I’ve read a lot of Joe Knetter’s work in my time — sometimes more than I’d liked. Being one of the reigning kings of splatter punk, Knetter’s is one bell you can not un-ring. You’ve been warned.
Room, a collection of short stories due out July 1, is his best work yet. Honestly, it’s been a long time that I have been yanked through such a gamut of emotions in the course of just over 200 pages. Giggling vicariously at the torture of others; empathizing with souls trapped in doom (pretty analogous to the state of the world today, I might add); weeping over distanced friends lost through the usual transitions of life; filled with joy over terrifying unknowns ending in victory and revenge; literally throwing the book to the floor in anticipative fear of what words await me next and having my will to read on tested…
Joe never ceases to amaze me. Just when you think he can’t top it, you get a hardcore sucker punch to the choad. At times I had tears of sadness in my eyes, personally relating to tales of humanity and its heartbreaking absence. At others, my fingertips were puking with each turn of the page.
Knetter’s Room offers a tremendous package of surprises (and involuntary gag reflexes) and is more than well worth the read, and a treat for horror fans.
Find more information about Joe Knetter and Room at www.joeknetter.com.