CUT CORNERS VOL. 3 (Sinister Grin Press)
Extreme. Brutal. Fucked up. Intense. These are all descriptives that would be quite in line if used to describe this short collection. Three stories from three of the genres most twisted writers.
Up first, we have ANDROMEDA by Kealan Patrick Burke. A young girl can’t seem to cut the cord between her cell phone and the real world, until she starts to notice strange things and people at the edges of her vision. This story was quite creepy and occupied the same unsettling level as another Burke tale, PEEKERS. I found myself playing images from this over and over in my head, top notch.
Next is THE BARREL from one of the masters of the brutal and twisted, Bryan Smith. A drunken lout lets his dogs out one night, to discover a barrel has been dumped in his front yard. The dogs don’t like it, barking and fearing the vessel. As the man begins to give in to his curiosity about the barrel, things get much darker and pretty weird. Wonderful weirdness with touches of gallows’ humor.
Seeing us out is a story from the legendary Ray Garton. AFTERPARTY finds an obnoxious young superstar attending a party where etiquette is very important and the right behavior means everything. Young Jarrett will find out just what it takes to survive in the industry and whether or not it’s something he possesses. This one is a violent and sour exposition on stardom and the things it takes to get there. Were it not so believable, I’d have called it satire. An exceptionally deviant tale.
CUT CORNERS VOL. 3 is a quick and easy read, a lot of fun and twisted as hell. If you aren’t familiar with the work of these fine authors, this is as good a place as any to get your feet wet. Just be sure to towel them off before you cover your house in sticky red footprints. (John Boden)