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- Print Length: 56 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Gramico; 2.01001140 edition (January 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006UKFHHK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The first story, "Finding Home" was my hands down favorite of the two. It was disturbing and just sucked you into the mind of the narrator. I could almost feel the madness seeping out of the words on the screen. It was lightning in a bottle and my only criticism is that I wish it had been last because it was just so good.
The second story "Killing Tiffany Hudson" was real good. It had the misfortune of following such an amazing story. I actually had to set it down and come back after a day and read it fresh because the first story left such an impression.
This is a clean read and well edited. Kudos to Mr. Carrico. I will be adding him to my "gotta read" list.
I'll be concentrating on reviewing Halloween themed book thru the month of October for the second year running so feel free to "see all my reviews" most recently if you're of a like mind and am looking for some spooky stuff this time of year.
Which is my main point. Carrico's work is definitely worth reading. Reviewers who thought his stories too yucky have weak stomachs and need to steer clear of the gore-extremists prevalent among horror writers. Carrico's stories are psychologically visceral, not blood and gore. Yup, people die. Yup, there's violence. Just as there are deaths and violence on that far-away planet some call Earth. But those qualities are not the focus of Carrico's work; they are no more than props, are no more than, say, a cashmere coat in the closet, a fluffy brown dog... As only readers of Apocalypstick understand.
(BTW, I pointed out similar corrections--editing gaffs--to one of our brightest new writers, Anna Runes, about her first novel, Vapor, and she implemented them immediately--and promised that I'd get a free copy of her next novel. Not bad! The moral: fans can more or less beta-read their favorite authors and actually improve the reading experience for future readers. Give it some thought, fellow fans.)
Carrico's on my reading list. He's a fine writer with an imagination slightly twisted from perpendicular who I can expect to read without knowing where his stories will end--nor even where they'll begin!
Let's get to the first story, 'Finding Home,' which depicts an inner world that breathes with real life and urgency. Here's a world that lives in the recent past or present, sitting comfortably between a solid episode of The Twilight Zone and the pages of a newly discovered journal kept by Norman Bates. The plot in 'Finding Home' fluctuates between reality and imagination, and being that it's narrated in first-person, it's fun to see events unfold in both. When you finally realize what's happening in the story, you've reached the end, which is as warm and inviting as a Mason Family Christmas, replete with our psychotic Walter Mitty narrator donning some much-coveted cashmere apparel to impress his new ladylove.
Finding Home. Schizophrenia left untreated manifested the Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character, who was left unnamed, in Finding Home. A third personality slightly hidden away but giving him psychological insight into other people's thoughts/behaviors closes the gap between his own personality and the evil one who feels the need to "clean up" loose ends. Multiple personalities acting against each other wreak havoc when trying to find a place he can honestly call his home.
Killing Tiffany Hudson. When alien monsters use illusory animal and human forms along with mental energy to destroy all of mankind, the exterminators were created to stop and destroy them. The ethical debate of sacrifice for the greater good weighs heavily as Crane battles internally with his own demons. I admit this one was my favorite of the two stories.
Greg Carrico did an excellent job drawing the reader into his grip and not letting go. I agree with other reviewers - the characters leave a haunting impression long after the story ends. I see more good works coming from Mr. Carrico in the future.
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