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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Your life is no longer recognizable, every detail corrupted by unknown forces. The harder you struggle, the more you suffer. Your words mean nothing, your actions backfire, and one by one everybody you know is sucked down with you. You are: 1) Nick 2) cursed 3) afraid all the time That's because: a) someone or b) something is after you with a vengeance. Even with the help ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Raw Dog Screaming Press
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Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: read the snippet and see.
Recommended to carol. by: please step forward and claim your reward

My reactions are:

1. Laughter
2. Compassion
3. Confusion
4. Admiration

This book has been on my GR TBR list for-eveh, or at least since I joined GR. It was one of the first times I added a book despite being stymied by my ability to procure it (I was operating under a 'library-only' rule at the time). But something about it begged to be left on my list, and I finally (three years later? My, my. I'm either persistent or obsessive) was able to get it from the library. What I received ha
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
In keeping with the FUNtelligent "list theme" used by the main character, Nick, in this superbly bizarro nutter of a story, I will summarize my thoughts as follows:

1. Cursed is the breeziest mind-fuck of a novel I've ever read and I found engaging confusion on almost every page. 
2. Nick and Cicily are two of the most unique, INSANEntertaining characters I have come across since John Dies at the End and their conversations about topics ranging from eating smurfs to trapping killer tomatoes are worth the price of the book all by them/>/>
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feb-list, bizarro
Shipp is writing in a unique refreshing original style of his own. I can see how this strange goings on made it as a Stoker award finalist, nothing really bloody here but as one reviewer pointed out 'Cursed is humorous while at the same time deeply philosophical.' After reading the story and during reading it (now this is the crazy bit) i wanted to
1.Slap him in the face (if you have read it you would know what i mean!)

2.Burn of his mole

3.Take away his tennis ball and Gnomes/>
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2010
I am not sure how to review this. I really liked it and I will read more from Mr. Shipp. His "Vacation" looks very interesting....

I think what I liked the most about this was the style in which it was written. I loved the lists. I was amused with the way the lists could be reused and applied to different converstaions and situations. I also liked how some chapters always followed the same opening format with the dream sequence having different characters but all doing the same things
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book I want to read all of Jeremy C. Shipp's books! 'Cursed' is funny, weird, original, compelling and in my opinion a MUST read.
Nick and Cicely are friends and they are both 'cursed' on the same day with ridiculously odd curses. Nick's curse means he will be slapped every day, whilst Cicely is forced to hold a tennis ball in her hand for ever; if she drops it the world will come to an end. They meet Abby, who is also cursed, and become friends with her through their com
Steve Lowe
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro
The back cover of Jeremy C. Shipp’s novel ‘Cursed’ tells the reader it’s horror. ‘Cursed’ was even a finalist this year for the HWA’s Bram Stoker Award for best novel. But ‘Cursed’ is more than horror. Or just barely horror, in my opinion. The premise could easily spiral into horror, but Shipp injects this story with in an odd, original, refreshingly creative vibe that trancends typical genre fare, especially when it comes to horror.

In case I’m not being clear enough here, let me say
Nick Cato
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This outstanding novel is about a guy named Nick who:
1. Makes lists about everything.
2. Is dealing with a strange curse placed on him and his friends.
3. is one of the more interesting characters I've come across in a horror novel in quite some time.

While the first half of CURSED reads like a bizarre mystery, the second dives into unique psychological horror, written in Shipp's witty, dark, and (at times) head-scratching style. While not as difficult to foll
Lark Neville
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Author Jeremy C. Shipp is never content to merely give his readers a diversion. Sure you laugh; you fall in love with his characters, are emotionally swept into his world; but his work is always so much more than emotive string pulling.

Shipp wants your mind. He wants your heart. He wants you to be so taken in by his words that by the time he is through with you, you see the world differently. He wants to wake you up, and he won’t sugar coat the brutality or the beauty of life as he d
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kelleynotlp by: Freddy
I just finished Jeremy C. Shipp's "Cursed". It is the story of how three people who believe they are cursed by some unknown being come together and try to fight their way out of their situation. I won't spoil anything explicitly but warning, there are some spoilery details that will be peppered throughout.


If I take the novel at face value (which basically I do because I like that reality) then this is a q
Jason Pettus
Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
(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 here illegally.)

