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Jackie has a map of the city on the wall of her bedroom, with a green pin for each of her trees. She has a first-kiss tree and a broken-arm tree. She has a car-accident tree. There is a tree at the hospital where Jackie’s mother passed away into the long good night. When one of them gets cut down, Jackie doesn’t know what to do but she doesn’t let that stop her. She picks up the biggest rock she can carry and puts it through the window of a car. Smash. She intends to leave before the police arrive, but they’re early.

Ann is Jackie’s best friend, but she’s got problems of her own. Her mother is chained up in the basement. How do you bring that up in casual conversation? “Oh, sorry I’ve been so distant, Jackie. My mother has more teeth than she’s supposed to, and she won’t eat anything that’s already dead.” Ann and her sister Margaret don’t have much of a choice here. Their mother needs to be fed. It isn’t easy but this is family. It’s not supposed to be easy. It’ll be okay as long as Margaret and Ann still have each other.

Add in a cantankerous old man, his powerfully stupid dog, a headless ghost, a lesbian crush and a few unsettling visits from Jackie’s own dead mother, and you’ll find that One Bloody Thing After Another is a different sort of horror novel from the ones you’re used to. It’s as sad and funny as it is frightening, and it is as much about the way families rely on each other as it is about blood being drooled on the carpet. Though, to be honest, there is a lot of blood being drooled on the carpet.
Published: ECW Press an imprint of ECW Press on
ISBN: 9781554909896
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*Reviewed for NetGalley*One Bloody Thing After Another is an untraditional horror novel. It's format is spare and the language stark. This establishes the tone for the odd premise that combines three stories that veer from normalcy to the bizzare. The characters are simply drawn yet strangely engaging, particularly Jackie as a disturbed, yearning teen.The flow felt uncomfortable, perhaps that was the authors intent, but it made it difficult for me to settle into it, particularly near the end with Jackie's disjointed experiences. It was a very quick read, it took me less than hour at just over 110 pages (if you dismiss the blank page chapter breaks.One Bloody Thing After Another has some scenes that I admired for their creeping sense of unease and masterfully explores themes such as loss, alienation and sacrifice that are embedded in the arcs of the individual characters stories. What I had difficulty with is the stacatto style and structure so I can't say I enjoyed reading it all that much. I'd recommend One Bloody Thing After Another for those that like horror tales a little left of center or are just looking for something new to try.more
This was wonderful, but I truly wish I hadn't read it just before having the house to myself for several days.more
What an odd little book! And I mean that in a good way! Something seems to be wrong with Ann and Margaret's mother. Why is she coughing up blood? Jackie freaks out when she discovers that one of her "special" trees has been cut down, and causes such a spectacle that she is arrested. Of course, Jackie and Ann are friends--in fact, Jackie has a crush on Ann, but Ann is totally unresponsive. Perhaps she is too worried about keeping her mother satisfied?Although it is very short and reads oh so quickly, this little book really packs a punch. The story is fed out in drips and drabs, but there is just enough detail to allow an alert reader to fill in the blanks. Not always pleasant reading, but certainly intriguing! Terrific cover!more
If I had read the description of what would be in the book, I would not have taken the time to read it. At any rate, I started the book and it was an extremely fast read so I finished it.I only have one word to describe this book: CRAZY. Wait, I need two words. My other word would be WEIRD. I think it's supposed to be a horror, but it's not really. Actually it feels like a story from the Twilight zone - though not as good.Jackie's is the first story that we read. Jackie is really crazy. She just does whatever she wants, whenever she she feels like it. Her mom is a ghost that comes around and helps makes Jackie invisible whenever she needs it. Jackie is very impulsive and basically makes jokes when other people would be scared, mad, or nonchalant. For example, at one point Jackie gets arrested. For her one phone call she calls the desk of the officer near the phone. She has a crush on her friend Ann....Of course Ann has her own problems. Even though her mom is the zombie in the basement, she is the one that walks around like a zombie. She laughs sometimes and she talks but mostly her behavior is zombielike. When Jackie starts putting the moves on her she doesn't even responds. She just sits there. Ann and her sister have to find their zombie mom fresh meat to eat. Like I said, this book is crazy. And it's pretty awful what they feed their mom. I