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Refreshingly Different

By Scott Scherr, author of Don't Feed The Dark

Apr 14, 2017: My review of Existential Terror and Breakfast is based on the fourteen episodes currently available. I was easily able to read through all of it in one sitting and I feel like this work is still very early in development. As this story progresses, I may alter my rating accordingly. Although, I’m already leaning toward a higher rating since I have a real good feeling that I won’t be disappointed with the progression of this tale and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

As is, I found this serial refreshingly different considering the irony in that a major enemy of the main character, Malcolm Steadman . . . is the mundane. My initial impressions after being bombarded with Malcolm’s “terror”, was that of being trapped within a small room where the walls began to slowly close in on me as I shared in Malcolm’s plight to exist on some level of normalcy.

I thought the writer did an exceptional job through his narratives in bringing forth Malcolm’s anxiety as this poor soul struggles just to get through breakfast without the constant barrages of questioning his place in the world, while failing at society’s grand pursuit of “Happiness”, which he apparently missed out on the memo.

Existential Terror and Breakfast offers numerous gem sentences laced with philosophical ponderings, occasional shots of unexpected humor, and, in my opinion, relatable situations which leave this reader sharing, on some level, a bit of that personal terror.

By episode six, a countdown begins with “Malcolm Steadman will dial the suicide hotline in 90 days.” This just add more fuel to the tension that’s building in this work, leaving me to speculate on Malcolm’s fate. The possibilities are endless at this point . . . but I’m left with a lot of trepidation in regards to what Malcolm might do to himself or possibly others. Time will tell.

On the critical side, it takes a while for Malcolm to start interacting with other characters, but once this starts happening, I believe this story’s potential started expanding quite a bit. I hope to see more of this in the future because I can only tolerate being inside this man’s head for so long . . . lol. Also, there was one episode describing a dream where the author has blacked out much of the words throughout. I’m sure there was a purposeful intent in this, but I personally found it distracting.

All in all, Existential Terror and Breakfast is a very compelling read and I look forward to discovering where the author takes this. Definitely worth a read if you’re in the mood for something quite different from the norm.

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