Riley, R. Thomas – The Monster Within Idea
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One of our early 2009 titles, The Monster Within Idea, is a collection that contains nineteen stories from the dark mind of horror writer R. Thomas Riley.
Riley’s work has been compared to horror legends Richard Laymon and Dean Koontz. In our experiences, it is the way Riley instills a deep sense of humanity into his characters that makes his style of writing horror so empathetic and powerful. Those of you who have read the Apex anthology Gratia Placenti will be familiar with this very writing trait in the story “Only Spirits Cry” (also included in The Monster Within Idea).
Cover artist/designer by Justin Stewart.
The monsters lurk in everyone: monsters of greed, of guilt, of the pleasure found in pain, of the pain found when pleasure dies. Carefully disguised, the monsters can sit down beside you or take up residence within you at the slightest twist of fate. Will you try to stop them? Will you want to?
This collection of 18 stories from R. Thomas Riley deftly explores the monsters born of the human mind. “Attrition” offers a future prison system that frees only those who repent sincerely—but what can an inmate do if he finds that sincerity is not really the key? “Twin Thieves” and “Tautology” throw a devilish spin on relationships gone wrong, while “The Lesser Evil” twists the abuses of race and power into a gritty, noirish nightmare of the choices a man must make to protect a lesser man and a greater good. In “Touching God,” a young man’s past catches up to him when worlds bleed into each other and the past crosses into present, bringing back the abuse he once escaped and the brother who wasn’t so lucky.
Sacrifice, selfishness, and the worst of good intentions: all combine in The Monster Within Idea. From vampires and aliens to hit women and Wild Bill Hickock, Riley gives a subtle psychological turn to dark science fiction and horror. Let the monsters walk the paths of your mind. The idea is already within.