Shawn is a scientist developing the formula for a drug that may cure blindness by stimulating another area of the brain that controls perception. When he surreptitiously tests the drug on himself, he accidentally accesses a neural pathway that appears to allow him to communicate with a complete stranger through telepathy instead. When Shawn finally discovers the significance of their connection and of the drug’s true effects, it is too late to stop the damage their intimate friendship has set in motion to unfold.
A science fiction - body horror - mystery mashup from D & T Publishing
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"Rowland masterfully crafts a tale of understated, psychological sci-fi horror that pulls you in with its realistic, relatable characters. When the horror rears its ghastly head, you'll feel like you've been in a car accident"
“Merging bio-medical science-fiction with thrilling mystery and body horror, Optic Nerve approaches post-pandemic literature in a refreshing, unique way that is sure to leave you thinking long after you close the book”
“An intriguing novella of the not-so-far future with an unexpected and clever ending”
"This is one of those books that when you finish it, you’ll be blown away completely...If Optic Nerve doesn’t put Rebecca Rowland on your radar, you must already suffer from blindness."
"Like a magicians sleight of hand, we are lead in the direction Rowland wants us to go, throwing us off track at times. And just when you think you have things figured out and you’re back on track, Rowland decides to slowly insert a sharp blade into your rib cage, before twisting and turning as it pierces deep into your lung, and you are left there motionless and speechless while every ounce of air leaves your body."
"So well written, it feels as if you're part of the story as it all unfolds...Loved it!!!"
"It will shake you up and leave you thinking about it, and that's the beauty of it. Five stars"
"Rowland drops one hell of a shocking twist. Great short read that will mess with your head."
"This story is a true gem...caught me completely by surprise and cemented me as a Rebecca Rowland fan."
"The violent imagery was effectively done in a style reminiscent of a solid jump scare...The line between reality and hallucinations is so blurred, I had to reread a few scenes to find where exactly the transition was."
"Short novella/novellette-thing, and it's absolutely awesome. Mind-bending, violent, a bit shocking, and overall a very enjoyable read."
"Great writing. Great pacing. Great finale. Great all the way around."
"Well written with a cool concept. A book that makes you think."
"A creepy, disjointed novella about a man in the near future, taking an experimental drug in the wake of mankind’s unprecedented evolution towards blindness...was pleasantly surprised by the delirious, and somewhat heartbreaking direction this story went...a nice twist at the end."
"Rowland takes the story in a direction we don't immediately expect, showing her ability to subvert common horror tropes. The subsequent narrative proves not only horrific, but genuinely heart-breaking, and Rowland manages this combination without being melodramatic. Highly recommended, especially to those who have not yet discovered Rowland's work.."