The tone of the stories ranges from darkly humorous to creepy as hell. Many of them are so strange they have a dreamlike quality. If you're in the mood for something different, give Fungus of the Heart a try. You won't be disappointed. View all 3 comments. Aug 26, Colleen Wanglund rated it really liked it.
In this latest short story collection Jeremy Shipp explores what happens to relationships when the rules of society go out the window. In his surreal worlds, he explores the heartbreak, desire, fear, and loss that go into these relationships. My favorite story of the collection Fungus of the Heart is an almost medieval yet otherworldly tale about Nightingale, a Sentinel seeking the In this latest short story collection Jeremy Shipp explores what happens to relationships when the rules of society go out the window. My favorite story of the collection Fungus of the Heart is an almost medieval yet otherworldly tale about Nightingale, a Sentinel seeking the power he needs to save his love Cailin who was captured and is being held in the Fortress.
Nightingale will stop at nothing to save her, even if it means turning into a monster to do so. Another favorite of mine is Ticketyboo about a brother and sister who must live with a guardian until they can learn to deal with the death of their parents. Monkey Boy and the Monsters is a funny story about Monkey Boy who is hired by various people to fight the monsters of society with his companion Soapy, literally a bar of soap.
Other great stories include The haunted House about Ash, a spiritual being who helps his clients remember and deal with traumatic events in their lives; Boy in the Cabinet who is afraid to leave the cabinet he lives in because he is afraid of change; Just Another Vampire Story about a man who cheats on his girlfriend and the aftermath of his actions; and The Escapist which tells of a war between Gnomes and Goblins and the lengths one individual is willing to go to finally end it. Some are sweet, others are tragic but all will leave you quite satisfied in the end.
Aug 11, Jason Pettus rated it really liked it. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally. In fact, if anything, this new batch of stories takes on more of a "New Weird" flavor than what's come from Shipp before, with many of these pieces feeling more like convoluted urban fantasy tales than anything approximating traditional horror, a sort of dreamlike alt-reality that at its best resembles the work of Neil Gaiman and the like.
I'm constantly impressed with the various turns Shipp is always taking with both his writing and his career, even while tying his entire oeuvre together via common themes and motifs, and this latest slim collection is sure to be a big winner among both his old fans and his new ones. Jul 15, Garrett Cook rated it liked it. I'd like to start by making it clear that my three star rating does not come from any lack of quality in the work. I do not believe there are inferior stories in this book.
There were a couple that felt derivative of each other, but none that were outright bad. The three star rating is to me a way of placing this work in the Shipp canon. It has the same bold flights of fancy that a I'd like to start by making it clear that my three star rating does not come from any lack of quality in the work.
It has the same bold flights of fancy that are found in Sheep and Wolves and plenty of good emotional content, but I feel too often ventures into a whimsical Gaimanish realm of Urban Fantasy that would be welcome in a few stories, but in an entire collection is hard to take. Fans of Shipp's other work might want to go elsewhere because Fungus of the Heart does not always feel like it is by the Jeremy Shipp you know and love. This is no value judgement, because god knows too many artists lose their talent by stagnating and not allowing themselves to become something else.
Good stuff, but I can take or leave Urban Fantasy Shipp. I like Horror and Bizarro Shipp better. Nov 08, Paul Jr. Funny, bizarre, darkly creepy at times. A really imaginative collection with something for everyone. Jan 21, Anthony rated it really liked it Shelves: Shipp's work is hard to define by just one genre. Most of the collection would probably fit the "dark fantasy" description, and almost all of them have some horror component.
And at least two have a very "fairy tales but not of the Disney variety" feel to them. I posted individual story reviews here.
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Overall, the collection is very strong. A few stories in particular stand out: I can see the characters from "Haunted House" and "Spider House" both inhabiting full-length novels if not outright series. The only story in the collection that really didn't work for me at all was "Agape Walrus," but I know people for whom the very out-there nature of the story will be perfect. Sep 17, Debbi Smith rated it it was amazing.
If you read any book for Halloween, it should be this one. The stories in "Fungus of the Heart" will make you laugh, cry, and scare your pants off. They will stay with you long after you have finished reading them. Be prepared not to put it down. Dec 09, Ian rated it really liked it. I love reading anything from Jeremy C. It's quite varied, and different from anything else I've read. I like to read it before falling asleep, hoping it will influence my dreams.
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Nov 29, Robert Eccles rated it it was amazing. The stories in this collection are both wonderful and wierd, troubling and touching. I would expect nothing less from Jeremy C. Jan 12, Eric Townsend rated it it was amazing. Fungus of the Heart is a collection of wonderful stories by one of my favorite writers, Jeremy C. The first sto Fungus of the Heart is a collection of wonderful stories by one of my favorite writers, Jeremy C.
There you get a bit of Noir, and it does stand out from the rest of the stories as a little less dark, and more of a sad story. There is plenty of gore to be had here from The Escapist to Agape Walrus zombies! For anyone who has followed my blog for a while it will come as no surprise that I loved this book.
