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Lies & Ugliness

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A collection of horror and dark fantasy stories including "The 121st Day of Sodom."

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, st
Paperback, 386 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Night Shade (first published May 1st 2002)
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Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For those fans of horror, if you haven't read Brian Hodge, you're missing out on one of the genre's most uniquely talented voices. Hodge is a master at his craft, plain and simple.

In this third collection, Hodge delves into gods and monsters, deities in every conceivable form, exploring the various dark things we as humans worship. While religion is the undercurrent here, this isn't of the preachy variety but one that bites with teeth and peels back the skin like an orange...or onion.

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May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brian Hodge is one of those under-read authors who are really quite good. His prose is fairly literary and polished, rather than workman-like, and most of his stories go for the horror found in the human pysche (although most of them feature supernatural elements as well). Many of his stories feature characters that feel alienated or lonely or unhappy in some way, and the characters are more the focus of the story than the supernatural horror, which often only fully reveals itself toward the end ...more
Benjamin Uminsky
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, night-shade
I'm not sure how this happened, but I seem to be making my way through Hodge's collections from most recent published backwards. My first collection was the most recently published, PICKING THE BONES. I have just gotten through LIES and UGLINESS, and I have FALLING IDOLS up next, which was published before L&U. After that, its onto CONVULSION FACTORY, the very first collection of Hodge's short stories (which I do not own as of yet). Strange, but that's how my Hodge reading has unfolded (with ...more
I picked this one up at a library sale because I was in the mood for something dark and decadent. And it fit the bill, sort of. I read each of the stories in one setting, tearing through them pretty fast. Brian Hodge has an easy to read style, but one that's a little hard to get used to. He uses a LOT of commas, breaking up sentences, seemingly randomly although mostly in a conversational mode, to the point where you wish he'd get ON with it, and maybe move on to another paragraph, or possibly t ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favourite collections of short stories. Brian Hodge is scary good.
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You won't regret reading it. Your dreams might.
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Brian Hodge, called “a writer of spectacularly unflinching gifts” by Peter Straub, is the award-winning author of ten novels of horror and crime/noir. He’s also written well over 100 short stories, novelettes, and novellas, and four full-length collections. His first collection, The Convulsion Factory, was ranked by critic Stanley Wiater as among the 113 best books of modern horror.

He lives in Col