- File Size: 947 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626410658
- Publisher: Dark Regions Press (November 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AFMJQA8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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JOHNNY PHAROAH: Thomas' considerable noir chops are on full display in a story about an accidental clone, a beautiful dame, and a hard knock life that might have been reconsidered under different circumstances. 4 out of 5.
DO YOU KNOW THIS GIRL? This particularly sadistic blend of lust and a fear of the alien is mixed together to produce a delicious tale about how humanity has forgotten that we were all once prey for something bigger. My favorite of the whole collection. 5 out of 5.
MONSTERS: Thomas digs into his marvelously deranged imagination to come up with the most reprehensible alien species imaginable...and then manages to both humanize and demonize the race. Dr. Fleck, a plastic surgeon for all forms of life, must face the ugly side of a civilization where beauty is literally skin deep. 5 out of 5.
MOURNING CLOAK: A somber tale of a prostitute with bioengineered wings at the end of her rope. 3 out of 5.
THE REFLECTIONS OF GHOSTS: This was meant for a graphic novel and it's a crying shame that it was never realized in that format. The narrator's predilection for cloning himself as bizarre art would have considerably more impact in pictures. 4 out of 5.
THE COLOR SHRAIN: What if you could steal anything you wanted by folding it into your soul? Fritz Specola can, but he's never tried to steal a living thing...and when he does, he discovers life - and memories - cannot simply be tucked away. It's like an Inner Space version of a Sound of Thunder. 5 out of 5.
TRASH: Short fiction that can be summarized best as: robots have feelings too. 3 out of 5.
BEHIND THE MASQUE: A first-person narrative about cloning celebrities. The story itself is a tribute to a literary figure whose legacy looms large over the entire collection. 3 out of 5.
FORGE PARK: I do so love a King in Yellow tale, and Thomas blends elements of the play with art decadence, the bonhomie of fringe culture, and aliens with mask-like faces. Fans of Chambers' work will appreciate the homage. 5 out of 5.
THE DANCE OF UGGHIUTU: Being familiar with Ugghiutu from Thomas' previous work, I knew where this was headed. That shouldn't spoil the story for newcomers though. 3 out of 5.
THE BONES OF THE OLD ONES: A repeat of a story published in Unholy Dimensions, John Bell is what got me hooked on Thomas' writing in the first place. Good-old fashioned pulp action with flesh-dissolving gel capsules, Tindalosian hounds, and Yog-Sothoth. 5 out of 5.
This series of short stories is an excellent introduction to Punktown and captures all of its voices, from the soft coos of a seducer to the shrieks of a jilted lover, from the snarl of a man who fixes problems with his fists to the rasping wheeze of an alien that has no face. If you're just learning about Punktown, this is a great place to start.