Reality is a slippery slope for Trey Leger, but he's managed to carve out a somewhat normal existence in spite of his mental illness. But when an ice cream truck starts making the rounds of his neighborhood, Trey can no longer tell reality from his delusions.
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"What is the ice cream man?"
Trey Leger has suffered from psychosis his entire life. In spite of his disease, he's managed to build a life for himself--good job, loving wife, smart, precocious son. Many of his delusions revolve around confined spaces and darkness. He sees a creature in the darkness he's come to think of as "The Closet Man." The figure appears to him as a pair of eyes in the darkness. In addition to this primary delusion, he also suffers from absent siezures that leave him paralyzed and unconscious. Years of therapy and medication have made him functional, but haven't treated his underlying psychosis. He's a man living in fear of his own mind, but determined to conquer it.
One day while picking up his son from school, Trey sees an ice cream truck at the school-ground's edge. The man running the stand doesn't appear to him as a man at all--it's a demon handing out the treats to the waiting children.
Trey continues to see the truck in his neighborhood. Each time he encounters it, he sees the same vision, but he doesn't know if it's real, or simply another delusion.
When children start going missing, he's convinced it's not a delusion.
Closet Treats is a story of psychological horror that guarantees you'll never look at an ice cream truck the same way again.
Part of the Fiends Collection and nominated for the 2011 Parsec Award Best Novel, Closet Treats is filled with disturbing imagery and monstrous dread.