Background on Bestiary – Part Three

Arguably, the biggest theme Bestiary explores is revenge.

I’m not talking about anger. Not the quick flood of rage that rushes over a person when he’s been wronged.

I’m talking about something far colder and more acidic.

Karen Lambert, the book’s protagonist, has had almost a decade to ponder her grief. Her hatred. The longer she hunts the man she holds responsible for the loss of her parents, the more the core of the person she used to be erodes.

Everything she does is centered on her mission. There is no joy of life. No love left save for memories of ghosts. Just the growing bitterness gnawing at her insides.

And when she finally accomplishes her task and takes what she’s sought for so long, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether there will be anything left of her to step back from the abyss, or if she’ll fall into the blackness staring back at her.

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About prutigli

Patrick Rutigliano grew up on a steady diet of comic books and horror movies. Making his first sale to Permuted press in 2007, he has since placed stories with several publications in addition to his first collection, Black Corners of a Blood-Red Room. The Untimely Deaths of Daryl Handy is his first independent release. During his off time, Patrick can usually be found attempting to recreate foreign cuisine, sacrificing cardboard to his cats, and having spirited debates with his wife over the failings of Disney villains.
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