Let Me Out I’ve Had Enough- Mark Matthews

I received a gifted copy of ‘Let Me Out I’ve Had Enough’ by Mark Matthews from Mother Horror, in return for my honest review. The publisher of this collection of stories is Wicked Run Press.

I must say this is a disturbing and dark collection of 8 short horror stories. They are all in some way based around suicide and mental health. In the author’s note at the beginning of the collection he explains how his stories are his release, as he deals with suicide in his daily profession as a licensed professional counsellor. This is a trigger warning though, as if suicide is a trigger for you, then this collection will not be for you.

Here is a little bit about the stories and my thoughts:

Mastectomy scars

This story follows Kate after the loss of her Mum from cancer. It depicts her grief and heartbreak, and the lack of help that she receives after her loss.

I must admit I was getting into this story, but then it took a turn that I couldn’t really get my head around. I may have missed something, but the ending takes a very unusual turn. It is a very heart-breaking story to read.

My Rating: 💜💜💜 /5

Body of Christ

This story follows to young people in their journey going through grief in their own ways.

Faith – Her Mum dies, and she is left to deal with her emotions and what comes with growing up, without a female figure to look up to and to offer guidance.

Kegan – His Dad is in constant pain and after a devastating event is left to deal with his grief with a mother who doesn’t give him the support he requires.

Although I can see the author is trying to shock, I was left a bit confused by this story, and the idea of this story just seemed a bit ‘out there’ for me.

My Rating: 💜💜💜/5

The Last Bug Chaser

This story follows a species known as Bug Gideons. They are on our planet, hiding among us to help save us from the bugs which could wipe out our population.

Kyra and Flynn maybe the last of their species, will they be able to help our planet survive?

This was very different again, but I found this one strangely a bit more understandable. There was a scene where I did cringe, but I did like the originality of the idea behind the story.

My Rating: 💜💜💜.5 /5

Mask of Sanity

A Psychiatrist in Shavepoint Psychatric Hospital has three of his ex-patients commit suicide within a week.

At the same time there is a new drug introduced that claims to be the best at beating depression called Quinzapine.

What is going on? Is the psychiatrist at fault? or can the new medication be causing unwanted side effects?

This is another story that I was following quite well and getting into what could be happening and then it took a very dark, unusual, and confusing turn. I still don’t understand what quite happened towards the end.

My Rating: 💜💜💜 /5

Tattooed All in Black

Lara is close to death; she is dying of cancer. When she passes her husband is grief stricken and will do anything to see her spirit again.

How far will he go?

It is heart-breaking following the grief in this story, once again this story takes an unexpected turn but I guess that is a reoccurring theme in this collection.

My Rating: 💜💜💜.5 /5

The Burdens of the Father

This story is set in another time/world where it is run by the NNS. There is no plant life and the NNS release Nu-Air full of Oxygen into the air.

It follows Janis & Kathryn in this world, as the wife is about to give birth.

I got a bit confused by this story, I didn’t really get it.

My Rating: 💜💜💜 /5

Howling from the Gallows

A social worker is determined to find a missing patient, Maya who has Bipolar. She escaped from hospital where it is rumoured that something happened to her whilst in the care of the hospital.

Will he find her? Should he have gone to pick up his son instead?

This is a really sad, and shocking story. A touch of horror, crime and thriller in this story.

My Rating: 💜💜💜💜 /5

Met My Old Lover in the Grocery Store

An ex-Musician has been left by his girlfriend, he feels dead inside and wants to end his pain and suffering.

He comes up with a plan but ends up meeting his old soulmate.

Will she be able to change his mind to carry out his plan?

Another story about loss but in a different way, it can be soul destroying losing someone from your life whether it be by death or any other way. This shows how depression can have such an effect on your life.

My Rating: 💜💜💜💜 /5

Favourite Story: Howling From the Gallows

Scariest Story: Mask of Sanity

Most Shocking: Body of Christ

Although I found some of the stories quite confusing and very unusual, there is an important message to take from these stories. Mental Health is very important and to have thoughts of suicide is unfortunately quite common.

This collection is certainly very different in the direction that the stories take and there is a lot of imagination which has gone into creating them. The suicide element is never portrayed in a distasteful way throughout any of the collection.

Overall, a very dark and disturbing collection of horror/sci fi short stories that are definitely in a world of their own.

My Overall Rating:

💜💜💜 /5

An Important After thought:

I wanted to emphasis outside of my review the importance of talking to people if you ever feel this way whether it to be family and friends, a doctor or the Samaritans (116 123).

I have suffered with anxiety and depression most of my life and I can completely relate to the feeling of not wanting to talk to anyone, and sometimes feeling a burden when feeling this way. I have got help though and although I still get bad days, it is important to know there is always someone to talk to and help that can be given. Never feel you are completely alone. 💕

6 thoughts on “Let Me Out I’ve Had Enough- Mark Matthews

  1. Good for you Jenny for getting help for your issues. I don’t know if I could read a book like this. I try to only read more upbeat stories, but I know I’m missing out on some great writing and interesting stories by narrowing my choices.

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