Published: June 29, 2011
A FAIRYTALE OF SEX, DRUGS, AND MURDER...
Alice Pleasance has just killed a man.
Later, while suffering a heroin overdose, Alice visits a nightmare world of playing card royalty and violent tea parties. Worse, Alice discovers that her broken mind has dragged something out of her delusions and into her waking life. Something evil.
Trapped in a psychiatric ward while dealing with her drug addiction, Alice finds an unlikely friend in Dorothy Gale, a girl who knows all about other worlds and the duality of life. Sweet, gentle Dorothy, who carries a stuffed dog named Toto and has a few secrets of her own.
Now they are on the run, escaping vengeful drug dealers, trigger happy cops, and the horrors being created inside Alice's own shattered mind. And while Dorothy clings to the promise of love as she chases a tornado across the country, Alice clings to her sanity, because the creature sharing her mind has a growing bloodlust that will not be denied.
"JW Schnarr's stories are things of savage beauty, full of wild and evocative imagery that will leave you marked forever…"
--Mark Onspaugh, cowriter, Flight of the Living Dead
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My Two Bits:
It begins as two uniquely damaged girls find each other in - you guessed it - a mental hospital. They find an irresistible draw to one another. Personality-wise, they're complete opposites, yet they share an inseparable bond of pure insanity or pure truth.
Together, they drive into an adventure filled with drug dealers, death, madness and the fantastic. I won't give anything away, but I think I have a crush on that Mad Hater. His first appearance in the "tea time" scene with the March Hare and Dormouse had me in stitches.
If you want a gritty version of a "life after" the stories we all know then I highly recommend this novel. If you want a fluffy, attached version to the history of the original stories then this might not be quite what you'd expect.