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BEWARE THE CLOWNS IN THE ATTIC—LEST YOU BECOME ONE YOURSELF! Bram Stoker Award nominee Jeremy C. Shipp spins 13 tales of horror and dark humor in this highly conceptual collection. Angels and demons, husbands and wives, tormented ghosts and an army of men made of soap—all of them trapped in attics of the mind, attics of heaven or hell, the attics we make for ourselves or wBEWARE THE CLOWNS IN THE ATTIC—LEST YOU BECOME ONE YOURSELF! Bram Stoker Award nominee Jeremy C. Shipp spins 13 tales of horror and dark humor in this highly conceptual collection. Angels and demons, husbands and wives, tormented ghosts and an army of men made of soap—all of them trapped in attics of the mind, attics of heaven or hell, the attics we make for ourselves or with which we ensnare others. Meet a paranoid astronaut whose jealousy drives him to extremes beyond murder…a miniature circus spawned from the mind of woman with too much control…the underling demon Globcow who desires redemption even more than the taste of human feet… Men, women, children, and things beyond imagination all interconnect in ATTIC CLOWNS, where laughter is only the prelude to the bizarre and terrible.“Jeremy C. Shipp’s boldness, daring, originality, and sheer smarts make him one of the most vital younger writers who have colonized horror literature in the past decade. Shipp’s modernist clarity, plus his willingness to risk damn near everything, put him up at the head of the pack with the very best.” —Peter Straub...

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Attic Clowns Reviews

  • Jason Pettus
    2019-03-02 22:44

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of alt-horror author Jeremy Shipp, whether he's taking on more traditional genre tropes like in Cursed or delving into smart political satire like in 2007's still brilliant Vacation; and now his latest is out, a story collection simply called Attic Clowns, the subject of an intense viral marketing campaign Shipp has been implementing at various social networks over the last year. And hey, this is the perfect kind of book to do such a thing, because its premise has such an irresistible hook -- it's a whole book of stories about evil clowns who live in people's attics, which simply screams "funny popular tweets" the moment you even hear of it. Ah, but much like his earlier story collection Sheep & Wolves, this book is actually more complicated than it might seem at first as well; because once again, Shipp has used these stories to weave together a sort of bizarre alternative reality for his characters to collectively share, one whose rules and history are never explicitly spelled out, but with strange, disturbing aspects revealed through throwaway details in the various individual pieces. It ultimately makes the book a double pleasure when all is said and done, something I always prefer in story collections, with it possible to enjoy the individual pieces in a simple way like normal, but with it also possible to get swept up in a grand hinted-at mythology full of dark, otherworldly details; and this is just one of the reasons I'm such a big fan of this criminally underrated author, and why it comes with a strong recommendation to all horror fans.Out of 10: 8.5, or 9.5 for horror fans

  • Narrelle
    2019-03-21 02:33

    I supported the production of this book as a Kickstarter project, so I was interested to find out whether I'd actually like the final product. The horror I mostly read is vampire fiction, though I've been expanding my reading in the genre lately.Attic Clowns is a surprise, in some ways. It starts as very surreal and almost more comic than horrific. As the short stories come along, they remain surreal, but more comes through in the way of themes and ideas. Of course, weird and sometimes evil clowns that live in attics feature strongly, but their role as metaphors for the horrors humans have in their own heads is pretty clear.I loved that the stories were much more varied and textured than I'd initially expected. Some were funny, some were strangely compassionate, though they were all fairly creepy. Shipp explores love, loss, grief, resentment, revenge, hope and acceptance throughout the stories.Particular favourites were The Ascension of Globcow the Footeater, where a demonic imp goes to heaven to find redemption, under the tutelage of a rather pompous angel. Blister is also terrific, dealing as it does with grief.Attic Clowns is a great little collection, with texture and thoughtfulness as well as a lot of creepy clowns with spiders for eyes.

  • Donald Armfield
    2019-03-03 02:59

    An astronaut and spiders, a little miniature person who won't die, Princesses with mystical STD's, Dust Bunnies, Demon toenail collector. Oh and clowns and attics.In the short "Dust Bunnies" a couch becomes a magical carpet ride through an imagination beyond the mind can think."Soapmen" takes you to the attic with a man who creates little army men with soap and toothpicks, bizarre!Overall Shipp takes the horror of clowns and what crawls in attics with a dash of the Bizarro genre and shows he is a master story teller.

  • Michael
    2019-02-17 21:57

    Well, the description of Attic Clowns did mention the word "bizarre" so I should have known what I was about to read. I guess Shipp's collection of killer, ghostly, mutated and yes - bizarre - clowns was just a bit too out there for my taste.

