The human mind can’t always be trusted. The objective world – light, sound, touch – is filtered through our perceptions to form our version of reality and, if the filter isn’t quite screwed on tight enough, or the holes in the mesh are a little too big, they might just allow in gigantic, soul crushing truths that are too immense to be comprehended. Let’s just say that someone could conceivably think they were at, say, a book club while, in actuality, they were unwittingly part of a heinous cabal devoted to propagating madness across the plane of human consciousness. Just a thought. On an unrelated note, the Nightmare Factory Book Club will be meeting this Tuesday October 20th at 8 p.m. in the BookPeople cafe to discuss The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle. As far as you know, it will be a fun and informative celebration of modern horror literature.
The Devil in Silver finds joy and beauty in the rotten recesses of the disenfranchised social marginalia. Following a domestic dispute, Pepper – a big, dumb metal head but hardly a thug – is taken to a mental institution rather than lockup for the sake of avoiding paperwork. What follows is a series of doomed, desperate attempts to assert his sanity in the face of underfunded, complacent bureaucracy. Compounding this frustration is the wretched, insane Minotaur that stalks the crawlspaces of the institution at night, seeking victims among the infirm. Victor LaValle has created a wry, conversational horror novel with raw, emotional depth and inspired flashes of terrifying and tickling human insight.
The Nightmare Factory Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 8 p.m. inside CoffeePeople – the madhouse that is BookPeople’s cafe – to discuss horror fiction in all its incarnations. No matter your taste, from the ancient and unspeakable to the gore-splattered macabre, there is a place for you at the Nightmare Factory’s table. The best dreams, after all, sometimes start out as nightmares.
- Steve(n) W.