The Apocalypse has come to the Sugar Hill Mental Asylum
Hello and welcome to the Random Things Tours blog tour for We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk.
About The Book
“When a troubled psychiatrist loses funding to perform clinical trials on an experimental cure for schizophrenia, he begins testing it on his asylum’s criminally insane, triggering a series of side effects that opens the mind of his hospital’s most dangerous patient, setting his inner demons free.”
What I Thought
Going by the tagline on the apocalypse arriving at a mental asylum I went into this book expecting some American Horror Story style gory slasher but I was way off! We Are Monsters leans more on the psychological and the scary side creeps up on you unexpectedly. There is a doctor experimenting on patients which is obviously not great but he seems to be doing it ultimately for the greater good and he really wants to treat his patients not just cure them. This all stems from a very personal reality he has of living with someone who is mentally ill. But that’s where it all goes wrong, he gets a bit greedy and thinks he’ll make loads of money but when things don’t go to plan he chooses those close to him to continue his experiment and everything just goes downhill from there, spiraling into madness so to speak. That’s when things get weird and scary!
The descent into madness is hard to step away from, trying to understand whats happening, whats real or not real? Trying to figure out what direction it would go in and what would happen next, its a trip that’s for sure!
About The Author
Brian Kirk is an author of dark thrillers and psychological suspense. His debut novel, We Are Monsters, was released in July 2015 and was nominated fora Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. His short fiction has been published in many notable magazines and anthologies. Most recently, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, where his work appears alongside multiple New York Times bestselling authors,and received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year compilation.
Many thanks to Anne from RandomThingsTours and FlameTreePress for having me on this tour. All opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.