3 of 5 stars.
This short tale plumbs the edges of reality, and thereby unreality and the perceptions of both. As is common with Lovecraft-inspired work, a greater cosmic source which can’t truly be “known” lies beneath the murky surface of perception.
Here, there is a land of dreams, or rather a plane to which all dreamers ultimately visit and wander only to not remember upon waking. Within this monster-laden dream plane sits a labyrinth, and at the unseen heart of the labyrinth, a castle . . .
Humans have devised a machine that allows non-dreamers to piggyback on the dreaming experience of dreamers–it allows them to enter the plane and labyrinth without forgetting. Kendrick is a professional user of the machine. He’s chasing another pro, McCabe, into the heart of the labyrinth to see why McCabe lies comatose in the outer world . . .
This tale appears in Whispers of the Abyss 2: The Horrors That Were and Shall Be edited by Kat Rocha. I received this new anthology directly from 01 Publishing through bookreviewdirectory.wordpress.com.
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