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Inkblots and Blood Spots Paperback – November 25, 2014
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"Michael Bailey continues to amaze. He is on track to becoming his generation's Ray Bradbury."
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"a smart collection of stories...Bailey has that rare ability to terrify readers and break their hearts‒often in the same paragraph."
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Table of Contents:
Introduction by Douglas E. Winter
Bootstrap / The Binds of Lasolastica
The Two of You
A Light in the Closet
Sticks and Bones
Not the Child
Simon the Parasite
Listen To Me
It Tears Away
All but the Things that Cannot be Torn
The Dying Gaul
Underwater Ferris Wheel
Though it Rains
I Wanted Black
Countdown to Null
Fireman / Primal Tongue
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Top Customer Reviews
I’ve said this many times before, but I never get tired of saying it: I love short stories, particularly those in the horror genre! Seems like I find a new anthology every other day, and my appetite for these collections never wanes. I say, ‘Keep ‘em coming!’ INKBLOTS AND BLOOD SPOTS is a collection of stories and poems from acclaimed author Michael Bailey, and the book is aptly named: there’s plenty of skill in the written word here, as well as massive doses of terror. Throw in some excellent artwork by Daniele Serra, and you have a book of tales that every fan of horror fiction will want to own.
The cover art for this book is striking and powerful, a nice draw to pull in potential readers. I have to admit it is a big part of what prompted me to start reading it in the first place. I’m happy to report the stories within live up to and exceed the visuals on the cover.
Each story in INKBLOTS AND BLOOD SPOTS is written well and carefully constructed. Bailey does a great job with pacing, and he has a knack for packing a punch in a minimal number of words. The book contains several stories that are very short, but they are still able to knock the reader off his or her proverbial feet. I love this aspect, as it truly highlights the skill of a talented author.
One of my favorite stories in this collection is “The Mascot”. In this tale, a couple in a truck hit something on a desolate roadway and stop to check it out. Unfortunately, they find out too late that everything is not as it seems, and things do not end well. This is one of those ‘short’ shorts that is told in only a couple of pages. I like the impact the story has with so few words.
INKBLOTS AND BLOOD SPOTS is a major win for me, and fans of horror fiction will definitely want to check this out. I highly recommend this collection, and I cannot wait to see what Bailey has in store for us next. The book is available now in a variety of formats.
Here are a few of the stories that really stand out to me:
“Hiatus” is the first story in the work and deals with a subject that I’ve wanted to write about myself: what if time stops for everyone except for one man?
“Bootstrap/The Binds of Lasolastica” is about the transference of consciousness from one body to another — and what makes a mind whole? I saw a TED talk available about this very thing and the problems encountered in the story could very well be the same (or at least similar) problems found in reality.
“The Dying Gaul”is a combination of prose and poetry of jealousy and obsessive love for everyone involved with an ending you expect, but not exactly.
“Fireman / Primal Tongue” gives us a taste of what it’s like when the mystery of languages is swept away from us and we learn things we don’t really want to learn.
“Dandelion Clocks” is a story that bounces back and forth in time through the memories of a young woman who had a close friend die during 9-11.
Note: Make sure and read Bailey’s poetry out loud and savor each word, how the poems are formed as they come out of your mouth.
I’m always left speechless at the end of Bailey’s works because I feel that anything I say is inadequate in the face of what he’s done and the quality of his work gives me something to which I can aspire.
Inkblots and Blood Spots is a beautiful blend of poetry and storytelling from the darker side of fiction.
This is my first time reading Michael Bailey's work and, although I've never been a big fan of poetry, I found this collection to be a nice mix of prose and poetry where the story would often complement the poem or vice versa.
The first story featured in this collection is a good example of what is to come in the rest of the book. "Hiatus," is a somewhat familiar tale of a world that has suddenly stopped moving, except for Seth. The story reads like a good episode of the Twilight Zone, but the ending is chillingly original.
Many of Michael Bailey's stories make use of the classic, "what if" premise and the results are quite successful. "The Binds of Lasolastica"merges cloning with the idea of being able to upload one's mind and later download it into a new body/brain. What could possibly go wrong?
There are also, tales of a boogeyman, whether to pull the plug or not, severe weight loss, fairies, annoying people on cell phones, and so many more imaginative stories taking the reader to a multitude of destinations.
I, personally, found Bailey to be an amazing word sculptor and Inkblots and Blood Spots is one of the most interesting books I've read this year. Even when writing prose, the author does so with the heart of a poet and the result is truly something special.
Inkblots and Blood Spots is currently available in paperback from Villipede Publications and can be purchased through Amazon.com.
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WRITTEN BY: Michael Bailey
PUBLISHED: November, 2014 (Villipede Publications)
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