Thirteen Reasons not to read John Shirley’s Collection, In Extremis

In Extremis: The Most Extreme Short Stories of John Shirley John Shirley Underland Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-9826639-4-3 $14.95   If you have any interest in the work of John...

In Extremis: The Most Extreme Short Stories of John Shirley

John Shirley

John Shirley

Underland Press, 2011.

ISBN: 978-0-9826639-4-3 $14.95

 

If you have any interest in the work of John Shirley, and you fancy yourself as a punk rock, DIY, iconoclastic misfit who hates being told what to do, then I’m not going to tell you to read this book. In fact, I’m going to tell why you shouldn’t read it:

 

You are easily offended.

  1. You don’t want to know what goes on in the sick and disturbed mind of one of your favorite authors.
  2. You hate stories that would qualify for every warning label on premium cable.
  3. You don’t support the small press.
  4. You dislike gritty reality and body horror, especially when combined with social commentary.
  5. Peer pressure: your friends hate it, too.
  6. You have no desire to read some of John Shirley’s best recent stories.
  7. You spent so much money at the Borders going-out-of-business sale on the Twilight series that you can’t possible afford another book right now.
  8. You think: “John Shirley’s stories freak me out, man.”
  9. You’ll have to hide it from Mom.
  10. There are too many good horror movies out and you don’t have time to read a book.
  11. You’re scared because you can’t “unread” it.
  12. You’ve read about enough decapitated hooker heads stuck to a guy’s junk that you get the idea.

 

I rest my case.

 

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Sunni K Brock writes speculative fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and edits digital video. She has been published in several anthologies and periodicals, and edited the Rondo award winning documentary, The Ackermonster Chronicles!. Her strong technical background includes working for Microsoft, Adobe, and Sonic Solutions with expertise in multimedia, intelligent learning algorithms, and exploration of virtual reality and lucid dreaming. She enjoys spending her days working alongside her husband, author/filmmaker Jason V Brock, tending to their pet reptiles, cooking extravagant vegetarian meals, and aggravating friends on Facebook.
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