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Swarm of Flying Eyeballs

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A group of summer school kids take a trip to a blueberry field. But instead of picking fresh fruit, they find themselves running for their lives from a threat they couldn't have imagined in their worst nightmares.

The "berries" are alive--they're flying--they're pissed--and they're looking RIGHT AT YOU...

Welcome to Gina Ranalli's action-packed, twisted homage to the
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Paperback, 76 pages
Published 2009
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Donald Armfield
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro, horror, own
This little B-rated horror book turned out to be my annual family camping Trips reading material.
Ranalli turns a school field trip into a bizarre swat fest of mistakenly flying blueberries. The eyes on the prize is survival to the final page. Following its companion story Smirk, which asks the same question from both parties, Whose Smirking Now? The short novelette Smirk is a pleasurable amount of torture to nail down this book as recommended reading for horror fans.
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Zé Burns
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a title I just cant pass up and with Gina Ranalli behind the wheel, I knew I had to read it. This slim volume is in fact two novellas written in opposite styles of horror.

The first starts at a blueberry farm in rural Washington. Told from many points of view, we watch as these simple berries transform into the titular swarm of flying eyeballs. It is a wonderful mix of horror, excitement, and the bizarre, ending with the perfect conclusion. A fast-paced, single-sitting read that yanks you
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Lucas Mangum
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
*Note: This review refers to the 2019 Deadite Press edition, which also includes the story Smirk.

As one of the founders of the bizarro movement, Gina Ranalli proved herself to be one to watch and with her newest release she shows exactly why.

The titular story is a lot of fun and so strange, it begs you to keep turning the pages. I could easily see it expanded into a full-length novel a la The Swarm or one of James Herbert's classic works of gross-out horror.

The second story Smirk shows an
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Amy Vaughn
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The new release (2019) of Swarm of Flying Eyeballs comes with an appended short story called "Smirk," which is alone worth the cost of the book.
Rob Saal
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Some of these reviews are longer than the story itself. How is this a standalone book? Over before you know it. Did I get a broken book?
Bimpy
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews
A fun but really short read that left me kinda disappointed with the ending since it was very abrupt so i would get this book on kindle rather than paperback to save you some money
Rhonda
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
Squid Salad Press' second bizarro release, Swarm of Flying Eyeballs, comes from one of the top-selling authors in the genre, Gina Ranalli. In Swarm, the summer school students of a local school are going on a local field trip to a blueberry field. Ron, the poor guy that has to tend to the blueberry fields, watches as the bus pulls up and is a bit disgruntled, since back in the day when he was in school he never got to go on field trips during summer school. Soon, the kids are all picking berries ...more
Zoe
Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, print-books
A summer school field trip to pick blueberries becomes a nightmare when the seemingly harmless fruit transforms without warning. Told from multiple perspectives at a breakneck pace, Swarm of Flying Eyeballs only suffers from the flaw of a confusing ending that leaves all of the events with far too many unanswered questions. The characters are well written, and the monsters are unique and quite deadly. I give Swarm of Flying Eyeballs 4 stars.
Horror Bookworm Reviews
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts - An absurd terror comes to a small town in the form of deadly attacking flying eyeballs. Gina Ranalli forges a fast paced romp of illogical madness by mixing authentic horror with ludicrous scenarios. Readers will enjoy and appreciate the creative originality brought to the bizarre table.
Dawn
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. The action started straight away and never deviated.
Josef Hernandez
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
A good bizarro novella

For a full review, please go to http://www.examiner.com/review/swarm-... and follow me on Twitter @josenher
Geoff
Oct 23, 2009 rated it liked it
More awesome Ginalli!
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Gina Ranalli is the author of several novels, including Mothman Emerged, Rumors of My Death, Praise the Dead, House of Fallen Trees, Suicide Girls in the Afterlife, Chemical Gardens, Wall of Kiss, and Mother Puncher. Her collection, 13 Thorns (with Gus Fink) won the Wonderland Book Award for Best Story Collection of 2007. Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications including Bits of ...more

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