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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Where the Monsters Are by Gerald Dean Rice features Gerry, an executive in a company, who has some mental health issues. He is on medication for the condition, although the events in the story seem to suggest that it is not working. Gerry meets a strange man in the local diner while getting coffee, a man who claims to know Gerry but Gerry cannot recall him. Things get stranger as it is revealed that no one else can see the man. Gerry goes to work where he sees a similar looking man in the mail room. As the day goes on, Gerry's sanity is tested severely until he has trouble telling fiction from reality.
Gerald Dean Rice creates a somewhat confusing, but intriguing world in Where the Monsters Are. Is Gerry crazy or is there something more sinister going on? When his rival at work is taken away for having child pornography on his computer, it seems like the man may be real. I found the story entertaining, but I would have liked a conclusion to it rather than it being left open ended. With the introduction of his college girlfriend as the mysterious man's 'wife,' I did wonder if they were ghosts from his past. Or perhaps Gerry took real people to insert into his delusion. Overall, it was an enjoyable tale that lets you make up your own mind as to what is going on. As a short read, I think it will appeal to horror and mystery fans.