Monstrosities

-Jeremy C. Shipp

Here we have another collection of bizarre tales from one of the most talented writers, not of his generation, but in the history of offbeat literature. I wouldn’t classify these

tales as horror, comedy or Bizarro. They have those elements, but if I had to pick a genre I would call them fables. At his best, Shipp’s talent for crafting metaphor and surreality into engrossing experiences reminds me a good bit of Franz Kafka. Yes, Kafka is the chicken that everyone refers to when describing unusual literature, but I mean it literally. At worst, these stories are cute, twisted and original. You can’t go wrong with this or any other Jeremy Shipp book.