Talia by Daniel J. Volpe

In the early 1990s the rising popularity of the video cassette gave birth to a seedy, underground world of illicit pornography.

Talia, a Midwest dreamer, leaves home in search of fame under the blinding Broadway lights. But nothing could have prepared her for what she finds instead. Savage violence, bottomless depravity, and no way out.

Talia will unapologetically drag you into the foul underbelly of society. A sanity straining journey, full of hot bloodshed and betrayal.

The IndieMuse Review

A Midwest girl, dreaming about fame and fortune on Broadway, moves to New York. She’s got the look and the talent, so what can go wrong?

Shame, shaaaaammmeee on you, oh cynical one…

It doesn’t always mean she will be lured into the seedy underbelly of illegal pornography. It does, as it happens, in this story, but you shouldn’t make assumptions. Talia is a good girl, with good morals and purity of heart. It all goes out the window once she gets to NY—she ain’t no fool, either—when she is approached by Mike, a guy offering her an opportunity to make some real money and build a fan base.

Of course, being drawn into pornography is not always the worst thing that can happen, as Talia soon finds out. Mike caters to the very eclectic taste of people with money and weird fetishes. And, with his assistant, Sally, by his side, things become out of control.

Now, I have to explain something. Sally is, in fact, a dude. Which can mean one of three things: 1) Sally could be gay or transsexual—nothing wrong with that, but he isn’t. 2) Sally could have had a very long and sad school career, where cruel kids teased him relentlessly about having a girl’s name—the odds are against this. 3) Sally can take care of himself since he is one sick, twisted psychopath who nobody would dare to cross—ding, ding, ding…we have a winner!

Now, if you are into these kind of stories (extreme, in case you are wondering), your mind will tell you Talia will eventually be drawn into snuff films.

Hey! Don’t go jumping the gun and assume you know everything, okay? In this case, it is exactly what happens, but it may just as well have been something completely different…something pure, uplifting, innocent and—okay, I can’t say that with a straight face. What kind of book do you think this is?!

It all may seem fairly straight-forward up to this point and, perhaps, we are only going from A to B in a straight line, but then you get hit in the face with something unexpected, like a pastrami sandwich during a food fight.

And I am not going to tell you what it is.

I’m not going to compare it to a movie, either, because it will give everything away. I can say that the movie became a cult classic and had some controversy.

Volpe, yet again, takes a different direction than his previous two books, and I am really happy to be a witness to this evolution. This is extreme horror from a very talented voice who will make his mark on the genre.



Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.


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