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John M. McIlveen ‘Jerks and Other Tales from a Perfect Man’ Review


Written by: Vitina Molgaard

“Fasten your seat belts it’s going to be a bumpy night.”
Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve

Having never previously read any of McIlveen’s work, I found myself in for quite a new and extremely different experience .There are seriously enjoyable adventures within the pages of this six-story compilation. Be prepared for a shocking trip through what must definitely be classified as dark humor. Wild, weird, and completely off the hook tales that go way beyond what one might well expect. A certain wicked sense of insanity travels throughout each page.

I found the first story, “Jerks,” to be captivating. We have a woman named Kelly, who after a disastrous day at work, finds coming home to her lover equally unsettling. All does not going well for our protagonist to say the least. Armed with a full arsenal of hatred for the jerks in her life, she sets off on a journey needing some time away. It is not long before Kelly has an accidental meeting with a dog named Max – and I use the term lightly in referring to him as a dog – who shares an equal animosity for jerks.What happens next is sweet revenge for the duo. Another path we travel leads us to an interesting game of softball in,“Playing The Huddys”. As a group of men gather to engage in their sports activities they quickly find themselves encountering the Huddy family,who have decided it is the day they want the baseball field. They are not your average family, rather they’re an incestuous bunch that greatly distances them from “average”. What happens is a challenge from the family, that leaves us with a definite sense of justice. And, finally, in dealing with “The Perfect Man” we’re once more reminded that money cannot buy everything, but it may very well end up getting you more than you bargained for. I leave you with three stories to discover and savor for yourself, because they’re awfully gratifying.

Seriously, this book kept me amazed at how horror stories can be so bizarre and full of various degrees of gore and ugliness while at the same time upholding quality humor. Granted it is a dark disturbing humor, but nonetheless amusing. I enjoyed most everything about this group of stories, and the parts that actually disturbed me are really about me personally. I recommend this collection whole heartedly …just believe me…it truly is wild, wicked crazy.

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Rating: 3.5/5

About The Overseer (1669 Articles)
Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

3 Comments on John M. McIlveen ‘Jerks and Other Tales from a Perfect Man’ Review

  1. I am glad you enjoyed my review…seriously your mind has some great twists in it…I really could have written about each one ..but I want to find people went there on their own…I thought the way you ended with “How to Make Sure Your Dream House Is Not Haunted,” was a fun way to close off the book…as always…just me…Vitina …the old hippie


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