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Imaginary Beauties (2008): The Worm in Every Brain

Gemma Files, Imaginary Beauties (Kelp Queen Press, 2008)

(note: review originally published 6Sep2008)


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We can’t show it to you because the Internet fails us (and it’s packed away somewhere I can’t easily get to it).

So how can you go wrong with college dropout lesbian drug-dealer zombies? It’s the same answer you get when you ask the question “so how can you go wrong with Gemma Files?” The answer, if course, is “you can’t.” Files has released a small handful of chapbooks with Kelp Queen Press, and if this one’s any indication, I’ll be lining up for the rest.

I’ve already given you the plot, really, so everything else I have to say about it regards Gemma Files’ ability to write, about which I’ve already waxed poetic a number of times (see the reviews for The Worm in Every Heart and Kissing Carrion for examples). After that, all that’s left for me to do is say “read this!” So I say to you, read this! Gemma Files is a wonderful writer, and the more of her stuff you can get your hands on, the better. ****

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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