Friday, September 20, 2013
Montrosities - by Jeremy C. Shipp - 10 shorts in the bizarro fiction sub-genre
Having read some some shorts from Jeremy C. Shipp in the past, when I saw he was looking for reviewers for his newest book of short fiction, I jumped at the chance.
When you're reading one of his stories there's no telling where your going to end up. You just know it's going to be strange...bizarre really. Combine that with a stream of consciousness style of writing and there's really no way of knowing what's around the next corner.
Here, Jeremy has collected ten twisted tales for our enjoyment. Each one more demented than the last. Not all of them hit the mark for me, but enough do to make Monstrosities worth your time.
I particularly liked, "The Little Glass Soul," the story of Ash, her stepmother and stepsisters. A rather perverse retelling of the children's classic "Cinderella," and both "Clown Hands" and "Googly" were both out and out creepy.
Another good entry from this collection is "Cold." From that story... "Here's Shark, pointing his 22-caliber phone gun at the dead-eyed department store mannequin, and here I am, trapped in a chair made of ice, held down with rope that isn't there."
I would say, if Bizzarro Fiction is your passion, Jerremy C. Shipp is your man. If you're not sure if it's your thing and feeling adventurous, take a chance on Monstrosities. If your still not sure this is up your alley read a few of the author's shorts for free at the author's website http://jeremycshipp.wordpress.com/free-stories/ If this definitely isn't for you, then steer clear. Thus, the 4 of 5 stars. Recommended for mature readers.
Monstrosities is available now for the Kindle at Amazon.com.