A Shrill Keening
Carl Thompson spends his days confined to a psychiatric ward for a gruesome murder he can’t remember committing. But his nights are spent elsewhere, patrolling an evacuated stretch of beach for some purpose that is not readily apparent. During the day, he struggles to decipher which part of his... show more
Carl Thompson spends his days confined to a psychiatric ward for a gruesome murder he can’t remember committing. But his nights are spent elsewhere, patrolling an evacuated stretch of beach for some purpose that is not readily apparent.
During the day, he struggles to decipher which part of his existence is real and which is not. At night, he tries to uncover the mystery to a numbered code, a silver key, and a band of people who have given him his cryptic instructions.
Are these two realities linked? Could the answers to the mysteries in one reality be found within the other? Carl must find out before time runs out, and the sound of a shrill keening threatens to destroy both realities.
Publish date: 2014-11-18
Pages no: 70
Edition language: English
My first forray into Malfi, outside of a short story or two, and what an excellent choice to start with. Carl is a patient locked up in a psychiatric hospital for the murder of his wife which he has no recollection of doing. At night, he starts dreaming of leaving for the hospital to wander on an oc...
I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I am a fan of Ronald Malfi’s work. I have read several of his writings that have come out from the fine publishing house of Darkfuse over the past few years and some of his works published elsewhere. His story li...
A deliciously bite-sized bit portion of Lovecraft. That's how I'd describe A Shrill Keening. It's fairly easy to see that Malfi borrows bits and pieces from some of Lovecraft's works, but he does with a style all his own. This novella may be short, but it still managed to sink its fangs into me unti...
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Carl is now confined to a psychiatric unit, he can’t remember the incident that caused his incarceration and is sure that he had nothing to do with the death of his girlfriend, Meritt. His days are spent at...
"A Shrill Keening" is an atmospheric, Lovecraftian novella.Carl Thompson is stuck between two "realities". In one reality, he is a mental patient convicted of murdering his girlfriend, a crime he cannot remember. In the other, he is serving an important role in a Lovecraftian horror tale of the end ...