Grey Skies by William Becker
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Roman Toguri finds himself burying the body of a nun in Boone, North Carolina. As the skies darken and it begins to storm, he is forced to shove the corpse into his trunk and take it home for the night, unaware of the torment that playing God will bestow upon him. Enter Hell with two bonus short stories: The White Shade, an ultra-violent look into the mind of a mass shooter, and The Black Box, a psychedelic dive into weird horror.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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What dont I like? Spiders. What does Roman encounter? Spiders. Not just spiders but a whole host of decidedly creepy and horrifying things.
Definitely an adult read as it gets a fair bit freaky. I think I'd have lost the plot long before even a tenth of the things Roman goes through happens.
I can't say I was totally surprised by how the story went as the idea kept nudging at me. This is quite an anxiety-inducing book. It's a scary, trippy ride that simultaneously has you wanting to put down the book and keep on reading. It's one of those stories that will stay with you, in your head, questioning reality.
There's also some bonus material which really adds to an already brilliant book.
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William Becker is an 18-year-old horror author with a mind for weirder sides of the universe. With an emphasis on complex and layered storylines that tug harshly on the reader to search for deeper meanings in the vein of Silent Hill and David Lynch, Becker is a force to be reckoned within the horror world. His works are constantly unfathomable, throwing terror into places never before seen, while also providing compelling storylines that transcend the predictable jumpscares of the popular modern horror. His first novel, WEEPING OF THE CAVERNS, was written when he was 14. After eight months of writing, editing, and revising, the story arrived soon after his 15th birthday. During the writing sessions for his debut novel, he also wrote an ultra-controversial short story known as THE WHITE SHADE that focused on the horrors of a shooting. Living in a modern climate, it was impossible for THE WHITE SHADE to see the light of day. Following a psychedelic stint that consisted of bingeing David Lynch movies, weird art, and considering the depth of the allegory of the cave wall, he returned to writing with a second story, THE BLACK BOX, and soon after, his second novel, GREY SKIES.
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