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Puppet Skin Paperback – July 18, 2016
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"At turns touching, funny, scary, and downright gross, Puppet Skin fully utilizes the horror genre's unique ability to simultaneously entertain, confound, and illuminate. Highly recommended." - CEMETERY DANCE
"Bizarro horror at it's best!" - SPLATTERPUNK ZINE
"Danger Slater is fearless, and should be ashamed of himself. Thank God he's not." - JOSH MALERMAN, author of Bird Box
"Slater has taken Bizarro fiction to the next level." - DIRGE MAGAZINE
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The allegory continues to flow with PUPPET SKIN, just as clever as with I WILL ROT WITHOUT YOU. The difference between the two is the caliber of writing. PUPPET SKIN, while short over all (novella length) demands to be read slowly and with deliberacy. Each line is well thought out and feeds into the story, building an atmosphere as dark as Hannah needs to fully develop into her fears. The plot is original and does a fantastic job of balancing between fairy tale and weird tale, though it does keep just enough of the chaotic crazy to fit perfectly beneath the Bizarro umbrella.
I really was expecting the traditional wild and crazy Bizarro with this title, perhaps a little messy given the author's record of carnage, but PUPPET SKIN proved to be a new turn for Danger Slater, one I hope we see more of. A fine read and haunting tale that is sure to stick with you well after the last page and final curtain call.
So it happened to you too then, eh? Welcome to the Secret Society of the Puppet People. We read this book every day before leaving our homes, but, let’s be honest here, THAT NEVER ACTUALLY HAPPENS. We slurp puppetfeed and generally keep an eye on a particular gentleman puking up sawdust. He hangs out at THAT park. Yup, you guessed it: we live in the bad part of town.
All kidding aside, this is a fun and imaginative book that I managed, like with I Will Rot Without You, to read in a single sitting. It’s absorbing, fast-paced, quick-witted, and playful; its narrative has enough hairpin turns to keep even the most jaded bizarro enthusiast thoroughly entertained.
I’ll just be waiting here in my bonnet munching grapes hoping Danger Slater can churn another one out real soon. Oh and be forewarned: DO NOT EAT THE PUPPETFEED!
Puppets are not relied on as the basis for creating an overall creepy vibe, but rather they are treated as real entities with real cycles of usefulness or function and the story is driven by the very real fear from a teenager's point of view that in the end everyone becomes one because... that is how the system works. The system, however, turns out to be even weirder and more sinister than I, at least, expected.
To top it all off the narrative voice is powerful and rhythmic in a way that moves the story without getting enamored with the devices of expanded metaphor (which could become confusing in an alt reality like this) and repetition. This story is haunting, colorful, strange, and for all its atmospheric ugliness, full of beauty.
This reads like a bizarre YA novel. Think Coraline meets The Iron Giant, but with puppets. The language and story are incredibly accessible to a younger audience. And the imagery? Oh, man. Danger Slater knows how to paint a f***ing scene. The visuals you get while reading page after page are well worth the price of admission alone.
Fungasm Press is carefully curated by horror-mastermind John Skipp. I have yet to be disappointed by any of their releases. Consider me a Danger Slater fan.
Reading this book has me contemplating society and traditions; how fear inhibits us from reaching our higher potentials; the significance of being creative and pursuing what brings the most joy; perseverance and how we all play a part in the infinite fractal of life in the universe, and what really makes me ME.
If you haven't read this book yet you really should. Actually I recommend reading all of his books...even the ones he hasn't written yet.
I loved every minute of reading Puppet Skin, and in a few years, I'll be sharing it with my son. I'll be handing him a dictionary, as well- and I find it an added bonus that Danger's young adult title will surely expand the average teen reader's vocabulary.
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