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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193329387X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933293875
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,706,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Shipp (Sheep and Wolves) offers readers a tightly written story of suspense and occult horror. Nicholas believes that he has been cursed, and he is not alone; his eccentric love interest, Cicely, is convinced that the fate of the world depends on her possession of a tennis ball. As their loved ones express skepticism, Nicholas and Cicely seek out other curse victims, including accident-prone Abby and reluctant mentor Kin. Though at first the curses seem mere delusions, it soon becomes clear that a malevolent entity called Pete is amusing itself by tormenting them. Abby's fatalism, Nick's self-hatred and Pete's power and ruthlessness hamper their efforts to find curse-free lives. Using Nicholas's idiosyncratic voice and fondness for lists, Shipp effectively conveys the claustrophobic world of people caught up in events beyond their control. (Nov.)
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More About the Author

Jeremy C. Shipp is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Cursed, Vacation, and Sheep and Wolves. His shorter tales have appeared or are forthcoming in over 60 publications, the likes of Cemetery Dance, ChiZine, Apex Magazine, Withersin, and Shroud Magazine. Jeremy enjoys living in Southern California in a moderately haunted Victorian farmhouse called Rose Cottage. He lives there with a couple of pygmy tigers and a legion of yard gnomes. The gnomes like him. The clowns living in his attic-not so much. His twitter handle is @JeremyCShipp.

Feel free to contact Jeremy via email at: chrismatrix(at)yahoo(dot)com

"Jeremy C. Shipp's boldness, daring, originality, and sheer smarts make him one of the most vital younger writers who have colonized horror literature in the past decade. Shipp's modernist clarity, plus his willingness to risk damn near everything, put him up at the head of the pack with the very best."
-Peter Straub

"Shipp's clear, insistent voice pulls you down into the rabbit hole and doesn't let go."
-Jack Ketchum

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If she lets it go, the world will end.
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The characters are very colorful and multi-dimensional.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bowsman on October 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Jeremy C. Shipp's CURSED is, like his other work, unlike anything else. It does not follow a recognizable formula. You will not guess the ending halfway through. Instead, we get to know a group of strange and wonderful characters, who have all been cursed. There are no witches or black magic, but instead a touching story that focuses on the care and feelings the cursed individuals have for one another.

If you're getting a bit tired of cheap attempts at being gored to death by the likes of the same old formula authors, give CURSED a try. It's offbeat, yet totally accessible, thought provoking, yet never preachy, touching without being sappy.

Despite the inherent irony in the statement, CURSED will leave you feeling uplifted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Lowmaster on October 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I got a PDF preview of Jeremy C. Shipp's latest book CURSED. He put out the call on Twitter and I answered. That right there says a lot about Jeremy; he thinks outside the box. Without getting onto a rant about the current status of the publishing industry, it's things like this that help get the word out. I can say right off, this is a book worth getting the word out about. His thinking outside the box also applies to his writing as well.

I knew very little about CURSED before I started reading it. I'd heard a little about it on Snark Infested Waters, which is also where I first heard about Jeremy. About all I knew to expect was something about a curse, and possibly something bizarre. This book has plenty of both, and in the good way.

CURSED starts you off right in the middle of the action, following the style of `in late, out early'. It was slightly disorienting, but after reading a few pages, things start to make sense. This isn't bad. The characters themselves are in disorienting situations themselves, so you have a taste of what their lives are like.

The characters are very colorful and multi-dimensional. No one feels like a throwaway character. The story is told from the viewpoint of Nick, a very layered character. The narrative reveals what he is thinking, how he feels, and what he says externally to hide these things from the outside world. Cicely is the main supporting character and has a very different outlook on life and is very colorful. Her wit and whimsy adds a wonderful light to the story. Gordon is Nick's roommate. He is a blind guy and I think that Jeremy must know a blind guy because I felt the character was very real and his blindness is dealt with in a way takes everything into account.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 20, 2009
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From the first page, no, from the number at the top of the first page (#12), I was hooked. The writing is light, clever and witty. The characters are painfully human, touchingly self-aware, and really nice, in a dysfunctional, I wouldn't really want to spend an evening with one of them, sort of way.

It is a book about being cursed. Ostensibly a story about Nicholas and his friends Cicely and Abby who are trying to find who cursed them so they can get their lives back, there is another book just beneath the surface, about people who are damaged and hurting and the cruelties they suffer in a world that blames them for being who they are. It's about the real-world curse of being what life made us.

It is dark. For all its playfulness, flashes of insight, and sprinkles of lovely humour, the book never lets you forget that our hero and his friends are suffering, that this is not a nice world they inhabit, that bad things are happening to them and everyone they love. All the time. Relentlessly.

So I'm very pleased to say I can recommend this book to everyone. Shipp has obviously stared into the abyss of the human condition and the abyss has just as clearly invited him over for a drink and a chat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna Carrick on October 13, 2010
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I purchased my copy of Cursed with no preconceived notions. Actually, I downloaded the free Kindle sample, just wondering what Mr. Shipp's work was all about, then found myself thoroughly hooked.

This book will not appeal to everyone, but for readers who enjoy wit, character depth and an offbeat look at real human flaws, carried by a strange and compelling story that refuses to rely on cliche, then Cursed is a 5-Star choice.

I highly recommend this one. It's so far off the beaten path you just can't help but smile. Well written, deep and intensely human -- absolutely worth the read!

Donna Carrick
author of The First Excellence, Gold And Fishes and The Noon God
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TS Tate on October 2, 2010
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Reading, not Red Bull as the company would have us all believe, gives you wings. It's a fact that may seem horribly obvious, but for many, reading simply is the method you take to vacate the real world and be transported into something powerfully foreign. If it's good fiction, our perceptions are twisted and changed.

I expect much from books. I expect to be dazzled. I expect to be wrapped up in a story, in characters I either love or loathe. What I don't normally expect, is to be overwhelmed and awed by what I read. Sure, there are works that have changed my thinking. There are writers whose talent and ability are so awe-inspiring that I feel somehow pathetic by comparison. But reading a collection about relationships shouldn't have left me gobsmacked. It shouldn't have left me thinking for days afterward about how these relationships, in their own unimaginable way, shifted my awareness of what fiction should be.

Fungus of the Heart, a vivid, wildly artistic collection by Jeremy C. Shipp, did just that. I sat down and read, watching through lenses contorted to reveal things I could not imagine. I saw through his eyes and the view was distorted and beautiful. It's a collection about relationships. Full stop. There is no other way to explain it. Now, these aren't relationships you're going to hear about on Oprah or hovering around the coffeemaker at work. These relationships run the gamut from misogynistic men and the females they `own' to sprites who think they are jack-o-lanterns and the creatures of death and violence that love them.

In Shipp's world, we are introduced to characters full of discord, full of self-loathing and the connections they make and are forced into with the world around them. And those worlds? Disturbing, frightening and absolutely infectious.
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