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Lowlife Underdogs

4.45  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
LaValley’s collection of stories drags us under to face the lows of society—the helpless and the morally corrupt. Snippets of our own lives can be found between the moments of brutality, a reminder of our younger years when we were bullied apathetically, almost as an afterthought, by bosses, teachers, and others. Recalling silly, failed romances and hours wasted in sty ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 25th 2008 by Raw Dog Screaming Press
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Scott Johnson
Jun 30, 2010 Scott Johnson rated it liked it
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There are often characters in fiction that are not the heroic stereotypes. Often called anti-heroes or scumbags, they include such luminaries as Batman and Stone Cold Steve Austin. They do bad things, and we root for them anyway. They're lowlives. Author, screenwriter and actor Dustin LaValley pays tribute to these people in his new collection of shorts called Lowlife Underdogs.

To begin with, it isn't quite fair to call the parts of this book "stories," as much as
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Kristen
Nov 01, 2008 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, first-reads
Lowlife Underdogs is a short story book in the strictest sense of the word. Many of these stories are one page, with some only being a paragraph long. There are a total of 32 stories the longest being the title story which is the last in the book coming in at 23 pages long. With there being no Author information in the book, I couldn't gauge the age of the author, though I would guess at between 18-23 based off of what I read. The stories in this book are short, and very familiar, it is easy to ...more
Nick Cato
Dec 27, 2008 Nick Cato rated it it was ok
This collection of extra-short stories is hit and miss. There's some decent horror tales (such as 'Father Psychosis' and 'Hold Your Breath') but the few good ones are overshadowed by standard, forgettable fare like 'The Angel Ripper' and the predictable 'Angie the Avenger'.

LaValley's attempts at humor don't quite work, such as in 'Train Your Midget in Three Easy Steps' and 'The Stalker,' yet he manages to hit the nail on the head with scattered gems like 'Modern Horror,' 'Party Girl,' 'Of Judith
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Patti
Apr 09, 2013 Patti rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. While most collections of short stories are easy to breeze past, so many of these left marks upon me, and had me thinking about their aftermath hours after having read them. Party Girl was my favorite of the lot, with the title piece coming in a close second. Mr. LaValley has a unique gift in being able to bring forth great emotion in just a few select words. His work is as brutal as it is beautiful, and I am glad I have discovered his art.
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