Friday, September 9, 2016

Puppet Skin by Danger Slater [4 stars]

From the Description
Hannah graduates from middle school on Friday. That's the day she transforms into a living puppet, like her parents and teachers before her. No longer a human girl made of flesh and feelings, but a perfect wooden new self, whose strings lead up from her limbs into an endless black void above. With no pain. No sorrow. No sickness. No fear.

But Hannah has begun to suspect that something is very, very wrong. And in a world where emotion is treated like a disease, and unknown terrors lurk inside everyone, just keeping your soul alive past childhood might be the greatest challenge of all.

"PUPPET SKIN is a dark, grotesquely-beautiful Bizarro nightmare fable for alienated teens of all ages. If you've ever felt lost in this deranged universe, Danger's book knows exactly what you mean." - John Skipp, author of THE LIGHT AT THE END and THE ART OF HORRIBLE PEOPLE
Publication Date: July 17, 2016

Publisher: Fungasm Press

Publication Length: 126 pages

I received a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this story.

Puppet Skin is about finding out who you are as opposed to who you're supposed to be. Becoming an adult can be a difficult and sometimes horrifying time. Your body changes, your relationships with your parents changes, you start questioning the world around you. Danger Slater has added a whole new dimension of fear to this process as he introduces us to Hannah in this allegorical tale. Hannah doesn't want to grow up to be a puppet like her Mompet and the rest of the adults. Her frustration as she fights to be herself is palpable in every sentence as is the terror she feels when she discovers that not everything she's been told about the world is true. This is a dark and somewhat bleak coming of age story for anybody who ever felt like they didn't quite fit in. A fast paced and fun 4 star read.

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About the Author
Danger Slater is the world's most flammable writer! He writes with a lot of exclamation points! He is your favorite writer! You love him! Follow him at The Danger Show and on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads

Praise for Danger Slater
"An innovative circus show of all things weird and wonderful...[Puppet Skin is] The Catcher in the Rye meets Saw in a borderline dystopian fairytale gone wrong." - CULTURED VULTURES

"At turns touching, funny, scary, and downright gross, Puppet Skin fully utilizes the horror genre's unique ability to simultaneously entertain, confound, and illuminate. Highly recommended." - CEMETERY DANCE

"Bizarro horror at it's best!" - SPLATTERPUNK ZINE

"Danger Slater is fearless, and should be ashamed of himself. Thank God he's not." - JOSH MALERMAN, author of Bird Box

"Slater has taken Bizarro fiction to the next level." - DIRGE MAGAZINE