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I definitely recommend it though as a way to see how these authors translate the Lynchian mythology and feel into their own universes.

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Mar 28, Matt Payne rated it really liked it. When you've watched all of Lynch's movies and you need more weirdness, this is where you have to go. I'm surprised by the grace, style, and beauty of most of these stories.


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These dreamlike tales pulled me into that indescribable world, showed me things that made no sense yet held deep meaning, and then left me alone, listening to the hiss of an empty record. I really liked the Thomas ligotti story. Jun 01, Ali rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-own. What a great collection of weird tales that are definitely reminiscent of David Lynch. In lurid-lit. Oct 17, Collin Henderson rated it really liked it. You've got your good things And I've got mine. David Lynch is a man who has concerned himself with things such as childbirth, parental anxiety, hardened criminals, the negative effects of industrialism, the dark underside of Hollywood, love as viewed through the eyes of someone who has lost it, music, the death of one person in a small town and its following effects, the magical wonders of coffee, what is reality and what is dreams, insanity, and, amongst other things and perhaps most scary of You've got your good things David Lynch is a man who has concerned himself with things such as childbirth, parental anxiety, hardened criminals, the negative effects of industrialism, the dark underside of Hollywood, love as viewed through the eyes of someone who has lost it, music, the death of one person in a small town and its following effects, the magical wonders of coffee, what is reality and what is dreams, insanity, and, amongst other things and perhaps most scary of all, Nic Cage's acting abilities.

As a big fan of Lynch and his wonderful, weird, scary, and beautiful way of looking at the world and telling stories, I saw the title for this anthology which comes from a song in his debut feature Eraserhead and instantly knew I had to read it. And much like all of the subjects he himself has covered, this book is filled with stories that tackle everything from isolation to sexuality, hatred to love.

And much like his work, most of this is great, but there are a few missteps along the way. After reading the absolutely hilarious foreword by Bradley Sands, I plunged in and read each story in order and found that there are three types of stories in this book. The first is a story that apes elements of Lynch and winds up feeling dull and uninspired because of it stories such as "Lou Reed Sings 'This Magic Moment,'"which reads as Lost Highway fan fiction, and "Inland Where Secrets Lie," which is the literary equivalent of watching Inland Empire, my least favorite Lynch film I've seen.

These honestly could have been removed and not much would have been lost. Thankfully, these types of stories aren't terribly abundant. The second kind of story is the one that uses elements or motifs of Lynch to their advantage things like owls, character names, a shit ton of blue velvet and red curtains, etc.


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These include stories such as Laura Lee Bahr's "Blue Velvet Cake" which blends the past and present, much like Lynch often does, but does so in a way that tells a unique story of hatred and resentment. Another good example of this is "Sextape" by Simon Logan, a story of a woman who is told to sell a sex tape that turns her world upside down this is one of my favorites as it feels like a mixture of Lost Highway and Mullholland Drive, in its own nightmarish way. The last kind of story is one that feels like something Lynch might have made, but does its own thing entirely.

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This includes Jeremy Robert Johnson's incredible "Persistence Hunting" which was one of the best stories in his awesome collection We Live Inside you and is one of the best in this one as well , which is a classic noir tale through and through. Then there are the more outlandish ones, like Cody Goodfellow's "Population: 2" which honestly feels like an X rated Twilight Zone episode in a really good way, and Kirsten Alene's "Gloria," easily one of the most fucked up and weird pieces of fiction I've read in a while, solely because of the ending.

Point being, the good outweighs the bad in this anthology.

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While there are only a handful of truly great stories in here my favorites being the aforementioned "Persistence Hunting," "Sextape," and "Blue Velvet Cake," and "Gloria," along with David J. A lot of them are pretty confusing and vague, but most are worth reading even if you don't understand them entirely or they don't wow you. In other words, this anthology reflects Lynch's own career pretty well, with everything that implies. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some coffee to drink and donuts to eat. Sep 26, Fabrizio rated it really liked it.

Being a huge Lynch fan, I received this book as a gift, and I wasn't disappointed. Overall, the stories are very much in the vain of Lynch.

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Jul 24, Adam Rodenberger rated it really liked it Shelves: experimental , magical-realism , surreal. This ain't your super easy beach reading material These 39 stories range from the fairly normal to the out and out persona-swapping mid-scene. If you're not a fan of Lynch's films or a fair number of the authors included in this collection already, this one might be a hard sell for you. The majority of the stories aren't quick reads and require more than a simple one-time reading.

Some personal fav This ain't your super easy beach reading material I found this to be very hit or miss, even more so than most anthologies, but then that seemed very appropriate for being based on David Lynch. Much like Lynch, when the stories were prioritizing storytelling over the weirdness, I really liked them and appreciated the weirdness in them all the more. But also like a couple of Lynch's films there were some stories that were just weird without giving me a base to work with as a reader. Jul 27, Juliette rated it really liked it. Reads like a series of dreams, sometimes disgusting, sometimes beautiful, sometimes just outright strange in a good way.

Even though some of the stories weren't to my taste, each one had at least one line or image that captured my attention. I think anyone into David Lynch's work will be intrigued by this collection. Dec 02, David rated it really liked it.

Bizarre, fuzzy, dream-logic, with nihilism, psychosis, and a generous helping of Americana. Somewhat uneven collection -- some stories were fantastic, and others were trying way too hard to be "Lynchian. Lady Lovecraft rated it it was amazing Jun 01, Shawn D. Jarrid Deaton rated it really liked it Jan 23, Jeremy Thompson rated it it was amazing Nov 22, Ashley Crawford rated it liked it Nov 01, Dzanc Books rated it it was amazing Apr 15, Matt rated it liked it Dec 21, Kelby Losack rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Nikos Kernel rated it really liked it Jan 27, Steve Owen rated it it was amazing Sep 05, Shadowdenizen rated it it was amazing Feb 18, Brendan rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Ash Woodall rated it it was ok Jan 03, Jesse Walker rated it liked it Oct 26, Ben rated it liked it Feb 01, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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