When we hear the term ‘monsters’, we oftentimes think of nonhuman creatures. At least I do, anyway. Very rarely will I identify the word with an actual figure, like Ed Gein or Ted Bundy. I suppose my love of creature-features is the reason for this. But author Brian Kirk is determined to change my view. His recent release, WE ARE MONSTERS, shows just how monstrous humanity can be. And if this book is any indication of what we can expect from him in the future, sign me up…I’ll be a lifelong fan.
If you are not familiar with WE ARE MONSTERS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Samhain Publishing:
The Apocalypse has come to the Sugar Hill mental asylum.
He’s the hospital’s newest, and most notorious, patient–a paranoid schizophrenic who sees humanity’s dark side. Luckily he’s in good hands. Dr. Eli Alpert has a talent for healing tortured souls. And his protégé is working on a cure for schizophrenia, a drug that returns patients to their former selves. But unforeseen side effects are starting to emerge. Forcing prior traumas to the surface. Setting inner demons free.
Monsters have been unleashed inside the Sugar Hill mental asylum. They don’t have fangs or claws. They look just like you or me.
I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. The cover art is decent but very plain; it does not grab me the way other Samhain covers do, therefore I wasn’t sure what to expect with the story. Thankfully, my concerns were unmerited. This book is a monstrous debut, and it is excellent in almost every facet.
WE ARE MONSTERS is written well and flows at a nice pace. The story starts off with an intriguing opening, and then progresses quickly, wrapping its icy hands around your heart. By then, it’s too late…you are ensnared in a riveting and chilling tale.
The plot is entertaining and terrifying, a realistic look into a scientific possibility that holds both hope and terror. I had no problem believing the plausibility of the story’s concept, and it prompted my mind to continue pondering it after the book was finished. This haunting after-effect is true testament to the author’s talent.
The characters in WE ARE MONSTERS are damaged and believable. Some are likable individuals, however many are not. The diversity of personalities is a nice change of pace as many horror authors rely on stereotypes to fill their rosters. Not so here, thankfully.
If I were forced to find a flaw with WE ARE MONSTERS, I would have to say the cover art is the only lacking element, and granted, it is a very minor one. Otherwise, this book is a great read, and I highly recommend giving it a look. It is available now in a variety of formats.