Friday, July 29, 2011
The Situation Jeff Vandermeer
Vandermeer comes storming back to pollute the fevered parts of my brain with this stunningly surreal office comedy. Yes, like the show Office had Cronenberg and Terry Gilliam chosen to co-directed it. On the literary side this bears comparison with Steve Aylett's threatening comic nihilism, Peake's rotten rituals and strange characters, and a couple hints of the atmospheres of Lovecraft,Ligotti, and Kafka. This novella is antic, humorous, and grotesque(lots of weird technology made from animals.) Please hurry back with strange, putrid beauty like this one Mr. Vandermeer...I miss you. Scott Eagel's art is a wonderous accompaniment to the story.