Some of these stories have a sci-fi flavour, some are set in the here and now... and all of them are unique, weird, and darkly funny.
Meet the pill-popping insomniac who believes the voice of his city is telling him who to save from harm; the former child actor who's now a desperate fame-seeker and is considering using a gun to get attention; the psychic employed by the police who may be more powerful than anyone imagined; the would-be victim of a serial killer who just won't die; the man with a taste for making love to scrap metal; and the TV worker who receives a very compromising video of his boss, and makes an extremely dangerous decision. All of them and many more are here in CRASH BANG MONEY and Other Stories.
Length - 102 Pages
Star Rating - 5
I came across Neil Vogler when reading the first installment of his post-apocalyptic series, Tripler. (Read my review here.) You know, I thought I had Vogler pegged as the type of writer he was, until I read this collection of short stories. Until you read this collection, it may be impossible for you to relate to what I mean. Vogler's mind is quirky and spontaneous. Thoughtful and clever. Every one of these stories is as much unique as they are fascinating.
The blurb describes this selection of stories as unique, weird and darkly funny, and they are just that. There are the seven deadly sins wrapped up in among the collection, told in a way that will have you enthralled in an out of the ordinary kind of way. There's tales with a sci-fi twist told in Vogler's unique way, as well as stories that get to you, like a letter from a father to a son. Each story will have you glued to the page.
What struck me the most was Vogler's ability to switch it up. It's almost as if you're reading a series of short stories all written by different writers. A third of the way in I was drawn in, completely compelled by a tale of an insomniac that was written in an edgy, scattered way. Every time you think you understand Vogler, he catches you off guard with a story you don't expect.
And yes, for those playing at home, there are the twists and turns expected in a collection of short stories, but don't think you are in for the norm. I found myself doubling back; re-reading the pages before, just to experience it again.
Overall, I was captivated by this selection of short stories because they were different, quirky and written in a way that has the reader engaged from the very first page.