Book Review: Pivot by L.C. Barlow

Having been always fascinated by the workings of a mind that follows evil, I was intrigued by this book. A child brought up and conditioned to murder – what sort of conscience would she harbor? Does an innate sense of good versus evil exist in people despite how they are raised, or are there people in the world who simply do not see evil for what it is?

Jack kills without hesitation because she has been trained to do so, but tears flow from deep inside, from a place that screams in protest. And Barlow’s brilliant rhetoric… “butterflies with broken wings”…constantly instills in the reader the sense that there is something terribly wrong with this picture.

I couldn’t put the book down, right from the grisly opening chapter to the end, and finished it in three days. Barlow’s vivid descriptions with attention to the smallest detail, “cigarette bobbing up and down as he sought his lighter”…put the reader right at the scene.

Pivot is a captivating and thought-provoking story that will stay with you for days.


Some say it’s the adrenaline rush.

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Why do we read horror? Some say it’s the adrenaline rush, some say they like to see it happening to someone else, or to experience danger knowing it’s not really happening. But is it not really happening? There’s danger all around us, demons that exist in the real world, and inside our own selves. Horror is, in the end, a reflection of the darker side of humanity. I am writing horror currently because it satisfies my inner demons. I would like to think it purges them, but alas they’re too deeply embedded, products of my life experiences. I don’t know if I’ll be writing horror forever, but for now, my question is, why do you think people read horror?