Reviews in 200 Words

McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, Edited by Michael Chabon

In Short Stories on September 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm

This is more like a series of short films, but 1950’s-style. Going-to-the-theater-style. Picture-show-style. Buying popcorn, sitting on the cushy seats, sipping Coke from a large straw, leaning back, knowing you’re in for a treat–a whole afternoon of treats. Total indulgence. A VCR that shows the future, a sharpened plate that takes a man’s head off at a nude dinner, a drug that helps to remember, or forget, a bank-robber, bike messengers, and Nazis. This is a coming together of the masters: the ones who craft stories so well that they can get away with anything, even flesh-eating-zombies. These authors are playing, and it’s like watching the dream-team: Jordan, Pippen, Bird, Ewing, all of them. Most of these stories are thrilling, yes, but also haunting and creepy, if not horrible. Tests of humanity; an emphasis on the ever common urge to be bad, the ease of turning evil. We’re all addicts of something because we all need control. This collection makes the lessons and tests of life and memory as chilling as any tale could be. This collection proves what a story can do: disturb you because it is you. 

-Micah Ling

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