Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

5 stars from K. Murray on February 19, 2018 (Amazon) Great author!

I was fortunate to come across one of Joseph Pinto’s books in a local bookstore and his writing is phenomenal. I read “Memorial” today and it was fantastic! A story short enough to read in one sitting, but long enough to really make an impression. I look forward to more from this author including all of his poetry! Thank you Joseph for the horror and the poetry! A forever fan!!

5 stars from Jennifer Patino on November 20, 2017 (Amazon) Bravo

This story is phenomenal. Pinto’s writing style is poetic, lyrical, and chilling. “Memorial” is filled with exquisite imagery. I had to finish it once I started reading.

5 stars from Samuel on December 28, 2016 (Amazon) Great read!

Great read! Author really has a way with words!

5 stars from Marla on November 17, 2016 (Amazon) A consuming love…a love from afar…

Dark and poetic in its delivery, “Memorial” keeps the pages turning. Characters as real and and tangible as their anguish and hate. Another brilliant read by Mr. Pinto.

3 stars from Molly on November 13, 2016 (Amazon) Decent story, not sure about the writing style.

“The Memorial” tells the story of two brothers, Anthony and Nicholas. Nicholas is forced to build a memorial of Anthony’s late wife, whom Nicholas was in love with.

The description of the characters and the world around them was in an unusual style; very poetic in a way and at times, difficult to follow. I had to reread some sentences to make sense of them. The writer sometimes missed determiners such as “the” in his sentences which threw me off the flow of reading. The dialogue was what helped me keep track of the story, as it was well written. The story itself was okay; Anthony was married and his wife, Katarina, was in love with Nicholas, but they never pursued it physically because Nicholas knew Anthony, who is powerful and rich, would find them. It isn’t clear how Katarina died but it is hinted that she died by Anthony’s hand. Nicholas can’t refuse building the memorial, though I wasn’t sure why he couldn’t just say ‘no’ and walk away, as it is mentioned that Nicholas suspects his brother will kill him when he has completed it anyway.

Overall, this short story was okay. I wasn’t keen on the writing style, but that was possibly due to my personal preference. The other reviews are very positive, which means most people might not agree with me. That being said, this isn’t a bad book at all. I may check out more of Mr. Pinto’s work in the future.

5 stars from Grace Black on October 28, 2016 (Amazon) Chiseled Lines.

This was a devourable read packed with emotive verse. Pinto takes a classic storyline and sculpts a horroresque read just in time for the haunting season. Love lies just below the surface…

5 stars from ZDubbz @ The Eyes of Madness Podcast on February 20, 2016 Love…

I really enjoyed this piece, my first read from Joseph A. Pinto. It’s a character driven love story with it’s fair share of emotion. Well written and well executed, I’d gladly read more from Mr. Pinto.

5 stars from David S. on October 23, 2015 (Amazon) Emotionally Charged.

The short story Memorial is about Nicholas, his brother Anthony and his wife Catarina and the love triangle that ties them all. Anthony is rich beyond words and has anything he desires including his beautiful wife Catarina, but sadly for her she is just another possession to Anthony. Nicholas who unlike his brother doesn’t have all the riches but understands the true worth of life and was head over heels in love with Catarina all the while desiring her from afar. Nicholas and Catarina had a special bond that Anthony always knew was there and now he will use his brothers love for his wife for his own needs. Anthony hires his brother to sculpt a memorial to his late wife, another ‘thing‘ for him to own and to taunt Nicholas with, even the sculpture will not be his. Nicholas struggles with his task of making the memorial of Catarina not only mentally but physically with his deformed hand, a hand that received the brunt of his anguish of a love that could never be. Nicholas is now left to complete this memorial for his brother, a job he wants no part of and is less than capable to complete. Memorial is a well crafted and quick-moving story that is emotionally charged and tugs at your heart. With well threaded elements of horror that find their way in to your mind, this is no ordinary love story. Joseph Pintos writing hits you in the soft spot of your heart and while it’s a very short tale it’s also a very fine piece of writing and is a story I can easily recommend.

5 stars from Peggy Bechko on October 12, 2015 (Amazon) A gripping read. As the others before me have

A gripping read. As the others before me have said – classic horror tale with punch. Will definitely be watching for more stories by this author.

5 stars from Jon Olson on October 1, 2015 (Amazon) Pinto weaves us a wonderful example of classic horror where one is haunted by…

Mr. Pinto weaves us a wonderful example of classic horror where one is haunted by his choice of loyalty over love and how that choice haunts him through life. A very enjoyable read.

5 stars from A. Sheehan on June 8, 2015 (Amazon) Old School Horror

A tale that echoes some of the classics in horror fiction, Memorial touches on the anguish of the human spirit in the face of love and loss. How do you memorialize a soul mate you didn’t dare pursue in life? Loved the ending! A real page turner.

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