For Lydian’s debut novella release through Sinister Horror Company we are transported into a sort of dark fairy tale via an intense therapy session with a Dr whom also has a troubled past. Faust’s tale of madness is cleverly constructed, weaving two similar tales into one. We are given time with a small cast of intriguing characters that are well fleshed-out and believable. Forest Underground is a big idea inside a little book. There is much to explore in this sort of psychological unravelling and perhaps the novella form is a little too short. However, this is only a minor quibble. Forest Underground is really a book of two halves. The first half of the story centres around Luna’s therapy sessions with Dr. Sizemore whilst the second half we see Dr Sizemore’s younger years explored. Both of the narratives stitch themselves together come the books end in what I found to be a satisfying conclusion.
Both Luna and Dr Sizemore have turbulent histories. These two characters are explored thoroughly and this is one of the books strengths. There is a deliciously dark atmosphere that remains prevalent throughout. Through the therapy sessions, Faust creates vivid images for the reader and the writing is crisp and on-point. I went into reading this book with no knowledge of what is was about. What I found was that I had read an engaging, original slightly odd psychological horror story that bodes very well for Lydian’s future as a storyteller.
4/5 flashbacks from the Grim Reader.
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