Well, I've started several books lately, but not gone too far with any of them. Real world books and e-reader ones. The truth is a sob-story, and that is that I'm writing so many words and making so many covers that I'm not allocating any time for reading at the moment.
Of the titles I've been toying with, the one that's sticking with me is "Burnt Tongues", an anthology of short stories. Words such as "boundary-breaking" and "transgressive" are peppered all over the back cover, and with good reason.
The book is edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas and Dennis Widmyer and is populated with a bunch of authors I've not been aware of previously.
Though the stories are short, I'm still sabotaging the experience by not reading any one of them in an entire sitting, thereby making any kind of review or even basic summation difficult.
What I can say, though, is the imagery within the stories is visceral and direct, even in discussion of dreams or in metaphorical senses. These are not punch-pulling stories, and obviously, would not be for everyone. Events and elements presented almost as minutiae have more weight than would seem normal, and in part it's the form of story which helps create that. After all, the shorter the story, the more integral each part becomes. If it weren't important it would have been cut.
Apologies I can't offer much more than that. I'm only about four stories in, and am reading it as slowly and intermittently as I read everything these days!
Cover and blurb
Transgressive fiction authors write stories some are afraid to tell. Stories with taboo subjects, unique voices, shocking images—nothing safe or dry. Burnt Tongues is a collection of transgressive stories hand-selected by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, as the best of The Cult Workshop, his official fan website, selected by a rigorous nomination and vetting process. These stories run the gamut from horrific and fantastic to humorous and touching, but each leaves a lasting impression. Some may say even a scar.