A very dark and hilarious horror story with an ending that will gross you out, blow you away, and leave you smirking.
Set Up: There are several main character in this layered story. One is a teenager, Jackie, who is experiencing a variety of life stresses, one of which is that her favorite tree has been cut down. She loves trees. Worse yet is that she is also in love with her best friend Ann, whom has yet to acknowledge or disagree with her own feelings on the matter.
Ann and her sister Margaret are dealing with some life difficulties of their own – their mom is very ill and it seems that she has “gone off her rocker”. In fact they are beginning to realize that she needs live flesh for food.
Then we have two older neighbors living in a common apartment complex - the man, Charlie, and his cute, blind, fat and old dog Mitchie. They are being haunted daily by a headless dead girl whose connection to his neighbor, Mrs. Richards, becomes gradually clear as the story progresses.
As we fumble along with each person and their little horrors, it becomes apparent they are all connected. Even better still, it has a twist, dry dark humor, and a hilariously sick ending.
Thoughts: This is a story I do not think all people are going to enjoy. I would even go so far as to say most people, since it has some truly horrific elements. We have some bizarre connections, dark themes, blood, what appears to be mental illness, as well as some fairly thick angst from the all the characters. This book is wonderfully uncomfortable.
For those that are not scared away yet, I recommended it for readers who are interested in a twisted coming of age story, horror, stories with LGBT elements, and those who enjoy dark humor. I do, so I give this great little horror book a 3.5 stars.
This book was recommended by Julie at kittyism is. Thanks Julie!
For more information on the book and the author please see Layers of Thought's preview for One Bloody Thing After Another.
This review will be included in the Basics Challenge, The Speculative Fiction Challenge, The GLBT Challenge 2010, and the New Author Challenge.
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