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- Publication Date : May 28, 2020
- File Size : 851 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 185 pages
- Publisher : FANGORIA (May 28, 2020)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
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- ASIN : B088YRC47C
- Lending : Enabled
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After finishing the first three stories of These Evil Things We Do and feeling totally blown away by how much I had enjoyed them, I decided to look this Mick Garris guy up on Google.
Mick Garris is kind of a big deal.
Most recently, he is the host of a popular podcast called Post Mortem which is part of FANGORIA’S family of podcasts.
He co-wrote the screenplay for Hocus Pocus and directed a slew of horror movie blockbusters and cult classics. His work for television is staggering. Like I said, he’s a big deal.
I went back and read Garris’ introduction. I often skip introductions because they can sometimes spoil even the smallest of plot details or reading experience. But I had to go back.
Books & Movies, man. That’s what Garris had to say and it was the perfect way to set up these stories.
Garris knows how to take the magic of cinema and infuse it into words on the page. I believe this is because he is capable of doing it in reverse as well: Taking words off the page and bringing them to life on screen. A special way to double down on storytelling that few people possess, but Mick Garris is one of them. I’m here for it.
These Evil Things We Do is made up of four novellas about “awful people” and a brand new novel titled Salome.
“Free” is about a woman who realizes that she is not cut out for domestic life, so she gets in her car and leaves. Bad things happen.
“Ugly” brings the reader into the mind of a talented plastic surgeon who judges people by their outward appearances. Bad things happen.
“Tyler’s Third Act” (originally published as part of the Cemetery Dance Signature Series back in 2012) reveals the savagery and desperation of the entertainment industry, and what people are willing to do for ratings. Bad things happen.
“Snow Shadows” depicts a child genius’s unhealthy obsession with his teacher. You guessed it…Bad things happen!
In all of these stories, there was a moment where either my jaw dropped open or I audibly gasped. Garris breathes life into these terribly disturbed people. I found myself buying into their motivations so strongly, I was subconsciously aligning myself with these wretched characters; rooting for them. Suddenly, an act of depravity or a natural consequence would be so revolting, I would be reminded that I was not supposed to be empathetic to the “bad guys.”
This is the power Mick Garris wields in his ability to bring complex, fictional characters into existence; they leap off the page and share their innermost dark thoughts with the reader. It’s completely intimate and frighteningly real.
The novellas prime the pump for the novel, Salome, which is a triumph of modern horror noir fiction.
It’s my recommendation that you read Salome with a stiff drink in hand, or maybe a cocktail if that’s your preference, and wait until you have the house to yourself—enough time to read this straight through. It’s cinematic enough to not need a bookmark. You’re not going to want the world to interrupt your time with the protagonist, James Turrentine. James is a writer and a lousy husband. He loved his wife, Chase, in his own way—but he hated her, too. Only when she is murdered does he realize the tragic mistakes he made in his marriage. This story is sexy, provocative, and disturbing—even strangely emotional. I absolutely loved it.
These Evil Things We Do is a solid contender for my 2020 Best of the Year.
This is a collection of novellas followed by a final short novel. Each one of them is unique:
FREE-Are there any moms out there that can honestly say they've never thought of just walking away? Maybe just jumping into their car and driving away for awhile? This is the tale of one woman who did.
UGLY-A story of a really terrible plastic surgeon. Well, he's a good surgeon, but a terrible person. And ugly people do not have the right to live, tarnishing his personal scenery.
TAYLOR'S THIRD ACT-This was my favorite novella. It was totally insane but kind of hilarious all at once. Sad thoughts about the ugliness of Hollywood and the harshness it can bring to bear.
SNOW SHADOW-A student and a professor both fall for the same teacher. That never ends well.
SALOME- This novel was a tragic story of a marriage turned bad. But even if spouses can no longer stand each other, that doesn't mean they no longer love each other, does it? This had an excellent mystery at its core and it was fun to unravel.
Prior to being offered this ARC from Fangoria, not gonna lie: I hadn't heard of Mick Garris. I've since researched him a little bit and now I'm not sure how I've never come across his name before. I've surely come across some of his films, (now that I know they were his.) Regardless of his film work, this volume stands as evidence that the man can write a horror story. Or 5, as the case may be.
*Thanks to Fangoria for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*
So the book is divided into four stories and one novel. It starts off with
Free, then Ugly, then Tyler's Third Act, then Snow Shadows and finally the novel, which is called Salome. All of them are set in California (for the most part anyway, there is a little Arizona mixed in there also) except for Snow Shadows which is actually set in England, UK. I understand that Mick Garris was born in Santa Monica, California, I could be wrong but I think he also met his wife there. So I can see how it makes sense that Garris would have stories set in California
Just so you know, I will keep this SPOILER-FREE and give you a brief sense of what each story is about
This is about an American woman who marries into a Mexican family and finds herself trapped in a relationship that over time, has become sour and miserable. Initially she is happy but after she became pregnant, and her twin boys came into their life, I think that was the changing point. Long story short, she wasn't cut out for the domestic life. She loves her boys but she also think she's a terrible mother. Her kids are constantly screaming and shouting and her husband isn't much help as her relationship with him has turned sour. She's not suicidal however she doesn't fear death either. This is a woman yearning for escapism, hence the title 'FREE'
So this one is about a rich plastic surgeon who is clearly doing very well for himself financially. His daily schduele is typically choked with appointments, people (many of which are beautiful women) coming into to his place of buisness to get a boob job or face lift or whatever. Plastic Surgery requires a lot of patience and precision, that probably explains why the surgeon is also bit of a neat freak. I find his character to be kinda narcissistic, the sort of guy who likes to get in touch with his feminin side maybe, likes to keep clean and healthy and belives he can get any woman his heart desires and becomes disgusted when others, or the great unwashed, aren't doing their part to look after their physical appearances.
And then something happens, god I want to say more! But I don't want to give the story away. But I found this one to be quite shocking and grotesque. The surgeon ends up abusing his power and his job becomes a disturbing obsession
TYLER'S THIRD ACT
Oh boy, where do I even begin with this. This is pretty gruesome and shock valued, similarly to UGLY and SALOME which I will get to shortly. I just don't want to say too much but this was definitely one of my favourites. Don't get me wrong, I don't go purposely looking for horror but I think horror is kinda what the audience/readers ever want to read about nowadays. This story will not disappoint. It reminded me a little of the film Untraceable (2008), The Farm (2018) and Stephen King's Survivor Type.
So this one is set in England, If my memory hasn't betrayed me, I tihnk the town is called Twombly Upon Ravensbrook? Not sure, maybe it's a fictional town, I've never heard of it and i'm from England. Anyways so this ones about an American art teacher who finds himself teaching in England and is cheating on his wife. This leads to an unfortunate set of circumstance. I think of all the stories in this book, this ones leans more towards the psychological.
Soooooo... this is a novel and a very good one at that. It's quite a rollercoaster with a twist. I LOVED IT. It's sad and emotional at times, but also a page-turner. I've noticed that this is another case of a husband/wife relationship gone sour similar to the husband/wife relationship in book's first story, FREE. It's a great novel but also very sad. Some parts are not easy to read and it's the kind of story where the reader wishes he can jump into the story itself and stop something terrible from happening
Overall, I loved ALL the stories!!!! Mick Garris is a terrific writer. I'd love to read his other works too. I'm discovering more about him all the time. I'm a Stephen King fan, so that is how i've came to know about Mick Garris. Garris has adapted many King works. Anyways, I highly recommend this book!