  • Joe Barlow
    2019-02-27 23:50

    Up until this week, I knew Jeremy C. Shipp only as "that funny guy on Twitter and Facebook," the fellow with the strange fixation on yard gnomes and the perfectly justified concern about the nocturnal activities of the world's many clowns. Sure, I knew he wrote books and short stories, and that he was a Bram Stoker-nominated horror writer. But with my own writing endeavors taking up so much of my time, I've had no time to explore his oeuvre, and his work has been gathering digital dust on my Kindle for far too long. As such, I decided to make a bit of time this week and take "Attic Clowns: Complete Collection" out for a spin.This short story collection is the first book I've read by Mr. Shipp, but it absolutely will not be the last. Holy clown, can this guy write!Over the course of the 13 macabre stories that comprise this collection, I came very close to going mad several times. Each of these tales read like a semi-lucid nightmare, with imagery that recalls the fantastic realms of Lewis Carroll, the early experimental short films of David Lynch, and the surrealistic set pieces from Pink Floyd The Wall. Shipp proves to be a master of the unreal, and never fails to enchant over the course of this collection. Some stories are darker than others, while others are borderline comedic in tone, but all reveal a storyteller of uncommon literary gifts. And if you think a collection of stories about clowns and attics would eventually grow tiresome, you'd be wrong. Shipp's marvelous writing flows like water, and gently washes the reader from one page to the next, with no sense of repetition in its themes or plots.What a lovely surprise this book turned out to be. Often funny, sometimes disturbing, and always fascinating, "Attic Clowns" is a must-buy.

  • Matthew Blake
    2019-03-17 22:53

    A fantastic read that I couldn't put down until I had finished it. If you're into horror you should definitely check this out, Shipp is a unique talent in the world of horror writing. I write horror myself, but could never do what he does. I can't find the words to describe his style, it's such a mix of insanity and extreme intelligence that I've never seen before. These are some of the most unique stories I've ever read, you simply must check it out as the read is an almost impossible experience to describe.

  • James
    2019-02-21 21:44

    Fantastic read! Two of my fears - attics and clowns thrown together in story after connecting story. Each one promises to disturb, frighten, or disgust you equally.You won't look at clowns the same ever again. Keep them coming Red Rum Horror!

  • JasonH
    2019-02-21 02:33

    Never read anything like attic clowns. creepy and will keep you up at night.

