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Peritoneum
     

Peritoneum

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by L. Andrew Cooper
 

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Snaking through history--from the early-1900s cannibal axe-murderer of "Blood and Feathers," to the monster hunting on the 1943 Pacific front in "Year of the Wolf," through the files of J. Edgar Hoover for an "Interview with 'Oscar,'" and into "The Broom Closet Where Everything Dies" for a finale in the year 2050--Peritoneum winds up your guts to assault your brain.

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Snaking through history--from the early-1900s cannibal axe-murderer of "Blood and Feathers," to the monster hunting on the 1943 Pacific front in "Year of the Wolf," through the files of J. Edgar Hoover for an "Interview with 'Oscar,'" and into "The Broom Closet Where Everything Dies" for a finale in the year 2050--Peritoneum winds up your guts to assault your brain. Hallucinatory experiences redefine nightmare in "Patrick's Luck" and "The Eternal Recurrence of Suburban Abortion." Strange visions of colors and insects spill through the basements of hospitals and houses, especially the basement that provides the title for "TR4B," which causes visitors to suffer from "Door Poison." Settings, characters, and details recur not only in these tales but throughout Peritoneum, connecting all its stories in oblique but organic ways. Freud, borrowing from Virgil, promised to unlock dreams not by bending higher powers but by moving infernal regions. Welcome to a vivisection. Come dream with the insides.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940158185823
Publisher:
Seventh Star Press
Publication date:
05/12/2016
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
308
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

L. Andrew Cooper scribbles horror: novels Burning the Middle Ground and Descending Lines as well as anthologies of experimental shorts Leaping at Thorns (2014 /2016) and Peritoneum (2016). He also co-edited the anthology Imagination Reimagined (2014). His book Dario Argento (2012) examines the maestro’s movies from the 70s to the present. Cooper’s other works on horror include his non-fiction study Gothic Realities (2010), a co-edited textbook, Monsters (2012), and recent essays that discuss 2012’s Cabin in the Woods (2014) and 2010’s A Serbian Film (2015). His B.A. is from Harvard, Ph.D. from Princeton. Louisville locals might recognize him from his year-long stint as WDRB-TV’s “movie guy.” Find him at amazon.com/author/landrewcooper, facebook.com/landrewcooper, and landrewcooper.com.

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Peritoneum 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JordanH More than 1 year ago
Peritoneum is a collection of short stories that each bothered me, chilled me, and made me squirm in different ways. While many stories had certain details in common, such as setting, theme, or characters, each story was unique and fascinating in it's own way. Cooper explores hallucinations, psychological experiments, monsters, abuse, and more while leaving you will a lot of questions (Wait, what just happened? Who did what? Was that real? That CAN'T be how it ends, right?). L. Andrew Cooper offers a very balanced horror story: it's mysterious and slightly confusing; gory but not too explicit; out there but uncomfortably believable; rare and well-done. I also loved - LOVED - that there were recurring places and characters. I was very in favor of seeing the same people (in different bodies of course) and places over time, spanning hundreds of years. Very clever, and a great way to make the anthology more cohesive, which is just want I want in an anthology. I also appreciated Peritoneum's touch on different social issues, too, even if they were brief at times: parenting, mental illness, abuse, abortion, etc. L. Andrew Cooper, you have a new fan. Favorite stories: "Blood and Feathers", "Patrick's Luck", "David Langley and the Burglar", "The Long Flight of Charlotte Radcliffe", "The Road Thief", "Rudy Haskill's Plan", and "Eternal Recurrence of Suburban Abortion". So if you like horror, if you like unique imagination, if you like things that disturb you but (probably) won't keep you up at night, if you're looking for something to pique your interest and make you wonder what you just read - check out Peritoneum. It's not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. This eBook was provided to me in exchange for an honest review; no compensation was provided.