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Graphic novelist Josh Simmons House returns with a harrowing and genre bending collection of modern horror short stories that could curl the toes of a corpse in The Furry ePUB #192 a state of rigor mortis Simmons disturbing uncomfortable and even confrontational stories often work on multiple levels straight uncompromising horror blackly humorous satirical riffs on the genre or as vicious assaults against the political correctness that rules so much of our popular culture His artwork excels in conv. Simmons is certainly a talented artist able to render both crude and sinuous stylings of the horrific in this collection of explorations of a reader s gag reflex This book has the appearance of being a collection of nihilistic horror stories but is really a formal exercise in obscenity At you leisure thumb through these pages of graphically depicted rape mutilation incest masturbation ejaculation sacrilege cannibalism animal cruelty coprophagia and probably a few other taboos I am glossing over Let the record stand my momma didn t raise no prude although she would probably wish she had if she knew what I get up to between the covers of a book but this m lange of the explicit doesn t add up to much I suppose there is a certain level of juvenile glee underpinning Simmons s devotion to uncompromisingly representing our culture s lust for the variegated palette of simulated violence and then proceeding to rub our face in this less than titillating pile of cartoon excrement but it ultimately feels like an empty undertaking But like John Cage s 4 33 or fitting Michael Haneke s Funny Games I guess these thing just have to exist

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Eying a feeling of dread and claustrophobia and the stories herein all share an unmistakably and uncompromising commitment to exploring the crossroads of abomination and hilarityThe Furry Trap contains short stories varying in length from one to pages as well as a number of extras that will flesh out the reader s experience From the title creatures in Night of the Jibblers to the witches and ogres of Cockbone to the Godzilla sized centaur bodied depiction of the title character in Jesus Christ to t. Ugly Disturbing SickeningJosh Simmons The Furry Trap is marketed as horror but the short stories collected between its covers do not feel like your typical horror fare Sure they are chock full of horrific acts of violence but the thing is these acts of violence do not add up to any kind of entertaining or potentially cathartic spectacleInstead they are one thing and one thing only extremely disturbing They do not play by any rules of genre or taste In fact they appear to be little than the logical extension of the very real world we have created for ourselves a world shaped by greed selfishness short sightedness and exploitation not by holistic or even moral considerationsMuch like Michael Haneke s 1997 film Funny Games Simmons The Furry Trap holds a mirror up to a society that bent on self destruction treats violence as just another form of entertainment Like Funny Games it presents even the most extreme acts of violence in calm seemingly detached and uncaring fashion forcing the reader to rediscover their own moral agency and shout enough of this ugly sickening messMake no mistake The Furry Trap kicks you in the gut real hard It is the perfect antidote to torture porn as it will spoil anybody s appetite for fictional violence I highly recommend the book to fans of the darker radical as well as painful I m afraid kind of alternative comic but not to anybody else really Not even to horror fans

