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scott w has commented on (2) products.

The Furry Trap: (Horror Stories, 2004-2011) by Josh Simmons
The Furry Trap: (Horror Stories, 2004-2011)

scott w, August 4, 2012

It would seem strange to give a five star review to a book that so thoroughly horrified me, but I'm tempted to do it anyway. I first encountered Josh Simmons in Kramers Ergot 7, where "Night of the Jibblers" was first published. I found the story compelling and disturbing, and I liked the art style he used in it, but it did little to prepare me for The Furry Trap, which has many distinct styles and even more nightmarish subject matter. Some stories are one-off ideas, like "Jesus Christ," where a gigantic, super-powered, centaur-like creature crash-lands on Earth and immediately sets about destroying a city. Some are brief, impressionistic and dreamlike, like the title story, about a unsettling encounter in a dilapidated movie theater. And "In a Land of Magic" pushes what seems like a conventional story about elves and wizards beyond extreme boundaries of good taste. But for me, the best entries in this book are the last two full-length stories, "Cockbone" and "Demonwood." The former paints a grim portrait of a pinheaded man-child and his abusive, nearly feral family, and the fantastical events concerning his magic unit, building to an almost unbearable climax. The latter begins with one of the best horror premises I've ever come across, an underground structure of unknown dimensions, purpose and provenance, and follows the unfortunate soul who gets stuck there when the sun goes down. Both stories stayed in my guts for days. It's a shame to me that I can never read them again for the first time, since repeated readings lessened the impact, but if you're a fan of horror that gets under your skin, then I envy you your opportunity to read this book.
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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Swamplandia!

scott w, January 30, 2012

Best book I read from 2011. Lyrical and satirical.
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