I regret I was reading this I seriously want to lay my head on railroad track and wait for the train to come. The most disturbing thing I ve ever read Horror on a whole new level The tales in this collection will give anyone nightmares and, at the very least, a scarred psyche Be warned. Graphic Novelist Josh Simmons House Returns With A Harrowing And Genre Bending Collection Of Modern Horror Short Stories That Could Curl The Toes Of A Corpse In A State Of Rigor Mortis Simmons Disturbing, Uncomfortable And Even Confrontational Stories Often Work On Multiple Levels Straight, Uncompromising Horror Blackly Humorous, Satirical Riffs On The Genre Or As Vicious Assaults Against The Political Correctness That Rules So Much Of Our Popular Culture His Artwork Excels In Conveying A Feeling Of Dread And Claustrophobia, And The Stories Herein All Share An Unmistakably And Uncompromising Commitment To Exploring The Crossroads Of Abomination And HilarityThe Furry Trap Contains Short Stories, Varying In Length From One To Pages, As Well As A Number Of Extras That Will Flesh Out The Reader S Experience From The Title Creatures In Night Of The Jibblers, To The Witches And Ogres Of Cockbone, To The Godzilla Sized, Centaur Bodied Depiction Of The Title Character In Jesus Christ, To The Disarmingly Cute Yet Terrifying Demons Of Demonwood, To The Depraved, Caped Crusading Antihero In Mark Of The Bat, Simmons Is A Master Of Creating Terrifying Beasties That Inspire And Inflict Nightmarish Horrors, Usually Taken To Unforgettable ExtremesThe Individual Stories In The Furry Trap Stand On Their Own As Mini Masterpieces Of Skin Crawling Terror, But Collectively Complement Each Other In A Way That Only Heightens The Anxiety And Dread Pouring From Page To Page Just Remember You Ve Been Warned Ugly, Disturbing, Sickening Josh Simmons The Furry Trap is marketed as horror, but the short stories collected between its covers do not feel like your typical horror fare Sure, they are chock full of horrific acts of violence, but the thing is these acts of violence do not add up to any kind of entertaining or potentially cathartic spectacle.Instead, they are one thing and one thing only extremely disturbing They do not play by any rules of genre or taste In fact, they appear to be little than the logical extension of the very real world we have created for ourselves a world shaped by greed, selfishness, short sightedness and exploitation, not by holistic or even moral considerations.Much like Michael Haneke s 1997 film Funny Games, Simmons The Furry Trap holds a mirror up to a society that, bent on self destruction, treats violence as just another form of entertainment Like Funny Games, it presents even the most extreme acts of violence in calm, seemingly detached and uncaring fashion, forcing the reader to rediscover their own moral agency and shout enough of this ugly, sickening mess Make no mistake, The Furry Trap kicks you in the gut real hard It is the perfect antidote to torture porn, as it will spoil anybody s appetite for fictional violence I highly recommend the book to fans of the darker, radical as well as painful, I m afraid kind of alternative comic but not to anybody else, really Not even to horror fans. Deliberately shocking and offensive horror comics in the tradition of splatter porn, I guess Disturbing I think of Crumb, who was asked why he did some of his most shocking stuff, and he said he didn t know where it came from, didn t really want his daughter to see it, was also kind of disturbed by it Okay, so I experienced it, and will wash my hands of it This is about violence, sexual violence, Johnny Ryan territory, and I don t quite get it, am not cool enough to say I think it is so awesome, dude, as some hipster artists would, and Simmons doesn t give a damn whether I like it or not If he were to get popular he would hate himself and all his fans It has that Dead Kennedy hate your audience punk feel to it Good, I hate you, too, Josh.I also just today read Al Columbia s Pim and Francie, which is also disturbing, and could be seen in the same category as Simmons, as horror comics, but Columbia s work is amazing to me, ambitious Still disturbing, and deliberately disturbing, but somehow impressive, and thoughtful, complex, layered See my review of that if you care enough about these kinds of comics I might just not be a horror guy I mean, you hardcore Saw types will just snicker when I tell you my kind of horror is this soft core literary variety, Neil Gaiman Sandman stuff SO tame, dude So it s a matter of taste, and literary tastes, finally, I suppose.So the point of this stuff is not to gain wide recognition, it is to be transgressive, to shock, and it fulfilled its purpose Maybe horror is just meant to horrify, to cross lines so you are shocked Simmons is technically proficient and he can tell a story, and a variety of stories, and they re not ALL disturbing And thank god they are short stories, because to sustain the level of disgust for longer within any given story would be doubly brutal But the hell with it, I am still not going to give this two stars just because he has some talent in a particular form So there. This graphic novel has won several awards, and I d heard it was controversial, so I decided to give it a read I can t understand what people see in it It s a horror comic, in a way, in a sort of splatterish tradition I ve looked up some interviews with the author, and he says that one of his points is that horror which leaves the victim their dignity isn t horror This means his characters need to be