What a gorgeous cover.
This is a series of linked and blunted horror stories – I say ‘blunted’ because the horror is a comfortable one, not a shocking or insipid one. You ease into it, a bath of blood and gore. It’s an interesting read, and the words make a nice pattern. The reading of it is enjoyable, even if it doesn’t blow you away. You meet the characters and there’s empathy of the short-term kind – after all, you’ve only just made their acquaintance. Then things happen.
Trigger warning for animal death, but you can put up with it; it isn’t as malicious as in many other novels. You can gloss over a lot of it.
I enjoyed the book, and I think you can too. It’s well written. It doesn’t blow you away, but it’s comfortable – I’ve said that before – like someone you know telling you about the weird day they’ve had.
And what a beautiful cover.
About Joey Comeau (by Joey Comeau)
Particularly gory and odd stories naturally make you wonder about the mind behind them. Joey Comeau’s Twitter page does not disappoint – you can check it out here. Unless you’re a Trump supporter, in which case… well, you can probably better spend the time rethinking your life and your choices.
The following outline was taken from the author’s Goodreads page:
Joey Comeau is a Canadian writer. He is best known for his novels Lockpick Pornography and Overqualified, and as co-creator of the webcomic A Softer World (with Emily Horne).
Comeau currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. He has a degree in linguistics. His fourth book, a novel based on Overqualified, was published in 2009.
The edition of One Bloody Thing After Another by Joey Comeau reviewed here was published by ECW Press on 22 March 2010, ISBN: 9781550229165.