Book Review: Hello, Old Friend by Elizabeth Bedlam

A darkly humorous self-help horror story.

Eve thinks she’s found a means of escape from her mental illness purgatory when a suicidal maniac hands her a series of bootleg DVDs featuring the mysterious self-help guru Dr. Eustace Gish. But just what sort of ‘help’ do the tapes have to offer?

Hello, Old Friend is a unique psychological horror story oozing deliciously bitter black comedy. The prose is concise, with sprinkles of detail so vivid it’s like they’re being beamed into your visual cortex. The story itself is intriguing and compulsively readable, with no fat on it whatsoever. An absolute treat for lovers of the bleak and macabre. Did I mention it’s also quite funny?