Thursday, March 9, 2017
Wallflower by Chad Lutzke
A few months ago, I got to read Chad Lutzke's Of Foster Homes and Flies and quickly realized I had found a new author worth following.
There are many roads to addiction and Wallflower depicts one young man's decent to dependence.
Chris, Eddie, and Kent are killing time after high school and before the rest of their lives and fall into "urban exploration." In one of their forays into an abandoned housing development they become involved in an altercation with a vagrant.
Later, Chris returns alone and strikes up an awkward relationship with the junkie in hopes he could safely try heroin with someone who's been there and done that.
Why would someone even start down such a path? Chris explains the start of his journey. Without knowing the man before me, and with no personal experience with drugs harder than the occasional joint, I was naive about most of it. And it puzzled me to no end why someone would give up everything they had just for a high.
The chapter titles alone should give you an idea of how things progress. Temptation - Succumbing - Denial - Delusions - Headfirst - Consequences - Revelations.
A quick note on the cover for Wallflower. It was designed by Lutzke himself and once you've read this novella you'll clearly see how it visually captures the story within.
Wallflower is available in both paperback and e-book formats through Amazon.com. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
From the Author's bio - Chad Lutzke lives in Battle Creek, MI. with his wife and children where he works as a medical language specialist. His fictional work can be found in several magazines and anthologies including his own 18-story anthology anthology, Night As a Catalyst. He has written a collaborative effort with horror author Terry M. West, The Him Deep Down. In the summer of 2016 Lutzke released his dark coming-of-age novella Of Foster Homes and Flies.