Twisted Palahniuk Selected Stories, Some NSFW

OK, the tales are twisted, but not really NSFW. Videos might be NSFW, so might pictures. (My Kindle epub has no pictures). Generally speaking, if you are reading some of these stories at work, you won’t get busted. Just don’t read them on a “parents take their kids to work day.” If you do, don’t let your kids read over your shoulder.

Burnt Tongues is a collection of short stories edited by Chuck Palahniuk. Note the subtitle: An Anthology of Transgressive Stories. To get an idea of what transgressive as a genre is, I refer to the dictionary that comes with the Amazon Kindle Application for PC under special usage:

of or relating to fiction, cinematography, or art in which orthodox cultural, moral, and artistic boundaries are challenged by the representation of unconventional behavior and the use of experimental forms.

This is a qualified definition, meaning a writer in this genre can use other phrases, such as minimalist or grotesque. The editors of this volume explain this in their forward. In The Power of Persisting: An Introduction, Chuck Palahniuk adds thoughts on how this genre came to be so unconventional. His introduction will soften the blow for unprepared readers.

That’s about as much warning as I can give.

There are 20 short stories. I like to read one story and immediately write a few words or a short initial impression. Some stories are so twisted the reader might want to close the book and come back later.  Fasten the seat belt, here goes.

Live This Down   by Neil Krolicki.     Not all Japanese imports are equally good.

Charlie Chris   by Lewis Carter.        A story about making amends.

Paper    by Gayle Towell.       Everything should be put on paper.

Mating Calls    by Tony Liebhard.     It’s not about losing; it’s about how you recover.

Melody    by Michael De Vito, Jr.      How to win Melody? It’s a snap.

F for Fake    by Tyler Jones.   A search for a real identity.

Mind and Soldier    by Phil Jourdan.  A shifting reality based on, or the lack of, medication.

Ingredients    by Richard Lemmer.     It’s all in how you play the game.

The Line Forms On the Right.    by Amanda Gowin              All in the family.

A Vodka Kind of Girl    by Matt Egan.           An extreme diet regimen.

Gasoline    by Fred Venturini .           Scars visible and not.

Dietary    by Brandon Tietz.               An even more extreme diet regimen.

Invisible Graffiti    by Adam Skorupskas.      Unspoken, unseen, but still heard graffiti.

Bike    by Bryan Howie.                     The reader makes up the ending in this one.

Heavier Petting    by Brien Piechos.              It’s a dog’s life.

Engines, O-rings, and Astronauts    by Jason M. Fylan.        Contrition.

Lemming    by Terence James Eeles.              For this story, the title says it all.

The Routine    by Keith Buie.             Pharmaceutical woes and depression.

Survived    by Gus Moreno.                Missed phone calls; missed, but not forgotten.

Zombie Whorehouse    by Daniel W. Broallt.   Many have claimed problems with a dead f***. But this is over the top.

Reference

The New Oxford American Dictionary (Kindle Locations 860533-860534). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

 

Author: ron877

A reader, encouraging others to expand their knowledge of English through reading along with me some books I am currently reading. I will publish some reviews of books I have found notable. Comments in agreement and disagreement are welcome. Ronald Keeler is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to https://www.amazon.com.

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