He is THE horror writer for me and his bizarro infusions make his work stand out like no other. Definitely check his work out! Feb 23, April rated it really liked it. Overall, I greatly enjoyed the themes of love, loss, anger and desire explored throughout this collection as well as the ways in which people become monsters. The gender blurring throughout was really neat too. Shipp created really complex worlds in the span of a few sentences as he related unique and often powerful tales.
That said, Fungus of the Heart left with me with a lot of mixed feelings. I also think that the fact that they didn't always make much logical sense ending up making sense in a completely different yet awesome way. The remaining 6 stories never struck the same sort of chord with me and made sense in a way that felt less organic compared to the other 7. In conclusion, a mostly fascinating collection that will appeal to fans of Dark Fantasy with a hint of Horror and the occasional Noir vibe.
Jun 30, Michelle rated it liked it Shelves: Shipp for free through Goodreads First Reads. Shipp is a collection of short stories that deal with desire in a very bizarre way. The characters in the stories you could probably find in a circus sideshow or perhaps in your darkest nightmare.
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Although the subject matter is indeed disturbing it is infused with a hint of humor. This story was like a vivid nightmare. This was my first introduction to bizarro fiction. While this is not my favorite genre, I thought that the stories were very well written. The stories definitely held my attention.
Shipp has quite the imagination. How can he sleep at night? Jul 15, Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing. Fungus of the heart is a collection of short stories. Jeremy explores what happens to relationships when we throw the rules of society out the window. He explores desire, fear, heart break and loss in his surreal worlds.
Full of horror, humor and just plain weird. My favorite story was Haunted house. This is one book i plan to read again just before Halloween. I am looking forward to reading more of Jeremy. I love a little twisted humour at times. Mar 10, Ema rated it really liked it.
Wow what a fascinating collection of bizarro fiction stories! I really enjoyed reading all of these, but they weren't a fast read It took me a lot longer to finish than I had expected because I had to stop and think about each story after I was done. Real gem, I loved it! Oct 26, Stewie rated it really liked it Shelves: Full review at HorrorTalk. May 09, Robert rated it it was ok Shelves: I don't see how this book got such rave reviews.
The language is cliched and the stories seem rushed which, for bizzaro fiction, can ruin the experience. Sep 12, Sheri White rated it really liked it. Great book, official review to be published elsewhere. Aug 14, T. My review is here: View all 5 comments. Oct 18, Oriana marked it as to-read. Jeremy Shipp is my bookfriend and really nice. Although it sounds like I may be too much of a baby for this book, I told him I'd try it, and I will! Dec 09, Bosley rated it really liked it.
I intend to formally review at CoT Shawn rated it really liked it May 09, Urmas rated it really liked it Nov 30, Lucie Pecor rated it it was amazing Jul 15, Marko rated it really liked it Feb 09, Craig Smith rated it it was amazing Jul 15, Matt Mullin rated it did not like it Apr 21, Kortney Morris rated it really liked it Feb 09, His shorter tales have appeared or are forthcoming in over 50 publications, the likes of Cemetery Dance, ChiZine, Apex Magazine, Pseudopod, and Rosebud.
While preparing for the forthcoming collapse of civilization, Jeremy enjoys living in Southern California in a moderately haunted Victorian farmhouse wi Jeremy C. While preparing for the forthcoming collapse of civilization, Jeremy enjoys living in Southern California in a moderately haunted Victorian farmhouse with a legion of yard gnomes.
Shipp's Vacation is a surreal, bizarre, and utterly captivating tale. This ambitious story covers a lot of territory: Imagine the finale of A Space Odyssey set in a deceptively everyday world that quickly— and effectively—jumps into William S. Burroughs territory by way of Donald Barthelme The mundane turned mystical turned metaphysical turned indescribable.
This is a genuinely one-of-a-kind trip, and one you won't want to miss. Hands "None of the usual accolades work for Jeremy Shipp's Vacation. The reader is not amazed, astounded, or aggrieved - the reader is achingly curious, alarmingly moved, and at the end, astonished by the vision and darkness and redemption.
No one writes like Shipp, and that's a great thing. Vacation is edgy, surreal, and original. This is one of those books that alters your brain in a way similar to Philip K. A very good first novel. An Afterword "I don't think there has been a more aptly titled book in recent memory than Jeremy Shipp's Vacation. This sprawling psychological pseudo-fantastical surrealistic mind-trip of an adventure story demands that you step out--far, far, far out--of your comfort zone, and embrace the possibilities of a universe that may be a dream, a nightmare, or just wishful thinking.
Vacation is a headfirst dive into the rabbit hole, assuming those rabbits lined their burrow with mirrors, because as bizarre as this novel ultimately appears to be on the surface, there's very little here that we won't find in ourselves, assuming we're brave enough, and know how and where, to look.
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