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Paul Di Filippo's Little Doors is a delightful collection of capricious postmodern fairy tales that run the gamut from surreal comedy to strange, contemporary fantasy to hardcore horror.
In "Billy," an anencephalic boy born without a brain has his empty skull invaded by a spider, a mouse, and a wayward parrot. With the creatures powering his limbs (the parrot talks for him), Billy becomes a celebrity on via the talk show circuit and eventually becomes president of the United States. "My Two Best Friends" tells the tale of a man whose best male friend is a were-woman. Every full moon his drinking buddy turns into a lady! In the title story, "Little Doors," Professor Jerome Crawleigh uncovers an otherworldly connection between an old children's book and his illicit sexual relationship with a student.
If Di Filippo were to exist in a deck of playing cards, he would undoubtedly be the Joker. Whether it is science fiction, horror, fantastical fiction, or alternative history, Di Filippo's stories are sure to surprise and are guaranteed to be wildly entertaining. As hilarious as it is insightful, Little Doors is a collection of 17 bite-sized literary gems. In my humble opinion, Di Filippo is the next coming of Ray Bradbury. Paul Goat Allen