Written by: Wesley Thomas
This is a psychotically sinister collection of tales that reap havoc in your psyche. The book explores a multitude of maniacs in a way that manages to pull the reader right into the mind of a killer. You begin scraping every inch of their brain like an archaeologist using a hand-pick to pry apart layers of stone, divulging something of invaluable importance.
The first entry uses poetry as well as first hand narration, which proved an insightful tool in how poetry stresses metaphorically, how someone is feeling. This is a tool that I feel can give more insight into a person’s ego rather than simply writing down how they are feeling. Poetry allows individual analysis in endlessly diverse ways. It takes you on a voyage of a mental institution to broaden your awareness of their consciousness. The intricate detail of torture is graphically enhanced and portray superbly, the mind of a deranged murderer.
The second entry uses the technique of bouncing from past to present very quickly, one benefit this guarantees is the reader’s constant, undiluted focus. Which is essential in this twisted tale! The past tells one story that establishes character motives, whilst an exciting and unnerving story is unfolding in the present.
The use of the tree and its symbolic significance was also an excellent technique that spiced up the horror.
The third insertion requires a strong stomach. It tells of a middle aged man who is depressed and bored with his life. But his morbid fantasies are everything except tiresome. You will anticipate the climax of this one, and be shocked and pleasantly surprised at the horror that ensues in the build up to the climax.
The forth is a brief metaphorical and slightly poetic one that leaves you utterly baffled and quite stunned.
The penultimate entry is cleverly deceptive. The characters, language, and surroundings all insinuate a certain illusion, which shatters in a brilliant manner. The bond between characters in this one is a point that I found, other than the obvious, that made this relentlessly interesting.
The sixth piece instantly became my favourite. It investigates a disturbed, young man who after experiencing unimaginable tragedy beholds inner darkness. But after meeting a woman at a carnival, his inner darkness is no longer suppressed. She encourages vengeance and free will, regardless of what the boy’s will desires.
Although each short is crafted by the same writer, it is remarkable how there are radical distinctions in the writing style of each tale. Each form of psychopath, whether the common media-abused stereotype or the more subtle variety, all emerge unique in their situation and characterisations, yet remain bonded together by their serious psychological damage.
A clear tendency of the writer that does, however, become apparent in each story, is that the author loves to torment and deceive his audience. Each ending is superb. The build ups work as an advocate to something monumental, but he misleads (to incite curiosity) before completely redirecting, delivering grandiose conclusions.
This book is a read that will never be forgotten. It’s a true exploration of mental, and physical torture, with an element of bounteous apprehensions.
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