Well, it's January, which means it must be time for a new Jeremy Shipp book! This is the third book in three years, in fact, that I've reviewed by this prolific alt-horror veteran and Stoker Award nominee; and as those who have read my write-ups of his previous Vacation and Sheep & Wolves know, I'm
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea what I just read, but it was pretty great, in soooo many ways.

It’s weird though. Usually when I enjoy a story, I don’t want it to end, but for this one I am just so glad that it’s over. I really couldn’t take anymore. Good job, Mr. Shipp, for knowing when to end things.

Justin Lowmaster
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I got a PDF preview of Jeremy C. Shipp's latest book CURSED. He put out the call on Twitter and I answered. That right there says a lot about Jeremy; he thinks outside the box. Without getting onto a rant about the current status of the publishing industry, it's things like this that help get the word out. I can say right off, this is a book worth getting the word out about. His thinking outside the box also applies to his writing as well. ...more
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy dry humor and quirky reads
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: Jeremy Shipp

Mini Non-Spoiler Synopsis:
Nick is a conflicted and slightly damaged person; although a good guy he has a past linked to alcohol abuse. With a number of colorful friends and family members, Nick sees his life and his relationships as a series of lists; indeed he thinks in lists. As he moves awkwardly through his difficulties, self doubt, and hilarious quirkiness, we see the “horror” of his insecurities through these lists. While he is connecting with family and friends he comes to realize through a ser
4.5 Stars.

Throughout the story the main character uses lists to weigh options or outcomes. This is a technique many of us use to maintain, organize or prioritize the things in our lives. But, what happens if the list is irrational, impractical or even unimaginable? So, what happens if the characters are unreliable, or are they? Cursed is humorous while at the same time deeply philosophical. The reader has to decide if they believe the characters or determine another plausible explanation as to
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read this book quite a while ago, and, unfortunately my copy was destroyed, so I'm unable to refer to it for this review. I'll rely on Amazon's product description for the story outline:

Product Description
Your life is no longer recognizable, every detail corrupted by unknown forces. The harder you struggle, the more you suffer. Your words mean nothing, your actions backfire, and one by one everybody you know is sucked down with you. You are: 1) Nick 2) cursed 3) afraid all the time That's be
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Something completely different.

9/3/11. I decided my one-liner above didn't do this novel justice, no matter how accurate! lol Imagine being in the mind of someone who is OCD who is experiencing a very strange curse; it's quite a ride. The protagonist, Nick, and all his other cursed friends are certainly brought to life Nick's little habits, like constantly staring at his mole, are humorous and annoying! The way the author presents the continued manifestion of Nick's curse is inventive and humor
k reads
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014, fav-2014
This is one of those books that upon finishing, I immediately went back a reread parts of it again.
Odd and originally and terrific.
This is one of those books I want to give out as gifts.
David Agranoff
Cursed by Jeremy C. Shipp
214 pages Trade paperback and hardcover
Raw Dog Screaming press

It's really hard to to this review without

1).making a list.
2).resorting to praise.
3).saying shit, because I promised I wouldn't make a list.

Cursed is the second novel and third fiction release of Jeremy C. Shipp who is quickly making a name for himself in two fields of dark medicine. A word surgeon with skills that cut like a knife across the genre
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I happened upon this book via an Amazon recommendation and I'm convinced that Amazon really knows me! I enjoyed the quirky characters and all of their flaws. Nick has a horrible case of guilt and Cis seems to quote bad t-shirts and bumper stickers (you know the ones) ALL the time. These guys are abnormal to begin with, but that isn't all..they are also cursed. Not the "everyone I love dies, or "everything I touch turns to shiz" kind of curses, but the really annoying kind that really just interr ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Didn't enjoy the writing style. When I began reading, I thought I was missing some pages of the book. It took me bit to start understanding what was going on.

Although the book mentions about paranormal aspects of the Curse throughout the book, the quick and overwhleming onslaught of supernatural entities and "haunted house" introduced toward the end of the book was a bit hard to digest. It feels as though the author just threw together a last minute "ghost and goblin" kind of conclus
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Jeremy C. Shipp’s Cursed is a delightful, quirky read. Shipp keeps you guessing and turning pages. You never know what you’ll read next. From edible Smurfs to alien abduction, it’s all here.

