Jasper Bark has been busy of late. Two new releases in as many weeks mean that it has been the proverbial Barkfest! Whenever Mr Bark teams up with Crystal Lake Publishing, you have a pretty good idea that things are about to get messy, in the best possible way. Last year saw me sample Mr Bark’s work with the short story ‘Stuck on You’ – a gruesome body horror tale that disgusted and delighted this reader in equal measure. Jasper Bark has a unique voice. His bowel loosening descriptions remind me fondly of the great splatterpunk books from yesteryear and I am a big admirer of his work. Crystal Lake Publishing is at the top of their game. Their releases are of a consistent high quality and I am never disappointed with what I read. From their artwork to the layout, this is a publisher that takes a great pride in the product it releases.
This latest release is another great entry into the Crystal Lake catalogue and a rip roaring ride through a graveyard following the hapless Jim McLeod as he stumbles across one corpse after another. This is a folk horror tale of the finest quality. If you have ever seen the movie ‘Tremors’ starring Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward then you will love this book! Not sure what I am talking about? then read it and find out for yourself. It is only a short read but well worth your time. This is classic Jasper Bark; a story that features a ruptured anus very early on and enough stomach churning descriptions to please even the most hard core splatterpunk fans. There is some great humour used throughout the story too and I was well aware of some of the character names which further added to my enjoyment.
Jasper Bark is a treasure. His stories are over the top brilliant, gruesome, humorous and very easy to get lost inside. You will breeze through this novella in no time and be eager to sample some more from the kitchen of Mr Bark. If you haven’t sampled any of his work yet, then this would be a great place to start. Bravo, Mr Bark, bravo.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy here.