Saturday, November 19, 2011
JS Bannerman's The Pitchfork Diaries- NOT FOR KIDS
Bannerman's The Pitchfork Diaries is a compilation of short stories in the extreme horror genre. I feel like I can best write this review in the form of "glows and grows," while I pretend to be a book reviewer and know what I'm talking about.
Glows: Bannerman is a really good writer! He has excellent style and syntax. His descriptions are detailed, visceral, and evocative. I suppose these descriptions are what an author of extreme horror looks for. I was easily able to visualize the descriptions in each of the stories, and his matter of fact tone created a gag-reflective mood in me.
Grows: Although the stories are short, and not meant to provide a full background, some of the stories I thought were really good and deserved to have some of the "plot holes" filled. I know the author has a novel that is soon to be released, and I think it would be cool to see a full and complete story from Bannerman (I'm just not so sure I can stomach it).
I just can't get over the content, really. You know "Separation of Church and State?" Well, I guess in the literary world, especially the genre of horror, I would like a separation of church and fiction. I happen to like movies such as "The Exorcist" and "The Omen," which I imagine had the religious folks up in arms back in the day. I consider myself to be a fairly desensitized person, but some of the images that the author created don't sit well with me. I am a Catholic, although not a very good one, and I do hold the crucifix and the goodness of Christ close to my heart. Maybe this is a compliment to the author's descriptive skills, but my stomach didn't sit well (I didn't poo my pants, but I might've cried and barfed in my mouth a little bit).
This author has done something that I've never been able to do: publish literary work and create a following. To that, I must pay much respect. I've learned that extreme horror isn't my bag, but that doesn't mean it isn't yours.
Bannerman, if you ever write a kinda-scary-psychological-thriller-with-only-a-little-bit-of gore, I'll be one of the first to download.