Monstrosities by Jeremy C. Shipp
Publisher: Attic Clown Press
Jeremy C. Shipp takes readers on a dark adventure in his playfully twisted imagination.
Monstrosities is a short story collection of ten stories: Figs, The Tunnel, Almost Paradise, Worms, The Little Glass Soul, Clown Hands, Cold, Flesh and Blood, Buried, and Googly.
Figs: A man is haunted by someone from his past.
The Tunnel: A man goes on a “trippy” voyage through a tunnel.
Almost Paradise: Halloween means different things to different people. To some, it’s the freedom to let their darkness out.
Worms: Sometimes, no matter how comfortable someone tries to make one feel, it’s not as good as the real thing.
The Little Glass Soul: Fairytales are usually a happily-ever-after affair, but not this time.
Clown Hands: A man’s body turns against him with other personalities and there’s nothing he can do about it.
Cold: An intense re-enactment turns into revenge.
Flesh and Blood: Sometimes flesh and blood are the price you have to pay for something you want.
Buried: A misguided man tries to rid the world of those he believes are soiling humanity with their existence.
Googly: A young man goes through his parents’ right of passage to survive.
This is the first I’ve sampled Jeremy C. Shipp’s writing; he is insanely imaginative, literally! The stories in this collect are bizarre and unique – I don’t you’ll find anything like them somewhere else. The collection is well written. The only thing I didn’t really care for was that some of the endings were a bit too vague.
I give this book: 2 QUILLS