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The Remedy

(Dark Corners Collection #6)

2.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,262 ratings  ·  153 reviews

He’s a man with a body under siege—and the willingness to proceed with a cure so miraculous all one can do is gasp—in this chilling story by New York Times bestselling author Adam Haslett.

After years of traditional treatments and therapies, Derrick still suffers from pain ineluctable enough that it has become his identity. Then he hears of an exclusive, very private New Yo

Kindle Edition, 58 pages
Published September 27th 2018 by Amazon Original Stories
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Oct 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
**CAUTION: If discussion of depression, self-harm, suicide and other dark topics are triggers for you -- please avoid reading or listening to this story.**

Derrick has been dealing with extreme, untreatable pain for years. Nobody has been able to help. Then his cousin tells him about a miracle cure offered by a New York clinic. The treatments are expensive, but Derrick sees the improvement in his cousin so he decides it is worth trying. The treatment does work....but in very unexpected ways.

Rita Schuldt
Not for the faint of heart

I found this story very upsetting and unnerving. I didn't care for the author's idea of what was the "remedy" of all our problems.
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
I don't dislike it, necessarily, but... this is not horror. I'm not sure how it gets built into a "dark corners" collection, and to be frank, I'm a little peeved about it. What, precisely, about someone finding a remedy to their pain is so horrifying? I can only see this being horrible for people who maybe haven't lived the majority of their lives with a mental or physical illness that is debilitating.

For me this story was about finding peace and not being in pain any more.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dark-corners
3.5 stars
Our narrator, Derrick, has been suffering for years from an unspecified – possibly unidentifiable – condition that causes him both acute pain and psychological distress. When a friend recommends the treatment offered by Dr. Lang at the 'Remedium Corporation', Derrick is intrigued – especially as the friend (who remains unnamed) is noticeably changed, clearly better, yet seems unable to describe what the treatment involves. Derrick's family are wealthy, so he's able to afford Lang's astronomical ...more
Jordyn Redwood
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
It was a slightly interesting story with some pretty spot-on descriptions of chronic illness, culminating in a creepy (yet predictable) ending.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: short-stories
Just no.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-to-be-read
I mean seriously...WTF?
Quentin Wallace
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to say about this one. It was unsettling, but was also much more cliched then I was expecting. A lot of details were left vague was well. Overall not too bad, but not exceptional.

Maybe I'm just jaded, but really the whole Dark Corners collection was a little underwhelming.
Heidi Ward
Well-written, but somehow sort of vague. My understanding is that it triggers some people, but it had little emotional resonance for me. Another freebie in Amazon's Dark Corners series. 3 stars
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Short novella from the Dark Corners series and very much in the tradition of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. It’s the story of a young man who suffers from debilitating emotional pain. He has sought treatment from all manner of therapists, counselors and psychiatrists all to no avail. His friend then tells him about a new course of treatment that seems miraculous albeit very expensive. It’s what this treatment or “remedy” is that has caused mixed reviews for this book. I found it interesting but ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Short book - I had the impression it was going to be scary and it wasn't at all. A bit disappointing.
Bev Gleave
Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it

There was no story to this and was rather boring. I would not recommend this one. The ending was not good either.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, oct-2018
So far, this is my least favourite of the Dark Corners collection. Very short and confusing. I love short stories but this one seemed like the author was trying to pack too much info into 29 pages. I found it rather boring, to tell the truth.

I liked the cover best of all. But the story wasn't as creepy as the cover looked like it was going to be, which is a shame.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
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“She hadn’t requested a list of symptoms. Your experience of your condition as a whole—that’s what she wanted to know. It was as if, in a single stroke, she were undoing the very premise of all the treatments that had come before, the idea that the suffering could be anatomized and its components addressed. Her question bypassed all the particulars—the chronic pain, the mental tension, the exhaustion—in search of something else, of the person
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I noticed this book come across my kindle screen and I just had to read it. I have never heard of Amazon Original Stories so I was excited to jump in and see what it would be about. So far this was the first story I read and it was just eh okay. Nothing really spectacular or special, though I was just wanting more. I was kind of lost on the story line. We are introduced to Derrick who has some kind of pain that he has been dealing with for years. So when a new treatment comes about he wants to d ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
maybe i should say this is one of the ones that did scare me the most??! maybe 2 some that would be a totally great positive side??! maybe??! i think i did in fact pee my pants. nuts!
are u a scary story halloween fan?

