A Review of Welles Lang's Magic Box from Writer's Digest Self-published eBook Awards
Judge, 8th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.
The beginning of this tale is fascinating, with its mix of futuristic present and old-timey past references. The way that Welles Lang is introduced seems set up to be reminiscent of a horror character and I kept waiting to see if the actors coming to his place turn up missing. When it was revealed that the actor in the prologue did die, I knew I was hooked and had to find out what was going on with the new technology that was introduced in the tale. As we continued on, this reminds me of a futuristic take on Frankenstein’s monster, with the actors being virtually resurrected after their death to play in their roles. It’s a fascinating plot point. By the end of the story, I was intrigued by the psychological examination of Welles and his madness. The character development, particularly of Welles and Bob, was mostly well done, though there were quite a few characters, namely those actors and actresses absorbed into the machine, that weren’t explored too in depth outside of their role as actors and actresses. Overall, this was a whirlwind of a story that intrigues and shocks: a good mix of old-fashioned cinema noir and futuristic horror.
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