Sunday, July 21, 2013
Drawings of Pee-Pees and Wee-Wees: "In the Arms of Nightmares" by Robert Dean
In this novel, you’re taken into the mind of Arthur Reilly, a war vet who lives through VE-Day, and in the process sees horrors most can’t even imagine. After watching his platoon get completely wiped out, Reilly snaps and develops, more or less, the worst case of shell-shock in history. He believes he sees visions of hell and the devil, and it causes him to absolutely snap.
Thanks to graphic detail throughout the book, Dean forces you to picture everything that happens to Arthur Reilly during his lifetime, with the more gruesome acts described in even more explicit detail. And you know what? That is okay in this book. It becomes apparent very early on that Reilly is not a good human being at all, and the graphic depictions, if nothing else, show you just how truly evil he is. At the same time, Dean knows how to condense the details in the book so reading it doesn’t feel like a chore. The book is just over 250 pages long, and thanks to Dean’s style, it is a very fast read that is hard to put down.
While I was disappointed with the ending, that quickly dissipated when I learned that Dean was working on a sequel (no, this isn’t a spoiler, don’t worry). Based on that, the book ended about how I would expect, and it just makes me want dive back into the twisted mind of Arthur Reilly once more.
If you have a weak stomach, In the Arms of Nightmares is definitely not a book you want to read. While horror fans will definitely appreciate its very macabre nature, those not interested in the genre might want to stay away.