I am a true lover of anthologies. Why? Because the short story fits so nicely into the crevices of my brain that need topping off in between waits at dentist offices and or that fifteen minute break.
Shirley has compiled a mess of colorful and shivering muses here in Black Butterflies, a definite must-have addition to your anthology collection.
Divided into two basic groupings, This World and That World, Shirley separates the more gritty, here-and-now stories (This World) from the more ethereal and imaginative stories (That World). If I looked at them as a whole, I would say I liked That World collection better, having a more modern, cyberpunk edge to it, but there are jewels in both worlds worth drawing your tongue across to savor their flavors.
Too many stories in all to mention, a few of my favorites would be these: "Barbara", about a robbery victim who turns the tides her way to gain her own revenge. "You Hear What Buddy And Ray Did", a brutal but remarkably silly story of drugs, a crazy drag queen, and robbery gone wrong. "What Would You Do For Love", a crazy romp with a real redneck bimbo and the level headed rescuer. "Delia And The Dinner Party", the best imaginary rabbit ever penned onto paper. "Pearldoll", hmmmm, zombie-ism or just plain old absorption? "How Deep The Taste Of Love", a sickening, alien type, cannibal type, gore fest not for the squeamish.
Shirley is talented with words, and is able to take a queasy tale of squishy, nasty things and inject just enough humor into it to make it go down sweet. His characters are never flat and horror in his tales range from mild shivers to a couple of downright convulsions.
Not as gory as Edward Lee, nor as creepy as Conrad Williams or Brian Lumley, Shirley still holds a firm footing that slides down that edge of insanity that us horror aficionados tend to travel nightly, whistling happy tunes as we read of death and destruction, despair and grief. Ah. Great Collection. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!
- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Mark V Ziesing (1 June 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0929480864
- ISBN-13: 978-0929480862
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 386 g
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