Saturday 16 May 2020


The Hanging Stranger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tonight was definitely time for another PKD story, and this one was perfect.

Ed Loyce was supposed to be at work. Instead, he was working in his basement. So when he heads across town to his store, he spots a man hanging from a lamppost...

And so begins a paranoid adventure that sends Ed everywhere, but ultimately leads nowhere.

He's convinced that the town has been replaced with alien insects, and everyone is under their control. It's why no one else thinks anything of the hanging man, and why they decide to chase him.

I really enjoyed this atmospheric tale because the descriptions were creepy, the hidden message very apparent, and the paranoia embedded in Ed's every action so disorienting. It felt like an episode of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits.

Love how well he wrote weird and surreal in a way that makes you wonder if the character's real problem is madness.

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