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Futile Efforts

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"In this disturbing, often grotesque and ultimately mesmerizing collection, Piccirilli (The Cold Spot) reprints 17 stories and 45 poems. Although the star-studded introductions are a nice bonus, Piccirilli's stories are the selling point, and all are standouts. "An Average Insanity, a Common Agony" is an emotionally devastating tale of a man trying to do the right thing fo ...more
Hardcover, Signed Limited Edition, 491 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Cemetery Dance Publications (first published September 30th 2010)
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Tim Niland
Tom Piccirilli is an author that started out writing in the horror genre and then gradually crossed into noir-ish crime fiction. This collection of short stories and poems shows him on the cusp of both genres, making the transition and mining the best of both worlds with a tremendous amount of wit and emotional resonance. When his stories are labeled "horror" it's not the blood and gore type of horror (although there is considerable violence) but the type of emotional horror that gets under your ...more
This is a solid collection of surreal horror and weird crime stories by one of my favorite current writers. Following the prose is about 100 pages of poetry which, honestly, I couldn't get through. I tried. It was just nonsense to me. I didn't understand why it was poetry, since the lines seemed to be broken up at random, except that it wouldn't have worked as prose.

So the four stars above are for the story content. The poems are, to me, an addendum.
This title is book number six of the Cemetery Dance Book Club 3.0. It is a special signed edition limited to 1000 copies. This collection contains 17 short stories and 45 poems.
Lee Thompson
Dec 21, 2011 Lee Thompson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want to be stimulated and challenged
Tom Piccirilli is such a badass. Great collection of longer and shorter stories, plus some sweet poetry.
Rusty Lundgren
Eh.. I just couldn't get into these stories.
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