Author: Novo Dé
Narrator: Philip Church
Length: 8 hours 38 minutes
Publisher: Novo De Productions, LLC
Released: Feb. 27, 2021
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Tybalt Nielson is lost – lost in his own mind.
But how did he end up here? In this cold white room? God, he hates this room.
He’s a prisoner now.
A prisoner to court-ordered psychiatric care under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Cohen, a man who constantly questions.
His only escape from this world is by trying to start a normal life again at home with his wife Juliet.
She, however, isn’t one to talk much anymore.
Thankfully, he still has Charlie, his very own artificial intelligence and perhaps his only remaining friend, one of the few things in Tybalt’s life that still brings him any joy.
But how did it come to this?
It was all because of that one moment. The moment that changed his life forever. It haunts him every day now, tortures him, a darkness in his very soul.
Luckily, he’s finally ready for change.
He’s ready to find closure to it all – freedom – but to do so, Tybalt must face a lot of truths and the one thing he’s denied for far too long: the reality of his past.
He just has to talk about it first.
Novo Dé is an ambivert of sorts.
There are sometimes that he wants to be among people, but most of the time, he finds peace in being alone. It’s the only place where he can truly create.
He dabbles in a variety of works, but only shows the world when he feels them worthy. If something isn’t ready, it’s locked away in his vault never to see the light of day.
Public anonymity is an important attribute to his being and craft, first and foremost to push his work into the spotlight, as he believes his art, and the ideas behind the art, is everything, while the man behind it all…is nothing.
Author Novo Dé’s Favorite books, movies, and/or tv shows in this genre
Psychological driven-narratives and/or Psychological thrillers as they’re often called have a long pedigree of outstanding works. But, hands-down, Chuck Palahnuik’s “Fight Club” is a tour de force! Both the original novel and the screenplay for the film should be studied far and wide, and from young and old. In fact, I think it should be required reading in high school alongside “To kill a Mocking Bird” and “In Cold Blood.” It just perfectly encapsulates a smart, tightly written narrative, with biting social-commentary, and a twist that will leave an impression for years to come.
The piece has staying power as well. When a piece changes your life, or makes you think of the world differently, or simply makes you think on the piece itself, over and over again, endlessly—that’s when you have something! And “Fight Club” does that very thing.
Now, let’s dive into the nitty gritty. When people think of a perfectly constructed sentence or paragraph, they often think of Hemingway or Capote, but I would argue that of the last 30 years, none is better than the following from the screenplay of “Fight Club:”
“Home was a condo on the fifteenth floor of a filing cabinet for widows and young professionals. The walls were solid concrete. A foot of concrete is important when your next-door neighbor lets her hearing aid go and has to watch game shows at full volume. Or, when a volcanic blast of debris that used to be your furniture and personal effects blows out your floor-to-ceiling windows and sails flaming into the night.”
It’s that last sentence that’s truly perfect! The first three, merely primers, something to set it all up before that last sentence comes in and knocks it all down. Pure perfection indeed. A beta-reader once told me that “The Entropy Sessions” reminded them of “Fight Club,” and though I believe “Fight Club” to be a far superior work of fiction, even to have it mentioned in the same sentence, to have even a fraction of a similarity, is an incredible compliment.
Hubert Selby Jr.’s “Requiem for a Dream” is another great source of inspiration – the other side to this coin if you will – whereas “The Entropy Sessions” is sometimes billed as ‘an ascent into madness,’ “Requiem” is very much a descent. But it’s a descent that is not only a strong narrative, but a series of life lessons, and that addiction has many faces, much like my story.
Other honorable mentions include Bret Easton Ellis’ “American Psycho,” Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl,” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” (written by Mark Heyman, John McLaughlin, and Andres Heinz, based on a story by Andres Heinz) – all incredible sources of inspiration and strong works in the genre.
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