Plato's Cave (2.4)

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Another tale in the Refuge Collection, Plato’s Cave can be read standalone but may be best enjoyed after The Thief's Tale.
When the Mayor’s bodyguard, Marty Hayseed calls into Refuge's notorious Blue Frog Tavern, our narrator knows that trouble looms and attempts to flee unseen. There's no deceiving Marty, though, and an abduction and drive into the countryside is going to lead to disaster. More
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About Brian Craddock

Brian Craddock is the author of Eucalyptus Goth (Oscillate Wildly Press, 2017). The Dalziel Files (Broken Puppet Books, 2018) is his first collection of short stories, many of which were originally published in Steve Dillon's Things in the Well anthologies (Between the Tracks, Below the Stairs, Behind the Mask, Beneath the Waves).

He is also published in Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed (Tor Books, 2015), and Book of the Tribes: a Tribute to Clive Barker's Nightbreed (OzHorrorCon, 2013). His essay on Clive Barker appears in The Body Horror Book (Oscillate Wildly Press, 2017).

Brian has also written for the puppet webseries The Hobble & Snitch Show (2015/2016), wherein he directed and performed.

In the late 1990s, under the pseudonym Dakanavar, Brian Craddock wrote and illustrated eleven underground comics centred on the Goth subculture in Australia (respectively titled "Crimson: Riot Goth" at 7 issues, "Grave Company", "Caduceus", "Dead/Dead", and "Alida: The Reluctant Goth"), and contributed to several zines and small-press publications.

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Reviews of Plato's Cave (2.4) by Brian Craddock

Angela J. Maher reviewed on Oct. 3, 2016

Well, this was an interesting one. A gritty story, it gets wonderfully odd about half way through, culminating in a completely unexpected way. Looking back, I'm not sure who knew the truth when, if at all, but it's a great read.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Tay M reviewed on Feb. 20, 2016

Plato's Cave by Brian Craddock is an intriguing insight into the Refuge Collection series. It's wonderfully quirky take on the different personalities found within Refuge provide for an excellent read. The detail and description used by Brian illustrates a violent yet fascinating take on Refuge.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Lee Murray reviewed on Dec. 22, 2015

In this tale from the Refuge Collection, Brian Craddock follows Marty the 'bruiser' Hayseed, first encountered in The Thief's Tale. Not content to be the mayor's lackey forever, Marty's got his hands on something which could tip the scales... Irreverent, violent, and compelling, Plato's Cave teases the threads of Refuge and uncovers yet another dimension...
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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