narration.
Okay, this story has a completely different feel from the first book. The story, itself, still revolves around the residents of the Eighth Block Tower, but unlike the first book, this novella has only one story, and that story is a headfirst jump into insanity. No warning, just here you go. lol Every page I read, I was like, oh no this is all red flags, but like a train wreck, I couldn't stop reading. And just when you think you've reached the peak of insanity and your mind is about to quit, William Pauley throws you a deep thought nugget, and that's when your brain implodes at the wow moment you just received. And you know what, I was all for all the mental anguish I received, and man do I want more, because these books are so weird and so brilliant all at the same time.
This adult horror story suits my sense of humour. In the toxic environment of the Tower, a late night phone invitation leads to a mentally twisted weird date. Let me invite you to have fun listening to this book. Don’t worry you will be safe having fun on the outside while experiencing the inside horror inducing effect of the Tower. This is the second stand alone, but connected, book in The Bedlam Bible. Thank you to Doom Fiction and NetGalley for the ARC. The views expressed are all mine, freely given.
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