Monday, September 24, 2012
Johnson Strikes Thrice!
THE FINAL FAILURE OF A PROFESSIONAL SMALL ANIMAL INSIDE-OUTER by MP Johnson (2012 Cloud City Press / 40 pp / chapbook)
I've been enjoying Johnson's quirky tales for some time now, and his latest chapbook offers 3 more stories of darkly humorous bizarro horror.
The title tale deals with a Norman bates-like taxidermist (of sorts) who lives with his grandmother. He takes on his first willing, live human project--a flute-player named Elizabeth--to oddly funny results. This is genuinely weird fiction done right.
'Crabaroo in Lesbo Vamp Land' looks at the creator of a Spongebob-like cartoon character and how he deals with his creation being more famous than himself in the wake of a new Crabaroo film/series. Needless to say, things get way out of hand...
'Through Time, Knuckles First' is a wickedly funny and original story about Geoff Cooper, a guy who owns a talking alien head that he keeps on his turntable. To explain any more would be a disservice to the author!
Johnson's one writer I enjoy watching grow. His tales continue to get more inventive and at this point his voice is all his own. Great stuff.