Tuesday, November 18, 2014
A Shrill Keening - by Ronald Malfi - Strange novella with a touch of Lovecratian mythos
Carl Thompson is institutionalized for the murder of his girlfriend. Problem is, he doesn't remember committing the crime, even though he called 911. He doesn't remember anything from just before her murder until after be wakes up in the hospital.
Carl's struck up a friendship with the facility's librarian and has been reading H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as books on the interpretation of dreams, meanings behind nightmares, and hypnotism.
Days are spent in therapy, with Dr. Lugando, but his nights find him on a boardwalk by the shore. It's like he's living two realities simultaneously. What he discovers in the alternate reality is where things get very strange and turn a little Lovecraftian.
All in all, I found A Shrill Keening to be an interesting exploration of the mind of someone who's gone mad, even if we never learn more about what caused him to go crazy in the first place.
A Shrill Keening is the latest from Darkfuse in their ongoing novella series and is available for the Kindle at Amazon.com. Plus, if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can read this one at no additional charge
I will point out that A Shrill Keening is not for everyone, but if you like stories that are a bit "out there," I can certainly recommend this quick read.