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Slowly Downward

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Slowly Downward A book of stories by Stanley Donwood, Radiohead's long-time artist and collaborator. Full description
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 22nd 2005 by Naked Guides
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Sep 20, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
A book of tiny horror stories, less Lovecraft and more Twilight Zone / Outer Limits / Tales from the Crypt, often including a strange or dark twist at the end; most of the stories seem like they could be read by Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale.

All of these stories are published on Stanley's website, so you could check that out before buying.

I have the 2005 paperback edition, and the first and last page are vellum with the trees cover image printed on them, which is a nice touch.

Nov 29, 2010 Aaron rated it liked it
A collection of very short stories by the guy who does artwork for Radiohead's album and merch. Unsurprisingly very dark, paranoid and completely messed up. Sometimes funny. Ridiculous. Some cool imagery, also. I actually really liked a few of the stories.
Mar 16, 2009 Wylie rated it liked it
Mostly funnier than it was spooky. I read this probably nine years ago and I think it had a grand influence on the way I currently write, it's funny how long things can stay latent in the mind.
Jul 14, 2016 Ben rated it it was amazing
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So dark. So funny. So grim. So good. Starts low and spirals even further. Fantastic.
Michael Manzon
Awesomely depressing, with all of the usual alienation and existential ruminations.
Feb 23, 2009 Jonfen rated it it was amazing
It's like a more menacing 'Without Feathers', with less comedy and more despair.
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Jul 21, 2012 Taylor Light rated it really liked it
Dark, disturbed, but somehow it lights a fire in me.
Jul 11, 2008 Tráese rated it it was amazing
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Like my initial hand-made copy better...
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