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The Bewdley Mayhem: Hellmouths of Bewdley, Pontypool Changes Everything, Caesarea

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Three celebrated books — all of which harbour a twisted ambition to physically alter your imagination — together for the first time.

The Hellmouths of Bewdley is a series of 16 stories hiding in a novel about a small town in Ontario’s cottage country. Navigating through drunk and dead men, prisons and suicides and mad doctors, these short stories act as a halfway house for
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Paperback, 728 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by ECW Press (first published April 30th 2014)
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Jennifer
Jan 04, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
It's hard to rate a book that's really three in one (or more, in this case, depending on how one wants to split the whole mess up).

Overall, the books are an uncomfortable thing to read. It's not the violence or drugs or sexual references of a most deviant sort; it's none of that. The discomfort emerges in his wording and in the dizzying shift of perspectives. While this perspective shifting is most prominent in "The Hellmouths of Bewdley", it does make an appearance in the other two books. "Hel
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Brice
Jun 12, 2015 Brice rated it really liked it
It's an odd thing when fiction works when, really, it shouldn't. Such is the case with everything I've read by Canada's own Tony Burgess. His voice, to make an understatement, is unique and bizarre. His storytelling is anything but typical, non-linear at times and even, at certain junctions, seems to completely ignore everything else that has come before it. For those reasons, it shouldn't work. Yet, in this author's capable hands, it always works and leaves the reader with a itching sensation ...more
Sara
Dec 06, 2016 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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All across the province, zombies, like extras in a crowd scene, imitate a thousand conversations. They open and close their mouths on things and sound is a heavy carpet of mumbling, a pre-production monstrosity. In minutes the Pontypool fog will march on the town of Sunderland and over the barriers south of Lindsay.

OK So I read this because of PONTYPOOL (2008), which is one of the movies I've watched this year and immediately insisted that everyone I love watch it too. PONTYPOOL is roughly tied
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Elliott Robert
Oct 16, 2014 Elliott Robert rated it did not like it
I picked up this book out of interest in the setting. I am from the area so seeing Bewdley in big block letters on the front of a book made me excited and truthfully wary of its quality. As it turns out it is an omnibus containing three separate works hell mouths of Bewdley, pony pool changes everything and Caesara. It would be better of me to review each work individually, but I feel I can sum up my dislike for his work by discussing his style alone.

First let me say that Tony Burgess shows fla
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Dann
Nov 24, 2014 Dann rated it did not like it
I saw the film version of Pontypool, and when I found out that it was based on I book, I knew I had to read it. I absolutely loved the movie, and I figured the book would be even better. Unfortunately, I only made it through about a quarter of the book. Maybe not even that much. Hellmouths of Bewdley was one of the strangest, most discomforting things I've ever read. The stories are incredibly weird, and very often seem to have no point. A couple people will interact, then the interaction will e ...more
Ben Joplin
Apr 09, 2015 Ben Joplin rated it it was ok
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Feb 13, 2016 tlev 4242 rated it did not like it
I found these to be very long on gore and general ick and short on well, anything I would enjoy. I'm sure there are fans of this stuff, and I used to think I was one, but clearly I must no longer be one of them.
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Tony Burgess lives in Stayner, Ontario, with his wife Rachel and their two children. He is the author of The Hellmouths of Bewdley, Pontypool Changes Everything, Caesarea, Fiction for Lovers and Idaho Winter . Pontypool was made into a film by Bruce McDonald
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