Why You Should Read Pills by Jack Binding

My expectations going into reading these short stories were considerably wrong.

I thought it was gonna be regular short stories *I don’t even know what regular short stories are*. I highly underestimated the entire collection.

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Author: Jack Binding

Genres: Dark Horror, Humor

Print Length: 240 pages

Release Date: June 13, 2017

Rating: Bruh (See Rating System/Scale)

Not to be taken lightly

Jack Binding’s Pills splices gritty realism with surreal imagery and otherworldly dread.

From the vicious high fashion horror of FMM (The Devils Wears Prada via Bret Easton Ellis-esque debauchery) to the stark, unsettling heartbreak of Sleeping Pills, Binding takes the reader on a journey through the secret parts of London that few people ever visit.

Influenced by writers such as Stephen King, Martin Amis and JG Ballard, there’s Cronenberg-inspired body horror, creepy kids (and their creepier parents), death, love (often unrequited), seedy massage parlours and late nights fuelled with lust and narcotics.

With overarching themes and characters, the 18 short stories in Pills can be read either as a whole enjoyed as stand-alone tales.

Dosage:

Adults over 21 years old take one Pill with alcohol. If necessary, consume the entire packet at once.
Not recommended for children.

Possible side-effects include:

Tension
Excitement
Rage
Sadness
Fear
Arousal
Elation
Repulsion
Laughter
Dread

Disclaimer:

The consumption of Pills should never result in boredom. If this occurs, please contact the manufacturer as soon as possible.

Feedback from the clinical trials for Pills has been strong:


“Wry, strong, cynical”

“Binding has a way with words that fills the reader with a growing sense of dread and fear for the narrator”


“Jack seems to take his observations from life and serve them to you with some sharp edge”

“Horrifying … too good not to read”

“Perfect balance in between real and otherworldly”

“Dark. Bleak. Grim … Binding has a writing style I can easily associate with, an imagination to match”

“The writing reminds me a bit of Clive Barker as he starts a story you think you know is unfolding, and then it spills out, unvarnished and splintery against your skin and senses”

“One part Stephen King one part Twilight Zone”

“Freaky and somehow hilarious”

“Utterly compelling”

“Debauched and nasty”

– Long Goodreads Synopsis

Review

So to make sure everyone knows about the trigger warnings, if you don’t want to read anything dark, then this might not be for you. ‘Dark’ explains it all.

I told y’all how I underestimated these short stories. I did, but I can explain. See what had happened was, this is only my second time reading a short story anthology. How was I supposed to know it could be as good as it is? I can’t. From now on, I’ll look at short stories with the respect they deserve. 

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*Put some respect on my name #classic* 

Onto the actual review…

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