The Whisperer in Dissonance is a scary, disturbing novel that reads like a cross between H.P. Lovecraft and Philip K. Dick. I highly recommend it.
— Mike Davis, editor of The Lovecraft Ezine

Annie is overeducated and underpaid. She sleeps in fitful spurts dreaming of an altered world populated by drone-like slaves and gangly masters. Her dreams leave her panicked and ragged as if she hadn’t slept at all. Is there a barely audible voice buzzing in the background hum? Or is the sleep deprivation driving her to delusions?

When a computer virus spreads across email, social networking, and phone texts, people begin exhibiting the drone-like behavior from her dream. Who can she trust? Can she learn to distinguish what is real from the background noise, or will she become just another drone?

About the Author

Ian Welke’s first book, The Whisperer in Dissonance, is a strong debut that taps into our fears of technology, conformity, and the loss of self. Welke gives us tastes of Soylent Green and The Body Snatchers while still being unique and current. The concept of digitally spread virus that physically attacks the human mind and body…that’s true horror. It has been a while since I sat down and read something I enjoyed. This was it.
— Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Beautiful Sorrows and Nameless: The Darkness Comes.
With a frightening sense of inevitability Ian Welke examines the drone mentality of modern life and the diminishing gap between our frenetic existence and sheer madness. Our obsessive devotion to minutiae prevents real understanding. Information is available everywhere yet we struggle to create meaning in the simplest interactions. And over all hovers a constant threat, that on any given day we may be one commute, one phone call, or one Google search away from complete collapse. The Whisperer in Dissonance is a stark, eerie portrait of the many ways in which we capitulate, even against our instinct for self-preservation.
— S.P. Miskowski Shirley Jackson Award nominated author of The Skillute Cycle
Insomnia, alien infiltration, and a touch of old-school weirdness drives the plot of Ian Welke’s The Whisperer in Dissonance, a short novel which takes the well-worn B-movie paranoia of They Live and Invasion of the Body Snatchers and gives it a fresh shine through deft characterization, a relatable modern setting, and high-tech creep-outs galore. Heard the voices on the television transmitting strange, buzzing messages lately? Read The Whisperer in Dissonance and understand... before they find you!
— Ross E. Lockhart, editor of The Book of Cthulhu I and II and Tales of Jack the Ripper
Ian Welke writes like Nick Cave makes music. Instantly personable and creepy, his rhythm gets under your skin, the melody gets stuck in your head, and the storytelling appeals to the more frightening underside of a previously undisturbed stone.
— John Palisano Bram Stoker Award nominated author of Nerves