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Rumfitt, Alyson - Brainwyrms

Rumfitt, Alyson - Brainwyrms

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Set within the confines of an eerie and secluded house, BRAINWYRMS delves into the depths of human emotions, unraveling a chilling tale of love, loss, and the insidious grip of trauma. Giovanni Lawson, an elderly inventor android, resides alongside a peculiar household: a delightfully sadistic nurse machine and a small vacuum cleaner desperately seeking love and attention. Their peaceful existence is shattered when Victor Lawson, a human, enters their lives, seeking solace and companionship.

Victor's arrival awakens long-buried memories and unleashes a sinister presence known as Hap, another android with a dark past. Hap's presence alerts a ruthless organization from Gio's former life, forcing the unlikely family to embark on a perilous journey across a treacherous and otherworldly landscape.

As they traverse unforgiving terrain, Vic grapples with conflicting emotions of betrayal and affection for Hap, ultimately facing a decision that will determine their fate. Will he embrace the love offered by an android with a tainted past, or will he succumb to the fear and uncertainty that threaten to tear them apart?


  • Love and betrayal
  • Trauma and healing
  • Identity and acceptance
  • The power of family
  • The complexities of human emotions

LGBT Themes:

BRAINWYRMS subtly explores themes of LGBTQ+ identity and the challenges faced by those who defy societal norms of love and relationships. Vic's experiences of isolation and loneliness resonate with those who have felt marginalized or excluded based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The story delicately delves into the complexities of love and connection in a world that often seeks to suppress and silence the voices of those who are different.

Relevant Tags:

Dark Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Horror, LGBTQ+, Gay, Robots, Found Family, Self-Love, Acceptance, Redemption, Coming of Age, Love Conquers All

Awards & Recognition:

  • Selected as a Kirkus Reviews Indie Pick

Venture into a chilling world of love, loss, and the dark depths of human emotions as BRAINWYRMS takes you on a captivating journey through the lives of an eclectic group of characters, both human and robotic. Delve into the mind of Victor Lawson, a human who finds solace and companionship among a group of peculiar robots. As Victor and his newfound family embark on a perilous mission to rescue Gio, their bonds deepen, and they discover that love can blossom in the most unexpected places.

Prepare to be captivated by a story that explores themes of identity, belonging, and the transformative power of love, reminding us that even in the darkest of times, hope can shine through.


Author: Alison Rumfitt

Genre: Dark Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Horror, LGBTQ+, Gay

Pages: 320

Publisher: Cipher Press

Release Date: April 25, 2023


  • Weight: 220 grams
  • Size: 12.7 x 19.8 x 2.5 cm
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