Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Stay Crazy - by Erica Satifka - A paranoid schizophrenic with depressive tendencies tries to save the world from an interdimensional being
I really didn't know what to expect with Stay Crazy. An unfamiliar author and a story which didn't drop neatly into one of my preferred genres, but I'm very happy that I took a chance on this one.
Em is a paranoid schizophrenic with depressive tendencies. She is being treated for her illness, but like many people she struggles with staying on her meds. When she starts working part-time at a local big box store, she is contacted by a being from another dimension who attempts to recruit her to fight an entity intent on destroying everything.
I know what you're thinking. She's crazy. But what if the threat were real, who would believe her. When suicides among her co-workers at Savertown USA become a regular occurrence, Em begins to wonder if the voice in her head is something more than her particular brand of crazy.
It's tough to categorize this story, "weird" would probably be the best one word description. Just the right amount of crazy, with a touch of quirky.
I did laugh-out-loud more than once while reading Stay Crazy. For a debut novel its really a well-written and fun story.
Published by Apex Book Company, Stay Crazy is available in both paperback and e-book formats.
From the author's bio - Erica Satifka is a writer who enjoys rainy days, questioning reality, ignoring her to-do list, and adding to her collection of tattoos. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarksworld, Shimmer, Lightspeed, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. Erica is originally from Pittsburgh. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her spouse Rob and an indeterminate number of cats.