The Art of Raising Hell

By Thomas Lopinski

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“The Art of Raising Hell” by Thomas Lopinski, published by Dark Alley Press.

“There are some people that walk around on two feet and others like me that run on all four.”

That’s a bold statement to most people. In fact, until a few days ago, I wasn’t even sure what it meant. You might say that, on the surface, it’s a very simple concept: Either you’re the type of person who lives within a set of boundaries or the type who knows none.

But life is never that simple, is it?

No, I’d say that the most important insights about who we are, what we say, and why we do the things we do are not always obvious. Instead, they’re discovered on the streets of your hometown, revealed late at night in a dark backroom, or sometimes forced upon you at knifepoint when your only choices for survival are bad or worse.  

The Art of Raising Hell chronicles the life of Newbie Johnson. Newbie recently moved to Bunsen Creek, Illinois, when his mother is killed in a tragic car crash. Though his father does his best to maintain a normal household, his broken heart is just not up to the task. Newbie finds solace hanging out with his three buddies in their clandestine Backroom hideout. Getting into mischief becomes their favorite pastime as they try to follow in the footsteps of town legend Lonny Nack, who has perfected the art of running on all four.

“Running on all four” takes on a new meaning for Newbie when he finds his inner voice and begins to understand the difference between chasing life and being chased by it.

Genre: Coming of Age
Rating: 13+
Format US Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-0692375730
Trim Size: 5.25×8
Page Count:198
Formats: Print, Digital; ePub, Mobi, PDF
Length: 69k words
Published: May 2015

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