A briefcase containing nothing but papers inexplicably starts to drip blood...A man is visited in the middle of the night by the Chairman of the Board of Insomnia...A young girl discovers that she can read minds, but only the minds of the dead. "Herding Ravens" brings together some two dozen of Christopher Conlon's "bon-bons"--tasty samples of flash fiction in which anythiA briefcase containing nothing but papers inexplicably starts to drip blood...A man is visited in the middle of the night by the Chairman of the Board of Insomnia...A young girl discovers that she can read minds, but only the minds of the dead. "Herding Ravens" brings together some two dozen of Christopher Conlon's "bon-bons"--tasty samples of flash fiction in which anything can happen, and usually does. Inspired by everything from Edgar Allan Poe to Franz Kafka, from Charles Addams to "The Twilight Zone," these surreal fantasies operate with, as the author writes, "no rules or logic, or with dream logic, or the logic of the grave." By turns haunting and hilarious, "Herding Ravens" is a walk on the weird side you won't soon forget.Christopher Conlon is best known as the editor of the Bram Stoker Award-winning "He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson." His novels "Midnight on Mourn Street" and "A Matrix of Angels" were Bram Stoker Award finalists. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland....
|Title||:||Herding Ravens: Bon-Bons and Cold Cuts|
|Number of Pages||:||139 Pages|
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Herding Ravens: Bon-Bons and Cold Cuts Reviews
Review copy kindly provided by author and GR friend Christopher Conlon. If, in an alternate universe, Edgar Allen Poe and Shirley Jackson were to meet, marry and have a child, who would be packed off in infancy to learn his craft from H.G. Wells, that child would be Christopher Conlon. He inhabits a writer's no-man's-land where comedy, horror, satire, dystopia, melancholy and even gentle optimism blend into each other. The result is this package of bon-bons."What? A box of chocolates?" you exclaim eagerly. "Hand it over!" But it's not what you think. "A bon-bon," Conlon has one of his characters explain, "is a very short tale of fantasy with no rules or logic, or with dream logic, or the logic of the grave." It would be true to say, however, that, even with this definition, "you never know what you're gonna get." Because hidden in the box of candy is a surprise consisting of a number of cold cuts. I know what you're thinking. "Candy and meat? How weird!" The author doesn't explain what a cold cut is, but since when is an author obligated to tell the reader everything? Conlon's world is one where inexplicable things happen. The dead--or parts of them--rise and provide unusual advantages to the living. (Or maybe not.) Women and men acquire incredible abilities which are sometimes, but not always, to their advantage. A writer and a composer face off in a schoolyard and things get hairy. Poe's Raven gets his caw-muppance. All these adventures and more await between the covers of this slim but fascinating volume of flash fiction. Conlon is a master of style. His prose--okay, there's one tip of the hat to absurdist drama--is polished and lively. Some of the stories quite unabashedly hark back to the days of early science fiction. But it's what he does with these tools that is amazing. He is a master at describing bizarre events as if they were commonplace; this can evoke a response ranging anywhere from amusement to shock. He takes tired truisms and gives them new life. He explores funny, sad and frightening facets of the human psyche. Above all, he makes you think.