Summoned to Oakwood Sanatorium, Dr. Blanchard struggles with the strange occurrences linked to a man abandoned in the hospital’s lobby. The bizarre situation he’s been called to evaluate triggers an internal conflict between science and spirituality and leads to decisions that shake his beliefs and calls his own sanity into question. In the end, no choice remains but the acceptance of the cruel reality of his life.
This short story cycle is a blend of psychological suspense, horror, soft science-fiction, alternate universe, and alternate history, thematically tied together by outcomes that are unanticipated, unintentional, and always unexpected.
The Many Worlds of Mr. A. Skouandy, the title story that bookends nine tales in between, is presented in the postmodern collage style, including admission forms and patient sketches before each piece and doctor’s notes after each. The stories can be read separately, but when read sequentially, a much larger story is revealed, generating this unique psychological horror novella.