Roman Toguri finds himself burying the body of a nun in Boone, North Carolina. As the skies darken and it begins to storm, he is forced to shove the corpse into his trunk and take it home for the night, unaware of the torment that playing God will bestow upon him. “Grey Skies” is a surrealist nightmare that pulls inspiration from “House of Leaves,” by Mark Z. Danielewski and the works of David Lynch that builds upon the idea that the real monster is always lurking within.
Released in mid-2019, “Grey Skies” was the second full-length novel by William Becker. Despite only having a physical version through Goodreads, “Grey Skies” was infinitely more successful than Becker’s first novel, further characterizing and defining his unique writing style, surrealism, and ability to weave a tale of extreme weirdness. The novel is also notable for containing cryptic messages, easter eggs, and ciphers within the text and in between the chapters. While not essential to understanding the text, they provide a unique level of depth that serves to build the mystery. Also packaged alongside the original pressing of “Grey Skies” are two short stories: “The White Shade” and “The Black Box”, the only linkage between the three being the mysterious Mark Hammelton…
“Read during the day or turn all those lights on at night and be prepared not to sleep!” -Stephanie, The Nerdy Princess Book Reviews
“This is not so much a traditional horror read,
but more of an exploration into the human psyche when faced with extreme circumstances.” -Sarah, Mrs. Brown’s Books.
“This is one of those books where you have to follow Alice down the rabbit hole to eventually discover the truth. Everything is weird and nothing makes sense as if you’re in some twisted funhouse wrong side up or trapped in a recurring nightmare from which you can’t wake.”– Valerie, Cats Luv Coffee Book Reviews