Acres of Perhaps collects acclaimed weird fiction writer Will Ludwigsen's recent and most heartfelt stories; these are tales that delve into what crime means, could a person live a different life than the one of the moment, what humanity can do about the big and small evils of the world...as well as inspired serial killers, haunted presidents, cursed lead figurines, and a weird late-night 60s television show that meant much more to the fabric of reality than it let on. Written for lovers of the work of Patricia Highsmith and Cordwainer Smith, these stories are brutal and honest and strange.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publicist for review consideration. This was not the book for me. I like some weird fiction, but generally it has to involve monsters or outright wibbly-wobblyness for me to get into it. While Ludgwigsen is definitely a talented writer, these stories are weirdness of the more mundane variety. I applaud him for being able to keep me reading even when I wasn’t truly interested in most of the stories. Acres of Perhaps – the titular story- was so odd and surreal. It had a Twilight Zone feel to it that I appreciated even while I wasn’t engaged. The Zodiac Walks on the Moon – This was a really interesting story. I didn’t love it, but I was definitely more engaged than I was in the first one. It’s all about the Zodiac Killer, and his reminisces are disturbing and yet thought provoking. Leaning Lincoln – This one engaged me and made me feel for the little kid. It dragged on a bit too long, but it was very good and mostly depressing. Night Fever – This story had me “What the eff?”ing from the get-go. A disco-dancing Charles Manson? It was weird, off-putting, and the first one in the group that I really just did not like. Poe at Gettysburg – This is the point where I realized I really just have no interest in alternate history weird fiction. None. I basically skimmed this story. Now, interspersed between the longer stories are some scripts from episodes of Acres of Perhaps. I won’t describe any of them, but I’ll say that there was one that made me laugh out loud. I would read a book just of these scripts. I’m also glad I read the author’s note at the back of the book. Its a collection of explanations for each of the stories. I kind of wish they had been before the stories, because reading them made me think about things that went completely over my head the first go-around. (That, and it would have given me some sympathy I was missing.) Overall, Acres of Perhaps was well-written, but I am not the target audience. I’m sure others will enjoy it much more than me.