I’m a big fan of narratives that dare to be different yet enjoyable. Shipp plays with form and convention masterfully. He creates easily likeable characters liberally sprinkled with eccentricities.

Cursed has made me a Jeremy C. Shipp reader. Can’t wait to check out more of his stuff.
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The more Bizarro books that I read, the easier it is to step into a fantasy world and believe that anything can take place. But, this book had me scratching my head a few times(especially towards the end!). The use of Nick's list as paragraphs was great and I loved all the characters. This book was so entertaining that I hope for these characters to come back in print someday soon.
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
That was original and strange. I think my brain will still be processing it for a few days. Good stuff, and I liked the way the problem was ultimately solved. Shipp did a nice job of misdirection and creating an atmosphere of fear and dread. Very cool book.
Michele Lee
Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book for consideration for review by the author.

Some books are easy reads, some are emotionally harrowing, and some make you work to take the experience imbued by the author away when you close it at the end. Cursed by Jeremy C. Shipp falls very definitely into this last category.

Nick is an odd, but easy to relate to man who has reason to believe he's been cursed as strange things start to happen in his life. By chance (or maybe not) he meets Cicely and
Mar 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Children who have no intrest in good books.
Before reading this review know that:
1) The main character makes numerous (obsessive compulsive?) lists throughout the book, starting off mildly amusing but becomes increasingly annoying the further you progress through the

2) He stuffs animals for a living. Not like a taxidermist; fake custom tailored stuffed animals. Which is not a bad thing, nor is it something that ruined the book for me; just knowledge needed to understand the review without reading the ...more
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
You first need to forget the fact that this book was a Bram Stoker Award finalist, since the only monsters here lie in the hearts of the protagonists. And maybe in their heads since you are never really sure whether they are insane or, as the title of the book would suggest, “cursed”. In the end it’s kind of irrelevant because the draw of this book is the minimalist, but relentless writing style which provides the reader with a focused, but limited view of what the main protagonist, Nick, is see ...more
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
THERE IS A DARKNESS that hides under society's surface, one that is rarely seen or experienced, but does occasionally break through. We want to face it, we want to look at it square in its hollow eyes and stare it down, and push it back under the covers of what society demands is normal or right. Of course, we all don't have the courage to stand ground in the face of that darkness, especially alone. Jeremy C Shipp's Cursed gives us that courage; it is our strength against adversity, our crutch o ...more
Julie Davis
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
#91 - 2010.

Nick and Cicely are friends. They also are cursed. Each person's curse is different and each curse is relatively minor, all things considered, yet each affects their lives in deeper ways that bring gloom and foreboding. They go to work to discover who has cursed them so they can try to lift the curse.

I read it in 2 days. I couldn't put it down. Not only was the writing compelling as I tore through it to find out who had set the curse, I also was increasing anxi
Sep 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a great book. And strange how with two books in a row (this and "Please Look After Mom"), I ran into an author's stylistic decision that I thought might be a detriment but ended up adding to the story. Here, it was the lists. But a few pages in (the biting my fingernails list, if anyone's keeping track), I saw that it really helped you get into Nick's head and moved the story along well.

This is a wonderful story, a sort of horror-mystery about three people who have been cursed i
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-reader
Have you ever had the feeling:
1. Portions of your life are out of your control
2. You know how crazy you sound but you can't help how things are
3. You are just a little bit different, but not necessarily in a good way

If so then you will be able to identify with Nick and the other characters in Cursed (which I did). Each character is cursed in some bizarre way. As they come together to try to discover who did this to them and why they form attachments (which may or ma
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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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“You want to know how to stop this killer? Forgive yourself, and he’ll
disappear from your life forever.”
“Thanks. I’ll be sure to do that.”
And I know:
1. This is almost the same conversation I’ve had with myself many times
2. Gordon’s only trying to help.
But it doesn’t matter.
1. Say, “See you later.”
2. Step outside.
3. Close the door.
I don’t want to, really. I want to go back inside and believe Gordon’s words,
like a child believing in a fairy tale, and I want to escape this nightmare forever.
But I can’t.
I realize now that it’s easy to tell the difference between a real problem and
an imaginary one.
It’s just the terror of facing the truth that’s hard.”
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