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"This is high-end psychological surrealist horror meets bottom-feeding low-life crime in a techno-thrilling science fiction world full of Lovecraft and magic..." --JOHN SKIPP, NY Times Bestselling author of The Bridge and The Long Last Call

"Cody Goodfellow's work is '80s vintage horror with a contemporary edge. An exemplary wordsmith, his prose sticks a needle in your brain and gives it a twist. This stuff is Lovecraft on acid. Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars is anything but quiet: it announces Goodfellow's continued presence among the leading cohort of modern horror with a thunderclap." --LAIRD BARRON, author of The Imago Sequence & Other Stories

"Cody Goodfellow is a force to be reckoned with. There are things within these pages with teeth on `em. You've been warned..." --NORMAN PARTRIDGE, author of The Man With the Barbed-Wire Fists and Dark Harvest

"The writing here is sharp, rife with a mixture of clever allusions and metaphors that glint with ingenuity. Goodfellow is one of those writers whose voice sweeps you away like the undertow of a tsunami, and once you're in, he's got you pinned." --MIKE ARNZEN, author of Proverbs for Monsters and Play Dead

"The tales are usually set in southern California and Goodfellow does...what Lovecraft did for New England. They take the best part of Lovecraft, his otherworldly feeling of wrongness, and filter that through Cody's own weird, warped psyche. The horrible, pulsating offspring from that unholy union is repulsive to be sure, but like any good circus freak... it's impossible to take your eyes off of it. That is the strength of Goodfellow's stories. They are very strange...but also so damn compelling."--HORROR WORLD

"[T]his is Lovecraft after a smack bender in Tijuana, one where he wakes up handcuffed to his bed and covered in someone else's blood. Goodfellow's fiction has the otherworldliness of Lovecraft, the sarcasm of Joe R. Lansdale, the mojo of a Motley Crue tell-all and best of all it's wrapped together with prose that would satisfy fans of high literature in horror."--MONSTER LIBRARIAN

"There are many treats in this book, and I urge you to buy it and savor them. You may feel defiled reading them, but, hard as it is to admit, that's why we read them, isn't it?"--STRANGE AEONS

"Cody Goodfellow is one of a kind. Highly Recommended!"--DARK DISCOVERIES
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Swallowdown Press (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929026
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,357,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric Robinson on November 5, 2009
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Anyone who is considering buying this book, whether you are already a fan of Goodfellow or Bizarro fiction, are intrigued by the description and blurbs and want to see what the hub-bub is about, or just hypnotized by the beautiful cover art by Alan M. Clark, you should not hesitate. Buy it now.

I read the first two stories and was amazed by his unholy flow. The stories seem to crescendo in the amount of quiet, as the title states, horror that unfolds, confusing maybe, at first, and then barraging you with sensory madness that leaves you exhausted. I forgot I was reading a book that was written by an entity named Cody Goodfellow. Was I in grip of some strange hallucination?

It wasn't until the third story, 'A Drop of Ruby' that I REALLY fell into the book. The story builds and builds on the unfortunate discovery and rescuing of a "below feral" girl from the cellar of a burning house, and then turns into a psychedelic splatter of mind bending mystery. After I read that story I put the book down and noticed how distant my boring room seemed. I noticed the ungodly quiet that had fallen upon my house and the soft haze that smothered my vision. I felt like that poor guy in Mulholland Dr., like at any second as I paced through my house that that muddy faced, smirking demon could jump out at every corner and send me down a dark rabbit hole. That lasting sting let me know that this was no ordinary horror/bizarro collection.

This book is a must have for anyone looking to be scared, disturbed, sucked into another world, escape tedium, or be tormented by the beyond skillful prose of Cody Goodfellow. All hail Swallowdown Press and Cody Goodfellow. This is the finest horror I have ever read. Period.
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As I sat down to write this review, I was considering how many stars to give it. My initial thoughts were: "I really enjoyed every story in it, even though I wasn't able to grasp some of the descriptions. The author is most definitely a writer of high caliber, even if some of his concepts went over my head. Well, I guess I'll give it 4 stars, because I couldn't understand everything". Finally, I decided why the hell should I deduct a star based upon my own lack of understanding. I mean, obviously this Cody fellow can write circles around the vast majority of other genre authors I've read, so maybe I should get a grip and flex my mind meat. There is more going on here than meets the eyes. Amid the horrors and darkness, there is beauty in the crafting of sentences and descriptions.
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This is a collection of bizarre and surreal stories dreamed up by a very twisted yet capable mind.
Each story tends to paint a vivid picture for the readers mind to grasp on to.
But be warned, once you have a grip, hold on tight, because you are in for one hell of a ride.
This was my first introduction to Cody Goodfellow, and I will say based on this excellent collection of short stories that I will be returning.
As a matter of fact, I already have Goodfellow's novel Perfect Union on my to read pile. I can't wait to dive in and drowned in the wonderful word slurry that is Cody Goodfellow.
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SILENT WEAPONS FOR QUIET WARS is one of my favorite collections. The prose is some impossible hybrid of calculated/frenetic. And Goodfellow seems to have this ability to go from experimental to "accessible," often in the same paragraph, and without leaving the reader feeling jarred by the shifts. This is skillfully tracked, rollercoaster prose. My favorite story is A DROP OF RUBY, which I'm not gonna describe because it would be spoiled, but let's say it twists in all the right places. In fact, the variety here almost feels like you're watching a marathon of the very best TALES FROM THE CRYPT episodes. THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT GOD is another standout. I still can't shake the final images from my head. I'm reminded of Julio Cortazar's earlier short stories, where the fantastic and often horrible met reality and got twisted about. Read it. You'll see.
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Goodfellow's SILENT WEAPONS FOR QUIET WARS is a collection from bizarro publisher Swallowdown Press so I was expecting some weird stuff. The stories in here aren't just weird. They're smart, too.

I'm going to admit right off the bat that when it comes to short story collections, I'm a pretty tough audience. I have had bad experiences with collections that contain only one or two really great stories in the midst of average/poor ones.

That being said...

I'm not a professional reviewer so I'll make this simple. I found the first half of the book really great. I especially liked the ones that involved Aztec and Mexican religion. They were spooky, weird, gruesome, and intriguing. Highlights: "Magna Mater" and "El Santero".

I'll be honest. The first 8 stories were great. Compared to them, the last 7 stories were a bit disappointing. It wasn't that they were terrible or badly written. They just weren't that all interesting. HOWEVER, (and this is a big "however") the stories that were great are worth the price of the book.

As far as the writing is concerned, Goodfellow is a pro. His command of the language is top-notch.

One other small criticism I have is the fact that the cover art doesn't really reflect the tone of the book. I was sort of expecting some weird SF but that's not what I got (which is okay with me). Even so, the cover IS cool looking.

Overall, I'd recommend this to readers who like strange and intelligent short stories. It's worth buying.
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