“This isn’t the usual tearjerker cancer story. It is a gleefully offensive cancer story. It is the Blazing Saddles of cancer stories.”
“Lead Poisoning” is a fantastic voyage into the head of an artistic visionary.
An essay on the science fiction novel “Killswitch” by Joel Shepherd and what it means to be human.
“Buck Studies” is “a potent cocktail of political anger and radical formal experimentation.”
“Last Look” is a cold indictment of pretentious frauds yet an intimate exploration of fear, regret, and failure.
“The Eyes of the City invites an unhurried view, seducing the eye to linger over the images, letting stories come to life in the mind.”
Whipsawing between passages of erotic ecstasy and suicidal despair, “IRL” by Tommy “Teebs” Pico reveals itself as a monument of self-lacerating beauty.
“Billy and the Cloneasaurus” by Stephen Kozeniewski is about a human clone having an existential crisis and a dinosaur he meets in the wastelands.
This week I review the short stories of Orrin Grey, collected in “Painted Monsters and Other Beasts,” where he plumbs the depths of human experience similar to Clive Barker and Jim Thompson.