There are so many things that can tear the mind apart. In my world I’ve had to deal with my fair share of grief and exhaustion, but just yesterday… I felt like my brain was melting between my ears because of benadryl. (Yay food allergies!) But in a way, that hazy confusion of antihistamine made for a very interesting environment to read Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear. This book explores the many ways the human mind can unravel, and what happens to it once it does.
Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear
Written by: David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Vlad V, Ursula Wong, Dale T. Phillips, and Rob Smales
Genre: Horror, Gore, Short stories, Anthology, Little bits o’ Sci-Fi and Dystopian futures
Publishing Info: Books and Boos Press October 2015
Book Description: Reality slides into madness again in these eleven tales from some of New England’s finest storytellers. Feel your heartbeat quicken as your senses drift to dark places: the howls of horror, terrifying visions, a hint of mystery in the air, and the bitter taste of death. You may never sleep with the lights off again.
Dipping into Madness
There’s a great introduction to the book, written by Joe MicKinney that describes the stories as the authors swimming into madness and insanity, and I couldn’t agree more with the image he paints.
This book vividly explores the many ways a mind can be shattered and how that fractured person then interacts with reality. It’s scope is grand and yet, each story feels like an intimate moment shared with you. And I know that a lot of these stories are going to stick with me for a long time afterwards.
Stand out Stories
The Perfect Game by Rob Smales
I will not say much of anything about the details of this story, because I seriously don’t want to spoil it for you. But what I will say is this: This story alone makes buying the book worth it. It is clever, funny, and utterly engrossing. That being said, it isn’t the only reason this book knocked the reading experience out of the park.
Float by Vlad V.
This is another story that I have fallen in love with. It has a little bit of that Aladdin street-rat and the Princess flair mixed with a grime-coated and blood thirsty version of our decaying future. Kind of in the vein of Mad Max, just with patched up floats instead of suped-up cars.
This is a short story that I would love to read as a full novel. This Mob-run world of the future where scraps of our current existence are hobbled together to create it captivates me. The details in this story are incredibly well laid out without being hampered by the depth of them. The story is pulled along beautifully by Hector, our lovable street rat, and the vicious race that he has to take part in to be with the love of his life. If you’ve ever read The Scar by China Melville, then you’ll kind of understand the flair of this story, and why I love it.
Hooks by Dale T. Phillips
This is a story that will haunt me. Because in following the transformative moments in a veteran soldier’s life it begs the questions, “What does a person become when society marks them as other?” “Who do we become when we feel like there is only pity and fear left in the world for us?” It’s a chilling thought and one that is explored beautifully, and brutally in this story.
A fantastic collection
It’s a great collection of stories to be sure, and I could easily get deep into the psychology and depths that each of these stories touches upon, but that’s a long rambling post I’ll spare you today. 😉 I will just say that if you’re a fiend for gore and the depraved, you’re going to love reading this book.
5 out of 5 blood spattered stars This book will entertain and chill you, all while leaving your mind to ponder on some of the deeper insanity in our own world.
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