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It’s carnival night in the seaside town of Stanswick Sands and tonight blood will stain the beach red.Punch and Judy man, Martin Powell, returns after ten years with a dark secret. As his past is revealed Martin must face the anger of the hostile townsfolk, pushing him to the very edge of sanity.Humiliated and stripped of everything he holds dear, Martin embarks on a campaIt’s carnival night in the seaside town of Stanswick Sands and tonight blood will stain the beach red.Punch and Judy man, Martin Powell, returns after ten years with a dark secret. As his past is revealed Martin must face the anger of the hostile townsfolk, pushing him to the very edge of sanity.Humiliated and stripped of everything he holds dear, Martin embarks on a campaign of murderous revenge, seeking to settle scores both old and new.The police force of this once sleepy town can’t react quick enough as they watch the body count grow at the hands of a costumed killer. Can they do enough to halt the malicious mayhem of the twisted Punch?...

Title : Punch
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ISBN : 9781500990756
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 210 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Punch Reviews

  • Nev Murray
    2019-05-13 12:27

    "I was surprised at how this story was going after reading Mr Park’s efforts in Upon Waking. It was reading as a totally different style altogether until the turning point in the story."See here for the full review:Punch

  • The Grim Reader (
    2019-05-17 15:40

    That's the way to do it.Another winner from Justin Park. After years behind bars, Martin Powell returns to his seaside home with only one thing on his mind: revenge! The scene is set as Martin makes an unwelcome return where we find out about Martin's history with the town and actually begin to sympathize with him. The plot is tight and this novella flows well towards a gruesome and horrific conclusion. There are some particularly gruesome scenes in the back half of the book as Powell seeks to put right the wrongs he has suffered at the hands of the townspeople. Great story from Justin Park. 5 stars.

  • Duncan Bradshaw
    2019-05-03 18:34

    Punch, J.R. Park's follow up is another solid novella. The first half of the book creates a wonderful empathy with Martin Powell, who is trying to give his old town a second chance after a particularly nasty event. However, the past catches up with him, and the second half of the book is a whirlwind of a crushing breakdown and a psychotic vengeful rebirth.By the end, you're not sure who can survive the evil machinations of Punch and even if they do, will there be anything left untouched by one night of madness?

  • Daniel Chant
    2019-05-13 20:46

    Fans of classic slashers and exploitation would do well to pick up a copy of this book. A rousing combo of parental angst and seething evil - Punch is a tip of the hat to the genre while being a great spin on the post-modern serial killer.Punch embraces it's genre with sincerity. You'd be wise to do the same. Don't miss out.

  • Keith Chawgo
    2019-05-20 12:38

    Excellent intriguing readJ R Parks is one of the new faces in horror who looks outside of the box and produces extraordinary work with no easy answers. With perfectly well drawn characters with each perfectly described to form well defined pawns in his plot game.Punch is an excellent case and like his outstanding Upon Waking, he does not pursue easy answers. Dealing with a tough topic of a small town and the history of one of its once well loved citizens returns home to start again, he delves into the story with the soft lilt of a master. As the story gravitated towards towards its conclusion, his world unravels at a quick rate creating a world where small kindness takes over in the small community. Parks is heading towards an outstanding career which is definitely one to watch. Punch is a work to be cherished by any horror writer. This a start of a new masters work in his new horrific new canon that is developing. Highly recommended.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-28 13:27

    I picked Punch for my first read of 2017 mainly because I loved the cover and had been wanting to read it since I seen it. On top of that I do love a sea side story. I grew up going trips to little caravan parks in sea side towns with my mum and my gran and often these tales bring back fond memories, even if they are horror stories. Punch was no exception. J.R. Park's descriptions of the ageing town are excellent and there is lots of little details along the way to make you feel like you know the setting personally. On top of that the film reads like a movie. I could picture every scene and felt like I was watching a slasher flick from the 80s. Once the book kicked in that is. The first half of the book is the set up and I love the back story and characters as well. I can't recommend this book highly enough and I'll be picking something else up from Mr Park now.

  • Adam Baxter
    2019-05-18 15:37

    This tale of lies, deceit and revenge could take place in any of Britain's old seaside towns. A terrible lie told a decade before destroys Martin's life and after an unsuccessful attempt to forgive and forget he takes revenge on those that perpetrated that lie. Punch packs a punch that will leave the reader reeling. When it comes to telling a story, JR Park knows 'that's the way to do it!'

