Review: Fear Itself


Fear Itself Fear Itself by Bill Palmer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love these little urban legends come to life. Reminded me, obviously, of the classic creeper “Altered States,” but also of dozens of other medical, psychological experiment gone wrong type stories. This is exactly the kind of thing that floats around the internet. What fascinates me most about it is the question: What exactly makes it compelling? The idea is 1) you find yourself the subject of an innocuous experiment, 2) you start to lose yourself and question the motives of the experimenters, 3) you lose it, and 4) the experimenters scratch their heads, saying “we never thought someone could react so strongly.” What is the pathology here, the symbology, that reels you in, as this author effectively has? I don’t know, but I like it.

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.