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Saturday, 19 May 2018

TIGHT LITTLE STITCHES IN A DEAD MAN'S BACK by Joe R. Lansdale

Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's BackTight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back by Joe R. Lansdale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, that was a fucked up little story about roses. And not the pretty kind you're expecting.

Twenty years after a nuclear war, one of the assholes who helped make the weapons that destroyed the world lives in a lighthouse with the wife who hates him. She blames him for the loss of their daughter, and their only connection is a tattoo she's putting on his back...

Yikes. This was bleak. But then again, what other kind of story could you tell after a nuclear war has turned the world to shit?

It's written in journal style, as this man recalls what happened to get them here and is so riddled with guilt that he's pretty much going insane and is continually haunted by his daughter. Very disturbing, but also interesting, in a totally fucked-up kinda way.

I really enjoyed it.

The awful imagery, and even the monsters that rise from the earth, didn't disturb me as much as the inappropriate thoughts about his dead daughter. Now that I had a problem with. I know he was going crazy and was totally delusional--because he couldn't live with the weight of the guilt--but IMO, that daughter stuff wasn't necessary. And it's the only reason why I'm giving this story 4 stars instead of 5.

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