Once again, J.R. Hamantaschen strikes by releasing another collection of short stories, even though he previously said he wouldn’t; thereby proving that the man cannot be trusted! However, he CAN write and here we are.
There were several stories here that blew me away. Usually I would go into them one by one, but to be honest, I don’t think anyone cares what my favorite stories were. (Though I absolutely adored HOUSE KATZ, because…cats!) Instead, today I’m going to talk about the writing.
Hamantaschen’s writing style can be described as: wry, hilarious, witty-but dry, weird, strange, suicidal, vivid, dark, and volatile. I like his work more than Ligotti’s and Aickman’s, but I have a hard time defining why. I think it’s the humor- because it’s hard to want to exit the world when you’re laughing your butt off. Also, I think Hamantaschen’s writing style is more accessible to most-again, maybe it’s because of the humor, but it also has a current feel to it, whereas Ligotti and Aickman both feel more….remote to me. Hamantaschen is the here and now, along with Nicole Cushing, Christopher Slatsky, Gemma Files and many, many others.
Hamantaschen belongs to a new wave of dark fiction, weird tales, and writing that is beyond unsettling.
I say BRAVO to all of them and if you’re not reading these authors yet, you should be!
Thank you to the author for the paperback ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.