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Modern Hysteria

By: Aron Beauregard
Narrated by: John Wayne Comunale
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Every parent’s worst nightmare

A mysterious internet figure, known only as Mr. Boy, is preying on depressed teenagers and brainwashing them into horrific acts of self-harm and suicide. The macabre message behind The Dropout Challenge is simple: Drop out of sight. Drop out of school. Drop out of society. Drop out of life altogether.

Derek Pearson is a struggling graphic novelist whose younger brother took his own life after becoming ensnared in The Dropout Challenge. Upon hitting rock bottom, Derek becomes obsessed with pulling back the curtain on the malevolent mastermind responsible for his brother’s gruesome demise.

Despite a lack of urgency from the authorities and his outrage regarding the tragedy, Derek has also discovered a strange positive trend in his artistic trajectory. For the first time in his life the story he’s telling through his illustrations is worth finishing. But with art imitating life, many questions still remain. Who decides how it ends? And has Derek become more fixated with crafting the perfect conclusion for his masterpiece than getting justice for his family?

Warning: This book contains graphic content. Listener discretion is advised.

©2022 Aron Beauregard (P)2022 Aron Beauregard

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  • Anna
  • 09-02-23

More calm for Aron Beauregard, but a lovely message

I’ve become used to moments in his books where you sometimes have to fight back the nausea to keep going. He goes gross in a truly genius way. This one, felt very different. I almost thought I should do some research to see if someone close to him had recently taken their own life. All in all though- lovely passages about the artistic struggle and the commitment to write exactly what he wants makes him a true voice of extreme horror.

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  • Canday Jones
  • 03-12-22


Another fantastic, creepy ass af novel from the SK (splatter king) this was very deeply mentally unsettling and the narrator did a wonderful job bringing this story to to life.