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Burnt Tongues Paperback – August 12, 2014
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Stephen Graham Jones, author
"Burnt Tongues' 20 stories "are as eclectic as the authors themselves", said Titan Books, which has just acquired the book in the UK, with titles ranging from Zombie Whorehouse to Mind and Soldier."
"Anyone looking for boundary-breaking tales that also pack a haunting, powerful punch will find hours of entertainment here."
Carl Hays, Booklist
Fans of transgressive fiction authors such as Palahniuk will enjoy this selection. . . .”
Brooke Bolton, North Manchester P.L., IN, Library Journal Review
Dark, subversive and disquieting fiction for readers ready to go all the way down.
Within the covers of this wonderfully disturbing, squirm-inducing collection, you’ll find all the mortifying, self-inflicted scars you go through great pains to hide from even our closest intimates. . . . Sometimes you’ll want to avert your eyes or silently close the book, never to touch it again, but stay with it. There’s real soul and humanity lurking under all the fluids and scars, and you’ll emerge all the better for tackling it head on, albeit in want of a shower or two afterwards.”
Dino Parenti, Pantheon Magazine
The off-the-wall subject matter is balanced well with pathos and compassion, and the end result is a powerful bunch of stories that you won’t soon forget.”
Josh Black, Hellnotes
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Top Customer Reviews
More risqué in nature than the gothic and noir, yet skating the rim without slipping fully into the empty literary doldrums of all-out pornography, transgressive fiction deals in marginalized characters seeking redemption and identity within the bizarre and grotesque. Violence, incest, body horror, and drug abuse are just a few of the taboos the genre uses as vehicle by which to explore the human condition, in the process unveiling some nasty truths that many people would rather keep chained and out of view in the labyrinths of their hearts and minds.
In an effort to further legitimatize and codify the genre, Palahniuk, along with neo-noir writer Richard Thomas and filmmaker Dennis Widmyer, have amassed twenty festering, bruised tales dredged up by some of the hardest rising authors working in the field today. The result is Burnt Tongues: An Anthology of Transgressive Stories—“Burnt Tongues” being a phrase Palahniuk has used to describe the deliberate misuse of words in awkward, interesting ways to jumpstart the reader into seeing them anew.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like Chuck Palahniuk you will love this book...because it is written by many different authors trying to sound exactly like Chuck Palahniuk. Read morePublished 1 month ago by asweet1
Lots of interesting stories. Some are grotesque, some are cryptic, and some are touching. If you like Chuck Palahniuk you will enjoy this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cole Ackerman
Several good stories here - a mixed bag with various plots, but overall a solid collection.Published 2 months ago by J. Barton
Great book for someone looking for something Palahniuk-esque. Short stories with his gruesome sense of humor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lucy
Short stories by people who like Chuck palniuk. Some are meh. One about girl/dog love is pretty crazy. All in all I liked it. Read it on a plane.Published 2 months ago by mark