Church by Renee Miller


By: Renee Miller
Genres: Horror, mystery, Thriller
Pages: 140
Publisher: unnerving
Published on: October 17, 2017
Church by Renee Miller

Ray is a Christian, but he loves a woman who follows a god called Zabir. Determined to save her from eternal damnation, he joins her church.

Ray doesn’t realize that indoctrination into the Zabian way is a process that not only breaks a man physically, it strips his identity and shatters his mind. He holds onto his faith at first, but as his prayers for mercy go unanswered, and the pain inflicted on him becomes too much to bear, the void of nothingness promises relief, and tempts Ray to do the unthinkable, even if leaves his soul as damned as the one he tried to save.


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Organized religion has existed for more than 2000 years, and in that time there have been some issues.  Be it women being killed because of proposed witchcraft, or because someone thought they looked at them wrong.  Well in this story it isn’t about widespread religion that has issues, but what happens when an individual gains too much power.  In other words this is about a cult with a charismatic leader.

Not everyone who falls in love with a cult member wants to be part of a cult, but this one takes cult to a whole other level.  The main character in this book is an egomaniac who uses a belief of a high power. That and the belief that a higher power speaks to some people as a conduit.  It isn’t about the religion, or whatever god the cult believes in.  

This leader is all about the money, and will do whatever he can and needs to. He wants to make sure he gets as much as possible.  Some of the things that he does are hideous, I mean some of the things rival that of horrible warlords.  It is all in the name of the almighty dollar, or I think in this case not just money but that feeling power.  Power is a powerful feeling, and while some people thrive on it, others not just thrive, but feels they need it, they need it all the way to their toes in order to live. That is the way this guy is, and he will use  

Some of the things in this book that are troubling, especially if you believe in a higher power. At times it is hard reading these elements, but sometimes it may actually be a good thing. Pushing the boundaries of what is comfortable makes people more empathic. There are other times that reading is just hard. When that is the case, stop reading, it is not worth hurting yourself emotionally.


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About Renee Miller


I’d like to say I hate talking about myself, but that would be a lie. I don’t mind in the least. Will it be interesting? Meh.

I grew up in Tweed, Ontario, a small town north of Toronto for all of you wondering where the heck that is. Once the home of Elvis’s ghost and not much else, Tweed is quiet and familiar and that is just fine by me.

HWA member, published independently and traditionally with publications such as UnnervingMagazine, Broadswords and Blasters, DarkFuse Magazine, Deadman’s TomeCwtch Press and Hindered Souls Press. You can also find me over at Deviant Dolls Publications and Underground Book Reviews.

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