"Norm Applegate is a new voice just emerging onto the field of the mystery/thriller novel that has the rest of us looking over our shoulders."
David Hagberg USA Today bestselling author of Dance With the Dragon and Allah's Scorpion
"Norm Applegate’s writing truly delivers with all the raw force and prose of a top rate storyteller, seasoning his tales with a mixture of classic genre skill and infusion of intrigue and characterization that makes the stories move."
Nicholas Grabowsky Horror author of "Halloween IV," 14 novels, 5 screenplays, and numerous contributions and anthologies.
"Norman Applegate writes with a flare for the horror genre, leaving the reader engaged and unable to walk away from the book."
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Norm’s thoughts on, Into the Spell
"Into the Spell is not your Momma’s thriller, and it is clearly a different approach to the typical who dun it mystery murder," both these quotes are from amazon reviews, and with that said, I imagined a copy-cat Son of Sam killer controlled by a hypnotist. It allowed me to expose my own dark thoughts of using the power in a wicked way. Titus Constantin, speaks to the dead, is a hypnotist, and wants to re-create the Summer of Sam terror that swept through New York City in the seventies. I won’t tell you if I speak to the dead, but I was a hypnotist. He is the villain right from the opening chapter, manipulates a killer through mind control, and has been described as one sick puppy. Entering into a psychological relationship with the long dead H.P. Blavatski, a famous psychic from the turn of the Century, and founder of the Theosophy Society, Titus is evil. In his way, Kim Bennett an unlikely heroine from the seedy world of San Francisco and former madam who is into S&M and domination - but you find yourself rooting for.
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CAGE FIGHTER PROMOTIONS INC. in conjunction with TRIAD PICTURES is making an emotionally charged MMA documentary written by Norman Applegate and Kristen Brown that will be released June 09. Lana Stefanac and Alexis Davis are both subjects of this film along with 3 other fighters for the theater version, and 2 more for the DVD version. The DVD will have full length interviews with the fighters and various members of the production crew, music videos with fight clips from the film, and more.
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Coming January 31, 2009 from Black Bed Sheet Books,
Blood Bar, A Vampire story..
...yet, on the brownstone back alley side streets of New York, a vampire dies. Desperate, his lover turns to Kim Bennett, author Norm Applegate’s quintessential heroine whose passion for S&M led to celebrity status as a hell-and-back murder mystery sleuth who’s been there, done that, and then some. This time, Kim finds herself caught between a secret vampire society’s attempts to locate The Black Testament (a sacred document written by Jack the Ripper), the modern-day vampire hunters bent on their destruction, and a white knuckled journey of self-discovery that catapults her into the bowels of hell and the arms of the ultimate vampire.......courtesy of The Haven, New York’s ultimate BLOOD BAR.
"BLOOD BAR" REVIEW ON AMAZON.COM
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best of the Kim Bennett Series!!, February 6, 2009
By ellen "ellen in atlanta" (Atlanta, Georgia USA) - See all my reviews (TOP 500 REVIEWER)
If you thought Norm Applegate's first two Kim Bennett books (Into the Basement and Into the Spell) 'weren't yo' momma's thrillers, well, buckle up if you want to know what Kim gets into next.
This book is not for the faint of heart. There are graphic scenes, both violence and sex, but all are in the context of the story. Kim Bennett, San Francisco madam and first class Dominatrix, gets a call from Rose Nicholls, who was part of the last Bennett adventure. She tells Kim that her boyfriend Drach has been murdered and she is a suspect, and asks Kim for help. Kim was introduced at the end of the last book, Into the Spell, to vampires and blood bars. Blood bars are kind of underground places where vampires and their 'donors' come to feed and be pleasured. The non-vamps have razor rings they can cut a willing participant and drink from them. Not a 'Cheers' type place!! Kim comes to Rose's aid, and finds there is a 'Black Testament' that was written by Jack the Ripper - it's been divided in several pieces for protection, but somehow the major vamp players know Kim Bennett is right in the middle of this mystery...
Norm Applegate is a masterful writer and if you have never read things about Dominatrixes and graphic sex, well, be forewarned. You WILL however read what a thriller should be - dark, scary, sexy, tense and taut with action and character driven by strong people - starting with Kim herself. Applegate's first novel Into the Basement is being made into a movie, and I for one will be the first to buy a ticket -
The Kim Bennett series is well written and plotted - Blood Bar is Applegate's best to date - An excellent read!
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Blood Bar, A Vampire Tale
Title: Blood Bar Book Trailer Author: Norm Applegate Trailer Producer: J.L. Botelho Genre: Dark Horror, Vampire Thriller Length: .53 seconds Rating: Nudity Link: www.normanapplegate.com “Move towards me, tilt your head, I’m feeling greedy; give me a
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"INTO THE BASEMENT" REVIEWS
• This one really got me. What I liked about it was how far Kim went in order to find the killer.
Mike Wall, Author "The Gatherers"
• Terrifying! It's exciting to see a woman (Kim Bennett) turn out to be more than just another victim.
Megan Hussey, Avid Reader Las Vegas
• There is much to think about in “Into the Basement”: the vivid sketches with which Applegate explores the dark side of sexuality.
Karen, Avid Reader Dallas
• Fear, Violence, Suspense, Mystery and Erotic Sex wrapped into one story!,
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"INTO THE SPELL" REVIEWS
• Into The Spell by Norm Applegate is clearly a different approach to the typical who dun it murder mystery. Repleat with oddball characters, Applegate takes the reader through a series of macabre scenes of sex, the occult and murder.
Pugsley B, Lakewood Ranch Florida
• Norm Applegate's Novel Into The Spell is spine-tingling and edgy. It is a new twist on thrillers that will keep you biting your nails and holding your breath. Mr. Applegate's writing is infectious, now I have to back up and read the first book in the Kim Bennett thriller series, Into The Basement. He has me hooked. 5 Hearts !
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