"A Shrill Keening" is an atmospheric, Lovecraftian novella.
Carl Thompson is stuck between two "realities". In one reality, he is a mental patient convicted of murdering his girlfriend, a crime he cannot remember. In the other, he is serving an important role in a Lovecraftian horror tale of the end of times.
Carl cannot determine if one, the other or both of his "realities" are real.
Malfi does a good job of weaving together Carl's two "realities". I find myself pondering the end of this tale and asking myself if Malfi left this story open-ended or if in just a few sentences he managed to mostly close the door on this one.
I like where he left this one!
4 1/2 STARS