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Blood

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Blood

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Janice Galloway
publisher:
Random House
genre:
Horror, Short Stories, Fiction

We gave it a B

An adolescent girl’s visit to the dentist ends in a bloodbath in Blood, the haunting first collection by Scottish writer Janice Galloway. Here, as elsewhere, Galloway manages to serve up helpings of gristle and gore without venturing far from the world of her working-class characters. At once horrifying and humorous, these stories cut deep into the dour existence of powerless people — mostly women and girls — to expose the forces beyond their control. Occasionally the stories stray too far into surrealism, losing the sharp flavor of Scottish life. But at their best, they shock us out of the disaffection and irony that we’ve come to expect from the contemporary short story. B