- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: Dark Regions Press; First edition (December 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888993634
- ISBN-13: 978-1888993639
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,566,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Voices From Punktown Paperback – December 1, 2008
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"The venue that Thomas has created is a strong one, uniquely his own, and amenable to hosting just about any kind of tale...Punktown is a place that undeniably and forcefully intrudes its existence into our bland reality, rendering our own world colorless by comparison." --Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's Science Fiction
About the Author
Jeffrey Thomas's other books set in his world of Punktown include the novels Blue War, Deadstock, Health Agent, Everybody Screams! and the Bram Stoker finalist Monstrocity, the collections Punktown and Punktown: Shades of Grey (Co-authored by brother Scott Thomas), and (as editor) the shared world anthology Punktown: Third Eye. Several of these books have appeared in translated editions in Germany, Greece and Russia, and a number of his Punktown stories have been adapted as audio dramas for CD by the German outfit Lausch. Apart from his Punktown work, Thomas is the author of such books as Voices From Hades and Doomsdays, both published by Dark Regions Press. He lives in Massachusetts.
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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.