Grim Tales

Norman Lock Matt Bell


Grim Tales

Grim Tales

  • Title: Grim Tales
  • Author: Norman Lock Matt Bell
  • ISBN: 9780983026303
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback



Fiction Norman Lock s GRIM TALES is a mythological catalog of the peculiar, a string of strange, often murderous urban myths It comes on fast and dirty, wasting no time in lunging at your throat GRIM TALES is populated end to end with the magical and the bizarre shape shifting, witchery, underwater cities, indoor rain, beds that contain oceans, murderous objects, alFiction Norman Lock s GRIM TALES is a mythological catalog of the peculiar, a string of strange, often murderous urban myths It comes on fast and dirty, wasting no time in lunging at your throat GRIM TALES is populated end to end with the magical and the bizarre shape shifting, witchery, underwater cities, indoor rain, beds that contain oceans, murderous objects, all manner of disappearance Men lose their faces to mirrors, women are smothered by their hair, clouds settle over cities and suck them upd in the midst of all this looming, Lock has an incredible ability to render compelling imagery and demeanor in minute, super compressed bursts Single lines resound in the mind In the same way that it s hard to stop staring at the internet s seemingly endless array of weird memes and video databases, Lock s words are both engrossing and slightly haunted One could spend forever worming through these magicked words, their worlds.


Recent Comments "Grim Tales"

reading this teeny tiny book basically just made me want to read something longer from this author. so i have ordered in as many of his books as i could, and will certainly be reading/reviewing them in the futureis book is 68 pages long, and is comprised of many little snippets of evocative language, but no real "stories" as such. they are more like descriptive paragraphs that attach to each other thematically. many of them are about suicide, or trees, dreams,rocks, writing, transformation, esca [...]

Minimal excellence. Each of these 160 or so brief vignettes breaths atmosphere and mystery, like eerie microscopic parables of lurking doom, objects that wait to turn on their owners, the unmooring of lives placid until just now. It's both a dazzling compendium of ideas and a treatise on the power that just a handful of words can have.

I misplaced this book 10 or so pages from the end, but up to that point IT WAS FANTASTIC.UPDATE:My wife found it! This is a collection of small horrors. One might shelve it with Kosinski's Steps, but the two would only be distant cousins. Mainly shorts, paragraph-length blinks, often of the contents' own terrible endings. I wouldn't call GRIM TALES flash fiction, necessarily, as these seem to crag from each other, but the classification isn't what's important anyway. Norman Lock can write. Here' [...]

The Brothers Grimm get a nod in the first of Norman Lock's Grim Tales.Each morning when he woke, he found that his papers had been worked on during the night. His affairs were being put in order -- no matter how hard he tried to resist it.It's the Shoemaker and the Elves. But by the end of the paragraph -- Lock's grim tales range from a paragraph to a single sentence in length -- the protagonist commits suicide rather than allow his life to be taken over by his unseen helpers. This sets the tone [...]

A thin and tiny book that can be easily slipped into your coat pocket and read while on your coffee break or while waiting for the bus or for the opera to start. Consider these short-short stories as modern fairy tales of a grim nature, the majority of them only a paragraph in length. People die, sometimes in horrible ways. Other times they just disappear into a void. Like the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales, some of the tales are better than others, some forgettable. All in all, the book is a fun a [...]

Reviewed by C.L. BledsoeThis is a world ruled by kismet, fate, serendipity, a strange sort of moral justice, whatever you want to call it. Murderers are killed by accidents that seem to have been caused by the ghosts of their victims. Negligent parents find (or rather, don’t find) their children swallowed up by malicious beings from under the earth. Angels arrive too late to be of any use and offer nothing more than sneers as recompense. Narrative is the only true law, and symbolism is its she [...]

GRIM TALES was not exactly what I expected, not that I know exactly what I expected. What matters is that it was even better. GRIM TALES is a collection of tiny stories I found almost impossible to put down. Norman Lock’s sentences are engaging, spinning tales that are darkly humorous, suspenseful, surreal, and downright macabre. Its minimalism also makes for satisfying distractions between daily tasks!

Quite enjoyed these. The tales contained in this book are neatly constructed and ominous unto themselves, but the way they fit together, and the book's recurring themes of depression, betrayal, and despair all combine for a devastating effect.

8/10

A collection of frustratingly short shorts. Grim indeed. Some really lovely wording.

so good. so glad to have finally ordered this in print.

Excellent all round.


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