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Sheep and Wolves Hardcover – November 15, 2008
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"Sheep and Wolves is a poster-child for the Bizarro genre: dream-like stories drenched in psychedelic imagery, and enough thematic layers and multiple meanings to keep scholars pontificating for years to come." --Matthew Warner, author of Horror Isn't a 4-Letter Word
"Each word, each sentence, contributes to the final picture with economic precision and sharp bursts of humor. This is a memorable collection, wandering deftly through the gnomic shadowlands of dark fantasy, horror and bizarro." --Andersen Prunty, author of Jack and Mr. Grin
"Shipp adroitly wields a chiaroscuro tone, creating in broad, rich strokes scenes of humor, strangeness and cruelty. " --Garret Cook, author of Murderland Part 1: H8
"If you have read and enjoyed Vacation, it will do your electrodes well to pick up Sheep and Wolves. If, on the other hand, you have procrastinated in picking up last summer's smash hit (again, Vacation), find a copy today! I trust you'll know how to proceed from there." --Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens
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Top Customer Reviews
My only real criticism for this book is the order of the stories. There are certain horrifying visuals that Mr. Shipp is very fond of and uses over and over again. They can be very effective. However, the stories that use these common images would have been more effective if they had been broken up instead of having one right after another. I would also have liked a little more clarification on exactly what I was reading in some of the stories... for example there is a story where a man has something locked up in a VW in his back yard, he feeds this thing and it seems fairly hostile. At one point in the story I thought I had a grasp of what it was, but by the end I was even more perplexed. I still enjoyed the story, but would have liked it more if I had been able to close the book knowing what the thing in the VW was.
"Those Below," a tale of life after death in a strange way, was probably my favorite of the stories, with very interesting social implications that could leave the reader pondering about humanity afterward. "American Sheep" was also a very interesting tale. I would love to see that one expanded to the length of a novella. On the whole this is a fun little short story book.
On the way to park this afternoon I spotted the first glimpse of Autumn. It was a full grown oak with leaves glowing in orange, yellow and red. Soon there will be pumpkins, scarecrows, ghost, goblins, haunted houses, and all of the typical joy mixed with fear that is Fall. There is no better writer to read on a cool autumn evening then California's Jeremy Shipp. Having read his enthralling and disturbing debut novel Vacation, I jumped at the chance to take a sneak peak at his new collection of short stories, Sheep and Wolves. Now I had never read any of Jeremy's short stories, but I knew I had to find the right time and location to read through this collection. The mood had to be just right, and I chose to be alone in a dimly lit room late at night. It seemed right as I tried to let the gruesome images that can seem so foreign yet so captivating.
Jumping right in with the first story "Watching", Jeremy creates worlds that at times seem unreal or unfamiliar, but have a biting sense of reality that really allows the reader to stay engaged. From moving marshmallow peeps to reattaching a little girls severed thumb to clowns and cyborgs, the stories contained in Sheep and Wolves are like a series of car accidents. You know shouldn't be looking, but you can't take your eyes off the pages stained with blood and fingers and all the horror and madness. It's perfect for this time of year even if you are not a fan of the genre. Start a campfire, grab a bag of marshmallow and read lines like; "Now I'm dragging a dead dog by the tail. I'm dragging her toward an apple tree under the full moon, because these are the three ingredients. Dog, apple, moon."
I'd like to say next that I utterly loved "Sheep And Wolves" with all my book-loving heart.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book- I had already read Jeremy's other book "Vacation", and enjoyed it immensely. By the end of the first story in the book, "Watching", I knew I was holding a masterpiece. I kept reading. And reading.
At the end of every story I paused, open-mouthed, and said out loud: "Goddamn it Jeremy!" And I meant it in the best way possible. I was amazed. I was pulled in, and the book wouldn't let go. Could that be possible inspiration for the title? The book itself is the wolf, me, the poor reader, the sheep coming happily to the slaughter? I don't know.
I recommend this book to EVERYONE. It's a masterpiece, and it DOESN'T let you down ever. Pick it up, and you won't let go.
Pick it up, and it won't let you go.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A couple of the stories were really good (Camp and Those Below come to mind), but some of the others read like a transcription of someone's fever nightmare and you'll get done with... Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Jesse
I purchased this book as a gift for my son. He said he would give it three stars. He said he enjoyed the dark humor. Thank you.Published on August 14, 2012 by okieluvs2laff
Wow - this is the first time I've read anything like this and I certainly was not disappointed. It is very hard to explain how I feel about this book, perhaps because whilst you're... Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by MandytheBookworm
Sheep and Wolves is a collection of 13 dark and twisted stories that once you pick up you won't be able to put down. This was my first journey into the mind of Mr. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by R. Moschgat
These stories are dark, twisted, sometimes playful, and certainly challenging. Shipp definitely has a unique voice, and chances are you won't be able to guess where each tale is... Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by 13visions
This is a well-written collection of horror short stories, which I'm sure are going to return as nightmares off and on for a while. Read morePublished on June 15, 2010 by Scath
With his minimalistic style and outre strangeness, Jeremy Shipp crafts a horrific short story collection where traditions and ideals are bought into question. Read morePublished on March 21, 2010 by Grant Wamack
Excellent, as expected. Shipp delivers a work that entertains and makes the reader think. One of my favorite stories in S&W is also one of the shortest. Read morePublished on January 19, 2010 by Customer
Like that uneasy feeling you get from watching the man you just impaled on a sharpened end of a shovel handle slide himself off and amble toward you?
You'll love Shipp. Read more