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Mental Shrillness
     

Mental Shrillness

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by Todd Russell
 

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The Mental Shrillness ward will shock with six twist ending horror tales: a never blinking glass eye begs its host for extraction, a wife's flesh ghastly transformed by her husband's secrets, a misshapen creature unlocks the afterlife's gates, a dark, twisted marriage vow plus two award winning stories. This version contains four bonus stories, including one exclusive

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The Mental Shrillness ward will shock with six twist ending horror tales: a never blinking glass eye begs its host for extraction, a wife's flesh ghastly transformed by her husband's secrets, a misshapen creature unlocks the afterlife's gates, a dark, twisted marriage vow plus two award winning stories. This version contains four bonus stories, including one exclusive story.

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"Very twisted and I question my sanity for enjoying it so much!" - SeattlePI.com via Blogcritics

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012295460
Publisher:
Todd Russell
Publication date:
04/04/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
381 KB

Meet the Author

Todd Russell loves reading and writing scary, atmospheric, thrilling stories. His debut psychological thriller horror novel FRESH FLESH is coming out 9-29-2011. He is working on other books.

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Mental Shrillness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Thaedeus More than 1 year ago
In Mental Shrillness, Todd Russell explores fear, pain, betrayal, and darkness. These short stories remind me of growing up watching Night Gallery and Circle Of Fear, late at night in a dark room. These stories sneak out of the shadows and bite. Surreal, sharp, surprising, and gory, they shine a light on different aspects of the human condition. We are full of vices. And these stories point out some of them. If you are a fan of horror and a fan of short stories, you will enjoy Mental Shrillness. Personally I love short stories, and flash fiction. There is something poetic and primal about telling a story in a small, deadly package. There's not room for a lot of unnecessary exposition. The words have to count. And thus I think the impact is heightened. If you want a slice of darkness, to read by a fire late at night, pick up Mental Shrillness by Todd Russell. It will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, and the lights in the room flicker. Recommended!
kopsahl More than 1 year ago
Russell offers us a glimpse into what he calls the Mental Shrillness ward. He has spun six eerie tales that really give your mind a workout and sends tingles up your spine. Memorial Day Descent a soldier is promised that all his demons will be vanquished if he descends the basement stairs of a vacant mansion. This all but screams as not the thing to do! But for a soldier struggling to live with memories of war, he will do anything to exorcise them. Pains in the Glass was my favorite. Russell crafts an intriguing tale of how betrayal is like shards of glass piercing the victim. Only this glass is real and has a tragic consequence to which the abuser will see. Dead Warmed Over was creepy. Necrophilia in its prime is prominent in this chilling story. Falling the Bobbitt Way is classic! Sometimes loving someone to death is not a good thing. The title says it all! Dueling Eyes is well written but I didn't find it as creepy as the others. If you have a fear of glass eyes then Dueling Eyes will creep you out. The Illusion is the last story of the collection and the longest. The moral is that sometimes the grass isn't always greener on the other side. All in all, I enjoyed these six short stories. Russell does have a knack for writing in a creative way and spins such tale that your mind reels with hidden meanings. I will be sharing these while we are camping this summer. Perfect for the traditional storytelling over the campfire!