The Furry Trap by Josh Simmons

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Hard-edged horror from hot young cartoonist.

Graphic novelist Josh Simmons (House) returns with a harrowing and genre-bending collection of modern horror short stories that could curl the toes of a corpse in a state of rigor mortis. Simmons’ disturbing, uncomfortable and even confrontational stories often work on multiple levels: straight, uncompromising horror; blackly humorous, satirical riffs on the genre; or as vicious assaults against the political correctness that rules so much of our popular culture. His artwork excels in conveying a feeling of dread and claustrophobia, and the stories herein all share an unmistakably and uncompromising commitment to exploring the crossroads of abomination and hilarity.

The Furry Trap contains 11 short stories, varying in length from one to 30 pages, as well as a number of “extras” that will flesh out the reader’s experience. From the title creatures in “Night of the Jibblers,” to the witches and ogres of “Cockbone,” to the Godzilla-sized, centaur-bodied depiction of the title character in “Jesus Christ,” to the disarmingly cute yet terrifying demons of “Demonwood,” to the depraved, caped crusading antihero in “Mark of the Bat,” Simmons is a master of creating terrifying beasties that inspire and inflict nightmarish horrors, usually taken to unforgettable extremes.

The individual stories in The Furry Trap stand on their own as mini-masterpieces of skin-crawling terror, but collectively complement each other in a way that only heightens the anxiety and dread pouring from page to page. Just remember: You've been warned.

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About Josh Simmons

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Josh Simmons is the creator of the graphic novels House and Jessica Farm. He once again hails from Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut after a several-year layover in Los Angeles, CA.
Published July 2, 2012 by Fantagraphics. 164 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There are stories that feel flimsier than others, like “Jesus Christ” and “Mark of the Bat,” but Simmons’s brand of deep unease permeates all of them, even in the opening story, “In a Land of Magic,” which features a scene of sexual and physical violence that could lead to sleepless...

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