Crypt of the Moon Spider

Tor Nightfire. (Lunar Gothic Trilogy, Bk. 1). Aug. 2024. 112p. ISBN 9781250291738. pap. $17.99. SF
Veronica Brinkley is depressed, so her husband has decided to pack her off to a psychiatric hospital. In this world, where Jules Verne’s science has landed colonies on the moon, the psychiatric hospital is the perfect place for a scientist to pretend to treat people whom no one wants back. But Veronica has been dreaming of the moon and its creatures for all of her short miserable life, so the place that’s supposed to kill her merely gives her all the power that she could have ever imagined and the possibility of getting revenge on everyone who has ever wronged her—though she might have to team up with the giant moon spiders with whom she has found a nightmarish common cause. This novella combines the true historical horrors of mental health treatment for women with the science-fictional horror of Verne and H.G. Wells, resulting in a truly creepy, utterly riveting story of lunar creatures surviving according to their frightening natures—aided, abetted, and thwarted by human monsters.
VERDICT This tale of SF horror and monstrous transformation from Ballingrud (The Strange) is the first in a projected trilogy and tells a chilling story that clearly has more frights to come.
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