Lucas K. Staff Picks
For readers with guts: a lovely collection of twenty-two disturbing stories from shock-master, Chuck Palahniuk, guaranteed to unsettle those who aren’t deranged yet. But they’re also immensely entertaining and hilarious, particularly to those with an appreciation for black humor. The taboos are bound to offend and may make you cringe or even hurl; the humor may make you laugh until you asphyxiate. A stand-out story is Red Sultan’s Big Boy, about a loving father who buys his daughter a horse with a stained reputation. It pokes fun at the absurdity of political correctness and describes—in graphic detail—a disgusting and very haunting viral video. You won’t be bored, for sure.
Devils in Daylight is a hundred year old novella only recently translated into English. Reading it I felt as if I had been syringed with liquidized anxiety. Only ninety pages long and a big-time page-turner I ended up finishing it over the course of two train rides all in a single day. Although technically a murder mystery the novella playfully examines the relationship between the genre and its often-voyeuristic reader. Reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe the book touches heavily on the theme of madness and it’s no surprise Tanizaki references a notable Poe work.