Darkfuse is a publisher that I’ve become more and more aware of in recent months (probably because they keep giving me advance review copies of their books). Darkfuse is a wonderful smorgasbord of Lovecraftian and horror books. I recently read one of their upcoming releases: A Shrill Keening, by Ronald Malfi.
What is reality? That’s a question that Philip K. Dick asked over and over in his fiction. In A Shrill Keening, protagonist Carl Thompson is asking it too. By day, he’s a patient in a mental institution, but when he goes to sleep at night, he finds himself patrolling a beach on an unknown shore, waiting for… something.
Both realities feel equally real to Carl.
I don’t want to give away any more of the plot, except to say that if you’re a fan of Lovecraftian themes and of Philip K. Dick, you will enjoy this one. I’ve always loved stories about the nature of reality, and this novella did not disappoint.
A Shrill Keening is not available until November 18, 2014, but Darkfuse has a little “Pre-order and Save” note at their website, so I’m assuming you get it for less by pre-ordering and that the price will go up at that time.
And while you’re waiting, here are some currently available Lovecraftian books at Darkfuse that I’ve enjoyed: Emergence by Gary Fry, Judas Goat by Greg F. Gifune, Deep Night by Greg F. Gifune, Ancient Enemy by Michael McBride, Whom the Gods Would Destroy by Brian Hodge, Worlds of Hurt by Brian Hodge, and I have my eye on Dead Five’s Pass by Colin F. Barnes.
And I just started reading In the Shadows of Children by Alan Ryker. It’s great so far (available November 11).