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Twisted: Tales to Rot Your Brain Vol. 1 Hardcover – October 1, 2011

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Twisted Tales to Rot Your Brain Vol. 1 presents unusual stories of flash fiction, meant to bring readers into a dizzying spin of problems and how those losing it may deal with it in all the wrong ways. Twisted Tales to Rot Your Brain is a humorous and intriguing delve into flash fiction, very much recommended. -Midwest Book Review


In stories that last only a few pages and comics that resemble Nickelodeon cartoons on acid, Thompson riffs on zombie, werewolf, and other ghoulish genres, while also finding the horrific in unexpected places. Just the thing for readers who aren't scared of the dark--or for those who are and like it. -Publishers Weekly


Thompson shines at using unexpected or multiple perspectives to breathe new life into conventional tales, with story endings that are surprising and skillfully foreshadowed. This balance between the unpredictable and the expected rewards rereading. -Kirkus Reviews

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When bad things happen to good characters...a twisted little collection of flash fiction designed to rot your brain. Meet a deli owner who loves his job a little too much, witness an allergy gone haywire and the dire consequences of talking in the library, experience a little test-taking anxiety and understand that after a certain page, some lines really are dead.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Hairy Eyeballs Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983669902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983669906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,366,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephanie Sadler on November 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is brilliantly clever with dark humor. The stories are scary and sometimes you don't even know what they are about until the very end. I have been a fan of Nora Thompson's artwork for quite some time now, so I was curious to read her short stories and poems. She did not disappoint! Although creepy and demented, Nora's characters kind of make you want to hug them and tell them that it's ok.
I have to say, that although I loved every single piece of this book, I think my favorite was "Testophobia." As a college student I can relate, and loved being able to laugh at the very thoughts and phrases that I have had in my own head many times. I also ADORE the "Lobotomy Pie" drawing.
I will treasure this book always. Yes. It is that good.
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Truly twisted. These aren't your run-of-the-mill creepy short stories--each one offers a fresh perspective. I found myself surprised and grinning by the end of most--each story is like a little revelation. They make you question what you've always been told and believed about monsters: what--or who--are the real ones? Are they hiding in the shadows or checking my books out at the library? And what are they really thinking?

I went through intending to find one or two of my favorites to include in this review, but I ended up with a list that encompassed half of the book. Can't wait for the next one!
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Never a dull moment in these stories and the illustrations are fantastic! This is a perfect book to keep in your bag for when you're waiting in line or at the doctors office. Funny and creepy at the same time and the short stories are great for short attention spans.
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Some very short works that will leave you giggling, and gasping, the stories are a little disjointed in the best of ways. I love the creepy, yet endearing illustrations. I would be ecstatic to see an illustrated children's book from this author.
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By tonimarie77 on November 15, 2011
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This is a collection of very short stories (anywhere from around two to eight pages) and some creepy characters and art, all from the designer/author/illustrator of The Rots. I am an adult, but I think it would be appropriate for anyone as early as middle school age. As long as they like creepy/cute and slightly macabre, which I do. I was happy to see the return of some Rots characters that I like, like the zombie on the front cover, and to meet a lot of new ones. Very quick and fun read. Looking forward to the next one!
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This macabre collection of short stories, poems and illustrations ranges from the musings of corpses to the pitfalls of having a pet tarantula. Chapters run the gamut of literary styles including straight narrative style, disjointed poetry, and comic strip.

Nora Thompson, the illustrator behind the-rots.com, creates her first book of flash fiction with Twisted Tales to Rot Your Brain Vol. 1. The collection is a very quick read, easy to finish in one sitting, with chapters ranging in length from one to several pages. While the entire book is, in a word, strange, the author does a good job of creating something creepy and, of course, twisted that is appropriate for the young adult audience. Readers who are familiar with the Scary Stories series or the poetry of Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky will find this collection comes across as a combination of the two. Some of the most enjoyable chapters in the book are "Hairy Eyeballs," where the narrator must contend with a bristly hair inexplicably growing from the back of his throat, "Headache," where it feels like something is trying to claw its way out of the narrator's skull (and it just might be), and "Chula," a story that will make anyone think twice about keeping a pet tarantula. Overall, any teen reader who is okay with the grossout/twisted nature of the book will find something that they enjoy in Nora Thompson's collection. Funny, clever, and unique, the world of young adult literature has something to look forward to in Nora Thompson's creations.

I don't often read collections of short stories and poems, but when I heard about this one (and saw the cover) I decided to give it a try. I have to admit that, in general, I am really not a fan of poetry/lyrical writing in book form, but I actually enjoyed this collection.
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One of a kind, both in humor and in the artwork. I laughed so hard I will suggest to everyone to read on an empty bladder. Can't wait for more of these character stories. Thank you MS. THOMPSON, for sharing your talent with subjects we can relate to.
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