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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (July 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995365
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If there’s a cartoonist working today who more reliably, ruthlessly, and relentlessly exploits his own strengths with each new release than Josh Simmons, I've yet to encounter him.” (Sean T. Collins)

About the Author

Josh Simmons is the creator of the graphic novels House and Jessica Farm. He once again hails from Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut after a several-year layover in Los Angeles, CA.

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Customer Reviews

So at times you feel like you're reading multiple artists.
Guru Shaun
Josh Simmons is one of those few great cartoonists who get's better with every piece.
Van
It's very bleak and it's effective because of what he doesn't show you.
MWH

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a collection of short stories by Josh Simmons, the artist behind the brilliant silent-horror book "House" a few years ago. The various stories show Simmons' range as an artist while the stories' quality is at times manically brilliant to half-thought out and fizzle out into nothing.

The best of these is "Demonwood", the final story, featuring a construction worker down on his luck who after working on a site all day, stubbornly refuses to admit his car is broken and ends up staying on the site after dark despite being told the woods are haunted. Sure enough a cherub-like demon shows up and the story subtly and horrifically gets darker and darker...

I also liked his take on Batman even if I wasn't 100% sure what he was trying to say about him. I felt this way about a lot of the stories here: the Jesus monster story, the hick/witch story set in an apocalyptic landscape, and the girl who mutilates her pet. The stories start strong, they're intriguing, but they end in the kind of pretentious arty way that believes non-explanation is better than explicit resolution, so in the end they're quite frustrating.

And the worst of these stories feature extreme sexual violence throughout that are the sole purpose of the story. It feels like reading a story by a kid who's looking only to shock - they're simply immature and empty.

But on the whole the book is an interesting read with imaginative stories and a few gems that make reading this worthwhile. Simmons has talent and is a compelling storyteller when he is focused; "The Furry Trap" hints at better books to come and I will definitely read them when they appear. For now, this book shows the interesting evolution of an artist.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MWH on July 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
On the plus side, I enjoyed a number of the horror stories in Josh Simmons' The Furry Trap. The best of the lot was "Demonwood", a chilling story of a man's encounter with a young demon. It's very bleak and it's effective because of what he doesn't show you. In this case, less is more and this story really resonated with me. I also enjoyed "Night of the Jibblers" and the opening story "In A Land Of Magic" - both were disturbing and what I expected from Simmons.

However, many of the stories were not fully fleshed-out ideas and were not effective as "horror" stories. For example, "Jesus Christ" and "A__hole Roommate" seemed like unfinished ideas and did nothing for me. The use of graphic violence and/or sexual deviancy is only effective if woven into an compelling narrative and most of the time the stories didn't fully work for me.

If you are unfamiliar with Simmons' work, The Furry Trap is a good place to start. If you are a fan of disturbing images and creepy stories, in the vein of Al Columbia, you may want to check it out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guru Shaun on October 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What I like about Josh's new comic is that it's full-blown Josh. Knowing Josh, his last two comics seemed very mellow. Nothing wrong with mellow. But Josh's head lights up like a perverted jack o' lantern. And that's what I like about The Furry Trap. People say it's just shock but I don't see that at all. The fantasy wizard rape is so colorful and over-the top, you can't help laugh. Like a good Monty Python skit. I love Mutant. Everything about that's perfect.

One thing people have complained about is that some of the stories start out but don't go anywhere. But I think Josh really pulled from the Dream Scene. Even I wished some of these things went a little further. But like many good dreams, when things start cooking, the dream shifts. Jesus Christ is great. Completely contained in Sagittarius judgement revelation.

Also, I had seen the Batman comic years ago but it took on a whole new meaning when inserted in this comic compilation. Even more disturbing, which fit in nicely after the Midnight Colorado mass shooting, is that Batman really is the dark night of the soul. That mouth-punch thing should really be in a movie. And of course, Josh is great at those little, tedious fine lines.

Cock Bone gives me the creeps. The whole "suck" really won me over. The Furry Trap shit crotch and song...wonderful. And then of course, Demon Wood, which is amazing, funny and you want it to go on longer. It can be a whole comic onto itself. You really feel like you're beginning to watch a horror movie from the late 70's/early 80's. I think Furry Trap is a wonderful comic. One thing I like about Josh is the fact that he has quite a few illustration techniques up his sleeve. So at times you feel like you're reading multiple artists. Josh Simmons is a real life Dancing Queen.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Van on February 1, 2013
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Josh Simmons is one of those few great cartoonists who get's better with every piece. The stories are roughly chronological, and Simmons experiments with each one, trying out new tricks and scraping off what isn't working. Look at the colors: Simmons runs through candy cane lane, harsh black and white, muted colored pencils, and groovy limited palates before arriving at an unnerving naturalism. The figures change form big-headed cartooniness to pared down realist proportions. The stories go from humorous and messed up to just plain messed up; by the time Cockbone rolls around, all that's left is crushing despair, with Simmons taking the atrocity as far as he can.The only other comic I've read with that much claustrophobic dread is Demonwood, the last piece in here. It's the best horror film the 70's never made, with Simmons replicating the utterly hopeless sickness of Cockbone without showing a single ounce of gore or sex. Most horror guy's with a vision this perverse pick a style and stick to it, a la Suehiro Mauruo or Shintaro Kago,but Josh Simmons is one driven mofo, always in search of a better way to mess you up. Taken individually, these stories would still be great, fantastic even, but the sequencing in this book just takes things to a whole 'nother level. You're doing yourself a disservice if you read them out of order.
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