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{Review} TUNNELVISION: 25th Anniversary Edition, by R. Patrick Gates

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{Review} TUNNELVISION:  25th Anniversary Edition, by R. Patrick GatesTUNNELVISION: 25th Anniversary Edition by R. Patrick Gates
Published by Bloodshot Books on January 27, 2017
Genres: Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Police Procedural, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 395
Format: eBook
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One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight.
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And came and killed the two dead boys.…

The empty airwaves of the mind…

Welcome to TunnelVision – the premium channel streaming from the imagination of R. Patrick Gates to you!

What happens when you lose sight of the forest for the trees?


Wilbur Clayton has a personal connection with Jesus – Murder! Abused for most of his life, Wilbur and Jesus are out to make amends and take revenge. With Grandma in his head and Jesus on the TunnelVision, Wilbur knows what must be done and who must be made to pay for the sins of the father…

The only thing standing in his way are a cop with a gift for details and deduction, and a young genius whose reenactments of his favorite books are about to become all too real.

TunnelVision – streaming seven days a week, 24 hours a day!

On the air and in your nightmares!

by R Patrick Gates

"An expert in terror!"
--Gary Brandner
Author of The Howling

TUNNELVISION: 25th Anniversary Edition, by R. Patrick Gates. Originally published in October 1991, the “Anniversary Edition” has been published by Bloodshot Books. There was a great central plot line in this book, and several other good “sub-plots”. However, I couldn’t help but feel that a few of those minor plots could have been omitted altogether, since they really didn’t shed any light on–or even connect in a meaningful way to–the main plot.

We have a man, Wilbur Clayton, who was brutally abused by his “Mary-not-mother” and her boyfriend throughout his life. The only one that ever helped him, or even believed him, was his Grandmother–a woman obsessed with Jesus and television evangelists. The depictions of these past events were truly horrifying and stomach churning, particularly since they began when Wilbur was barely a toddler.

When murders start accumulating that tie into some of Wilbur’s early tortures, a former detective (with past demons of his own), Bill Gage, is brought back to the force. Added to the mix of characters is Ivy, a young boy who takes great pains to hide his true intelligence from the world.

I have to admit that it was very difficult for me to get into this one in the beginning. All of the scenes and information that were brought up initially, didn’t make any sense until closer to 20% in. By that point, I had started to understand what was happening and was able to follow along. There were a lot of “good” scenes where I devoured every word, and yet quite a few that I really didn’t feel needed to be included at all–they just seemed like extra filler in a story that simply didn’t need it.

Overall, I personally liked the main idea of the story, and several key characters with their backstories. If the beginning had been less “jumbled”, with a more straightforward introduction, and some of the “extra” scenes cut out entirely, I could see this as a much faster paced novel. As it was, I did lose interest during some of those moments, and feel that a more “condensed” format would have worked better in keeping up the tension in this novel.

Still, the general idea worked well, and most of the issues fit together nicely in the end.

About R. Patrick Gates

R. Patrick Gates has been a teacher and writer for over thirty years. He is the author of GRIMM MEMORIALS & GRIMM REAPINGS, (which have achieved cult status and been called ‘horror classics’ by Rave Reviews) and seven other critically acclaimed adult horror novels and at least ten young adult thrillers. His short fiction has been published in numerous anthologies and will be collected in a soon to appear collection called FUNNY BONES: the humorous horror fiction of R. Patrick Gates. In addition to the above, Mr. Gates has recently launched a series of children’s picture books under the brand; IMAGINE YOUR WORLD BOOKS(tm).Mr. Gates resides in Massachusetts with his wife, three dogs and a cat named Diablo, and dabbles in painting and acting in his spare time.


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.

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