Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review: The Book of Weird by Mark Slade, Rogue Planet Press, 249 pages, 2015.

With spectacularly surreal art by Ida Astero, Mark Slade brings us a series of short stories, flash fiction pieces and vignettes that are best described as ‘weird’.

The pieces are fast, entertaining and thought provoking. They conjure up stunning portrayals in a twisted world. Like popcorn or potato chips one follows the other and before you know it, you are almost through the entire contents.

In a time when ‘weird’ or ‘bizarre’ literature is over the top and heavy handed; these pieces creep into your senses with lasting impressions. They are not necessarily horror, not necessarily fantasy but just simply weird experiences and incidents in an otherwise normal and mundane world.

For fans of Mark, including myself, this is a marvelous compendium of collected works; some of which I recognize already in print and others I found to be entirely new; in all a great read.

Buy this book.

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