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Barbed Wire Hearts

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Eddie Stock's heart dislodges from his chest, drops to his bowels and dribbles down his thighs when the girl he likes laughs at him. Well the girl he likes and his entire school year. Finding himself in a forest, which has mysteriously sprouted about his town, Eddie meets a man named Ghoate. Ghoate collects hearts. They hang from his ceiling and they rot within his jars. ...more
Mini-Hardcover, signed limited to 150 numbered copies, 199 pages
Published November 10th 2011 by Delirium Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Benjamin Uminsky
Nov 24, 2011 Benjamin Uminsky rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Well... I certainly liked this novella (somewhat a tragicomedy), and it was definitely a good introduction for Cate Gardner. Similar to the masterful "Master and Margarita" by Bulgakov, we have a devil-comes-to-town type of tale, utilizing dark humor and ridiculous scenarios for the main characters. Also similar to Bulgakov, Gardner uses an absurdist approach to her storytelling, both in plot device(s) and prose (particularly evidenced in the brain tickling dialogue). However, I would equate her ...more
Dave Thomas
Dec 27, 2011 Dave Thomas rated it really liked it
"Barbed Wire Hearts," a short, surreal novella, was my introduction to the weird and wonderful work of Cate Gardner. And "weird" is the operative word here...

Simultaneously humorous, terrifying, and touching, this modern-day deal-with-the-devil tragic comedy will at times emotionally drain you, intellectually challenge you, and then force you to laugh out loud with its well-crafted absurdity. And while it's tempting to cite examples of each instance, "Barbed Wire Hearts" should be read without a
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KV Taylor
Mar 20, 2012 KV Taylor rated it really liked it
I feel weird reviewing this gorgeous little novella because I got a sneak peek at it while it was in edits and... yeah. It's just so, so pretty. (And now I have the little hardback edition and, my god. Beautiful!)

But I will say that it's an incredible, dark, poetic, and lovely dream. A fantastic bedtime story for grownups. It will make your heart hurt -- if you can manage to keep it in your chest at all.

Also, dude, I love Ghoate. So much.
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Weird, funny, surreal, and definitely haunting. I think this book stole my heart. Loved it so much.
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A writer of weird things. Scary only in ink. Stories published in Fantasy, Postscripts and Space & Time. Member of the HWA, SFWA and BFS.
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