|"Engaging literary fiction with compelling characters, an interesting plot with twists, and
the skillful layering of several genres, including history, mystery, and a dab or two of the
paranormal." - Claudia Moscovici, Literaturesalon
If you like secret panels and passages, pulp magazines like Amazing Stories, Fate, and Weird Tales,
Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception, small-town childhood escapades reminiscent of Jean
Shepherd's A Christmas Story, arcane historical fiction, Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,
Tamper is your kind of book. Tamper takes its name from 1940 pulp science fiction writer
Richard Shaver, who claimed that underground mutants were tampering with his mind with
invisible rays. Whit can relate!
Tamper is about a boy named Whit who grows up in the 1960s obsessed with paranormal
research, B-movies, and strange noises drifting up from the basement of his parents'
house. By the mid-70s he is experimenting with drugs and seeing a psychiatrist, trying to
solve the mystery of his obsession with the number 4. Whit and three friends meet a
reclusive mystery writer who hints that the answer may be found in the ancient burial
chambers under the island of Malta.