This about an hour’s read that will mess up your day.
The Visible Filth is a novelette centered around Will, a bartender at a New Orleans dive bar. After a minor brawl at the bar, Will finds a cell phone that someone dropped. That phone become the center point of growing nightmare.
The first thing I must give Ballingrud props on is his masterful ability to build tension. I’m sitting and reading this story of bizarre love triangles and dysfunctional relationships with unqualified, dark discomfort occurring in small bursts when about three quarters of the way through the story I realized I was well and truly freaked out. It sneaks up on you and will not let you go. When I got to the ending there were long WTF moments before I closed the book. This is my current “That Just Happened” story of the year. I cannot recommend it enough.
The Visible Filth is available for purchase through This is Horror and Amazon.