Author: Brian Harmon
Genre: Dark fantasy/science fiction
“Eric can’t remember the recurring dream that keeps waking him in the middle of the night with an overwhelming urge to leave, yet he spends each day feeling as if he desperately needs to be somewhere. With no idea how to cure himself of this odd compulsion, he decides to let it take its course and go for a drive, hoping that once he proves to himself that there is nowhere to go, he can return to his normal life. Instead, he finds himself hurled headlong into a nightmare adventure across a fractured Wisconsin as the dream reveals itself one heart-pounding detail at a time.”
Eric starts having these dreams that make him drive out to the middle of bum-fuck nowhere and find a barn full of crazy chickens. He learns that there is more than just our world, and that there are fissures in the universe where the worlds collide. He walks along this fissure, meeting strange people and terrible creatures. He doesn’t know where he’s going, but he knows he has to keep going and find out.
- I loved all the descriptions. I loved the other world bit of it, and the fissures.
- The chickens get their own point. I really loved those chickens.
- It kept me turning the pages. I would’ve read it all in one go if it hadn’t gotten so late.
- It’s unique to me. I admit this might not be true for those who regularly read in this genre, but as the only think I have to compare it to is Steven King’s Under The Dome AND I think it stood up pretty well to that, claps for that.
- This all happens in one day. 84,000 words, one day’s time. Like, shit. Way to keep me interested.
Jeers (possible spoilers):
- It’s not really horror, in my opinion. A little creepy, maybe, but not horror (as it’s labeled on Amazon). Very suspenseful though.
- Cut the wife out, cut out all that “bah I hate cell phones shit,” and cut out the detour to Altrusk’s house and you’d have an excellent novel.
- Overall, things could have been tweaked here and there to make it more believable, but it doesn’t really have to be that believable. Like, ghosts aren’t real, so why not just go along with the story?
Would I recommend it?
Yes! I thought it was a fascinating novel. If you normally read lots of scify and multidimensional stuff then you might be a little bored, but I really thought it was fabulous. I kept reading because the descriptions were so interesting and I just needed to know what would be at the end of the journey. Also, the e-book is free! (Yaaaaay for free things!)
He’s an independent author and self-publishes his work. He also does the covers for his own work and edits! See, I’m not out to get indie authors! I’m excited to have finally found quality self-published work, as you can tell by my exclamation points!!!!!!!!!! (But seriously yo, this shiz is exciting.)