The Art of Horrible People

The Art of Horrible People From Hollywood film studios to high security psychiatric facilities there is an art to being a horrible person Splatterpunk legend John Skipp turns the mirror back on ourselves showing us all the wa

  • Title: The Art of Horrible People
  • Author: John Skipp Josh Malerman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • From Hollywood film studios to high security psychiatric facilities, there is an art to being a horrible person Splatterpunk legend John Skipp turns the mirror back on ourselves, showing us all the ways that make us the worst monsters of all A decade in the making, The Art of Horrible People collects John Skipp s most horrific, hilarious, and starkly honest short storiesFrom Hollywood film studios to high security psychiatric facilities, there is an art to being a horrible person Splatterpunk legend John Skipp turns the mirror back on ourselves, showing us all the ways that make us the worst monsters of all A decade in the making, The Art of Horrible People collects John Skipp s most horrific, hilarious, and starkly honest short stories, raising horror fiction to gleefully deranged new heights.

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    1. From the gory to the maddening to the satirical to the heartfelt, and virtually every other place in between, The Art of Horrible People is a gallimaufry of Skippian stories and musings of the highest caliber. (And holy shit, did I just use the word ‘gallimaufry’ in a sentence?! I don’t think I’ve ever said it out loud. Has anyone ever said the word ‘gallimaufry’ out loud before?)There is so much going on in this book I’m surprised it doesn’t burst at the seams like the ripe toma [...]

    2. A TOP SHELF review, originally published in the September 11, 2015 edition of The MonitorJohn Skipp has won multiple awards for his horror writing, which ranges from the screenplay for “Nightmare on Elm Street 5” to the novelization of “Fright Night” and many influential books and anthologies. His latest collection, “The Art of Horrible People,” features powerful stories that explore creation, art and fascinating characters through a careful balance of horror and humor. “Art is the [...]

    3. There's a story about a group of Satanists raising the devil, who upon raising him can't quite get over the fact that he looks like Charlie Sheen. That's sort of what you're getting with this collection. It's weird and wacky but surprisingly well-realised. Skipp is much more of a writer than I originally gave him credit for, able to jump from gross-out gore to comedy within the same paragraph. "Skipp's Hollywood Alphabet of Horror" was a favourite if you can find it. An alphabetical collection i [...]

    4. My favorite short story collections always feel more like great albums than books.They have the big and amazing singles/stories and also the non-hits but artistic jams that compliment and strengthen the album as a whole. John Skipp a musician, horror writer, director, and publisher follows that rule and gives us one of the best collections of the year.The big hits in this book would be the previous and excellent Kindle Single "Art is the Devil" and "Skipp's Hollywood Alphabet Soup of Horror", an [...]

    5. Sleep. I need sleep. It's one of those nights. I turned off the Kindle but still feel its glow. I stopped reading at "Rose Goes Shopping." Zombies don't make me hungry but red steel-toed boots do the trick.One more story. Or three. I got caught in "Skipp's Hollywood Alphabet Soup of Horror." I'm a sucker for letters. We have aliens and rewrites, show me the money, honey, and my favorite T is for Me and My TV. Z is definitely for zzz's.I need to sleep but I like reading about horrible people. The [...]

    6. John Skipp’s new book, The Art of Horrible People, is something special. Not only is it a great addition to his already prodigious body of work, but it’s all his, every word. For a man whose best known books are collaborative efforts it’s a rare treat and a glimpse into John Skipp’s head and heart. The collection ranges from short, playful fiction to an extremely personal farewell to a good friend in one of two non-fiction entries. As BIRD BOX author Josh Malerman points out in his excel [...]

    7. I have always been fond of writers who seem to write in hyperdrive. Whether it is Hunter S. Thompson, Harlan Ellison, or Garrett Cook, I like the writers that let it all out, appearing not to care whether you can keep up with them. If their imagination or emotion gets a little ahead of the prose, that is just part of the attraction. The writers I like realize that they can’t write for the audience. The audience needs to come to them and the payoff is when the reader gets into the writer’s st [...]

    8. Skipp really never fails. He's a man with a plan, with a lot of heart. He's one of the few I absolutely respect.

    9. An Amazing Set, Terrifying and Beautiful,An incredible journey from start to finish. John Skipp’s The Art of Horrible People is a fantastic collection of dark art that steps well outside the boundaries of taboo while showing us what we’ve all feared was there all along. You know those questions we have but rarely voice except at parties? What do those dark Hollywood artsy elite really do up in their lofts? Would the zombie apocalypse really be all crossbows and exploring-the-human-condition [...]

    10. It didn’t occur to me until I’d read the eulogy to the author’s dog at the end of the book… There was always something about John Skipp’s short stories beyond the individual story that I couldn’t put my finger on, but reading a full collection of them made me realize that these stories run the gamut of emotion. Some stories had me laughing out loud, others are unsettling, and others still had me weeping. I read “Zygote Notes on the Imminent Birth of a Feature Film as Yet Unformed [...]

    11. "Food Fight" and "Alphabet Soup of Horror" are worth the price of admission for their energy and creative use of form and just pure kick-ass writing. The other stories are good, too. "Rosie Goes Shopping" is a battle with zombies story, but pretty damn funny because Rosie is so focused on food while the zombies are feeding; just brilliant technique.

    12. I really loved the novels that Skipp wrote with Craig Spector and was curious about these solo shorts. This is more like snippets into his lovely warped conscious; some interesting, some so so.

    13. Very interesting collection of stories, each with a fun style that really shows off the versatility of Skipp's writing. A little short but the book definitely packed a punch all the same. Definitely worth a read if you enjoy bizarro or splatterpunk.

    14. New to the genre. Turns out I'm not really a fan of Splatterpunk. The writing isn't bad; I finished it. I just wasn't wow'd and it was hard for me to find meaning in so much gore and destruction.

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