A trio of expats living in Asia form a tenuous bond based on mutual attraction, sexual obsession and the insatiable desire to experience the deadliest of thrills. As their relationship matures, the dangerous love triangle in which they’ve become entwined quickly escalates into a series of brutal sexual conquests as they struggle to deal with lives out of control and the debilitating psychological effects of mental and physical abuse.
Known for her distinct brand of unsettling fiction, author Karen Runge is at the top of the modern horror game in this, her premiere novel. Seeing Double is a beautifully evocative and stunningly dark coming-of-age exploration of human sexuality and the roles of masculinity and feminism, polyamorous relationships, social and psychological isolation, and the humiliation of ultimate betrayal.
Even monsters can love.
Praise for Seeing Double
“This novel is a parasitic gem, it will burrow inside and gnaw away until you are left with nothing but a scar you know will never heal. For fans of books like Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho or movies like A Serbian Film and the original Martys. This novel screams for the Soska twins to make this movie.” — Tracy Lee Palmer, Signal Horizon
“After reading Karen Runge’s Seeing Double, the immediate thought that springs to mind is that psychological horror often leaves the best scars. It is a novel that takes an unflinching look at the effects and consequences of abuse and is probably one of the most deeply unsettling and disturbing books that I’ve read this year.” — George Ilett Anderson, Gingernuts of Horror
“This is a hard read, and I don’t mean that in the sense of narrative flow or development, I mean that some of these scenes are so arresting you will find yourself putting the book down from time to time in order to collect yourself. Ms. Runge has hit a truly sensitive nerve here, something not for the squeamish. Highly recommended.” — W.J. Renehan, Dark Hall Press
“Runge expertly breathes life into these characters, which is important because there is a heavy psychological element to this story. I have to applaud Runge for the rich layers and complexity of her narrative in Seeing Double, a novel that is sure to establish Runge as a force in the genre.” — Rich Duncan, The Horror Bookshelf
“Karen Runge is a dark fiction diamond. This is a brutal novel filled with dark vivid imagery that only those with the strongest of stomachs will be able to take. Approach with caution, and be prepared to leave all of your preconceived notions at the door.” — Adrian Shotbolt, The Grim Reader
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