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"Some writers one admires and others make one want to do as they do, or try. For me, Joe Pulver is of the latter type. His imagination is so vile so much of the time that it makes me giggle with amazement. And the prose so deadly visionary. I'm grateful that the pieces in this collection are those of a fellow horror writer who has raised the ante on what it means to be suc ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published December 13th 2010 by Hippocampus Press
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Pearce Hansen
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
SIN & ASHES is a scathing collection. Jarring and unsettling from the git go, Joe refuses to allow the comfort of standard story structure to interfere with his assault on the reader.

This is mean jazz, dissonant Bartok-style classical – music as prose poem. His work evokes the kind of mood you can barely tolerate even in memory, street poetry and strange riffs.

Joe is an acquired taste – and while his strange and idiosyncratic mode of expression may have attained a little affectation in the cours
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Dominique Lamssies
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ever wonder what it would look like if reality was shattered into a bunch of sharp little shards that floated in a bottomless pool of blood? And then you tried to pick them up?

Yeah, that's reading Sin & Ashes, basically.

This is not a book for everyone, but those who make it through will be glad they did.

Highly recommended.
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Alanna
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Gaze Santos
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Pulver is a bit of a writing chameleon, willing and able to experiment with different writing techniques, and fuse them with his dark and visceral imagination. Some of these literary experiments were more successful than others, and on the whole this anthology was not as strong as his previous "Blood Will Have Its Season" which I absolutely loved.

The first half of the book are mainly proem style works, where the story is given in abstract terms and hard to discern. This in itself is not always
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