Tag: poetry

“The Order: 1886” and the sad story of Little Bobby Paige

As part of the marketing ramp-up for the PlayStation 4 game The Order: 1886this short and creepy animation recently popped up. It’s about a young man who may or may not be a foe you face in the game, and you definitely don’t have to be familiar with the game’s story to get a kick out of it. (more…)

“Werewolf Haiku” Book Review

Hello everyone! My name is Macabri, and you’re reading this because I have been given the great honor of being added as a contributing writer to this site! I thought I would kick things off with a review of “Werewolf Haiku” by Ryan Mecum.

Werewolf Haiku

There is no really good way to sum up what this book is like. It’s funny, it’s wild, it’s gross, it’s disturbing and much more. I read this little beauty on a plane trip to Florida, and it was one of those books where you try to make sure no one is peeking over your shoulder. It’s pretty hard to explain why you’re reading a book whose contents are splattered with images of blood, matted hair and pig heads.

“Werewolf Haiku” follows the life of a mailman who has been bitten by a werewolf and has now become a werewolf himself. It is essentially a personal journal of his life after his lupine encounter, but told entirely in haikus. (That’s the five-seven-five syllable format you likely learned in school.) As you may have surmised, this is no sissy werewolf type of story. We’re talking puking, moonlight hunts and gallons of blood.

I’m still not sure how this book really makes me feel. At times I was positively nauseated (and I have a REALLY strong stomach). At other times I found myself giggling. How can you not laugh at a haiku that says:

If you think tacos
are hard for you to digest,
try passing chipmunks.

Pretty funny, right? At the same time, there is something so disturbingly honest about the descriptions in the book. Things are said that make sense, but that also make you wonder about the author and where some of the ideas came from. For example, there was this haiku:

When people eat corn
and spot them in their feces-
teeth are that way, too.

I get that, it makes sense, but it also goes over a line that rarely gets crossed even in horror literature. There are quite a number of squirm-worthy comments throughout the book.

If you have a weak stomach, this is not the book for you. I have a strong stomach, and I’m still not sure it was the book for me, either. Maybe I’ll give it another read sometime…but definitely not after I’ve just eaten.

I’ll give this book 3 out of 5 dead squirrels.

“Beasts” by Richard Wilbur

Roukas recently sent this in, and I’m glad he did! Read on, enjoy, and remember that we too are beasts. (more…)

A.V. Club Interviews Toby Barlow

The A.V. Club (The Onion‘s more serious brother) has a nice, light interview with Toby Barlow, the author of Sharp Teeth. If you still haven’t read this gritty, beautiful and surprisingly heartfelt epic poem/novel about werewolves in Los Angeles, I suggest you get on down to your local bookseller and check it out.

Sharp Teeth – A Werewolf Novel in Verse Form

Author Toby Barlow is creating quite a stir with his first novel, a werewolf story called Sharp Teeth. Written as a way to pass the time during a year-long stay in a Chicago hotel, Sharp Teeth combines free verse imagery with humour, sorrow and violence in what critics are calling a “gut-wrenching, sexy debut, a horror thriller in verse.” (more…)