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Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke And Other Misfortunes

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Part Dennis Cooper's'The Sluts',part David Cronenberg's'The Brood'... Eric LaRocca's' Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke'is a masterpiece of epistolary body horror." - Max Booth III author of We Need to Do Something Each thing we love takes a little piece of us whether we give it willingly or not. By the time we find the person we were meant to be with, we're a honeycombed shell of what we once were. Each person we love turns us into the strange thing we become." I wanted to post this review a couple of weeks ago, but honestly, I adored this collection so much that I needed to sit on my thoughts before I could even attempt to do it justice. First and foremost, I need you to know that this is my favorite read of 2021 so far, hands down. Eric has become an all-time favorite author for me and I'm forever in awe of the depths of horror and tragedy their stories reach, time and time again. ♥

A startling affair... I’ll be cleaning up particles of darkness in my office for weeks." - Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box andMalorie Richard is taking an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to his newfound success. Despite having more eyes on Weirdpunk, he plans to continue conducting business as usual, though he might up the number of subscriptions for 2022 novellas from 30 by a bit. I thoroughly hated Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke and yet, it only went downhill from there. TW: Animal deaths, animal murders, pregnancy issues, suicide, manipulation, relationship abuse, disturbing food scenes, toxic workplace, toxic family, bdsm, depression, divorce, loss of child, miscarriage, racism, This must be the most disturbing story, it's not gory it's just downright indigestible. It's about incest and no matter how it is I can't be cool about it but nevertheless it's written so well that I will rate it more than it deserves in my opinion. Rating :3.5 stars

This is one of those stories that you read and have an absolute blast during, even if some of the horrific scenes make you queasy. But then after the read, it haunts you. I will be thinking about these two characters for a long time to come… Eric LaRocca’s unflinching Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke will crawl inside you, move stuff around, and make you see the world differently, like all great stories do.”– Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Pallbearers Club. The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales is a book you do not want to miss. LaRocca is an author you want on your radar for how tremendously talented he is and how much they’re able to get inside your head. But beyond that—and those are all things I can say about any of the authors I've worked with and titles I've published—I just think it hit that wind that every author and publisher hopes to hit.” About the book: A whirlpool of darkness churns at the heart of a macabre ballet between two lonely young women in an internet chat room in the early 2000s—a darkness that threatens to forever transform them once they finally succumb to their most horrific desires.

While the events were quite extreme, it all seemed very realistic in the sense that things like this could really happen. it's about a grieving woman who lost her partner and yet enjoyed watching them burn. She has penchant for liking to watch people burn. It worries her when her sister has asked her to look after her toddler for few hours but her therapist tells her that it is not same, the thoughts and the action. Perhaps that is true or is it? Although it is too disturbing how the monologues of the protagonist goes when she imagines what she craves, it still left a mark on me. Rating : 4 stars Olive rushes out of the kitchen and up the stairs. What she doesn’t seem to notice is how the gas dial for the stovetop has been left on, gas hissing as it leaks into the air.Where Flames Burned Emerald As Grass is another story that spirals into terror when a stranger intrudes, this time on a single father vacationing with his young daughter and contemplating his future with a new love. The ferryman and the steward arrive at the small cottage, Olive trailing close behind. They cover their mouths , coughing, the stench of gas greeting them as soon as they enter. “Gas. The stove,” the ferryman says. The steward dashes into the kitchen. He turns off the gas stovetop. Then, flings open a window. This book kind of blew me away 😅 I’ve been waiting months to read “Things have gotten worse since we last spoke”. It’s the story of a woman named Agnes w And in November, Weirdpunk is accepting submissions for an upcoming anthology titled Stories of the Eye, edited by Sam Richard and Joanna Koch. They’re seeking horror stories “that explore the complex relationships between artists and models. Go beyond the male gaze. Show us the queer gaze, the disabled gaze, the un-colonialized gaze, the intergalactic gaze.”

Also, there are a few scenes toward the end that got me… My god. I had to get up and leave my laptop on the couch to walk a lap around the house! Just the thought of what was being asked of Agnes literally had me squirming in disgust, and it only got worse from there! ( Well done, Eric!) *Updated note- I had the exact same reaction the second time around after reading this scene!! Two of these stories had appeared in a limited edition (now super rare book) ‘A Bright Enchanted Suffering’ which Eric pulled from publication at the very moment it was about to go live. So I’d read those two before, but I was very excited to see if the other stories he’d been compiling would stand up to those two bangers because believe me, when I read those last year, damn I was waxing lyrical about them - and then he went and dropped ‘Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke’ and now his star is shining bright and shining like it should be because LaRocca is a major talent in the horror / dark fiction realm!That's bad enough, but then the story's writing is also terrible. It's some of the most amateurish writing I have come across in a published book, in a long time. I could be wrong, but it reads like a detailed film treatment, badly rewritten to novella format. The writing is dull as dishwater, structurally boring and repetitive, very uninspired. The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales is a collection of horror short stories, and these stories cover a wide range of topics and characters. In most short story collections, some pieces are stronger while others are weaker; however, in this one, I'm looking through the notes I took while reading these stories and I literally gave each and every one 5 stars all on its own. With a collection this powerful, each piece deserves a moment of attention. The depiction of mental illness was extremely disturbing and well done. The internal conflict of the narrator's mind was palpable; it sort of engulfs you and keeps you on edge. Outstandingly well done. So I am not going to do a recap - this is a collection of short stories (8 I think) and they are promoted as being dark, beautifully crafted and devastating… in the beginning the writing was quite beautiful…the prose was crafted very well… It is possible it was that way for the entire book but the book was doing other things that completely derailed me.

I liked the Prince Lindworm element a lot but I feel uncomfortable with how desperate these lesbians were to have a baby and the angst of not being able to give it to one another. A remarkable story that further cements the brilliant mind of one of my favourite indie writers. LaRocca blows away the competition with this story. I particularly enjoyed the introduction of Lyric, because to me he reminded me in his mannerisms and creepiness of the old guy from Poltergeist (he’s not that old) it was just the way he talked, the way he moved, the way he acted and the way he had something he was hiding - it was creepy and I bloody loved it. The doctors told me Evie would change. Cancer does that to a person. It empties them out until they’re as barren as a locust-eaten field of grain. What the doctors didn’t tell me was how much I would change while watching her suffer. Eric LaRocca's unflinching Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke will crawl inside you, move stuff around, and make you see the world differently, like all great stories do." - Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Pallbearers Club.The Enchantment’ follows James and Olive who decide to act as live-in caretakers of a hotel during its off season (another example of LaRocca wearing their horror influences on their sleeve) after the suicide of their teenage son. While ‘The Enchantment’ doesn’t shine in the way that the previous story does, the way that LaRocca explores Judeo-Christian faith is inspired. The story takes place in a world where the concept of an afterlife has very recently been scientifically disproved. In the wake of this new atheistic realism, the characters discuss worldwide mass suicides as just another news story, and Olive’s obsessive faith becomes irrational and pitiful. It’s a wonderful setting, and most of the story is a well-written character study detailing the comfort of irrational beliefs. Ultimately, however, ‘The Enchantment’ loses its grip on the humanism that makes the first chunk of this book so special. Last year, with Richard at the helm, Weirdpunk started publishing horror novellas. Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, released this June, was the indie publisher’s seventh short and spooky release.

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