Your imagination may have suffered in these cynical times. Its run down, beat-up, and in need of some hope for the future. Your imagination can be nursed back to health by Peter R. Best's book “S” is for Smokescreen, available on the Amazon retailer in paperback, audiobook, and Kindle formats.
Peter's style is conversational, and reads like an old friend wrote it, custom-made. His stories are inventive. Some recall characters you've known since you were a child, and expand upon the tales you heard as you fell asleep or hid under your covers, and wondered just what the dark corners of this planet held for you.
Peter's concepts recall the dark fantasy work of Richard Matheson and Rod Serling, to name two. Obviously, this means his work would fit well into the world of “The Twlight Zone,” and like that show, his stories can be just as optimistic, or terrifying. Many of the stories stand up to, and could have been, “Twilight Zone” episodes. Rod Serling would be proud.
Best performs the sleight of hand, with words, that most authors trade in for shameless broad strokes. He uses subtlety at a time in our culture where such usages are frowned upon because they aren't “epic” enough. Not only does he use it, he is skilled with it, and that would put him in an upper echelon in other eras, even though it does elevate him in our current society's author lineup. Our culture will transform, die, be mangled, repeated, recycled, but Best's book will stand as a testament to the beginning of an author's career.
If you want the magic that you felt when you first heard fantastic tales as a child, or heck, read them as an adult, then “S” is for Smokescreen is for you.