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HAVOC SWIMS JADED

Schow, David J.

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ISBN 10: 1596060670 / ISBN 13: 9781596060678
Published by Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:, 2006
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Title: HAVOC SWIMS JADED

Publisher: Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:

Publication Date: 2006

Edition: 1st edition

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Havoc Swims Jaded

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*Starred Review* Lucky 13! Schow's thirteenth book, containing 13 stories, shows him, among other things, matching and exceeding nearly every other horror hand at bringing sex into the act. Previous weddings of sex and horror have tilted into sadomasochism and other paraphilias with results more stomach-turning (and often sexist) than anything else. Schow introduces quite ordinary sex to advance plot and tone, not for wallowing's sake. Just as in normal life, sex mostly flutters at the edges of things without becoming explicit, as in "Size Nothing," in which a woman's attempt to erotically surprise her cooling longtime lover backfires; the blowback is the horror, the sex what gooses the suspense. In "The Absolute Last of the Ultra-Spooky, Super-Scary Hallowe'en Horror Nights," casual teen boffing elicits sleazy chuckles and then bloody hell--just like in the movies, but much more craftily. Aside from using sex well, Schow freights his work with world--weariness and graveyard humor that stops just this side of true tastelessness. "Obsequy," "What Happened to Margaret" (both of which have their share of sex), and especially "Scoop vs. Leadman" risk going over the top and down the drain but finally just knock your socks off. This is flat-out exhilarating reading, the kind that Robert Bloch, whom Schow admires, never wrote enough of. On the basis of these stories, if the pulps were still around, Schow would be their king. Ray Olson
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