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The Furry Trap Hardcover – July 2, 2012

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As with some of the best horror, The Furry Trap curb­-stomps all expectations.... There’s some sick s*** happening in this hardcover and if you’re brave enough, you’ll crack The Furry Trap open and enjoy the stories free of restraint and convention, yet teeming with unbridled creativity and absolute insanity. (Mark L. Miller - Ain't It Cool News)

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Josh Simmons hails from Storrs Mansfield, CT, and lives in Seattle, WA.

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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: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Da Nlokemoen on December 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I starting flipping through this book at a Barnes and Noble, and was pleasantly surprised to see that a mainstream "family-friendly(?)" store was willing to carry this kind of product. I write "this kind of product" because I find the Trap difficult to describe. Unavoidably, this book is grim and grotesque. Teeth and knives are engaged, bodies are opened up, stuff comes out, parts come off, nary is there a page without something awful happening, and there is no attempt to pretty it up. To some degree, Furry Trap is a catalogue of the depths of human depravity. And yet, something else is going on here -- The Furry Trap is somehow funny, lyrical, personal, vulnerable, revelatory, and touching. There is a strange beauty in that the characters get no sympathy from the author and their individual destructions are inevitable. Intentional or otherwise, Trap becomes a meditation on Deus Ex Machina and the nature of dramatic conflict. It made me think about why we are entertained at a character's torment. If books, TV shows and movies seem a little too Disney-fied to you, maybe you, too, will like this grotesque and provocative little collection.
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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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