Rrranta Collective, 2011
I have already reviewed other Rrrants Collective work, the most recent
being back in June, when I reviewed Paul Eccentric's little tales (Rantanory) and praised him for his use of language.
Ultimate Focus is another in the Rantanory series: the story of
a man undergoing hallucinations - both pleasurable and unpleasant - which might or might have not happened to him.
The fact that he can't distinguish between them causes him difficulties, it's not nice being left in the dark, especially
with experiences proving problematic to fathom.
The story is only seven minutes long, but within that limited time Eccentric manages
to create a world of uncertainty and menace, one that recalls other experiences in the bathroom - not least Hitchcock's Psycho
(even though that involved a man rather than a woman). The story reminded us of just how vulnerable we are when we bathe;
it might be a pleasurable experience, but we are quite literally mentally as well as physically naked.
In case readers need reminding - the Rantanory collection of stories are available
for purchase at the rrrants.com website; if you fancy something to listen to while travelling, or have an odd moment to fill,
they are ideal fare.