The real-time review of ‘The Art of Ventriloquism’ continues…

Posted: October 9, 2013 in AJ Kirby Short Fiction, Other Writing by AJ Kirby, Reviews of AJ Kirby's Work, The Art of Ventriloquism by AJ Kirby

Art of V New CoverD.F. Lewis’s real-time review of my crime-fiction collection, ‘The Art of Ventriloquism’ continues here:

The two latest tales to come under the Lewisian microscope are ‘In the Mean Time’, and ‘The Gavel’, of which more below. And remember, if you want to read along with Des, get a hold of a copy of ‘The Art of Ventriloquism’ here:

‘In the Mean Time’ – “…this story, for me, is a genuine, previously unpublished horror classic, in a perfect-toned visceral and suspenseful style.”

‘The Gavel’ – “…this story again exemplifies the wonderful conceits and turns of phrase in Kirby fiction. I am not exaggerating when I say that I am agog at Kirby’s torrent of characterisation and of plot and place by such turns of phrase, concerning, for example, just in this story, speed traps and navigation systems and silence like an airbag and half-sheep and names like ‘Call me Ronnie’ and ‘Luke or Danny’ – and I’m only scratching the surface here. You have to read ‘The Gavel’ to fully appreciate what I mean in context. This is a morality tale rather than crime fiction – except financial greed is a crime when you infect other people with it even if they infect you with their own greed thus to encourage you to infect them in the first place. A concertina of crime. And free gifts like a ball-peen hammer to become a symbol of rough justice is yet one more conceit or miraculous turn of phrase with which Kirby fiction is literally teeming.”


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