Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Straight Chatting from the Library: Twisted Tales of Deceit by P.D. Alleva

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What is your favorite book today?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I’ve read this book four times and I’m still fascinated with the plot and multiple themes associated with the story. Man vs himself, man vs God, man vs society, man vs man. There’s no wonder why this novel is timeless.

What are you reading right now?

Dan Brown’s Inferno; The Secret History of the World As Laid Down by the Secret Societies by Mark Booth; HP Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction.

What books do you have on hold at the library?

Stephen King’s The Outsider

E-Reader or print? and why?

Print. There’s just something about the feel of a book in my hands that is completely satisfying. Print books are like going on a reading journey, bringing a sense of satisfaction with every stop towards completion. You can see it, the pages winding down to the end. Plus, the smell, there’s nothing better than walking into a library or bookstore and getting that waft of books in your nostrils. Feels like home.

One book at a time or multiples?

Multiples. I normally have three going at a time with a mix of fiction, science (I love quantum physics), and self-help or philosophy.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

Dog-ear, sorry Judith. I can never hold on to a bookmark. I don’t actually know why but they just seem to disappear on me. Kind of like that sock that mysteriously goes missing from the dryer.

Favorite book you've read this year?

Finally read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Not sure why I waited so long to read this classic, but it was 100% worth the wait. Absolutely incredible.

When do you do most of your reading?

In the evening.

Favorite genre?

This is a difficult question to answer. There seems to be so many highly specific genres in today’s world. Plus I’m a multi-genre writer and don’t want to insult any genre over the other (my books and characters may resent me for it). However, to answer the question I’d have to choose horror and thrillers.

Do you loan your books?

Of course. Sharing is caring.


Twisted Tales of Deceit is the first installment in the Beyond the Chamber Door series. Featuring three tales (The Calculated Desolation of Hope, Somnium, & Knickerbocker) chronicling an evil influence on the human psyche, tipping our hands into the engagement of what is most horrifying; our dastardly, human deeds steeped in self-destruction, desperation and the loss of dreams. Metaphorical warnings have been constructed inside these pages to reflect the everyday signs the universe provides under the guise of reflective light that return to mirror how evil tempts our hand so to not fulfill the dreams of the soul. Our doubts, our sadness, our indecisions rooted in fear, are toiled with by the presence of imps bent on hatred and in need of our nightmares to survive. Here, the human spirit is dripped like honey, tasteful to the dark corridors of human malevolence and taken advantage by the corrupt and seamlessly endless parade other worldly dimensions have on what should be our earthly utopia, creating rage in the cosmic hedonism of jealousy.


The Horseman kicked his steed, raising his sword as he barreled toward Crane.

“Shit!” Crane said and started to run. “What the fuck is going on?”

Galloping hoofs slammed against the ground, picking up speed. Crane’s heart jumped and pounded in his chest. His face was as ashen as the blood that had rushed to his pumping heart. The sound of hooves came close, too close, and he heard the backswing of the sword. Crane jumped and landed right into a headstone, smashing it to pieces. His head immediately started to bleed.

The Horseman stopped and dismounted.

Crane’s vision was blurred, but he could see the Horseman coming at him, sword in hand.

“What do you want from me?” Crane yelled, starting to cry, the pain in his head and the fear in his heart too overwhelming for him to shove down and forget about.

The Horseman approached quickly, his boots stomping on the ground with a heavy thud. Crane scampered to get to his feet, cutting his hand on the broken headstone. The sound of the Horseman’s sword, that metallic ting, rang in Crane’s ears, offering him only a split second to react.

The Horseman swung that mighty blade toward Crane’s head.

Crane leaped away, and the sword cut through the headstone.

“Cut my head off!” Crane gathered strength through anger, his adrenaline pumping, bringing clarity to his foggy mind. Crane jumped at the Horseman, slamming into his torso. Both fell to the ground. The Horseman dropped onto his back, his sword leaping from his hand.


P.D. Alleva is an author, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist specializing in trauma, addiction and mental health. He is the author of several books, including fiction novels, Indifference and A Billion Tiny Moments In Time…, Seriously Twisted; These Gods of Darkness (Poetry), Let Your Soul Evolve (1st and 2nd ed), and Spiritual Growth Therapy: Philosophy, Practices and Mindfulness Workbook (non-fiction). He has developed behavioral protocols for addiction and mental health and teaches mindfulness, Buddhist meditations and manifestation techniques to his patients as a means and alternative to using pharmaceuticals. Go to to learn more. Mr. Alleva offers a special discount on his video tutorials for his readers, so please use Promo Code 7474 for a special 90% discount. He is currently in private practice with his wife, Lisa. He lives with his wife and children in Boca Raton, Florida.

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  1. Thank you for hosting, I'm grateful to be here. I'll be checking in throughout the day so feel free to ask any questions and of course leave comments. Hope everyone has an awesome day.

  2. Thanks so much for bringing to our attention another great book out there to read. I appreciate hearing about them since I have so many readers in my family.

  3. Thank you James. Grateful you stopped by today.

  4. Thanks for sharing your post, sounds like a great book.

  5. What was your favorite book of 2018? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Published in 2018: Stephen Kings The Outsider. Favorite book I read in 2018: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Thank you Bernie