Becoming Insane

A psychological thriller by Leyla Cardena

Becoming Insane Synopsis

When the monsters hiding underneath your bed are much less frightening than the bills you have to pay, the family you have to support, the job you have to find, and the unrealised dreams you cry about, then you know there’s a problem. Especially when you are a full-grown adult in your mid-thirties.

It’s 1987. John Crane feels like throwing himself out of the window because of his depression, while his friend Jack Vain has to support his spiralling O.C.D. and panic attacks.

Their issues are driving them into a shared psychosis.
Without these issues, John and Jack may never have needed to go searching for the demon in the middle of the night, through the mean streets of New York.

John Crane’s writings will never be read and discussed, and Jack Vain’s drawings and paintings will never be seen and admired. But the creature is here. It knows them. It wants them. It wants their help. It wants to eat, to touch, to create. It wants to live and be free. It wants to avoid death and become immortal. John and Jack’s creativity looks like the perfect host.

As the beast of insanity takes hold, will John and Jack survive their own imaginations?

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Leyla Cardena biography:

Leyla Cardena was born in Geneva, Switzerland in August 1990. Cardena hails from a literary family; her grandfather was a poet who battled against Franco in Spain and against the Nazis. As an adolescent, she considered herself an outsider and a tomboy, and found it difficult to fit in at school; instead, she found solace in old movies, furtive cigarettes and writing. At thirteen, she was forced to attend a specialist school for delinquents, and became estranged from her family. She describes her teenage years as an overwhelming feeling of being lost and hopeless; she recalls with horror the indelible memory of seeing some of her closest friends placed into psychiatric care. After leaving school, Cardena found work in administration, then at a trust company where she excelled, studying law at night school. At twenty-three, she felt burnt out and miserable, and resigned from her job in order to follow her dream of becoming a writer. She has battled with anxiety and depression and has a keen insight to the subject which inspires much of her writing. Her first novel, Karmicalement Votre, was published in French by Les Editions du Net in 2013. Becoming Insane by Leyla Cardena (published by Clink Street April 30th 2019, RRP £9.99 paperback, £3.99 ebook) is available to buy online from retailers including and can be ordered from all good bookstores. Follow @leylacardena on Twitter.

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