  • J K
    2019-03-12 00:56

    If you try to read this with even a mild case of coulrophobia, then you’re utterly screwed. However, this collection doesn’t just contain a bunch of creepy killer clowns, and don’t expect anything so straightforwardly horrific as that. Instead, these stories are rather dreamlike, nightmarish and strange, with their own confused sense of right, wrong and what reality really is . I haven’t read anything like Attic Clowns in a long while, and it flipped switches in my mind that I didn’t know were there. Not in a murdering spree sort of way, honest. As I said, these stories aren’t the typical scary killer genre. Attic Clowns is about an entirely different sort of dread. The action is cobwebbed with crazy description, surreal and disjointed and often very hard to make sense of, in the best sort of way. These ease-jangling stories have been crafted by a brilliantly twisted brain. Each one delivers the reader into the flapping gateway of quivering madness. It’s worth persevering with the perversity as, after all, they’re only clowns and they don’t know any better. Sometime they might even help with that trauma you were dealing with. Just try not to piss off Giggles this time, ok? I’ve briefly outlined each story below and summarized them up to a point, although I’ve tried to dodge the spoilers. These are well worth exploring for yourself:Spider Clowns from Planet XAn astronaut loses his mind as he’s continually upstaged by the ‘hero’, and uses an unusual method of payback, in an unusual take on the ‘space travellers go me mental’ trope. Bit like an madder version of a space story from Bradbury’s ‘Illustrated Man’.MicrocircusEveryone in her life has shrunk and performs in a miniature circus in her attic. Or something. But it’s ok, it’s cathertic. I think. Or she’s nuts. What happened? She also hates herself. Most unhealthy.PrincessOne of the shortest stories. This guy has serious relationship issues, and deals with them badly, up to and including a a mutilation to make sane men’s eyes water. An astonishing flow of rotten thought.Dust BunniesA crazy couch ride deals with dead mothers, an inappropriately gropy clown, and full on nightmare logic. What Nolan’s ‘Inception’ would resemble if they just wanted to make the rich guy lose his mind instead of change it. Also, there’s a healing catharsis. Of a sort.Don’t LaughA clown in an attic appears in a transparent panel in the protagonist’s forehead. It’s a metaphor, naturally. Imagery is great though. Reminds me a bit of the zero-budget horror movie ‘Dangerous Worry Dolls’, which was not quite as weird as this.BlisterA teenager mourns the horrific death of his brother, wearing his brother’s out-sized ‘clown’ trainers day and night. Inner torment oozes from subsequent blisters, and the clowns in his attic are out to get him - into trouble! I also learned that, when in highly stressed emotional doubt, watch old Monty Python flicks.A Quivering Gray FogIs this attic Heaven, Hell or both? It’s certainly a bit nearer to the hot place than anywhere else, but all our narrator wants is their camera back, and a minor epiphany. Also introducing the fantastic mini-demon, Globcow the Footeater’ in his first appearance. The polite interactions with this well-meaning abomination are priceless.The Ascension of Globcow the Foot EaterGlobcow goes up in the world, and is an absolute sweetheart. Is he holy material, though? An experienced guardian angel is assigned to give him a shot at redemption, but it might be a tougher job to rehabilitate the little imp than he originally believes. This is truly brilliant, like a highly warped ‘Screwtape Letters’. One of my top three stories in this collection.Little MouseAnother of my favourite stories here. A ghost haunts another ghost, but which is truly crazy? The Sixth Sense was never like this, and a sadistic monster gets what’s coming to them. SoapmenA very dark attic here, full of self-loathing and populated by helpless, tortured little soap men. Confusing, but makes total sense. I think.The Glass BoxI took this as a bit of a dystopian future, where clowning is a standard way of life. But the alternative to clowning is so much worse. Don’t get taken to that glass box. Gulp.The HoboAn office worker longs to escape with the hobo clown, but does he have the courage to jump? A shorty but a goody.GigglesMy favourite ‘Attic Clowns story. When your girlfriend reveals the real reason behind all her practical jokes, it must be just another prank, right? But damn, that clown looks realistic. And why is she filming what she does to you? Whatever you do, don’t run out of custard pies or knock-knock jokes. You’d better keep ol’ Giggles smiling. Oh yes.While probably not to everyone’s palette, Attic Clowns is an intensely strange experience which I loved once I got into the flow, and had figured out not to take any points of view at face value. Jeremy C. Shipp keeps plenty of madness and creepy clowns in his attic, but if you look really hard, there might be a bit of redemption in there too. Perhaps it’s in there somewhere under the corpses, cobwebs and clown costumes. It’ll keep you smiling.

  • Brian Mcclain
    2019-03-02 23:34

    I've been looking into reading Mr. Shipp's stories for a significant portion of time, so when this book came into my possession via late night purchase from amazon I had pretty high expectations. I don't think it could be stated any stronger that every last one was met. One reason I found myself delving into bizarro fiction is that I have a pretty weird imagination and I find it fun to see what exists in other people's and that's the one genre where pretty much anything can happen.This anthology is called Attic Clowns, and is precisely about variations on attics and clowns. I found myself reading a review where the anthology was rated down because every story was about clowns and attics. Quite simply if the book is Attic Clowns and says it contains 4 volumes of Attic Clowns it is likely to be about Attic Clowns, but I digress. The bizarre is strong with this series of stories, where zombies and motorized couches are commonplace. Where perceptions of reality differ so greatly that things occur entirely different ways despite being the same event. It's a look into a multitude of places, people, and things where the only thing that is kept in common are the overarching theme and the fact that everything else is constantly changing. I was a big fan of the narrative throughout the individual stories, the author utilized putting himself in the shoes of the main character to a high degree. It didn't matter if he was an archangel, or the ghost of a little girl, the sensation was strong that you were right there with the character. There was a fair bit of horror strewn throughout, but in such perplexing ways that it was more thought provoking than anything. And I would easily recommend this to anyone who wants to open their mind about how many ways a simple concept can be explored without any rehashing. I'm currently looking into reading as many of the author's other stories as I can.

  • Abigail Danfora
    2019-03-13 20:50

    First of all, I won this book from the Goodreads Firstreads program. Thanks so much to Goodreads, Mr. Shipp, and the publisher! Also, I'm very sorry it took me so long to write this review.I had a hard time deciding how many stars to give Attic Clowns, since it's a collection of horror stories and all of them are different (with the exception of clowns and attics being present in pretty much all of them). I wasn't crazy about some of the stories, and then there were others that I really enjoyed.For the most part, the stories weren't the kinds that give you nightmares. To me, they seemed more weird than scary.Shipp generally has a good, clear writing style, although there were some moments of confusion for me in the very first story (I'm thinking the confusion was intentionally supposed to add to the story). He took the reader deep into the characters' minds in each of the stories.There was only one spelling/grammar error in the entire book, so I never had to re-read parts to figure out what the author meant because of technical mistakes.Overall, the 2-star rating really isn't fair at all (before you say 'then why in attic land did you give it 2-stars then, keep reading ;)). There were stories in the collection that I would give 5 stars, and a story I would give 1 star. The rest were all in between, some higher or lower than 3 stars. Giving it 2 or 3 stars is about the best way I can try to rate all of the stories as one. With that said, there's something for pretty much everyone in Attic Clowns!I'd recommend Attic Clowns to anyone who enjoys humorous, unique scary stories (the kind that won't give you nightmares).Thanks again for the free copy! Sorry again this review took so long!

