Christopher D. Hartpence’s Thriller is a Gripping Exploration of the Dark Side of Human Nature

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Murder and Madness Collide in New Novel

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Even after sixty years of use, electroshock therapy remains one of the most controversial forms of psychiatric treatment. In his new novel, This Side of Madness, author Christopher D. Hartpence crafts a tale of murder and madness while exploring the horrific consequences of electroshock therapy on an unwilling participant.

Based on a true story, Hartpence’s stunning work follows the struggles of the main character, an everyman, who is teetering on the brink of insanity and self-destruction. His battles with his inner demons reveal an unsettling portrait of a mind warped by abuse and isolation.

Hartpence’s first person narrative gives the story firepower and makes it more emotionally intense and complex. Suffused with horror and suspense, This Side of Madness is at once a relentlessly paced cat-and-mouse game of a novel and a gripping exploration of the dark side of human nature.

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Christopher Hartpence lives in Myrtle Beach, SC, with his girl, Cindy, and their menagerie of pets (four cats, two dogs). Currently, he is busy working on his next novel and/or designing video games. Join him on

This Side of Madness * by Christopher D. Hartpence
Publication Date: November 26, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 268 pages; 978-1-4797-4589-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 268 pages; 978-1-4797-4590-6
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