Narrator: Lori Faiella
Published by Wicked Run Press on 6 April 2016
Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
Genres: Horror, Noir, Paranormal
Source: Author, Submitted
Ten-year-old Lilly is the victim of a terrible house fire and a wretched family. Her father is an addict with mental illness, her mother was murdered and then buried across the street, and her uncle got her addicted to heroin.
Lilly's tragic story has been told in the book All Smoke Rises, and it may be true, for the author has broken into your house, and placed Lilly's body on your kitchen counter. He demands you hear the manuscript, before cutting his own wrists and bleeding out on your floor.
Now you have decisions to make, for her body may not be dead, and her family is coming for her.
©2016 Mark Matthews (P)2016 Mark Matthews
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A psychiatrist gets a horrible shock as a former patient breaks into his home and kills himself in front of him. But before he dies, he reveals a terrible a secret, a burned and mutilated child and a manuscript that explains her origins.
Lilly was born into drugs and violence, forced to take heroin as a toddler and then abandoned to her psychotic father, her fate seems hopeless. She must take not only heroin to live, but from the blood of other addicts.
All Smoke Rises is a bleak allegorical tale of child abuse and the hopelessness of poverty and addiction. The listener is never quite sure what is real and what is imagined. Lilly doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but needs to feed to survive. She is too small to do anything on her own and watches helplessly as her father murders drug addicts to feed her. Without the required blood milk she lapses into a cruel dream-like state full of awful memories and ghosts. There is no death and there is no escape.
It is a disturbing story involving the ugliest parts of society, child abuse, drug addiction, murder, insanity and desperation. Through it all the listener has a sense of surreal otherworldly observation, what hope can there be for these ruined lives, drugs are the least of their problems and perhaps a necessary escape from the horror.
The story is performed by Lori Faiella who provides an excellent performance. The bleakness is well portrayed in her voice and tone. The characters are easily differentiated and sound true to our view of them.
Some listeners may be disturbed by having such a young child as a drug addict and abuse victim. It is critical to the story. Stick with it, the ending is worth the horror. If you like your horror mixed with the sad reality of desperation, you should enjoy this one.
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