demeaned for what he s trying to portray The book is filled with sexual violence, generally not depicted, merely described in extreme detail.Although I accept his point that horror in which the victim scores a moral victory by keeping their principles intact is less horrible than stories in which people are corroded away at every level, he also wants to mix the horrific and the humorous, so that you are never quite sure where you are, emotionally I can t get that, because I don t find Schadenfreude funny Reading some of the reviews in his work, it s clear that many of his readers do not identify with the victim anyway they identify with the monsters dong the demeaning and destroying, which I think reduces the work to little than voyeurism.In a way, I respect the work, even though its, for me, neither particularly interesting nor even particularly readable I read horror, and a lot of horror is really action adventure with the tropes of horror over the top I think Simmons is trying to recapture the shock that saw a nurse on duty at the first showings of Dracula, because a corpse that dragged itself into your daughter s bedroom and sucked the blood from her neck, was not just terrifying but disgusting as well, on a physical and because he was a nobleman societal level When EC comics were banned, their zombies were not just terrifying, but disgusting They were stories about rotting corpses which could make telephone calls and send letters to real people, to suck them into the darkness and pollute them with their filth Although I can t find the humor in The Furry Trap, I do see that what Simmons is trying to do here is a similar sort of thing to the EC comics he s trying to go further than the reader can handle, by mixing horror and humor in a book The target for his horror, though, is the ego, the indomitable right to have an opinion and to count as a person, which everyone feels they have.Drawing on Foucault s insight that people complain about things in literature primarily as a pose, and that transgression exists because people enjoy it too much to ban, I recommend this for people who enjoy very bleak horror, and are not shocked by descriptions of sexualized violence In this I note that this is seriously transgressive literature, not the sort of shock horror fun transgression literature like Fifty Shades where everyone gets to titter behind their hands at others reading mommy porn bondage This is bleak and nasty stuff, designed to repel and disgust.This review originally posted on book coasters. OkayI found this at the Library and skimmed the first few pages I was almost immediately offended to the point where I put it back on the shelf and prayed that no little kid would ever pick this up.Then I went back minutes later to read the whole thing cover to cover There was no way I was going to bring this into my house, but I felt compelled to read it Fortunately most of the stories after the first were ever so slightly less horrifying.I can handle quite a lot of dark, morose, morbid content before it affects me to the point where I dislike it Furry Trap broke that threshold though in fact, I think this may be the first time ever.This would have been a solid 1 star rating, except for the last story Demonwood was so incredibly terrifying It had a Less is approach whereas the previous stories had a philosophy of The most possible is The difference between Demonwood and the others is this The earlier stories left me in shock and horror only as long as the page was open to them Demonwood is still haunting me now.I would almost go so far to say almost that this would be worth the buy JUST for Demonwood. Well that was weird This is a collection of short bizarro comics centred around some truly messed up characters doing depraved things to one another I liked Josh s art, he has a way of conveying the disgusting in a simple yet effective way, however I wasn t much a fan of the writing There didn t seem to be a point to most of the comics and after a while the depravity got repetitive.That said, the last comic in the book was actually pretty good and stepped it up in both writing and art, to the point that I m interested to read his newer stuff to see if his style evolves into something coherent. Simmons is certainly a talented artist able to render both crude and sinuous stylings of the horrific in this collection of explorations of a reader s gag reflex This book has the appearance of being a collection of nihilistic horror stories but is really a formal exercise in obscenity At you leisure, thumb through these pages of graphically depicted rape, mutilation, incest, masturbation, ejaculation, sacrilege, cannibalism, animal cruelty, coprophagia and probably a few other taboos I am glossing over Let the record stand, my momma didn t raise no prude although she would probably wish she had if she knew what I get up to between the covers of a book , but this m lange of the explicit doesn t add up to much I suppose there is a certain level of juvenile glee underpinning Simmons s devotion to uncompromisingly representing our culture s lust for the variegated palette of simulated violence and then proceeding to rub our face in this less than titillating pile of cartoon excrement, but it ultimately feels like an empty undertaking But like John Cage s 4 33 or, fitting, Michael Haneke s Funny Games, I guess these thing just have to exist. Very strange stories with high gore and perversion I found myself simultaneously disgusted and intrigued throughout the book.
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