The Weenie-Meister’s sixth collection offers 32 more macabre minitales.
He puts the Gorgon back into “Gorgonzola,” pauses for a rousing night of vampire “Catfishing in America” and redefines “Smart Food” through an encounter with talking broccoli, among other ventures. Throughout, Lubar continues to produce short-shorts expertly spun around figures of speech, tweaked story titles and disquieting twists of fate. Pandering particularly to readers with a taste for icky treats, he trots in a protean alien who sets itself up as a sideshow self-mutilator, a bully tricked into blasting out his own cheeks and a smile-obsessed child who melts his teeth away by overusing whitening strips—among other hapless victims of bad behavior, predatory monsters or plain bad luck. The tales' extreme brevity—the longest tops out at a whopping 10 pages—makes them especially well suited to reading aloud.
To be devoured with relish—though maybe not broccoli. (end notes) (Short short stories. 10-12)