Advance Praise for Beyond the Pale Motel

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"Francesca Lia Block is a bright, golden thread in the literary landscape of Los Angeles. I have looked to her novels as inspiration for myself as a writer; she is a wizard of metaphor and imagery while at the same time deftly constructing stories that compel a reader forward. Francesca's work stares unblinkingly into the face of human complexity, of suffering as well as love and joy. She's a master (mistress?) of the craft. Would that my muse give me half the talent she has.”--Samantha Dunn Camp, author of Failing Paris


Beyond the Pale Motel is sadder, darker, grimmer [than anything Francesca Lia Block has written], yet still glinting in spots with ethereal light and her trademark belief in the saving power of love.”--Denise Hamilton, author of Damage Control and L.A. Noir


"What exactly is happening at the Pale Motel?  The answer arrives in a fever dream of a narrative that at once fascinates and repels.  Love, a staple in Block's earlier novels is fugitive here, replaced by disappointments and ever present danger." -- Michael Cart, Booklist


“Mesmerizing and at times haunting, Beyond the Pale Motel is about how longings can warp us or shape us into something stronger.”-- Gary Phillips, Warlord of Willow Ridge

"Beyond the Pale Hotel is a fast-paced, original, and highly sensual novel, set in an L.A. characterized by isolation and darkness, where true love is elusive in any of its forms. Block paints a convincing portrait of a woman in crisis, abandoned to her own self-destructive devices." —Steph Cha

"With a protagonist who's looking for love in all the wrong places, Francesca Lia Block's new novel is sexy and grim." —Ellen Datlow, editor of The Best Horror of the Year