The Furry Trap

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The 11 horror stories in this collection showcase Simmons’s possession of a dark and capable imagination, one that has discomfort down to an exact science. Subjects include Christmas gift giving gone wrong, a deranged and overexcited movie theater patron, a retelling of a certain disturbed bat-oriented superhero, and a simpleton in possession of a very special member. Simmons (House; Jessica Farm) is at his best in stories like “Mutant” and “Demonwood,” where rash decisions and chance encounters lead to nightmarish consequences, with terrifying demon children and reborn mutants wreaking havoc on the lives of the ignorant. 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 nights. The book is also filled with illustrations and short comics that just add to the pile of evidence that Simmons has a wide-ranging talent, with an artistic sense that brings to life his most ghoulish creations. These stories are, hopefully, harbingers of even stronger and more sinister work in the future, with fewer wizard-related sexual assault scenes. (July)
Sean T. Collins
“If there’s a cartoonist working today who more reliably, ruthlessly, and relentlessly exploits his own strengths with each new release than Josh Simmons, I've yet to encounter him.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606995365
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 7/2/2012
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 1,016,325
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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