Cripple Wolf

Cripple Wolf - Jeff Burk 5/5
      How do you describe Cripple Wolf? It's bizarro with hints of horror, and it's a book that would make a great introduction to classic bizarro. The kind of bizarro you just don't read anymore. As I read it I was reminded of how great this genre was and still can be. This short story collection starts off on a high note and just doesn't let up. There's not a bad story here and Burk is a great story teller that isn't so out there that you can't grasp the concept of the stories. Each story here is amusing, and well written. The lead off story Cripple Wolf feels like a classic B-rate horror film. It's got gore, and best of all a werewolf that happens to be in a wheelchair. For those with an aversion to the holidays there's even a twisted take on Frosty the Snowman that is quite disturbing.

     Of all the bizarro short story collections I've read, Wolf is one of my favorites. It's a classic collection that never fails to entertain and it has everything you would want in a book of weird fiction. Is it for those with an aversion to violence, or drugs, or elderly punk rockers? Nope, but you should read it anyway because it's a fun yet quick read that will no doubt become your gateway drug to the wonderful and brilliant genre that was bizarro fiction. Burk has created a classic short story collection that hits all the right notes and you won't be able to stop reading it once you've started.