THE TERRORIST OF PROVIDENCE STREET
by Stephen John Moran
Roger DeBlanck's review -- Aug 06, 2016
With a brilliant set of interconnected stories, Moran has produced a spellbinding tale in The Terrorist of Providence Street. The novella’s antihero, Scott Holden, aspires to write and have his books published.
He works at a restaurant, but he suffers from social awkwardness, especially in expressing his feelings for a female colleague. His anxiety leaves him fantasizing about her.
When a new employee, a “monkey” named Karl Marx, starts at the restaurant, Scott feels jealous and threatened by Karl’s banter and impropriety with the ladies and also by Karl’s great fortune with having his own novel published.
Scott’s world becomes more bizarre when he encounters illusions at the restaurant, where he supposedly still works, but finds himself full of memory lapse and confusion. His hallucinations and delusions continue as he falls deeper into lonesomeness.
Even as a writer, his past haunts him, which he brings to life with shocking consequences. In putting together this psychological thriller, Moran blurs the surreal world with reality and builds a plot of suspense that is revelatory and downright chilling in its finale.
This is the type of book that will have you wanting to consider and examine its every detail.