Sheep and Wolves by Jeremy Shipp

TITLE: Sheep and Wolves

Author: Jeremy Shipp

Publisher:  RAw Dog Screaming Press

ISBN:  978-1-933293-52-3 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-933293-59-2 (paperback)

Genre: bizarro

Rating: 4/5

Reviewer: Ash Arceneaux

Sheep and Wolves is a strange little anthology from independent author Jeremy Shipp, the author of Vacation. Mr. SHipp’s stories a great introduction into bizarro fiction. He has a smooth, simple way of telling even the strangest stories. Although I’ve never been a big fan of this exact sub-genre of horror and fantasy, I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. The title story is definitely one of my favorites, along with the last story in the book–forgive me for forgetting the individual title, been a long day!

Mr. Shipp’s easy reversal of genders and roles and even the social norm for male and female in several of the stories struck me as very well-written. It seemed to be a common thread in many of the stories. Sometimes it was as simple as hermaphrodites, other times as complicated as parents deciding their daughters should be males and do everything that entails.

The imaginative way the stories are told, the way reality is bent and twisted, and the subtle social commentary in each story seals this book as one of my favorites I’ve read this year. Sheep and Wolves is definitely worth the read!

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