The Final Installment of DF Lewis’s Real-Time Review of ‘The Art of Ventriloquism’

Posted: October 11, 2013 in AJ Kirby Short Fiction, Other Writing by AJ Kirby, Reviews of AJ Kirby's Work, The Art of Ventriloquism by AJ Kirby

dummyAnd so, ladies and gentlemen, we reach the concluding parts of DF Lewis’s real-time review of ‘The Art of Ventriloquism’. It’s been a fun ride, and I’d like to sincerely thank Des for his work on this. I’m sure his salient and witty commentary on the text will enhance everyone’s reading of the text.

The latest episode of the review has appeared on the ‘Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies’ website, which is fitting as the final two stories in the collection are pretty horrific. You can read the whole thing here:

And here’s a final couple of highlights:

‘The Ninth Circle’ – “The story has much strong writing and has elements of the Gavel’s kangaroo court and it poses several questions in my mind: one of which is the randomness, the sudden realisation there can be no synchronicity, no gestalt after all. And that is sufficient reason for this story’s poignant ending, a philosophical anti-natalism as a version of rough justice”

‘Politicking’ –  “POLITICKING is a grotesque John Dos Passos collage of a coda to the previous stories, one about a politician who is the Government’s Drugs Czar and is also reputed to be into drugs himself and with the fear of his own tiny genitalia as from ‘The Ninth Circle’. And there is another man with this book’s earlier self-harm as a condition of harming others, plus an Aga cooker and surveillance. A country house whodunnit to make this a crime fiction book after all. Where victims abound. You can have Horror without Victims but not a Victimless Crime… You can have women without men, but men without women is another Aga Cooker of fish. You can have leitmotifs without a gestalt, but not a gestalt without leitmotifs. A collection (or as it says on the main title page of this book: ‘anthology’) needs stories, but stories don’t necessarily need an anthology or collection or even a book to hold them. Some stories start in the head and sometimes stay there. These stories luckily escaped to the page. In the mean time…”

Overall, Des had this to say about the collection as a whole: “I loved this book. I am only regretful that I hadn’t got to one of AJK’s books before now. ”



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