The book Fear, by L. Ron Hubbard, is a dark blending of fantasy and reality that was first published in 1940. I received this book for review, and I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. On the one hand, it is a window into a simpler time, and some of the prevailing attitudes of the day; an interesting look into a world gone by. On the other hand, the book has held up very well over the decades. It still offers lively and relevant insights into the human mind. Similarly, you can see the connection in this work’s literary style from the masters of the day, such as Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, into modern horror and fantasy masters like Stephen King.
Fear is the tale of Professor James Lowry, and his struggle with his values and reality itself. This struggle is encapsulated in the loss of his hat and four hours of his life. He discovers that, should he find his hat and those four hours, his life will end. However, he is convinced that, if he does not find his four hours, he will lose his sanity. Fear is fantastical horror which is made all the more horrifying when you discover that there is no fantasy in it.
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