Dead Dogs and Splintered Hearts – Tom Ward

Featuring: a sophisticated assassin, celebratory Parisian cabaret dancers and a magazine cool enough to literally explode minds, and diving into: love and shattered hopes in the South of France, the ghost of Norman Mailer, a disgraced Father Christmas, and cannibalistic school teachers, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy, or at least be offended by.
 
And that’s before we’ve even touched on: Lithuanian beauties, fingers cut to the bone, a bag of eyeballs, Mexican evenings with dishonoured famous cyclists, Charles Bukowksi’s pub, and the latest in scientific seduction techniques.
 
Oh, and there’s the occasional dog, as well.

 

First and foremost Dead Dogs and Splintered Hearts certainly does what it says on the tin…disturbs the reader and evokes random thought processes encouraging the reader to question each unique story in its standalone context. I liked the excellent use of his description and scenes settings, this is always important for me in any story or text I read.

 

Reading Ward’s short collection of graphically written stories may shock you, alarm you, interest you, repulse you or excite you but above all it is safe to say that he has talent for the weird, wonderful and alternative subject matter creating a mix of emotions and reactions from his readers.

Some stories I preferred more than others, some left me baffled and questioning their intent, many disturbed and the occasional one aroused. There are those that feature dogs, those that are dark and those that are down right disturbing. Some could have been longer and more in-depth, I didn’t feel satisfied and craved more.

Reading Ward’s short collection of graphically written stories may shock you, alarm you, interest you, repulse you or excite you but above all it is safe to say that he has talent for the weird, wonderful and alternative subject matter creating a mix of emotions and reactions from his readers.

Super quick to read, ripping through a handful of stories at a time allowing me to devour this in only a couple of days. It cannot be compared to his previous works, there is no comparison. Ward shows his ability to be able to turn his hand to a multitude of topics and capture them well.

I do hope, however, that none of these stories are generated from real life experiences!

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