Asylum and Mirage, a novel by Michael D. Smith A novel by Michael D. Smith
Published February 2023

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Background  |  Excerpt (Chapters 1-3 in PDF format)

cover art by Michael D. Smith

A naïve and disconnected artist finds himself drafted into a mindless war against the Reunion, an unstoppable army of hallucinatory consciousness.

Artist Dave Raavenscorr picks up what he considers a neurotic college girl only to discover he’s latched onto Dr. Marina Nunn, chair of the Lake University Music Department and a refugee from the Reunion brainwashing disaster hundreds of miles south.

Fearing she’s contaminated him, Dave flees to his quirky warehouse studio where his best friend, art maven Reva McKee, hosts a celebration of his first one-man show. But a hundred fifty partygoers can’t admit that armies of the Reunion are marching on their placid college town, and before long Marina crashes the party, crowing about the hallucinations she shares with Dave and handing him his draft notice.