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review 2020-02-01 20:52
The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature - Christopher Slatsky


THE IMMEASURABLE CORPSE OF NATURE blew away all of my preconceived notions about dark and weird fiction! I was exited to give these tales a chance as soon as I saw the cover of this book. As a lover of anthologies and collections, this was a great way to start off my reading year.


Stories centered around intense grief, like PHANTOM AIRFIELDS are among some of my favorites lately. Steve Rasnic Tem writes these so well and I found this tale reminiscent of Tem's work. (For me, this is among the highest of compliments.)


ENGINES OF THE OCEAN was another piece that deeply affected me, however the stories in the middle of this volume were the ones that told me that I held in my hands something very special indeed.


THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE, DEVIL GONNA CATCH YOU IN THE CORNERS, PROFESSOR COGNOSCENTE'S CALIGINOUS CHARMS CARNIVAL, (say that 5 times fast!), FROM A PEOPLE OF STRANGE LANGUAGE, and THE FIGURINE- were, for me, among the very best short, (or long), stories that I've ever read. Period!


This is the type of book that makes me feel inadequate as a reader and reviewer. I feel like anything I have to say could be said better by almost anyone else. I also feel a bit intimidated by the depth of these tales and the use of clear, concise language which, combined, often produced in me feelings of dread, suspense, sadness, and fear. I could never hope to write something, anything, as good as these stories.


Provided to me from Grimscribe Press, founded by a fan of Thomas Ligotti's work, I expected nihilism and helplessness, but these tales are a LOT more than that. It seems to me that I often like and admire the work of authors who adore Ligotti more than I enjoy the work of Ligotti himself. I'm not sure why that is, but it is a truth for me.


There are other reviews at Goodreads that are all more well written than this one, but so be it. I write reviews that are almost always about the feelings the author has inspired in me rather than clinical breakdowns of the text. I have been truthful with you all today about how I feel about this book and about Chrisopher Slatsky in general. Sign me the hell up for whatever else this man writes in the future, though I'm having a hard time imagining a book that I could love more than this one.


My highest recommendation!


*Thank you to Grimscribe Press and the author for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2019-10-21 16:00
THE HALF-FREAKS by Nicole Cushing
The Half-Freaks - Nicole Cushing

Harry keeps coming to visit Nicole so often, she had to write a book about him, and here it is. A twisted tale like NO other!


THE HALF-FREAKS defies neat genre labels; part character study, part weird tale, part awkwardly funny, it's hard to describe. Despite Harry vehemently stating often that he's no psycho like Norman Bates, (Nah! Nah!) he is still living with his mother, but he isn't a murderer. Or is he?


When his mother dies, Harry is forced to take part in the world, dealing with the hospital morgue and a less than savory funeral director. It's all way over his head..but not far enough so that he's going to let himself be ripped off.


Despite many disgusting traits, (this book delves deeply into them), there was something about Harry I found compelling. Even during his most repulsive actions, my eyes were glued to the page to see how it would all end up. I've been a fan of Nicole's work for a while now, and if this was any other author, I might have put this book down during an especially revolting moment Harry was having...with himself. But I trusted the author to bring it all home, which she did, just not in the way I expected.


Overall, THE HALF-FREAKS is guaranteed to be like nothing you've ever read before. Take that as a dare, if you will. I did!


Highly recommended!



Find out more and pre-order a copy here: THE HALF-FREAKS


*Thanks to Grimscribe Press for the paperback ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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