Oh my goodness, what a great idea ...from the 7 books the ones I did enjoy the best were "The Sleep Tight Motel" 1st & "Hannah-Beast" 2nd, if you know anything about Beth... I love mysteries ...but I don't really enjoy the scary parts. I love parts of Halloween. but the happy sc
Paula Mcgrath
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jim Mason
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll admit it was a five star story till the ending, still not sure how I felt about it. Rich in imagery and beautifully written.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
There's a nice creepy build to this story, and some beautiful descriptive work. But beyond that is where it lost me. The ending should feel inevitable. Instead it feels random and gratuitous.
Bradley (AudioShelf)
Oct 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really didn’t like this story. I got this series for free on Amazon Prime and I’m glad it was free. It was supposed to be a spooky story, but it wasn’t. It was sad and depressing.

Basically, the main character of the story has chronic pain (both emotional and physical) and he goes to a doctor for healing. It sounds like therapy, but what Dr. Lang really does shows people a life that is desired (without pain) and makes them choose if they want that nice life or their current lives.

The story wa
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it

A man who suffers from chronic pain and fatigue has decided to try a new kind of treatment for his suffering.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-of-2018
I read this short story on Amazon Prime in the Dark Corners collection. I can appreciate this story, but I just don't like it. It's dark and not in the dark and twisty way I like. It's another story about the horrors of humans and what we do to each other. It's unapologetically bleak and brutal, and just leaves you feeling empty and uncomfortable.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
There was a creepy vibe throughout, and although I found the ending fitting, I didn't feel that the story had been appropriately built up to the point that the natural next step would be (view spoiler). I know this is intended to be a short story, but I would have liked the author to explore the clinic's treatment for a bit longer before the Big Reveal. A level of progression, I would say, so that it gets progressively creepier and foreboding and the reader gets some clue ...more
Pam S
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started working my way through the Dark Corners Collection stories in the weeks leading up to Halloween, and managed to finish five of them before the end of October. (I also read a few ghost stories for good measure.) Brief reads, at around an hour (or less) each, these are a low commitment way to add some spooky to your reading list. When I first read The Remedy it shocked and stunned me to the core. I was deeply disturbed by the ending, which left me reeling for days. And then I thought abo ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adam Haslett’s novella The Remedy (Dark Corners collection) is about a young man who can’t seem to find a cure for his physical and mental infirmity. His family is wealthy enough, however, that a friend has referred him to a special clinic and doctor, whose methods he can neither talk about nor explain. The young man visits the new doctor, finds the experience strangely uplifting, and waits to see how the final ‘therapy’ will help him.

The idea that some unique therapy could cure all these people
Jennifer Murphy
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another Great Short Story From the Dark Corners Collection!

This really is an awesome collection of ORIGINAL stories. I've enjoyed each and every one of them so far; and since I've read (or listened to) almost every one of them at this point, I hope Amazon publishes some new short horror stories real soon.

Unlike some of the other stories in the Dark Corners collection, "The Remedy" is not for young children; although I would probably let my teenager read it. This particular short story is about a
Yolanda Sfetsos
Apr 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, short-story
So, this is the fifth story I've read in Amazon's Dark Corners Collection, and although the writing was nice and smooth, the story was awful. For the longest time, nothing really happens. And when it did, I couldn't believe the conclusion to this 'miracle treatment' was actually that.

It's anticlimactic and all sorts of wrong. I'd rather read a gorefest and gratuitous sex than this judgy dribble. 😐

I mean, seriously? I know fiction explores uncomfortable, unsettling subjects and spins them around
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