Fearless (A Dark Tale From Innsmouth I) by Ashley Lister
I read Ashley Lister’s Fearless: a dark tale from Innsmouth in one sitting. Oh. My. Gosh. I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed such amazing dialogue in a story. It’s clever and dark and had me laughing and exclaiming out loud, much to my husband’s dismay. The characters and their interactions are absolutely brilliant. Also brilliant is Lister’s shameless and wicked combining of subgenres in this novella. There is the paranormal, the expected ghost story, but also elements of a medical horror thriller, psychological horror, and some irreverent dark humor. This is a solidly fun read! But perhaps a small disclaimer: while this is not extreme horror, some of the subject matter might not be for those readers who are easily triggered. Lister throws a dash of real life horror in the mix as a catalyst, and it is presented with real life perspectives. One can’t bring the chip-on-one’s-shoulder to this read or one will miss the purposeful depth brought by that addition. This is a fast-paced and enjoyable story, and I cannot recommend it enough. I look forward to reading the other stories in Lister’s Tales from Innsmouth series. I’m hooked.