- File Size: 269 KB
- Print Length: 68 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Attic Clown Press (August 22, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EQESHAQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Monstrosities Kindle Edition
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I know at this point I won't be satisfied with horror that is considered standard fare, especially the commercially successful variety. I have read speculative horror again, and it lives in a different world...an unpredictable, intelligent world, where anything can happen but what you expect.
Monstrosities is a short story collection which is about the size of a small novella, but it has quite an impact. Containing ten stories in 69 pages, no story is over eighteen pages long, with the shortest being a page and a half. No matter how short or long, each story is a vivid window into new and twisted characters and the bizarre worlds they inhabit. As much psychological thriller as horror story, Shipp masterfully crafts small gems of storyline, characterization and worldbuilding. I believe horror is the only genre extreme enough to effectively construct Shipp's overarching themes in a fashion that's hard to deny. He wields his words so effectively, that after less than a page, I have completely bought into any of his world's.
The stories are as follows:
The Little Glass Soul
Flesh and Blood
No, I will not do plot summaries. Discovery is far too scintillating when the material is this good.
NOTE: I feel compelled to make a comment here, as I almost didn't get the book because of summaries of the Clown Hands story I read in reviews. I am clown neutral. I neither run screaming at the sight of red noses and big shoes, nor do I hire them for my birthday parties. Still, out of all the titles, that one seems to stand out. Irony is a wonderful thing; the story uses clowns as a metaphor. Yes, dear reader, some authors do use literary devices in the horror genre. This is my favorite stories in the collection.
Right now this collection is free on Amazon, so I would recommend getting a copy and settling into your favorite spot for an hour of sheer enjoyment.
Other works by Shipp
Sheep and Wolves
In the Fishbowl we Bleed
Shipp has a style all his own and this is a very short collection. The stories at times seem like ideas that came suddenly and their impact is felt long after you read them. Shipp writes dark horror that borders on bizarro. These are stories that sometimes feel like an assault on your senses. They hit fast and hard and then it's onto the next. Because they're so short it's hard to say that any of these are bad. Shipp is the kind of writer that defies all the rules of conventional horror and has created something unique. You can't categorize any of these, and I dare you too try. There are ten stories in this collection and not a clunker in the bunch. If you're looking for something short and unique to read this is a collection worth checking out.
This is a writer that clearly writes that stick with you and remind you that fiction is often about taking risks and taking your readers to places they might not go on their own. I plan on reading more of his work just to see what he's capable of. Do yourself a favor and pick this up. You won't regret it. This is for those that aren't afraid to take a few risks and allow themselves to read beyond their comfort zone
Monstrosities is a short story collection of ten stories: Figs, The Tunnel, Almost Paradise, Worms, The Little Glass Soul, Clown Hands, Cold, Flesh and Blood, Buried, and Googly.
Figs: A man is haunted by someone from his past.
The Tunnel: A man goes on a “trippy” voyage through a tunnel.
Almost Paradise: Halloween means different things to different people. To some, it’s the freedom to let their darkness out.
Worms: Sometimes, no matter how comfortable someone tries to make one feel, it’s not as good as the real thing.
The Little Glass Soul: Fairytales are usually a happily-ever-after affair, but not this time.
Clown Hands: A man’s body turns against him with other personalities and there’s nothing he can do about it.
Cold: An intense re-enactment turns into revenge.
Flesh and Blood: Sometimes flesh and blood are the price you have to pay for something you want.
Buried: A misguided man tries to rid the world of those he believes are soiling humanity with their existence.
Googly: A young man goes through his parents’ right of passage to survive.
This is the first I’ve sampled Jeremy C. Shipp’s writing; he is insanely imaginative, literally! The stories in this collect are bizarre and unique – I don’t you’ll find anything like them somewhere else. The collection is well written. The only thing I didn’t really care for was that some of the endings were a bit too vague.
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