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The Boy Who Loved Simone Simon: A Collection of Serio-Comic Phantasies [Paperback]

Stephen Mosley
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21 Mar 2011
Welcome to the wild, weird and wonderful world of Stephen Mosley. You'll witness Pyjama Boy's last trance; a love triangle takes place between a young man, a dead movie star, and a photocopier; and love itself rears its head in the shape of a loathsome goblin. Women mutate into giant fish, and their boyfriends have bigger problems. And that's not all! Share the plight of young men who idolise Lon Chaney to painful extremes. Meet the murderous Dentist (his soul is full of midnight)! Feel sweet pangs of unrequieted desire in a California dreamworld; thrill to the sounds of the Drew Barrymore Experience. Here, the work of the vampires is never done, and there's always spam fritters for tea.

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (21 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456776363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456776367
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 20 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lifelong lover of movies and monsters, Stephen Mosley played the monster in the movie KENNETH. He's also the crazed Alcoholics Anonymous Leader in ELEVATOR GODS. Onstage he's portrayed dysfunctional fathers, moonstruck lovers and psychopaths. He sings with a band called Collinson Twin and lives in a dungeon near Leeds.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrealist, sinister fun 24 Aug 2011
I got Mosley's book some months ago when it launched and I'd say it's one of the best books I've bought all year. His short stories are hilarious and still manage to be sinister, romantic and downright terrifying in places. I'm really hoping for volume 2 in the near future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
What a fantastic book of short stories! It has a special meaning to me. It's quirky and fun. If you're a fan of horror, monsters and fantasy, then this is your cup of tea! This has to be one of my favorite books! Each story is packed with so much creativity! I also dig the illustrations! Stephen Mosley is a very talented writer. I highly recommend this book, folks! It's a real treat!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Anyone who has seen Mr. Mosley act will know that he is a man of considerable imagination. His characters are unique, vivid and memorable. Happily, his creativity extends richly into `The Boy Who Loved Simone Simon'. I love this collection of short stories. I very much hope he will write again - and soon! I would say the work carries the unmistakable whiff of Roald Dahl and Saki. Not a word is wasteful, flouncy or unwarranted. The structures are tight. I strongly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and brilliantly written 2 Sep 2013
The Boy Who Loved Simone Simon, is the product of the masterful Stephen Mosley who has fully accepted the wild, weird, and wonderful of short fiction. Stephen Mosley is talented and utilizes every inch inside the short story boundaries which never leaves the reader bored. The author uses every description and word wisely. These stories are entertaining and brilliantly written. The imagination of author Stephen Mosley's stories are unpredictable, filled with surprise, and offer humorous insights. With historical sketches of actors and actresses combined with great storytelling, makes the book often read like a conversation at a pub among friends.

The Boy Who Loved Simone Simon, begins with a witty ode to Spam fritters and as one tastes the sensory language of "succulent pork gone from a fork" you almost can't help to feel those past days when home alone with not much else to eat. Another fine example of the author' s choice of words was when he stated, "I'm scared that my world of reverie will soon spill from my head, splashing every horizon in its illusory shade until it's all there is, and home will be a place I'm destined not to find, in this realm or the next."

The title of the book was very much an infatuation of the author with not only classic films, but with French actress Simone Simon most famous for her leading movie role in Cat People. This first story was my personal favorite where a young man who works in an office is obsessed by the star. He hangs a picture of her up on his wall; but his photocopier becomes jealous. The ending of this short will have you begging for more and you are immediately introduced to the "Fish." The placement of each short gives the reader a science fiction sort of feel. Beware!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy! 28 Dec 2013
You wouldn't expect a self-published author to write so well, but Stephen Mosley proves with this book, that literary gems may very well be hiding amid the indie scene. The Boy Who Loved Simone Simon is filled with imaginative, quirky and fun stories with rich vocabulary; in a word: genius. Since the book consists of short stories, it is easy to digest. Filled with fantasy, wit, horror and an interesting twist to romance, there's something for everyone. It's a true joy to read, so don't miss out on this one! It's easily one of my favorites.
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