  • Mandy White
    2019-02-23 21:35

    Clowns creep me the hell out, so I knew I had to read this one and it didn't disappoint. Jeremy C. Shipp is a master of the surreal. In this series of short stories, he has taken something already creepy (clowns) and uniquely portrayed them in one chilling scenario after another. The one that really got me was the first one - Giggles the clown lives in the attic and is part of the attic. He has hair made of pink insulation and black widow spiders for eyes...need I say more? (shudder) I am looking forward to getting freaked out by more of this author's work, and I see that many more clowns are lurking around the corner...

  • Pedro Proença
    2019-03-03 23:43

    "Attic Clowns" is Bizarro taken to the next level. A collection of stories, all with the "clowns and attics" theme, they are different and inteligent. I can safely say that this was one of the best short story collections I've ever read, period.All of the stories seem to be nightmares, snippets of a terrifying reality. They are the contents of the dusty boxes in our own mind attics. They make you think, they make you sad. Above all, they make you want to read more from this great, gifted author. Buy this book now.Favorite stories: "Blister", "The Ascension of Globcow the Foot Eater", "Giggles".

  • Linda Rollins
    2019-03-13 04:56

    I received Volume 1 as a free e-book. It's a collection of unique and unusual short stories, which reads like a dream (or rather nightmare) journal of an extremely disturbed individual. Vivid descriptions of distorted worlds make for an extraordinary journey from beginning to end. Personally, I got the sense of a touch of allegory in the tales, specifically in relation to the damaging effects of some religious dogma - maybe that was just me. I doubt that hallucinogenic drugs could provide you with a more grotesquely freakish world.

  • Charity Langley
    2019-03-06 20:33

    I enjoyed this series. it's like a string of nightmares one right behind the other. The only issue is that each short story is written in first person by a different individual character (sometimes existing within the same nightmare). it takes a page or two to understand who the speaker (dreamer or thinker) is. Other than that, it's a fascinating read and an even better trip into the mind of someone obsessed with clowns and demons (or demon-clowns) who is possibly suffering from a mental illness or two... (like schizophrenia, OCD, BPD, PMDD *okay okay totally joking with the last one*)

  • Jess Haines
    2019-03-02 00:44

    Creepy as hell. If you like reading surreal, scary stories, this book is a decent read. A collection of four short stories, each one has its own macabre charm. GIGGLES was my favorite (4.5/5), PRINCESS my least favorite (2/5), DON'T LAUGH was incredibly strange but compelling (3/5), and THE GLASS BOX was an entertaining but ultimately forgettable read (3/5).Rating: 3/5

  • Michelle
    2019-03-12 04:54

    A nice tight theme and some solid story foundations. Bizarre, surreal, at times disturbing, and occasionally gross, but not particularly frightening. Though I suppose it might be different if I were afraid of clowns. It's probably hella creepy if you're scared of clowns...or attics, which I also don't fear.

  • CaedyEries
    2019-02-17 21:57

    Most people that know me, know that I'm a sucker for a good horror story...and more importantly I'm terrified of roommate caught this book for free on Amazon and sent it to me. I absolutely loved it! It definitely goes on my list of books NOT to read before bedtime :D

  • Regina
    2019-03-15 03:39

    Maybe it was the timing, but I just wasn't very impressed with these little vignettes. But this is definitely one time when I say don't let my opinion sway you from reading. I just wasn't really interested in the subject matter at this time.Maybe I'll try them again at a later date.

  • Mscout
    2019-03-02 03:57

    Not really scary or creepy even so much as...just ODD.

  • David
    2019-02-19 23:39

    The attic is the mind of the main character in each short story. The stories are bizarre, strange, and weird. That all I can say.

  • Wayne's
    2019-02-24 20:57

    Plain odd,

  • Delta
    2019-02-19 20:33

    Free on Amazon today, 02-08-14 (horror short stories anthology)

  • Rich
    2019-02-18 21:51


  • Johnny morrison
    2019-02-28 22:42

    a twisted and fun ride. highly recommended for those who like to read stories not on the beaten path...