Review-Ghosts of Punktown by Jeffrey Thomas

by Jeffrey Thomas
Published by Dark Regions Press on April 29, 2014
Genres: Horror
Pages: 258
Format: eARC


Monsters, mutants and maniacs…here, they call them citizens.

In the opening story, “In His Sights,” shape-shifting war veteran Jeremy Stake (protagonist of Thomas’ novels DEADSTOCK and BLUE WAR) is reminded of the last enemy soldier he killed, every time he looks in the mirror…while the concluding story, “Life Work” (Thomas’ first novella-length Punktown story), follows a young businesswoman with a secret past and a syndicate hit man with no future. Between these tales one will encounter a wide and wild variety of the lost souls, both human and other-than-human, that haunt the streets of Punktown.

I received this book as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review.

There is no place like Punktown.
At that unique nexus of space and time in the literary universe, where horror and science fiction collide, Punktown is unique.
It stands to reason that a collection of ghost stories based in that city would also be special. And it is. For what lurks here are ghosts of a different color. Ghosts of memory and the mind. Of distance and strange dimensions. Unexpected specters, in the most unexpected of places. Jeffrey Thomas proves once again to be an amazingly talented writer, being able to make the reader feel a connection to the characters in these stories, and to Punktown itself. For this strangest of cities rings familiar, and rings true, to any urban dweller. You know these neighborhoods, good and bad. You’ve walked these streets yourself, in your reality and in these pages. For that is the true magic of Punktown. No matter how truly far away it is, the stories from there always hit close to home.

Highest recommendation.

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

About Jeffrey Thomas

Jefferey Thomas has worked as a carapace waxer at a farm that raised giant beetles (their exoskeletons used in the creation of Scarab hovercars), operator of the Vomit Comet and Screamer rides at the annual Paxton Fair, and as a member of the Accident Response Ground Hosers (ARGH) team at the Paxton Teleportation Center.

His career as a writer took off when he switched from the fiction of books such as Letters from Hades and A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Dealers to nonfiction studies of his hometown and its citizens, like Punktown, Monstrocity and Everybody Scream! He lives in Punktown.

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