Jen Knox (contributor to The Conium Review: Vol. 1, No. 1 with her short story “Charity”) has a new piece published with Atticus Review. Read “A Perpetual State of Awe,” here: http://atticusreview.org/a-perpetual-state-of-awe/
Three Ways of the Saw
Written by Matt Mullins
Atticus Books, 2012
The carnage that ensues is gruesome and gut wrenching, but it also serves a larger purpose. Where a lesser writer might simply offer gore for the sake of gore, author Matt Mullins uses the opportunity to comment subtly and even sensitively upon the nature of adult relationships. Such relationships can be wonderful, he insists on every page of this collection, so full of potential, but also terrifyingly fragile.
There are drunks, stoners, thieves, and ne’er-do-wells lurking in every corner of this collection, yet for all of the dead-ends they encounter, Mullins always offers his characters as well as his readers a ray of hope. We are, according to Three Ways of the Saw, a curious species—one wracked with all manner of pain, but also one capable of enduring it.
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