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Now our unraveling for evenings and the columns of the replicating bell, a cord of child milk rising in pink glisten for the city lamp and making every person see themselves before themselves with tubes removed, the index of the body bopped with big sheathes of silver foiling, catching words where there were words, though there were very few…”

I panicked at the opening pages of Sky Saw (Tyrant Books / Dec. 2012), which are filled with this dense, complicated language, fearing Blake Butler would hold me hostage for the novel’s duration in a swamp of unclarified narrative, a poetic mire that, while beautiful in its bruising, wouldn’t lead me forward through a story. But then Sky Saw opened like the mold-blooms of his previous works, and there was a narrative to wrap my eyes around, and the book held me captive in a completely different way.

Nick Antosca’s writing is not ground-breaking or earth-shattering or off-the-charts or any other cliché moniker that you can think of, but it is gobs of fun, and isn’t that all that we want sometimes?

Published earlier this year by Lazy Fascist Press, The Obese is a slim book consisting of two stories: “The Obese”, in which obese people become sick with a zombie-like disease that makes them desperately want to eat people, and “Predator Bait”, a story where a young woman poses as the bait for one of those cover-up shows that entices pedophiles to meet face-to-face with their victims, only to be busted by a self-assured emcee and his camera crew, and later, by a swat team. And while these stories don’t necessarily bring up new concepts or ideas, the fun fact is: what Antosca does with these kernels is build two stories that are quirky, fast-paced, and fun to read.