Dreaming At the Top of My Lungs by Israel Finn
Publisher/date: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 23, 2016)
Genre: Horror Short Stories
Rating: M for violence
Oh my damn.
Have you ever read a book and wonder why in the hell nobody was talking about it? Maybe from an author whom you'd never heard of before?
I was stellarly lucky enough to be tagged by a writer friend on Twitter in a post where a writer was trying to find some reviewers for his book. Sometimes I'm hesitant to do this directly with writers because I am brutally honest in my reviews but I hate hurting peoples' feelings. Ok that's not entirely true - more like I don't want to start a grudge match with a writer who poured their heart and soul into something that I just didn't like. Because we all like different things!
But I trust the person who tagged me to have good taste, and it's a compilation of short horror stories, so I knew I could squeeze it in. Now that you have my tragic back story, let me tell you that THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD.
I'm not easily scared by books. I've read quite a bit of horror and it has to be pretty dang creepy to scare me. It has to make me think. It has to be (relatively) believable - as much as horror can be. But my favorite part about horror is that the good guy always wins. Sure, there might me losses along the way, but in the end if nobody escapes, there is no story, right? And there's usually a bit of karma in there too. It fills some need in me to be satisfied by a book. To know that we're going somewhere and be full of anticipation along the way, and then to reach that destination.
Israel Finn's Dreaming at the Top of My Lungs just does it for me, in all the ways. Each story is unique. They're quite short, like campfire stories. Actually these would all be amazing campfire stories now that I think about it. There are many kinds of fears, and he hits on lots of them in this book. Fears that we have in our every day lives, made real by his imagination. That fills the believable check box. And the KARMA!!! Ohhhhh the karma. It is so satisfying. And terrifying.
I can't really rave enough about this book. I tore through it, I don't understand why I haven't heard more about it. Maybe because it's independently published and depends upon people like me to shout about it from the rooftops.
So here's my shout. 5 STARS GO READ THIS BOOK!!!
*It's on Kindle for only $2.99 so check it out yo!