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Burnt Tongues: An Anthology of Transgressive Short Stories Paperback – 5 Sep 2014

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (5 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178329552X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783295524
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.1 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Despite its little-heralded status in literary circles, the counterculture genre known as transgressive fiction, wherein the author and/or protagonist bucks social conventions by violating one or more taboos, actually has a rather illustrious history. Classic novels such as Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, featuring the murderous Raskolnikov, for instance, can be categorized as transgressive fiction. In this collection of 20 contemporary short stories, lead editor Palahniuk makes certain each piece qualifies as an example of both first-rate craftsmanship and something that pushes the envelope of social acceptability. In Neil Krolicki s opening tale, Live This Down, three humiliated high-school girls plot their suicides using a poison-gas recipe gleaned from the Internet. An animal-shelter technician in Chris Lewis Carter s Charlie recognizes the tortured cat someone drops off as one he himself abused when it was a kitten. Matt Egan s A Vodka Kind of Girl recounts the sad fate of a calorie-counting, bulimic woman. Anyone looking for boundary-breaking tales that also pack a haunting, powerful punch will find hours of entertainment here. --Carl Hays, Booklist

Anyone looking for boundary-breaking tales that also pack a haunting, powerful punch will find hours of entertainment here. --Booklist

This is a book of spores. These stories, you breathe onto the page and they float up into your mucous membranes, their spiky edges lodging characters and voices in your head that shudder to life when you least expect it. Just when you think you ve closed the book, it opens up all over again, inside you. --Stephen Graham Jones, author

"These stories run the gamut from horrific and fantastic to humorous and touching, but each leaves a lasting impression. Some may say, even a scar." ----Fantastic Fiction

"If you are looking for a jet black book that will put you off your lunch then Burnt Tongues is a great collection. Just don't say you were not told." --The Book Bag

"A collection of powerful stories that are definitely not for the faint-hearted." ----Books Monthly

Anyone looking for boundary-breaking tales that also pack a haunting, powerful punch will find hours of entertainment here. --Booklist

This is a book of spores. These stories, you breathe onto the page and they float up into your mucous membranes, their spiky edges lodging characters and voices in your head that shudder to life when you least expect it. Just when you think you ve closed the book, it opens up all over again, inside you. --Stephen Graham Jones, author

"If you're into shocking, transgressive fiction, you'll dig this ace collection of new writers" --Bizarre

This is a book of spores. These stories, you breathe onto the page and they float up into your mucous membranes, their spiky edges lodging characters and voices in your head that shudder to life when you least expect it. Just when you think you ve closed the book, it opens up all over again, inside you. --Stephen Graham Jones, author

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk's novels include the bestselling Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher.


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