Ordinary Delusions by Alexander Luthy
Wander through ten short tales and witness a fool’s paradise, a device that gets one lost in phantasmagorical lands, a government fail its people, and other misfortunes that bring delusions into the ordinary.
Don’t Be So Daft – Poor Hal is left to run a graveyard shift at the gas station alone and has to put up with his intrusive thoughts of someone or something coming to get him at any given moment.
Xylo – Of course a discovery of madness has to occur when Lindsey finally accepts to do a wilderness trek with her partner Heather.
Frolic in Night Wind – Two best friends get more than what they bargained for when a night walk of theirs finally has something scary happen.
My Friend Reab – “Lemme just joke about this really devastating thing real quick.”
Galvanizing Frisson – You can lead a horse to mineral deposits, but you can’t make him act as if things will ever be normal again.
Indignant Echo – “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” – Matthew 22:39
Nightmarish Waltz – If you win the lottery, only take the money and not any weird, congratulatory gifts strangers give you.
Scio-not-phobia – “When you gaze into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Walking Little Sickness – It really sucks when the only thing that destresses you from roommate troubles comes to stress you out even more.
Charlotte’s Dread – Cozy house-sitting turns, well, not so cozy.