‘Irregular Creatures’ by Chuck Wendig is an affordable ebook of easily digestible (but not so easily forgettable) short stories. These 9 tales range from the mildly creepy and oddball to the deeply disturbing. True to the title, all feature different kinds of creatures: aliens, fallen angels, mermaids and flying cats, to name a few.
“Dog-Man and Cat-Bird (A Flying Cat Story)” — An out-of-work artist finds a badly injured winged cat on his doorstep one night, and starts rehabilitating the creature in secret with his young son. Unfortunately, there are other flying cats out there, and not all of them are as friendly as “Cat-Bird.”
“A Radioactive Monkey” — The barista’s latest knockout cocktail, the Radioactive Monkey, gives a killer hangover.
“Product Placement” — Aliens manipulate space-time and alternate dimensions in a cosmic marketing plan.
“This Guy” — This guy might be a zombie. Or the main character might just be losing his mind.
“Mister Mhu’s Pussy Show” — In the decadent Red Light District of Bangkok, a wealthy American businessman develops a dangerous obsession with the dancer Tasanee, or “Heavenly View.”
“Lethe and Mnemosyne” — Strange creatures keep visiting a small town. Unfortunately, the only person who knows how to appease them is an old man who’s lost his memory to dementia.
“The Auction” — In a bizarre take-your-kid-to-work scenario, a father takes his son to an underground auction of all kinds of irregular creatures.
“Beware of Owner” — Pop won’t abide any trespassers on his property, under pain of death.
“Do-Overs and Take-Backs” — The random benevolence of a strange, powerful creature gifts a poor kid with a borrowed life.
Overall, this is a 5-star ebook. Chuck Wendig’s writing style is fearless and occasionally abrasive, not shying away from tough situations and the creative profanity for which his blog is known. In the sea of self-published ebooks, he is one of the success stories.
You’re bound to find something appealing in this wide range of well-written stories, some of which are already published on Wendig’s blog if you prefer to preview before buying. ‘Irregular Creatures’ is affordable as well as enjoyable.