Published by Darkfuse on Nov 18th 2014
Genres: Dark Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller
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Though infused with many Lovecraftian themes, A Shrill Keening is less a horror than it is an intriguing study of insanity and the type of tightrope a truly ego-syntonic delusional person might walk. Waxing between two alternate “realities”, first person narrator Carl Thompson is trying to figure out which is real and which is the product of his traumatised, psychotic mind after he has apparently murdered his girlfriend – even if he can recall doing no such thing.
This was my first read by Ronald Malfi and I was drawn in as much by his strong, literary prose as I was by the unfolding mystery within the narrative. A Shrill Keening packs a fair amount into its short 70 page length – some might argue it’s actually over too quickly – and ends on a note that feels suitable for such a tale.
Recommended to fans of mental institution set-tales as well as Lovecraftians looking for their next (small) hit.
4 Crayon Written Codes for A Shrill Keening.
The preceding was based on an eARC received from Netgalley courtesy of DarkFuse Publications