Shane’s book is coming out, coincidentally. at the same time as The Baltimore Atrocities Shane was good enough to read my book and had this to say:
"I love the The Baltimore Atrocities As individual pieces each stands on its own, but when you add the illustrations and the story builds, what’s fragmented and wonderful becomes a cohesive monster of a book.”
Porochista K. (fellow former B’more resident) gave The Baltimore Atrocities a read, and had this say:
"With the The Baltimore Atrocities, John Dermot Woods creates his own contribution to American Gothic-a sort of uncanny mid-Atlantic noir that is unlike anything you’ve ever read. Woods weaves a classic narrative of young men trying to reclaim the troubling holes in their pasts with sketches inspired by America’s weirdest city. This marvelously illustrated cabinet of curiosities shows you the odds and ends are often worth more than just a sweeping sum of the parts. A dazzling journey.”
HTML Giant is coming to an end. For my money, the best conversations over there started with Justin Taylor’s posts back in the early days. I’ve always admired how Justin reads (and writes).
He read The Baltimore Atrocities and had this to say: “Like a lost season of The Wire directed by Richard Linklater, The Baltimore Atrocities beguiles, bemuses, often horrifies, and never fails to impress. John Woods renders small moments of intimacy and violence with remarkable compression and eerie calm; together they form a rich, disturbing portait of the city-as-zonked-out-slaughterhouse, its denizens both the butchers and the butchered.”
“The Baltimore Atrocities unfolds like a conspiracy theorist’s web of coincidence and correlation, its pages seemingly the artifact of its own investigation, an inquiry as much about organizing the fallout of loss as it is about solving its mystery. John Dermot Woods’s stunningly illustrated novel is one of the most intelligent and moving books you’re likely to read this year, a striking accomplishment from one of our most distinctive writers.”
- Matt Bell, author of In the House Upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods