Freaks Paperback – 12 Apr 2012
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“Read it and be amazed! Before you finish you’ll already be thinking of who to buy if for. It’s a circus sideshow made of words: dare to enter and become astonished to discover yourself on stage, in the staring role. I guarantee that by the time you finish reading this book you’re not only recognize your inner freak, but you'll have learned to love it.” ANDREW KAUFMAN author of All My Friends are Superheroes
About the Author
Darren Craske began his career writing comic books and lives in the south of England. The Equivoque Principle was his first novel and the start of the Cornelius Quaint adventures.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm not quite carrying that metaphor, am I? Never mind. I don't have to. All you need to know is that these stories do.
Wonderful, silly, sad, happy, and every emotion in between, this collection is never quite what you think but each tale has you caring deeply about the characters in sometimes little more than 50 words.
My favourites - if pressed to name them - would be 'They are there to listen' and 'Zombie Bangers'.
Brilliantly illustrated by Darren Craske.
Over the years, the concept of super powers has become more and more sophisticated and more dimensional. Particularly the notions of super-heroism, super-villainy, and how having powers can drastically affect normal life/society.
Freaks! is a collection of short stories written and compiled by Nik Perring and Caroline Smailes (with illustrations provided by Darren Craske). In the spirit of things like Heroes, The Incredibles, Mur Laffety's "Playing for Keeps" and Austin Grossman's "Soon I Will Be Invincible", Freaks! explores so many different aspects of this genre and does so with a degree of originality.
Fame, revulsion, humanity, notoriety, family, power, elation, love, hatred, hope, despair, sex, homosexuality, tragedy, friendship; all these adult themes (and more!) are touched upon in Freaks! and together, Perring and Smailes have put together some deep, highly memorable and thought-provoking stuff. The short stories are all very well written indeed, each supported and strengthened by the absolute quality of Darren Craske's illustrations, all of which are excellent, detailed, eye-catching and drawn in true comic book style.
The short stories themselves have either been written by Nik Perring or Caroline Smailes or jointly. Those who've read Nik's "Not So Perfect" collection may be able to deduce who's written what, as the writing styles do differ slightly from story-to-story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a well written book & the illustrations are well done but I found the subject matter disturbing. Read morePublished on 5 July 2013 by irisrooney
Bought this as I liked the concept and seeing as it was only 99p, it wasn't a hard decision, and boy oh boy, am I glad I clicked to purchase. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2012 by Pee
I was totally sucked in to every story in Freaks. Of course, one of the beauties of short stories is that you can dip in and out of them at a moment's notice. Read morePublished on 8 May 2012 by Kathryn