Spotlight: We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk

Here goes the first of two spotlights for this week! In a bit of a change from my usual fantasy/science fiction fare, I’ve got some dark fantasy/horror for you. If that’s your cup of tea, then let’s take a look…

We Are Monsters



The Apocalypse has come to the Sugar Hill mental asylum.

He’s the hospital’s newest, and most notorious, patient—a paranoid schizophrenic who sees humanity’s dark side.

Luckily he’s in good hands. Dr. Eli Alpert has a talent for healing tortured souls. And his protégé is working on a cure for schizophrenia, a drug that returns patients to their former selves. But unforeseen side effects are starting to emerge. Forcing prior traumas to the surface. Setting inner demons free.

Monsters have been unleashed inside the Sugar Hill mental asylum. They don’t have fangs or claws. They look just like you or me.

Oooh. Psychological. I may need to stock up on extra comfort tea and make sure my lightbulbs are fresh, but this sounds good to me!

If this also sounds good to you, We Are Monsters (Brian’s debut novel, huzzah!) will be published by Samhain Publishing on July 7th. It’s also already getting some very nice press, including this blurb from Mercedes M. Yardley, whose own dark fantasy has impressed me in the recent past:

“Brian Kirk’s We Are Monsters takes us into the intricate Jekyll and Hyde world that exists within us all. It’s a high quality, smoothly written novel featuring characters who are both monstrous and horrifyingly human. Kirk’s book combines shades of Edgar Allan Poe’s The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether and Stephen King’s The Green Mile in order to make something satisfying, surprisingly humane, and uniquely his. Easily the best book I’ve read this year.”

Are you sold? I’m sold.

About the Author:

Brian Kirk lives in Atlanta with his beautiful wife and rambunctious identical twin boys. He works as a freelance writer in addition to writing fiction, and is currently working on the second book in a planned trilogy. We Are Monsters is his debut release. Feel free to connect with him online. Don’t worry, he only kills his characters.

You can find out more about Brian and his work at his website,


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