Peril the Second

Readers Imbibing Peril VI

One fine Saturday, not too long ago, I found myself near a little bookshop in an ordinary strip mall. So I went in. I thought perhaps I could find a nice creepy Lovecraft anthology to read next. Unfortunately, they seemed to have sold out of that. But I did find another book that I thought might be a good choice: Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory.

It even had a tentacle on the cover, so it should have been sort of similar. Right?

Well, there was only one way to find out. So, one day, I sat down with the book and tore right through it.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. Something creepy and thought provoking, perhaps. Something like Grimm’s Fairy Tales meets The Twilight Zone. In fact, it was a lot like that. The book contains dozens of stories, most no more than a few pages long. There are stories about walking trees, talking televisions, and an octopus in the city. Most, though, are about anonymous people doing strange and unusual things.

The stories are dreamlike and fantastic, each with its own internal sort of logic. I am reminded of the fantasy sequences from movies like The Imagniarium of Dr. Parnassus, Mirror Mask, and Pan’s Labyrinth. Don’t get the wrong idea, though. While the stories in this book are odd and sometimes bizarre, the sense of creepy alienness that might come to mind at the mention of Pan’s Labyrinth isn’t a theme in this book.

This was a fun little book, and I enjoyed reading it.

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