This is a combination book of dark poetry and short stories. I will look at each title in the book rather than a comprehensive comment on the book in its entirety. I am furnishing the review in return for a copy of the book.
Book of Squalor by Max Rudd
Short stories and poems are good traveling companions to fill the dead times of routine. One of the stories, Trucks, takes a bit more time to appreciate the descriptive, complex language used for the architectural features of the warehouse.
I think some of the characters are complex due their vague characterizations in the poems. This is not a bad thing; I am sure the invitation to reader engagement is appreciated by readers of poetry.
Tsunaga A poem with very evocative vocabulary that might run through my head if I were to wake up as a prisoner with no information as to how I got there.
With Eyes to See Jimmy can see what others cannot. It might be due to last night’s drinking, possibly not. The question is: what is he seeing, the present, past, or future. Too confusing, maybe it is better to not see at all.
Dazzled This is a poem. Life, through nature endures. Our unidentified actor, Rider, may not.
The House on Dumaine Street This is sort of a story of redemption for past sins, but the price for that redemption for Lt. Col. Montague is very high.
Tatters (a screenplay) A story of revenge by either a disappointed child or by dirty laundry. A rather weird story, but interesting.
Glimmer A short poem of death.
Trucks Trying to go home again to a place where he grew up several years before, Paul meets friends from his past. They had decided to never leave. Now they decided he should stay also.
Absolution Another poem seeking redemption.
Run This looks like a good beginning to a Walking Dead segment.