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Thalamus

by Patrick E. Douglas

In the near future, with the economy failing and hoards of people out of work, many have become tethered to their debt. ArenasCorp has come up with a solution that involves selling limbs for loads of money intended to get people out of financial trouble. The rich get healthy body parts and the poor are able to buy a little more time. When a celebrity reporter reveals the latest ArenasCorp breakthrough—a cure for cancer—he also announces to the nation that he’s committing suicide for the program. His future reveals not the death that he expected but a situation that will make him wish he could take his own life.

The latest novel from master thriller author Patrick E. Douglas takes the reader on a terrifying trip through a dystopian world where love, desperation, sacrifice and greed mix in an unbelievably believable tale.

ISBN 978–1-938985-49-2 • 6 x 9 paperback • 254 pgs • $16.95

About the author

CMPheadsofstateDouglasPatrick E. Douglas lives in Montana with his wife Jessica and their two sons Marky and Jack. Douglas, a journalist since 1994, has written for numerous magazines and newspapers across the country. A movie critic who has watched thousands of films, Douglas initially began writing novels as a way of getting the original stories in his brain onto paper. A non-fiction junkie, Douglas occasionally finds inspiration in fiction books from authors such as Chuck Palahniuk and Thomas Harris. He is also the author of several other books including Niobrara’s Thorn, Redeem, Game Seven and Frankie Funder.

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Reviews

ThalamusCvr“Patrick Douglas plunges readers into a disturbing near future where one journalist discovers how the rich buy health from the bodies of the poor. Equal parts thriller and morality tale, Thalamus is a gripping read about the perils of celebrity, the power of love and the price of selflessness in a world where even altruism is not as it seems. When a mysterious doctor claims to have cured cancer, playboy newscaster Robert Bender goes in for the story that will change him forever. To save the woman he loves, he offers to trade his life, but finds a fate worse than death. Stripped of his means of communication, he must use his wits, and shrinking body, to save himself—and others.

 Douglas’ storytelling is evocative in scope and style to Chuck Palahniuk. Douglas’ dark plot turns, frank dialogue and graphic prose keep the pace of Thalamus taught through to its suspenseful climax. In today’s America, where the gulf between rich and poor is the widest in a century, and the news media continues to fragment, Thalamus is both unsettling, and thought-provoking. It shows that in a dystopian world, love can still transform a heart, but deceit can transmogrify a body.”

 —Nate Schweber, journalist (New York Times, Rolling Stone),
author (Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park) and musician (New Heathens)

“Thalamus” is a dark, suspenseful book that taps into a popular genre. It left me squirming a little. It also has me checking my thalamus every night before I go to bed.”

 —Phil Drake, Book Review Editor, Great Falls Tribune

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Media Interviews

Patrick’s TV interview about the popularity of Dystopian Literature.

Listen to Pat Douglas’ radio interview on KGPR, Great Falls. MT.