Local Author Brings a "Frisson" of Suspense to Minnesota

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The word, “Frisson” is French meaning, “an emotional thrill—an almost pleasurable sensation of fright.” It’s the same feeling Nathan Allen stirs in his latest book, "The Frisson Factor – Land of Ten-Thousand Lakes."

The word, “Frisson” is French meaning, “an emotional thrill — an almost pleasurable sensation of fright.” It’s the same feeling someone has after reading a particularly spooky ghost story or seeing a hair-raising movie. It’s those emotions that Nathan Allen stirs in his latest book, appropriately titled, "The Frisson Factor – Land of Ten-Thousand Lakes."

In fifteen, twilight zone-ish stories, Nathan Allen blends horror, science fiction, and mystery into a composition that makes one believe that Rod Serling has returned to write again. "Growing up, I loved the 'Twilight Zone'," Allen comments. "[Serling]… was able to create magnificent stories that couldn’t be tossed into a single genre. Was it a horror show? Science fiction? Drama? It had all of these elements. That was my goal for The Frisson Factor—I wanted that same blend of stories. I wanted to write something that everyone could enjoy."

As evidenced by its name, "The Frisson Factor – Land of Ten-Thousand Lakes" is centered in Minnesota, specifically naming cities like: Saint Cloud, Duluth, Moorhead, Albert Lea, Brainerd, Marshall, Rochester, and, of course, the twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Showing his depth of knowledge about the state, Allen mentions specific landmarks and events within his book: the Taste of Minnesota, the Xcel Energy Center, the Kirkbride hospital in Fergus Falls and the Spam museum in Austin.

"My book creates a connection between imagination and reality," Allen explains. "The reader is pulled into the story, allowing them to participate in the events instead of just reading about them. The places listed in The Frisson Factor aren’t fictitious — they are real cities, streets and buildings; maybe a few miles or a few blocks down the road. A reader could literally walk into a coffee house mentioned in my book, order the same drink, and sit in the same chair as the character in the story."

Allen has made a name for himself in the writing community by submitting short stories to magazines and e-zines worldwide. However, the author isn’t known for his Minnesota stories — his fame comes from his creativity and imagination. Reviewers and critics have all but chanted the words, "original" and "unique" regarding his works.

"Originality is very important to me," Allen says. "I was very disappointed with the movie industry in 2005. Did you see how many movies had been remade? Even critics said that it was a record year for remakes, sequels, and book-based films. My goal with 'The Frisson Factor' was to make a fresh, new book that people could enjoy without knowing how it was going to end. I guarantee that the reader will finish my book saying, 'I never heard THAT story before'."

"The Frisson Factor – Land of Ten-Thousand Lakes" will be released March 1st and will be available in area bookstores and online stores. The book can also be bought at http://www.frissonfactor.com. Allen plans to release a sequel to the book next year.

He currently resides in Waite Park, Minnesota.

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