The second tale, "The Roadkill Quarterback of Heavy Metal High" is about a teen-angst-riddled werewolf who must fill the shoes of the football team's dead starting quarterback. Absurdity rules at Heavy Metal High, where Sk...more
I'm glad I did. It is a mix of stories that, in all honesty, is very difficult to explain and review. Probably one of the more difficult titles that I have have felt compelled to review. I feel that if I say too much, I will give away what makes each of the stories so good, because each one has some kind of twisted idea that runs throughout and is the basis for t...more
The defining mark of Bizarro is its level of weird. Some stories have an element of whimsy and fun, others more thought-provoking, and still others emotionally gripping. Cameron Pierce seamlessly brings together all of these elements in his collection Abortion Arcade.
Composed of three novellas, Abortion Arcade showcases Pierce's talent through different lenses. With “No Children” we see a bit of social criticism in the form of a unique zombie story. “The Roadkill Quarterback of Heavy Metal High”...more
Cameron Pierce’s Abortion Arcade is a book of three stories united by a focus on the importance of love in an uncaring world. It is also the most literally nightmarish book I have ever read. Mind you, I have read other books that were more disgusting, unpleasant, violent, or repulsive, but that is not what I m...more
The Destroyed Room stands out for being the most sober, and offering allusions that had me thinking the longest after having read it. Damn white elephants in the...oh.
The Roadkill Quarterback of Heavy Metal High: I think was the tightest in terms of world-building and following...more
abortion: the willful termination of a pregnancy (which I am tying directly into the metaphorical concept of quickening, and not limiting to biological functions)
arcade: a passageway; an establishment established for the pu...more
Then there's 'Heavy Metal High' which is exactly what it sounds like as the HMH star quarterback dies unexpectedly in an accident he staged, and a teenage werewolf is poised to take his place. Problem...more
In the first story Cameron Pierce manages to turn the zombie story on its head whilst seamlessly blending a romantic tale of heroism and escape. Perhaps it can be read as a commentary on modern society, but regardless, its a fascinating take on zombies and consumerism. The prose and characters are typically engaging of Pierce. Though not as interesting as his novel SHARK HUNTING IN PARADISE GARDEN, this book is probably my favourite collection of hi...more
The opening story, "No Children" involves a creative, ingenious scene. One involving using severed breasts in a unique, industrious fashion.
I didn't care mu...more
Gods, that's so gay...
His fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Nervous Breakdown, The Pedestal Magazine, Kill Author, Everyday Genius, paperwall, Bust Down the Door and Eat All the...more