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The novella, “A Debt to Be Paid: A Novella of Creature Horror” is what it says on the tin. A young woman, Meg Foster, with a family history of schizophrenia is worried when she encounters the horrors her estranged mother saw. Her mentally ill mother, Gillian, abducted Meg to keep her safe from some creepypasta-esque monsters she thinks are stalking her. The novella includes chapters about Meg in the present day, as well as flashback chapters of Gillian when Meg was a young child. The themes of mental illness, the fluid experience of reality, and family are woven through the novella, which justifies its length in a piece of fiction that would otherwise work better as a short story about monsters told at a slumber party. The author does a good job with characterization, particularly with Meg.
The second piece in the collection is the short story “In on It.” This story shares some of the themes of the lead novella, but from a slightly different angle.
“The Lynnwood Vampires,” the third piece, is actually my favorite in the collection. Again, family—the trouble it causes us and what we must do to keep it together—is a major theme. Readers that are or were parents of teenagers will connect to this story of teen fads and bad boyfriends.
The final story, “The Barry Effect,” is nice piece of Dark Fantasy that might have appeared on The Twilight Zone or Night Gallery. A man reconnects to his school friends at his high school reunion and learns that you can never really go home again.
The writing is a little rough in a few patches, but delivers the chills you want when you buy a book like this. I am looking forward to reading more from Patrick Lacey soon.
A Debt to be Paid is a great novella! It will make you want to draw the curtains tight and double check the locks on your doors. While reading, I had to cut the light on. I also found myself glancing over my shoulder making sure there were no shadowy figures. Anyways, let me get to this review.
Gillian Foster feels hopeless. She receives a letter in the mail, and then shadowy figures start appearing everywhere. She hits the road with her daughter Meg, but it's no use, she can't outrun the shadowy figures.
Twenty years later, Meg receives a similar letter, and then shadowy figures start appearing everywhere. Gillian is in the Hawthorne Psychiatric Facility. Meg must get answers from her mother. I will stop there because I don't want to spoil anything.
5/5 shadowy figures!
I thought this book only contained A Debt to be Paid, but I was greatly mistaken. This book also consists of three great short stories!
In On It is about lizards taking over the government, and the ultimately taking over the world. This short story is creepy good fun! I don't want an old television!
5/5 forked tongues!
Lynwood Vampires is the short story that turned into We Came Back. Great short story! If you haven't read We Came Back, you are behind the times. That book is where it's at! Check out this short story if you don't believe me.
5/5 bloody tentacles!
The Barry Effect is great! This short story is eerie. I loved it! A man goes back home to attend his high school reunion and no one remembers a guy they grew up with named Barry. He digs deeper, trying to find answers, but what he finds is more than he bargained for. That ending is everything!
Patrick Lacey is consistent! He delivers the goods every time! I look forward to reading his future work. If you haven't read Patrick Lacey before, then this novella is a great place to start!
I highly recommend this book to fans of horror!