Granny is the center of Toddy’s world, helping to raise him following his parents’ divorce. She is his moral compass, his mentor, and more importantly, his best friend.
But Toddy has another friend: an odd man in a black suit who answers to the name of Harvey J. Winterbell. He once saved Toddy from a pair of neighborhood bullies, and since that day, he has followed Toddy into his drawings, into his toys, and even into his nightmares.
When Granny falls victim to a series of debilitating strokes, Toddy’s world is shattered, and Harvey emerges from the turmoil to pick up the pieces. This time he wants to teach Toddy a valuable lesson: everything comes with a price, and the Devil always collects his due.
In the third instalment of Todd Keisling’s Ugly Little Things series, SAVING GRANNY FROM THE DEVIL blends memoir and horror into a harrowing exploration of selfishness and regret as one man tries to face his demons once and for all.
Praise / Blurbs:
“Again, Todd Keisling proves that he’s a unique talent, dedicated to crafting mesmerizing stories. This particular story is harrowing, truly frightening and utterly heartbreaking. Todd’s Ugly Little Things series continues to improve, but it may be quite the task to surpass the quality of this treasure. When Karen Met Her Mountain is a masterful tale.” – Horror Novel Reviews
“I’m sure that many readers will like this tale as it is, and certainly it is well written and made credible through the author’s skill. Keisling is an urgent and sincere writer, with good horse sense for what a character would or would not do in a particular situation.” – The Kindle Book Review
“A true example of speculative fiction, Keisling deftly mixes the supernatural with the everyday, throwing in action, suspense and even a level of mystery…” – Bloody Bookish
“I must confess, it’s the first book I have read in a while that kept me fighting to keep my eyes open to find out what would happen next. An original, somewhat terrifying concept that not only makes you reflect on your own life, but question your own ‘settling.’” – ParaYourNormal
“Keisling takes us on a roller-coaster ride through complacency and back, stacked with horrifying stakes. This book is a vivid wakeup call to those of us who have morphed into adults and fallen complacent.” – Smash Cake Magazine
“The Liminal Man is at times funny, suspenseful, heartbreaking, and inspirational, but never disappointing. Keisling succeeds in crafting an ambitious tale that not only grips you, but demands you answer that most basic question: who are you?” – Anthony J. Rapino, author of Soundtrack to the End of the World
“Keisling has created a fascinating world of shifting realities in A Life Transparent and now The Liminal Man that’ll keep you turning pages well into the night.” – Spencer Seidel, author of Dead of Wynter
“The Liminal Man is everything you want in a novel. Thriller, chiller, sci-fi, love story. Buckle up. You’re in for a hell of a ride.” – R.J. Keller, author of Waiting for Spring
“A Life Transparent would make a hell of a movie. But you don’t have to wait for that because right now it’s a hell of a book. ” – Henry Baum, author of The American Book of the Dead
“Creepy, bizarre, dark, and yet uncannily familiar, A Life Transparent indelibly links the reader with an experience we have all felt at one time or another: that our lives are stuck in mediocrity, we are ignored, and no one is listening. ” – Lenox Parker, author of Back(stabbed) In Brooklyn
Todd Keisling is a writer of horror and speculative fiction, as well as the author of the novels A LIFE TRANSPARENT and THE LIMINAL MAN, the latter of which was named a finalist for The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book Award of 2013.
Born in Kentucky, he now lives with his wife and son somewhere near Reading, Pennsylvania. He still has a day job, he’s awkward and weird, and if you were to live next door to him your grass would probably die.