Book Review: The Myth of Falling – Author Charlee Jacob

It’s everything you never wanted to hear or that perhaps you or somebody you knew suffered through, whether from the human misery of this universe or a criminality intruding from the supernatural.   -from Essay I: The Myth of Falling

 I’ve been known to mutter that one of the best reason to create art, to spin the patently unreal out of vapors and dust, is to process the incongruities of reality. To reflect and refract this perpetually shifting blob of experience into something a bit more reasonable. But what do we do when the mechanism of collection itself becomes twisted, when the funhouse mirrors begin to buckle and shift like slow-pulled taffy, in unintended and unreasonable directions. What, then, becomes of the product, the art?

I ask because I’m having a particularly tough time reviewing this work in a coherent fashion. This product of a woman whose work has always moved and often changed me. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read Soma or Vectors. Even if you do, read them again. But, due to an abominable conglomeration of illnesses, I was sure I would not have the opportunity to travel through her mind again.

 What does that have to do with The Myth of Falling? Nothing and everything, as the cliché goes. It is a collection that is inseparable from Charlee herself. From a past steeped in the types of things no one should have to even be aware of, let alone experience. From a present mired in alien flesh and misfiring nerves. The lens warped enough to show the fissures in the firmament we try so hard to tell ourselves is solid.

 This isn’t something that can be dealt with in the manner of most collections. There are stories here. Tight, concise bits of prose that do more in three pages than most writers can pull off in a series of thousand page novels. But there are more of what I would tentatively call prose poems, though they likely squirm their way free of that tidy cage. These beautiful and terrifying and heroically horrific tangles of words that would writhe and wrap and slink just out of the grasp of my feeble mind. Waves of emotion and sensation that I had to read three or four times just to begin to sense the outline of reason. Like walking on that putty you can make with cornstarch. And don’t be fooled when you catch that “essay” epithet; those hold some of the slipperiest thoughts of the book.

 On several occasions, I was brought to tears. On others, filled with elation. Quite a few times, I got angry and frustrated while overextending myself grasping at a meaning I was sure lurked just outside of my reach. Worse, all of these experiences have blurred into each other so that I can barely distinguish what pages brought about which emotion.

 What that means for you, oh dear reader, is that you will likely either consider this a work of genius or absolute bullshit. I don’t see any middle ground on that. It certainly is not a book that will engender apathy.

 

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The Myth of Falling by Charlee Jacob — Now Available!

TheMythofFalling Final Cover V1 300dpi-1There is an old myth that says if one dreams of falling and goes all the way to the sudden end, this one will never wake up. For writer Charlee Jacob that form of dream death never came. She’d strike rocks and get up again. However, in other nightmares she’s died almost every conceivable (and inconceivable) way, including being murdered. A child of relentless bullying, family violence, and stonings in the street…wife of starvation, psychological degredation, and abandonment, she put her fury and pain into writing. Her horrific fiction is extreme, often as lyrical as it is monstrous. Having written for nearly twenty years, illness completely disabled her. Later, a different diagnosis and maximum doses of her medications, she’s written her first book in eight years. ‘The Myth Of Falling’ is a collection of frequently gruesome fiction, cruelty, sexual deviance, and essays of living with horror. She’s fallen, hit bottom, and got up again.

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An apocalyptic nightmare in the tradition of Uzumaki, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and Tetsuo: The Iron Man.
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The Slab City Riot was supposed to be a weekend of hot rods, choppers, and rock and roll, just a bunch of working stiffs cutting loose.  But then a horde of dead, hungry killers charges out of the desert, and The Slab City Riot becomes a slaughter.

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There is something wrong with Arrianne. Since she and her husband moved into their dream house, Arrianne has been overcome with the most perverse urges and desires. And then there are the dreams and the deviant and repulsive pornography that pops up on her computer screen, images of bestiality,  Roman showers, coprophillia, sadomasochism, and sex with the lowest dregs of society. Her husband, Chuck, thinks she’s losing her mind, but he loves her new ferocious sexual appetite too much to complain. But Arrianne knows, something isn’t right. This isn’t her. As she slowly uncovers the sordid history of Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road, murder, torture, suicide, and insanity, she begins to suspect a connection between her recent fits of psychotic nymphomania and the house’s violent past. When she acquires the diary of Lucy Pearson, one of the house’s original owners, she finally understands the extreme danger she and her husband are in.

 

From the demented imaginations of nine of horror fiction’s most extreme authors comes a novel that blurs the lines between the erotic and the horrific, the grotesque and the absurd, fiction and reality. And no one is safe, not even the authors themselves.

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The Slab City Riot was supposed to be a weekend of hot rods, choppers, and rock and roll, just a bunch of working stiffs cutting loose.  But then a horde of dead, hungry killers charges out of the desert, and The Slab City Riot becomes a slaughter.

Few survive the initial attack, and those who do find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by death and chaos.  Misfits from all walks of life, these desperate survivors must fight back or die.

But the desert is a harsh place, and the dead don’t stop.

And Slab City is one hell of a town.

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