Asylum – 13 Tales of Terror is about a man named Martin who is starting his new job as a custodian at a mental health facility. He is being trained by an older guy named Jimmy and, after Jimmy discovers that Martin was a writer, he suggests that Martin write a book about the residents. I like that the short stories are part of the main story. After each resident’s tale, it goes back to the present where Jimmy gives Martin more information about them and we get to see Martin’s reaction and learn more about things. I really enjoyed that format and it worked well.
My favorite stories were “No Strings Attached” and “The Devil’s Music.” “No Strings Attached” is about a poor kid who works at a toy store. It could be an episode of Tales from the Crypt or a show like it. “The Devil’s Music” is about a teenage devil-worshipper who plays guitar in a metal band. Sure it’s a cliché, but Paul is a fun character and the last line is funny.
Unfortunately, there were some editing issues and a lot of the stories, including the main one, were predictable. It was still an enjoyable read, but it’s not something that I would read again. 3.5/5 stars