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He disarmingly cute yet terrifying demons of Demonwood to the depraved caped crusading antihero in Mark of the Bat Simmons is a master of creating terrifying beasties that inspire and inflict nightmarish horrors usually taken to unforgettable extremesThe individual stories in The Furry Trap stand on their own as mini masterpieces of skin crawling terror but collectively complement each other in a way that only heightens the anxiety and dread pouring from page to page Just remember You've been warne. This graphic novel has won several awards and I d heard it was controversial so I decided to give it a read I can t understand what people see in it It s a horror comic in a way in a sort of splatterish tradition I ve looked up some interviews with the author and he says that one of his points is that horror which leaves the victim their dignity isn t horror This means his characters need to be demeaned for what he s trying to portray The book is filled with sexual violence generally not depicted merely described in extreme detailAlthough I accept his point that horror in which the victim scores a moral victory by keeping their principles intact is less horrible than stories in which people are corroded away at every level he also wants to mix the horrific and the humorous so that you are never uite sure where you are emotionally I can t get that because I don t find Schadenfreude funny Reading some of the reviews in his work it s clear that many of his readers do not identify with the victim anyway they identify with the monsters dong the demeaning and destroying which I think reduces the work to little than voyeurismIn a way I respect the work even though its for me neither particularly interesting nor even particularly readable I read horror and a lot of horror is really action adventure with the tropes of horror over the top I think Simmons is trying to recapture the shock that saw a nurse on duty at the first showings of Dracula because a corpse that dragged itself into your daughter s bedroom and sucked the blood from her neck was not just terrifying but disgusting as well on a physical and because he was a nobleman societal level When EC comics were banned their zombies were not just terrifying but disgusting They were stories about rotting corpses which could make telephone calls and send letters to real people to suck them into the darkness and pollute them with their filth Although I can t find the humor in The Furry Trap I do see that what Simmons is trying to do here is a similar sort of thing to the EC comics he s trying to go further than the reader can handle by mixing horror and humor in a book The target for his horror though is the ego the indomitable right to have an opinion and to count as a person which everyone feels they haveDrawing on Foucault s insight that people complain about things in literature primarily as a pose and that transgression exists because people enjoy it too much to ban I recommend this for people who enjoy very bleak horror and are not shocked by descriptions of sexualized violence In this I note that this is seriously transgressive literature not the sort of shock horror fun transgression literature like Fifty Shades where everyone gets to titter behind their hands at others reading mommy porn bondage This is bleak and nasty stuff designed to repel and disgustThis review originally posted on book coasters


10 thoughts on “The Furry Trap

  1. says:

    this book's first story brought back a childhood experience long since forgotten it was of coming across my older brother's mad magazines when i was five or so until then you know i had lived in a little girl world of soft rounded wuzzles and my little ponies and rainbow brite so to unexpectedly encounter a style of art that was violent and seedy and greasy looking it felt dangerous like i was looking at someth

  2. says:

    Simmons is certainly a talented artist able to render both crude and sinuous stylings of the horrific in this collection of explorations of a reader's gag reflex This book has the appearance of being a collection of nihilistic horror stories but is really a formal exercise in obscenity At you leisure thumb through these pages of graphically depicted rape mutilation incest masturbation ejaculation sacrilege cannibalism animal crue

  3. says:

    Deliberately shocking and offensive horror comics in the tradition of splatter porn I guess Disturbing I think of Crumb who was asked why he did some of his most shocking stuff and he said he didn't know where it came from didn't really want his daughter to see it was also kind of disturbed by it Okay so I experienced it and will wash my hands of it This is about violence sexual violence Johnny Ryan territory and I don't

  4. says:

    Very strange stories with high gore and perversion I found myself simultaneously disgusted and intrigued throughout the book

  5. says:

    Ugly Disturbing SickeningJosh Simmons’ The Furry Trap is marketed as horror but the short stories collected between its covers do not feel like your typical horror fare Sure they are chock full of horrific acts of violence but the thing is these acts of violence do not add up to any kind of entertaining or potentially cathartic spectacleInstead they are one thing and one thing only extremely disturbing They do not play by any ru

  6. says:

    The most disturbing thing I've ever read Horror on a whole new level The tales in this collection will give anyone nightmares and at the very least a scarred psyche Be warned

  7. says:

    This graphic novel has won several awards and I’d heard it was controversial so I decided to give it a read I can’t understand what people see in it It’s a horror comic in a way in a sort of splatterish tradition I’ve looked

  8. says:

    OkayI found this at the Library and skimmed the first few pages I was almost immediately offended to the point where I put it back on the shelf and prayed that no little kid would ever pick this upThen I went back minutes later to read the whole thing cover to cover There was no way I was going to bring this into my house but I fe

  9. says:

    This is to everyone screaming that they're looking for 'real horror' Get stoned and grab this You'll find yourself opening the book and thinking 'ah it's just rape again such a boring trope' and a turn of a page la

  10. says:

    Tempted to give this 5 stars but for that it needed a bit content and a little shocksSo how is this book? Well I wouldn't recommend this to anyone This is not normal horror which is mostly just dramas with a scary layer or