Mapping a literary space uniquely his own, Evenson's CONTAGION AND OTHER STORIES pursues to a new level the crepescular and delirious exploration begun in his acclaimed and controversial ALTMANN'S TONGUE. In the O'Henry Award winning "Two Brothers," a minister breaks his leg while his sons watch then refuses to call an ambulance, remaining convinced even unto death that GoMapping a literary space uniquely his own, Evenson's CONTAGION AND OTHER STORIES pursues to a new level the crepescular and delirious exploration begun in his acclaimed and controversial ALTMANN'S TONGUE. In the O'Henry Award winning "Two Brothers," a minister breaks his leg while his sons watch then refuses to call an ambulance, remaining convinced even unto death that God will arrive to lift him up and make him whole. The self-acclaimed language specialist of "The Polygamy of Language" indiscriminately blends linguistics with murder. "Contagion" is a skewed retelling of the early history of barbed wire, which interweaves metaphysics and the Western genre. "Watson's Boy" shows a boy endlessly wandering the human equivalent of a conditioned response box while the protagonist of "By Halves" finds himself trapped in a relationship that may not exist. Throughout, Evenson's immaculate prose draws us mercilessly up to confront troubled and troubling lives that, astoundingly, are no less human than our own....
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Contagion and Other Stories Reviews
It's hard to say which Evenson short story collection is my second favorite.The Wavering Knife is my absolute favorite. But several other collections vie for second place. Contagion is one of those. It contains "Watson's Boy," which I first encountered in the VanderMeers' anthologyNew Weird. It is my favorite Evenson story and I've read it at least five times, each time taking something different away. "Two Brothers" is another astounding, dark piece that will stick with me until my death bed. If you are the type who throws up in your mouth a little while you read, this one is for you. The stories collected here are some of the darkest, most bewildering, and blackly humorous in his oeuvre. All the Evensonian elements are here: deranged cults, inexplicable post-apocalyptic worlds, plagues of unknown origin, the blurring of the lines between life and death, elaborate psychiatric mind games, internal realities that fail to manifest, external realities that we can barely fathom.Both fun and disturbing in equal measure, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who enjoys weird lit, weird horror, atypical bizarro, or slipstream-type fiction.
These stories cannot be properly categorized under the horror genre, horrifying though they be. A horror story is like a roller coaster: no matter how frightening it is you know that it's safe, that the ride will end. Evenson doesn't write like that. Evenson's horror doesn't offer you that "Whew!" after the words stop. After the words stop, Evenson's horror keeps churning somewhere under your skin. And I, for one, worried that it might erupt as black blood through my pores.By the way, I've met Mr. Evenson a number of times (he is an occasional customer at my book store) and although I am not the perfect judge of character, I'm convinced that if he were ever to invite me to his home for dinner, I would not be on the menu.
My first encounter with Evenson was his short story "Prairie," in a horror anthology, and I have been hooked since. He has an economy with language rivalling Cormac McCarthy's at times. This anthology includes "Prairie," a masterpiece about an expedition to find the secret of a land where the dead return to life, as well as the title story, a kafkaesque piece about horsemen patrolling a quarrantine fence. Other stories are about madness and religious obsession, but they all share the same spare style, rendering each impact distilled and strong. My only complaint? It can be read through in an afternoon, and I wanted it to last longer.
The story "Two Brothers" made me want to throw up.
extremely graphic short stories that toys with the roles of language and space in literature. the two brothers was probably the strongest of the bunch and i enjoyed its sort of dreamlike quality and the leveled structure of the story (which is hard to explain), but i did not like the book on the whole. maybe i'm more of a softy than i like to admit, but some of the imagery was truly disturbing. (the bit about the dead dog really bothered me.)
top-tier evenson, this slim volume contains horror, strangeness, and beautiful writing in equal volume. i'd encountered the first two stories ('the polygamy of language', 'the two brothers') previously and marked them, the second in particular, among his strongest. turns out the rest of the book might not be as good as those but very nearly. 'watson's boy' in particular.
Undoubtedly there are some gems in this collection. Evenson also has a way with words, and giving a poetic edge to the most morbid and gruesome happenings. Taken as a whole however, and in light of previous story collections I've read by the author, dude is starting to wear thin on me a little bit.
Reviewed it at Vol.1: http://vol1brooklyn.com/2011/11/29/re...
Evenson is a good writer but these stories are way too weird. Just weird for weird's sake. I did not enjoy this book at all.