take that back - it's really disturbing. This book is an extremely fast read. It is very creepy. I have only read a few horror stories before so I don't know if they are all like this. Most of the book I found myself frowning, mainly it was because Jackie was one big psycho or because something else upset me. The only people I really liked was the old man and his dog. And even then he had a ghost holding her own head in her arms (dripping blood from its mouth). She meets him everyday at the end of his walk. This book was really weird and sometimes things just didn't make sense. There is one section were it's just a repeat of content from a previous section (done on purpose but still weird).I'd recommend this book if you're looking for something different, weird, creepy, and disturbing.more
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*Reviewed for NetGalley*One Bloody Thing After Another is an untraditional horror novel. It's format is spare and the language stark. This establishes the tone for the odd premise that combines three stories that veer from normalcy to the bizzare. The characters are simply drawn yet strangely engaging, particularly Jackie as a disturbed, yearning teen.The flow felt uncomfortable, perhaps that was the authors intent, but it made it difficult for me to settle into it, particularly near the end with Jackie's disjointed experiences. It was a very quick read, it took me less than hour at just over 110 pages (if you dismiss the blank page chapter breaks.One Bloody Thing After Another has some scenes that I admired for their creeping sense of unease and masterfully explores themes such as loss, alienation and sacrifice that are embedded in the arcs of the individual characters stories. What I had difficulty with is the stacatto style and structure so I can't say I enjoyed reading it all that much. I'd recommend One Bloody Thing After Another for those that like horror tales a little left of center or are just looking for something new to try.more
This was wonderful, but I truly wish I hadn't read it just before having the house to myself for several days.more
What an odd little book! And I mean that in a good way! Something seems to be wrong with Ann and Margaret's mother. Why is she coughing up blood? Jackie freaks out when she discovers that one of her "special" trees has been cut down, and causes such a spectacle that she is arrested. Of course, Jackie and Ann are friends--in fact, Jackie has a crush on Ann, but Ann is totally unresponsive. Perhaps she is too worried about keeping her mother satisfied?Although it is very short and reads oh so quickly, this little book really packs a punch. The story is fed out in drips and drabs, but there is just enough detail to allow an alert reader to fill in the blanks. Not always pleasant reading, but certainly intriguing! Terrific cover!more
If I had read the description of what would be in the book, I would not have taken the time to read it. At any rate, I started the book and it was an extremely fast read so I finished it.I only have one word to describe this book: CRAZY. Wait, I need two words. My other word would be WEIRD. I think it's supposed to be a horror, but it's not really. Actually it feels like a story from the Twilight zone - though not as good.Jackie's is the first story that we read. Jackie is really crazy. She just does whatever she wants, whenever she she feels like it. Her mom is a ghost that comes around and helps makes Jackie invisible whenever she needs it. Jackie is very impulsive and basically makes jokes when other people would be scared, mad, or nonchalant. For example, at one point Jackie gets arrested. For her one phone call she calls the desk of the officer near the phone. She has a crush on her friend Ann....Of course Ann has her own problems. Even though her mom is the zombie in the basement, she is the one that walks around like a zombie. She laughs sometimes and she talks but mostly her behavior is zombielike. When Jackie starts putting the moves on her she doesn't even responds. She just sits there. Ann and her sister have to find their zombie mom fresh meat to eat. Like I said, this book is crazy. And it's pretty awful what they feed their mom. I take that back - it's really disturbing. This book is an extremely fast read. It is very creepy. I have only read a few horror stories before so I don't know if they are all like this. Most of the book I found myself frowning, mainly it was because Jackie was one big psycho or because something else upset me. The only people I really liked was the old man and his dog. And even then he had a ghost holding her own head in her arms (dripping blood from its mouth). She meets him everyday at the end of his walk. This book was really weird and sometimes things just didn't make sense. There is one section were it's just a repeat of content from a previous section (done on purpose but still weird).I'd recommend this book if you're looking for something different, weird, creepy, and disturbing.more
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