The first story, Testament I, starts out like a traditional post-apocalyptic tale, with a small group of ordinary survivors trapped in a single city block, under siege from nocturnal zombie-like monsters. Rather than focus on the fight for survival and the glory of destruction, however, it looks instead at the sorrow, the loneliness, and the helplessness of impending death. It temporarily becomes a story of flight, of escape, and of the hope of rebirth . . . before a Twilight Zone twist knocks you on your ass.
The second story, Testament II, may very well be the creepiest thing I have read in ages. It opens with our narrator suspended in the darkness, deep underground, and stuck to a tentacle-like vine. He can't move, else the vine will crush and tear him into submission, leaving him helpless to evade the blood, shit, and piss raining down on him from above, while fresh screams surround him. He's just one man among many, stuck somewhere in the middle of an endless tower of vegetation. As awful as that is, though, it's the flashbacks to his family's flight into the countryside, the fungal-infested homes, and the strange woman who seduces him away from his wife and son that give the story true meaning. Again, it ultimately turns into a story of desperation and escape, but if you're looking for happy endings and human redemption . . . look elsewhere.
If you're interested in a well-told tale of humanity's sad demise, one that will get inside your head and mess with your emotions, then you need to give The Veil a read.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 26th 2016 by Horrific Tales Publishing
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this title from the author in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review.