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Fungus of the Heart

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  104 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Readers of Jeremy C. Shipp's fiction will be familiar with his minimalist, breakneck pacing, his surreal forays into political satire, and his seamless blending of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Now, in his fourth book, the Bram Stoker Award finalist expands on what many critics and fans alike have long considered the most compelling aspect of his work-relationships ...more
Hardcover, 164 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Raw Dog Screaming Press
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i did it!! i read a whole book on the computer!! welcome me, twenty-first century!!!

i was not made for this modern world. and this book probably suffered for it. but it was totally my own damn fault, the deficiencies are entirely within me: 1) i seldom enjoy short stories, 2) i usually don't like the bizarro stuff, 3) i sure don't like reading on the computer.

i don't know how you people can do it. if i was a character on heroes, my ability would not be one of the more dramatic fancy ones (and i
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Fungus of the Heart is a short story collection that is rather aptly named. The stories do probe into the mysteries of the human heart, although their subjects are not necessarily human. However, they show emotions that humans would be intensely familiar with. The fungus part of the title represents the weird, strange, perhaps even unpalatable edge hinted at in many of these stories. I like that Mr. Shipp was able to capture that dichotomy between being a monster--so alien on close examination-- ...more
Sometimes, I will wake up from a dream, and it will take a long time to shake off the emotion or realize it wasn't real. The second night I was in Tanzania, I suddenly woke up with a sobbing, shuddering gasp from a dream in which I was mourning the deaths of two of my favorite people. I remember lying in bed thinking that such an evil world, where those people didn't exist, couldn't be real, but I was still so inside of the dream that I couldn't escape it. It took a long time to come back to rea ...more
Dan Schwent
Once again, I wrestle with the dilemma of trying to review a collection of short stories. Should I talk about The Sun Never Rises in the Big City, a bizzaro detective story about a detective and the search for the killer of his rag? Or The Haunted House, about a ghost struggling with its identity and trying to help a girl? Or the title story that starts with a man chasing a homicidal jester through a forest for killing his warthog? Or the fairy tale-eque The Boy in the Cabinet?

Fungus of the Hear
Colleen Wanglund
Aug 26, 2010 Colleen Wanglund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this latest short story collection Jeremy Shipp explores what happens to relationships when the rules of society go out the window. In his surreal worlds, he explores the heartbreak, desire, fear, and loss that go into these relationships. Full of quirkiness, horror, humor and the just plain weird, Shipp fans should be pleased with FUNGUS OF THE HEART.

My favorite story of the collection Fungus of the Heart is an almost medieval yet otherworldly tale about Nightingale, a Sentinel seeking the
Jason Pettus
Aug 11, 2010 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of alt-horror author Jeremy Shipp (see my past reviews, for example, of his Vacation, Sheep & Wolves and Cursed), who seems every holiday season to deliver yet another new volume of his deeply unsettling tales; and this Christmas brings us a new story collection, Fungu
Garrett Cook
I'd like to start by making it clear that my three star rating does not come from any lack of quality in the work. I do not believe there are inferior stories in this book. There were a couple that felt derivative of each other, but none that were outright bad. The three star rating is to me a way of placing this work in the Shipp canon. In spite of some excellent stories here, I feel Fungus of the Heart lacks the bite that I expect from Jeremy Shipp. It has the same bold flights of fancy that a ...more
Paul Jr.
Nov 08, 2010 Paul Jr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Funny, bizarre, darkly creepy at times. A really imaginative collection with something for everyone.
Jan 21, 2011 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shipp's work is hard to define by just one genre. Most of the collection would probably fit the "dark fantasy" description, and almost all of them have some horror component. And at least two have a very "fairy tales but not of the Disney variety" feel to them.

I posted individual story reviews here. Overall, the collection is very strong. A few stories in particular stand out: the noirish "The Sun Never Sets in the Big City," the supernatural detective with a twist story "The Haunted House," the
Debbi Smith
Sep 17, 2010 Debbi Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read any book for Halloween, it should be this one. The stories in "Fungus of the Heart" will make you laugh, cry, and scare your pants off. They will stay with you long after you have finished reading them.The story 'Ticketyboo" I found really disturbing{I loved it}.Be prepared not to put it down.
Dec 09, 2010 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading anything from Jeremy C. Shipp's imagination. It's quite varied, and different from anything else I've read. I like to read it before falling asleep, hoping it will influence my dreams. If you haven't read anything by Shipp before I'd recommend Vacation or Sheep And Wolves over this to begin with, but if you like those you will appreciate Fungus Of The Heart as well.
Robert Eccles
Nov 29, 2010 Robert Eccles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stories in this collection are both wonderful and wierd, troubling and touching. I would expect nothing less from Jeremy C. Shipp!
Eric Townsend
Jan 12, 2014 Eric Townsend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fungus of the Heart is a collection of wonderful stories by one of my favorite writers, Jeremy C. Shipp. It’s got a great mixture of mind-bending horror, humor of all varieties, and all while forcing the reader to stop and think about the people around them and why they do what they do. Perhaps even more importantly, Fungus of the Heart makes the reader examine themselves and think about what is most important to them and what lengths they would go to for those things and/or people.

The first sto
Feb 23, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

3.5 Stars - Yet another book that I don't quite have the words to explain. Overall, I greatly enjoyed the themes of love, loss, anger and desire explored throughout this collection as well as the ways in which people become monsters. The gender blurring throughout was really neat too. Shipp created really complex worlds in the span of a few sentences as he related unique and often powerful tales.

That said, Fungus of the Heart left with me with a lot of mixed f
Jun 30, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received “Fungus of the Heart” by Jeremy C. Shipp for free through Goodreads First Reads.

“Fungus of the Heart” by Jeremy C. Shipp is a collection of short stories that deal with desire in a very bizarre way. The characters in the stories you could probably find in a circus sideshow or perhaps in your darkest nightmare. Although the subject matter is indeed disturbing it is infused with a hint of humor. As twisted and serious as “The Haunted House” was, it happens to be my favorite story from
Georgiann Hennelly
Fungus of the heart is a collection of short stories. Jeremy explores what happens to relationships when we throw the rules of society out the window. He explores desire, fear, heart break and loss in his surreal worlds. Full of horror, humor and just plain weird. My favorite story was Haunted house. This is one book i plan to read again just before Halloween. I am looking forward to reading more of Jeremy. C. Shipps books. I love a little twisted humour at times. reminds me a little of J.a Konr ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Ema rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a fascinating collection of bizarro fiction stories! I really enjoyed reading all of these, but they weren't a fast read... It took me a lot longer to finish than I had expected because I had to stop and think about each story after I was done.

Real gem, I loved it!
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May 09, 2014 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro
I don't see how this book got such rave reviews. The language is cliched and the stories seem rushed which, for bizzaro fiction, can ruin the experience.
Aug 14, 2010 T.S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunting. Brilliant. Beautiful.
My review is here:
Oct 18, 2010 Oriana marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Jeremy Shipp is my bookfriend and really nice. Although it sounds like I may be too much of a baby for this book, I told him I'd try it, and I will!
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Jeremy C. Shipp is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Cursed, Vacation, and Sheep and Wolves. His shorter tales have appeared or are forthcoming in over 50 publications, the likes of Cemetery Dance, ChiZine, Apex Magazine, Pseudopod, and Rosebud. While preparing for the forthcoming collapse of civilization, Jeremy enjoys living in Southern California in a moderately haunted Victorian farmhouse wi ...more
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