Jeremy Shipp brings you The Atrocities, a haunting gothic fantasy of a young ghost's educationWhen Isabella died, her parents were determined to ensure her education wouldn't suffer.But Isabella's parents had not informed her new governess of Isabella's... condition, and when Ms Valdez arrives at the estate, having forced herself through a surreal nightmare maze of twisted human-like statues, she discovers that there is no girl to tutor.Or is there...?...
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The Atrocities Reviews
This is a very weird little book that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. It tells the story of Ms Valdez who arrives to tutor a young girl, only to discover that the girl has died, but the parents still want her to be tutored. The setting is great - a gothic mansion house with hedge monsters (the atrocities) that are somewhat reminiscent of The Shining and a couple of odd servants. The characters are well-drawn, but often a little bit stereotypical with very questionable motivations at times ...more
Not wholly bad, but quite disappointing. What little atmosphere there is -- in a novella touted by the publisher as "a haunting gothic fantasy of a young ghost's education" -- gets quickly squandered here.
To start, we have the trope of the troubled person entering the spooky mansion, in the form of Danna Valdez, a teacher/private tutor who suffers from some unexplained form of PTSD. It is never clear what the deal is with her, nor is it believable how and why she has come to take this new job, ...more
Turn left at the screaming woman with a collapsing face. Turn right at the kneeling man with bleeding sores the size of teacups. If you come across a big-breasted bear with a child's head in her jaws, you're going the wrong way...Turn right at the woman sliced into twelve pieces. Please don't touch the statues. Please don't litter.
3.5 stars rounded up for all the promise in this weird and enticing novella from Jeremy Shipp. The first half? Three-quarters even? while rushed in places, were doing ...more
"Turn left at the screaming woman with a collapsing face. Turn right at the kneeling man with bleeding sores the size of teacups. If you come across a big-breasted bear with a child's head in her jaws, you've gone the wrong way."
The Evers are looking for someone to teach their troubled young daughter who has already scared off two governesses. When Danna Valdez arrives at the job interview, she immediately notices that the eccentric Evers' family will not be ordinary employers. As she approach ...more
A haunting, grotesquely beautiful, atmospheric work of Gothic horror, The Atrocities didn't play out quite as I expected, but it's those final twists that elevated it from memorable to unforgettable.
Jeremy C. Shipp throws a lot at the reader in the opening pages, with the walk through the hedge maze more surreal than some stories in their entirety, but that's just setting the stage.
Turn right at the woman sliced into twelve pieces. Please don’t touch the statues. Please don’t litter.
Inside the h ...more
If I had to narrow down The Atrocities to just a few words, I would choose: surreal, beautiful and grotesque.
This is such an odd little book. It’s got the dread of Shirley Jackson mixed with the funhouse terror of Hieronymus Bosch.
From the moment our main character steps into a maze reminiscent of Italy’s Parco dei Mostri (park of the monsters), it’s clear that there’s something very wrong here.
The overtones are gothic, though the story is modern – and it’s very, very chilling.
It seems a little ...more
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A surreal, Gothic nightmare of a story that beautifully explores the depths of grief and loss.
I didn’t know I was in the mood for a creepy, Gothic horror story until I picked up The Atrocities , and boy did it deliver! This is one strange story, but it’s so well written and has so many emotional layers that I highly recommen ...more
A governess is hired to teach a young girl, who she is told is a ghost. Weird, creepy and a little unnerving in spots; the house is full of disturbing art and items, while the family seems a little strange. 3.5 stars.