Al washed up in a remote area of a relatively unknown beach which lay on the central coast of California. Early morning surfing aficionados revived the man, who instantly attacked them for their trouble. Defying his condition, he shook his rescuers off like fleas and babbled an insanely violent tale. Wolves and dragons. Storms which descended like Ragnarok from heaven. Add in an overwhelming guilt complex, and intense feelings of persecution. Al claimed he had killed a million men, women and children; he ranted that someone had torn him apart limb from limb and sewn him back together like a rag-doll. Taken to a psychiatric hospital, the attending doctor documented that first the patient only screamed and shouted at people, and not always in a language they understood or identified...
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By Daniel Leatherman
Oct 21, 2010
In this amazing new book by fantasy and science fiction author Rhys-Michael Silverlocke, the limits of your imagination will be surpassed. His style, which seems at times to be influenced by Stephen R. Donaldson and Robert Heinlein, is nevertheless fresh and daring as he sings out in this unique narrative voice. In "Hard Dull", the author takes his hero past the limits of sanity, human endurance and even simple pity. You can almost feel it yourself as the hero is tortured beyond imagination, in unknown lands people by beings and creatures which defy traditional fantasy and offer realistic voices. This book seems to be almost an homage to Jonathan Swift and Herman Melville. There are elements of the hard life at sea, contrasted by realms of characters so strange... and yet instantly identifiable as illustrations and indictments of our often bizarre society and culture. Personally I think it takes a lot of nerve to try and blend those elements and styles, or to attempt a... More > "Gulliver" for the new millenium. But the author carries it off flawlessly and seamlessly. I’m really quite impressed. An amazing effort here, and well worth a read or three.< Less
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