I was honored to write a blurb for Joseph Hirsch’s science fiction/horror novel Touch No One:
Joseph Hirsch’s Touch No One is a disquieting blend of near-future science fiction, gritty detective tale, and grotesque horror story. Tightly written, it lifts up the rock covering our post-modern society’s deepest fears, where body modification and digital communication have replaced personal advancement and the intimacy of human contact. From the surgically-altered milk-women to weaponized, genetically-tailored parasites, Touch No One presents a disturbing vision of humanity’s future.
Despite being an indie fiction writer myself, I’d be the first to tell you that, like traditionally-published fiction, indie novels are very much a mixed bag. For every book you don’t want to put down, there are at least fifty that you can tell aren’t worth your time from the advertising copy alone. Touch No One is that one book you want to read all in one sitting, even as you cringe at the world it depicts. Hirsch knows what makes people tick, and can show you their deepest ugliness while making you care about what happens to them. The best books stay with you: Touch No One takes up residence in your guts and won’t leave for love or money.