Synopsis: Just released on Amazon.com and iBookstore, Alaric Cabiling’s Insanity By Increments is literary short fiction at its finest. Alaric Cabiling dazzles the reader with a contemporary rendition of the Gothic fiction template. Fans of James Salter and William Trevor will love Insanity By Increments. Offering beautiful effusive language and unforgettable characters, the stories in Insanity By Increments will shock and delight readers for years to come.
3 out of 5 stars
Insanity by Increments is an interesting read. Made up of nine short stories/ novellas, the book resembles snapshots of life or of the human condition. The snapshots are of the darker side of humanity and each story will make you think. Bleak landscapes and bleaker outlooks set the tone of the book.
What I liked: While I enjoyed all of the stories in this book, there were two that stood out for me.
Frailty was my absolute favorite out of the collection. It’s the story of a photographer whose talent lies in photographing the macabre, the grotesque, and he has just been commissioned for something far outside the norm. It is, however, his speciality to document the decay of flesh and bone and his latest job is to photograph the work of a serial killer. As with most of the stories, Frailty is filled with sexual tension but this story is tempered with horror. The narrator tells us, ” Frailty is mankind’s incurable weakness. All of life is fragile to the core. … My own frailty works twofold: first, I suffer from a starvation for life, a libido with an insatiable appetite. … Secondly, I suffer a fascination for the beauty of death. …”
Dulcinea is the story of Edward, a well renowned author who spends his nights drinking in a neighborhood bar. Affluent and handsome, he is bored and disdainful of his own success. One night a beautiful woman comes in a changes everything for him. That is, if she was ever really there at all.
What I didn’t like: I love reading dark fiction, the darker the better. However, this book was more than dark. It bordered on depressing and at times I had a hard time reading it. That said, this is still a great read and a good collection od stories that will definitely make you think.
ARC provided by NetGalley