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From the creator of This Is Horror comes a new nightmare for the digital age.

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After a teacher receives a weirdly arousing video, his life descends into paranoia and obsession. More videos follow - each containing information no stranger could possibly know. But who's sending them? And what do they want? The answers may destroy everything and everyone he loves.

The Girl in the Video is The Ring meets Fatal Attraction for the iPhone generation.

©2020 Michael David Wilson (P)2020 Michael David Wilson

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Lingering questions...

(I received this audiobook gratis from the author and give my review honestly without compensation)

Michael David Wilson writes anxiety quite well. As someone with generalized anxiety, I can easily identify with the character's feelings and decisions, good and bad. That said, I also get frustrated with poor behavior that only seems to be present to further the plot. I had hoped for a more supernatural, weird-fiction element to unfold given the video's disturbing nature and the sender's near omniscient knowledge of the main character's online and real-world presence, but even as it unfolds, the ending leaves me disappointed. It is well written, and as I said, I identified solidly with the character, this just did not unfold in a way that I personally enjoyed. And I hate to spoil something in a public review beyond already revealing there is not an overt supernatural element to this story. It simply was not my cup of tea. It is not a bad story, I am rating it upon its quality and craft. If you enjoy unrelenting tension and nagging questions that beg you to keep coming back, you may find yourself enjoying The Girl in the Video.

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  • 01-18-22

Moody, dark and chilling.


This morning I listened to The Girl In The Video by Michael David Wilson and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Michael has conjured up the perfect amount of imagery for the setting with very effective word economy.
This book has so many qualities that a horror fiction story should have; it’s moody, dark and chilling.
For anyone who has been to Japan and found there to be something perplexingly sinister about the wackiness of it all, I dare say that this book will satisfy.
The story has a semblance similar to modern Japanese classics such as Ringu by Koji Suzuki, or at least that’s where my mind went.
If you listen to the This Is Horror podcast you won’t be disappointed. I frequently found myself hearing to Michael’s own voice when listening to RJ Bayley, who has done a sterling job as a voice actor.
I particularly enjoyed the relationship with technology and the narrators inner voice.
What I did not expect was the humour. Throughout the beginning of the story and into the meat of the tale the narrator has a uniquely quirky knack of offering humorous mental matters of opinion that somehow add to the chilling ordeal. An extremely effective tool that I love to see in comic books but rarely notice enough of in horror fiction. Excellent work on the narrator’s voice, his thoughts echo my own.
Its not for the faint of heart. It’s also not hours of torture porn. It’s the perfect mix of prose, tone and suspense leading to a wonderfully vile crescendo.
Thank you for the opportunity to review, and thank you for the hours of podcasts.

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  • Zachary Ashford
  • 11-17-21

This is fantastic

Fresh from reading They're Watching, Michael David Wilson's collaborative effort with Bob Pastorella, I was fortunate enough to have MDW offer me the chance to review The Girl in the Video on audio. I think, although I've only just finished, I liked this one even more. I finished it in one day, so it's fast, and that definitely works in its favour.

What Wilson does so well in this one is similar to the plot in They're Watching: as the chaos unfurls, the mystery deepens, and the plot drags you deeper and deeper into the drama, compelling you to keep listening and find out just what the hell is happening.

The book is laced with wry humour - and enough Metal references to keep someone like me very happy - and all of that only softens you up for the killer blow coming in the denouement.

And that doesn't even mention the very satisfactory ending. I was on tenterhooks in the last few pages, and Wilson's use of misdirection while referencing some classic mystery films is expertly executed.

Another great one, and after these last two, I'll be back for more and more and more.