  • Mandy
    2019-05-19 13:29

    Oh, my god. I am gutted.... Just....gutted from J.R. Park's strikingly realistic, dramatically powerful portrayal of a good and honest man pushed and pulled (head first) over the brink of his sanity. Martin Powell is a broken man, his hopes and dreams cruelly crushed years ago, 10 years ago to be exact, he's been 'away' for 10 long gruelling torturous years, away from his home in the idyllic seaside town of Stanwick Sands where he ran the popular Punch and Judy show. He loved children, he loved performing, he loved life, he was a great puppeteer and his booth was a show stopping spectacle with the kiddos, and adults. With flashback pieces peppered throughout, you quickly get up to speed on the where's, how's, and why's regarding our Mr. Powell and his going-ons of the past decade.Now, back in town simply to get his affairs in order, mainly fix up his old house so he can sell it and move on with his damaged destitute life, elsewhere.Well, 'simple' doesn't take too kindly to him, once the townsfolk pick up on his scent. Even the paper runs a frontpage 'announcement'. Small town close knit communities really can be a fickle rabid bitch and he's met with a hateful vigor. Buuuut, he's trying his damnedest to not let it bother him, the carnival is in town that week and he's feeling all nostalgic, plus, he's met himself a gal. She really fancies him and he's really feeeling good for the first time in ages.Sadly, the bothers get beyond bothersome, they get downright violent, which breeds more violence. Ya know, even the most pleasant, sweet natured, and forgiving man has his limits, you can only bend, twist, and wretch someone so much, before an inevitable snap into a dozen schizophrenic pieces befalls. So now, a little revival is in show stopping store for the residents of Stanwick Sands. YEP, Mr. Powell is gonna host his own happy reunion welcome back party. The Punch and Judy show is baaaack, with a few new puppeteer characters. Gotta keep up with the times and give the public what they want, what they deserve....OH man, does this gets brutal in the 2nd half!! You will flat out loathe quite a few of these characters but never Martin, even after all the eye popping (gouging) and stomach turning (...disemboweling) atrocious acts he 'performs', you still can't find fault in him. Especially when it comes to a couple horrid young women....prissy little twunts. They've taken everything from him; his years, his life, his entire livelihood, including his spirit and now finally, his sanity. You care and feel for him. Aaand then you hoop, rally, and cheer him on in this little purging punitive comeuppance exhibition of his. I felt so dirty, yet it was quite cleansing. This book affected me deeply, I can't shake it off, I'm trying but the whiplash is affecting me more. Oh it just made me sick, all the juvenile injustices, so unfair....just tragic. Made my blood boil! I felt like I was right there going through all that with Martin. The cringing, the crying, and of course, the gagging...yea, I went a bit batshit over this suckerPunch of a book. And it was actually uncomfortable to read at times, I had to take little breaks. That's ALL due to Mr. Park's amazingly captivating, all consuming (all inclusive) writing style. It's totally absorbing, you just get soaked right into it....through it...Whisked away into this cathartic retributive tale in this coastal town as if it's a virtual reality feature playing on the 4D screen. Could even smell the salty air.I actually read in the acknowledgments that this was originally written as a script for a movie!?Make that happen Mr. Park!!Bryan Cranston would make for a perfect lead, a little older but considering what the character has gone through, premature aging would fit well. OR, if you insist on a British bloke, I vote Gary Oldman. Oh Yeah!I simply cannot believe this book is not more popular, come on people, what's the deal ~ READ IT, live in it, dream in it. So what if you get a vivid nightmare or two.... No seriously, if you want an incredibly well written and deeply profound, plus yucky gross book ~ THEN THIS IS IT!! :DI LOVE it when a book (i.e. phenomenal author) has the power to suck, errr..soak you in like this. Definitely (and defiantly) one of my favorite recent reads and I read bunches. Creepy as hell cover too. Terror Byte shall be my next read from him, about a killer computer might be a tad bit over my head because I am a self professed (ok, majority professed) cyber-tard but hey, I may learn a thing or two. Possible don't gotta be plausible...right???..... :/ Lol

  • Lydian Faust
    2019-05-23 18:51

    **Slightest of spoilers**I don't think I've ever felt so bad for a murderous psychopath! This is the story of Martin, a showman, a "Punch and Judy" puppeteer who spends his days lovingly entertaining children until he is convicted of a heinous crime. Upon his release from prison, he returns to his seaside town, hopeful for a chance at a new life, but is dismayed by the reception he receives from the townsfolk. I love that Park keeps us in suspense about the exact nature of Martin's crime. I felt ambiguity towards both the killer and his victims- I reveled in the shades of grey. I wish I could've gotten a bit more insight into the exact moment of Martin's psychotic break and his personal history.

  • Nat
    2019-05-17 13:48

    An unusually good indie horror! A quick read but an involving one where the first half is a character study and the second half is pure slasher. The author creates a wonderfully dilapitated seaside town atmosphere and the main character is very well drawn but some of the lesser characters are a bit one dimentional. Overall i really enjoyed this and will be trying out more of this authors work.

  • Chad
    2019-05-17 12:27

    Really great read. I've kind of had my fill with clowns as of late so I wasn't sure how I would like this one. Thankfully this is further proof that it's all in the execution. Park has crafted a great story here. The main character is interesting and dynamic and his descriptions are fantastic. Top rate prose really makes this story. I had one very minor complaint and that was that the main character has a crucial, transformative moment about halfway through. It's the kind of moment that is what pitches the story towards the end. I kind of wished that moment could have been hashed out a little bit longer so as to really demonstrate his mindset. Like I said though, minor. This doesn't affect my rating or enjoyment of the book. Really entertaining.

  • Kayleigh Marie Marie
    2019-05-16 13:43

    Can't recommend this book enough. I really really hope someone options this for a movie because it would be fantastic on the screen.Fantastic story. Couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting. And that ending... Daaaaaammmnnn