Suicide The Hard Way: And Other Tales From The Innerzone is a collection of short stories,screenplays and song lyrics by Christopher Alan Broadstone. This anthology hits on subjects such as psychological horror, man’s inhumanity to man and obsession. In these pages lies some excellent horror fiction and it shows there is more than one way to scare a reader. One of the things that I thought was interesting about this book was the three screenplays in it plus an essay on the making of the short films that came out of the scripts. This is something you don’t see in a lot of horror anthologies.
My favorite part of this book was the short story Little Jimmy Combat. The story is about a young kid who sees himself as a soldier and the forest surrounding his house as the enemy. Jimmy gets a big surprise though as the forest starts to fight back against him. The imagery that Christopher uses is excellent and you can see the forest coming to life before your eyes. You then start to wonder what the forest fighting the kid signifies. I took it as the Earth fighting back against the humans who try to bend it to their will, but it is open to interpretation. In Christopher’s stories you get the feeling that this is a philosopher at work and you can get several different meanings from his stories.
Another good story here was Hellbound Hillary which has some startling imagery that is both beautiful and horrific at times. I’m not even sure how to describe this story except that it is about addiction and loosing your mind. What Hillary goes through will make you cringe. This story paints a picture that is enough to drive you insane but wanting to read more at the same time.
Suicide The Hard Way is like a work of art from a true artist. The reason I say that is because Christopher Alan Broadstone has written a book that gives you three very different examples of storytelling via screenplays for his three short films, song lyrics from the band he was in and short stories. To write in each format you would need to rely on a different skill set and Christopher shows that he can tell a good story in each format. This book is disturbing but at the same time its fascinating because you can tell the author really put his soul into his work. Suicide The Hard Way is a book that will keep you up at night and make you think.