We all know of the psychological thriller and horror masterminds: Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker…etc. While they have carved and continue to help shape the path towards the birth of unique and eccentric horror stories, their popularity may have hidden the emergence of a new and experimental author. Gone unnoticed is someone we wouldn’t necessarily expect to dabble in the art of psychological thriller writing: the rapper and songwriter known professionally as Logic, and less popularly as Bobby Hall.
Supermarket is Bobby Hall’s debut and only novel, and in 2019, became the breakthrough to making Hall the first hip-hop artist to have a number one New York Times bestseller. What makes his book stand out amongst the many works that fall under the psychological thriller genre is its exterior; the title, Supermarket, as well as the simplicity of the cover makes it so that the readers are given as little information about the book as possible.
A supermarket is quite possibly one of the most mundane and everyday places one could think of, but Hall is able to create a sense of suspense by peeking the readers’ sense of curiosity and skepticism. One might wonder, how could a topic as dull as a supermarket make a good book? Hall proves that a place as uneventful as a supermarket can be completely transformed into a psychologically disturbing nightmare. The less we know, however, the more we want to know, and Hall uses that strategy greatly to his advantage.
Another unique aspect of Hall’s Supermarket is its incorporation of topics such as depression and anxiety. As the story goes on and the plot progresses, Hall is able to intertwine the psychological horrors experienced by his protagonist, Flynn, with the various struggles surrounding mental health. By incorporating these struggles into his book, Hall not only deepens readers’ experiences by allowing room for them to experience both a unique and realistic sense of horror, but also to relate to the protagonist on a deeper, more personal level.
To go along with the release of Supermarket in 2019, Hall tuned back into his comfort zone of songwriting under his professional title of Logic, and created a soundtrack with the same title which gives readers both a glimpse into the book, as well as the trials of Flynn’s thoughts and mental tribulations. While the soundtrack provides some insight on Hall’s book, Hall keeps it vague enough to maintain readers’ curiosity around what Supermarket is, in fact, all about.
So, curious now about what a supermarket could hold within its walls, beyond your everyday groceries? If you’re an avid horror and psychological book reader, or if you’re a fan of Logic’s music, give Supermarket a whirl. You just might be transported into a place you thought you knew everything about, but were completely mistaken.
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