February 26, 2011
By Chris Wood
Review by: Jim Cherry
Review posted 02/26/2011
“Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys” by Chris Wood can be a lot of things. Is it a novel with 4 chapters? Or it could be a book of short stories that are linked together by the appearance of flying zombie death monkeys? Mostly it’s a witty parody of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.
In “Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys” we’re taken to the London of Sherlock Holmes that is suddenly invaded by flying zombie death monkeys, it’s not only the title it’s the plot synopsis. Wood’s Holmes is an idiot that has the absolute conviction of the infallibility of his logic, and an unflappable demeanor when it doesn’t pan out. Holmes’ sidekick Dr. Watson is here too, barely able to endure Holmes and his insufferable attitude, but Holmes provides Watson with adventures and away from the little Mrs. at home. Watson keeps mistaking the zombie death monkeys for lawyers or politicians. I’m not sure if this is political commentary or not, but it’s funny. Personally, I don’t understand why flying death monkeys need to be zombies, but that’s beside the point.
Wood has down the cadences of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories but he also has the voice of Holmes and Watson down to make a sonorous double parody. Period pictures add to not only the feel of the stories as Sherlock Holmes, but offer more comic counterpoint at dramatic moments.
Against my better judgment, at times I found myself laughing out loud while reading “Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys.” Even if you don’t think flying zombie death monkeys are your thing, you’ll find yourself enjoying these stories.
Jim Cherry is the author of The Last Stage www.jymsbooks.com
February 25, 2011
By Jeremy C. Shipp
Raw Dog Screaming Press
Review posted 02/25/2011
Fungus of the Heart is a collection of amazing and strange tales from Jeremy C. Shipp. In this work you deal with clowns, I myself hate clowns so were a bit freaked out by this particular story called How to make a Clown. There are also stories that have you guessing until the last moment such as The Sun Never Rises in the Big City where a rag is a duplicate person and a remote is much more than something you watch television with.
This collection keeps your feet on the ground so that you are able to walk the walls and then the ceiling. Then when you are done shaking yourself back into reality, you do it all over again. The strangeness of the stories and the fear, grabs a hold of you right away and you feel yourself drifting into the worlds that Jeremy C. Shipp has created.
Grab this collection if you want to be in a different world, experience a mind-altering sensation that can only come about while reading the words of these great stories.
February 24, 2011
By Ty Schwamberger,Thomas A. Erb,Dean Harrison
Wicked East Press
Review by: Gina Desory
Review posted 02/24/2011
Welcome to the Torchlight Inn where nothing is what it seems. Twisted Tales from the Torchlight Inn is a collection of 3 novellas by Ty Schwamberger, Thomas A. Erb and Dean Harrison with an introduction by Jessica A. Weiss.
The first story in this collection is Last Night Out by Ty Schwamberger. Three students, Gabe, Alan and his girlfriend Erin, take a small trip to a place called the Torchlight Inn where a bartender acts crazy and pillars are not just decorations.
The second story Tones of Home by Thomas A. Erb, has Ashely and Maurice going to meet Ashely's parents. Then suddenly things take a wrong turn and the story has odd occurrences with what seems to be members from the band The Beatles.
The last story Off Limits by Dean Harrison deals with Ellen and her troubled brother Jack who takes Shawn, Ellen's boyfriend and her to what is know as the Torchlight Inn. Jack wants payback for what was done to him years ago and this time Ellen will really know what it feels like to be scared.
Each of these stories tell a twisted version of what it is to come to the Torchlight Inn. The stories wrapped around craziness and people's own sense of being, made for these stories to be a wild roller coaster ride.
Tones of Home left me wondering at times what was going on and something was lost in having to figure out where as a reader I was at at times.
Off Limits made was a tale that shook the fear out of me. A scenario where anything was possible and yet it happened.
Last Night Out started a bit like a Young Adult type scenario where you thought vampires were about to come out, but then you get surprised and the story flows with not only horror and gore, but a nice twist to the ending.
If you are a reader who enjoys the oddness of things, the fear of the unknown, you need to pick up Twisted Tales from the Torchlight Inn and stay for awhile, if you dare.
February 23, 2011
By Jeremy C. Shipp
Raw Dog Screaming Press
Review by: Rob Walter
Nicholas is a person who likes to make lists of everything people do and say including himself. He also makes dolls as well. His life is an up and down series of events. He is cursed. He meets Cicely who struggles with forces outside her control and holds onto a tennis ball and squeezes it repeatably. He goes through several different situations including getting slapped by his roommate.
I'm not normally into the odd and bizarre, but this story grabbed my attention as I read through the life of Nicholas and his trials. I was interested to keep going and learn what would happen next to him. It was a very surreal type of experience and one I recommend to anyone who wants to read something a bit different.
February 22, 2011
By Scott Kenemore
Review posted 02/22/2011
Peter Mellor wakes up disorientated with a car crashed nearby. He is unsure what has happened to that car. Was he in a car accident? He also doesn't remember who he is. Getting up slowly, he grabs his hat and places it on his head, which is now half-gone.
He runs across some people who recognize him and give Peter some semblance of his memory back. When he comes in contact with an old friend named Sam, he starts to realize something is not right. Zombies are all over the place and maybe he assumes he had the car crash because he was running from them. After looking at himself in the mirror with his head half-off, he started wondering if perhaps he is a zombie.
Later, he watches a zombie move and eat. Something feels right about that. As it turns out he can still walk and move okay, but Peter learns in fact he is a zombie.
Kenemore takes readers on a different take of an undead story, from the perspective of a zombie. However, not just any zombie, but one that talks and acts like a regular human, he just has a preference for a little different type of food, brains.
This story shows that even a zombie has to deal with moral issues and try to discover who they really are. It is a brilliant collection of characters with a background story that will surely make you reconsider a zombie outbreak.