Item description for Puzzles of Flesh by Jason Brannon...
A chat room for the dead...loves and lusts that endure...a war in heaven...a man obsessed with catching a killer...a plea for forgiveness...an embittered savior bent on revenge...and other terrors hiding behind the dark. Pleasant dreams.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Publisher Silver Lake Publishing
ISBN 1931095213 ISBN13 9781931095211
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A decent beginning. Jun 29, 2005
Jason Brannon, Puzzles of Flesh (Silver Lake Publishing, 2002)
I'm a pretty big fan of the horror anthology. I've been reading them almost as long as I've been capable of reading, and my tendency to do so may have run a little more sparse now that I have more disparate interests, but I do try and read a few of them every year that I haven't previously happened across. I stumbled upon Jason Brannon's anthology in a Half Price Books that has been wonderful at yielding small-press horror into my hands over the past couple of years, and I tucked into it with all the anticipation of a guy who really, really hates turkeys sitting down to a twenty-pounder at Thanksgiving.
In retrospect, I might have waited a bit. I've just recently read two of the strongest horror anthologies to come across my desk in years, Greg Gifune's Heretics and Dale Bailey's The Resurrection Man's Legacy and Other Stories, and thus Brannon's book jets compared simply by juxtaposition. It is found wanting, though not, admittedly, by much.
Brannon's great strength is that the man is full of fantastic ideas. I mean, really fantastic. Coming up with a great story these days is mostly a matter of putting a new twist on an old plot (there are, after all, only thirty-six plots, so pundits tell us), and Brannon's ability to add fierce originality to old bones is more striking than, perhaps, any writing of short-form horror since the days in which Clive Barker penned the Books of Blood some twenty years ago. Communicating with the dead is certainly nothing new. Communicating with the dead through a computer chat room? Now that's sexy. It's also obvious that Brannon isn't just spreading the veneer on because it seemed like the thing to do; he knows what he's on about with this stuff, and everything meshes well because he can tack on the correct details to let those who patronize Internet chat rooms know that he knows his stuff.
Countering that strength is that Brannon is still something of a diamond in the rough. The prose gets a little purple now and again, but that's nothing a bit more experience and a good editor won't take care of over time.
The end result is that if you pick this up, you might be holding some of the first work of a future superstar in the horror realm. Never a bad thing-- just ask the folks who have mint first editions of the Books of Blood. You will, however, find a few places on the path where the mortar isn't quite joined, and you may stumble a few times. ***
Beautifully woven tales ... May 29, 2004
...that create an adventure into insanity, fear, love, and a need for nightlights!
A collection of 18 short stories that begins and ends with Belkin, the medical examiner, and takes you on a journey into a realm fit only for nightmares!
A chatroom for the dead, a pond where love dies, a killer giving an obsessed detective just what he wants, a puzzle made of flesh and blood, a walk in the dark that will change your view of shadows, and the ghosts of children that should have any pediatric nervous, are just a few of the grim tales told here.
The writing is superb and so smooth that you race through the pages, eager for more. The atmosphere of each story is tense and dark - and the length of the stories are perfect for a quick read before bed - if you can convince yourself to put it down after just one!
Imaginative tales that dance lightly on the edge of our reality and force you to rethink your securities. Brannon allows your imagination to work after you've put the book down - and anytime you can walk away from a story and consider it after the fact you know you've found a gem!
And that's what this is... a gem. A bright shiny blood covered diamond in the rough!! Without a Doubt 5 stars and worthy of your hard earned cash...after all if your paycheck can buy you nightmares, what more do you need??
One of The Best Collections Since -Jack Ketchum Dec 18, 2003
Jason Brannon takes us into a world where darkness thrives on pain and fear. Where demons lurk and creatures wait in the shadows for unsuspected visitors. Brannon is an author with a brilliant imagination. He captured my own childhood fears in this outstanding collection.
Puzzles of Flesh is filled with long forgotten fears that will surface and drag you kicking and screaming into the deepest depths of the human mind. Brannon's words cut like razors and will devour what soul you have left. I strongly advise you to find a place with many lights when sitting down with Jason Brannon. Kingdom of Shadows Book Review