Harry makes a momentary stop at the decrepit circus that has materialized in a field overnight. A labyrinth of circus tents like Dante’s nine circles descends into madness. Sprinkled with commerce and corruption. A room of indecision, perpetually incomplete.
Verbiage, exquisite and visceral; more eerie than terrifying. Starting out, it appeared needlessly wordy and rife with superfluous side plots. By the end, several elements ached for further explanation. I can’t state the author’s intended allegory with any degree of certainty; I do, however, enjoy the understanding I unraveled in the hours following the final page.
Playing Dead is from Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist
From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of—or do monsters exist?
Go to some terrifying places with this cast of authors. You will be dragged into mystifying realities where demonic fairies hide, where devil monkeys lure carnival-goers to their demise, where Goatmen seek to destroy their prey, and where the goddess of death puts out a hit on victims of her choice. These shocking tales will have you biting your nails and locating that childhood nightlight. Because, in the end, we all know monsters do exist.
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