Vile Men is a collection of fourteen short stories that are transgressive in nature, filled with heart and emotion, leaving you sweaty and spent, your heart pounding in your chest Stolen moments on the subway, fear of intimacy, sexual perversion and dark fears come home to roost all unite in a powerful mixture of literary fiction, contemporary fairy tales, and late nightVile Men is a collection of fourteen short stories that are transgressive in nature, filled with heart and emotion, leaving you sweaty and spent, your heart pounding in your chest Stolen moments on the subway, fear of intimacy, sexual perversion and dark fears come home to roost all unite in a powerful mixture of literary fiction, contemporary fairy tales, and late night confessions Shocking and yet touching, unnerving and yet brutally honest, Rebecca Jones Howe is an emerging author that you ll want to keep an eye onVANCE PRAISE Rebecca Jones Howe s Vile Men is an exciting, dark, sexy collection that is convulsively beautiful and bright Each story digs a great hole and is filled with the most savage, brutal, human emotions love, desire, addiction and the impossibility of satisfaction Antonia Crane, author of Spent Rebecca Jones Howe fearlessly tackles the ugliness most of us manage to hide Each broken character blurs the lines between villain and victim as they bathe in sex, horror, dignity, want, resignation, and darkness Vile Men is the handbook to uncovering your damage Mercedes M Yardley, author of Pretty Little Dead Girls Rebecca Jones Howe takes you on a tour of the human psyche that is dark, disturbing, and exquisitely written The sentences in this book are the best kind of dangerous Just when you think you re safe another one comes along and draws blood Rob Hart, author of New Yorked Rebecca Jones Howe s Vile Men shows us characters driven by desperation to do violence to themselves or others, but behind these sharp stories about the horror of gender and sex is an empathetic insight into human weakness Jones Howe might bring us to the darkest parts of the human heart, but her stories remind us that we are all a little bit vile, too Letitia Trent, author of Echo Lake Vile Men is dark, provocative stuff The men found within these pages are indeed bad news, but the most dangerous paths aren t always led by them, as Rebecca Jones Howe s narrators take us right past the expected awfulness of dead end, drug addled relationships, bad sex on ant hills, or navigating the treacherous rubble of the bar scene, where her women can find satisfaction and even surprise flashes of triumph amongst all the emotional jetsam There s a certain kind of man who goes for damaged girls, she writes They may be broken, but as vile as these men may be and always such needy little beasts they don t get to have everything David James Keaton, author of The Last Projector
Vile Men Vile Men is a collection of fourteen short stories that are transgressive in nature filled with heart and emotion leaving you sweaty and spent your heart pounding in your chest Stolen moments on th
There s a certain kind of man who goes for damaged girls This is a collection of Rebecca Jones Howe s unflinching short fiction, brave tales about damaged people and their dysfunctions Mostly the stories focus on sexual dysfunction, but also emotional and social impairments as well If you go strictly by the title, you would jump into this book thinking that the stories are about all of the shitty things that men do, but in reality, Jones Howe equally examines the scarred and emotionally crippled [...]
After reading it a couple of times I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about the first story in this collection The Paper Bag Princess I ve read thousands of stories and that one is vaulted right into the top ten best stories I ve read I mean holy crap I d F her with a bag over her head is a kind of a sick joke right But as a premise for a story READ THIS STORY If it had been written by a man he d be strung up, but written from the woman s point of view by a woman writer This is one of [...]
Great title, great stories, great book
Dark, provocative stuff The men found within these pages are indeed bad news, but the most dangerous paths aren t always led by them, as Rebecca Jones Howe s narrators take us right past the expected awfulness of dead end, drug addled relationships, bad sex on ant hills, or navigating the treacherous rubble of the bar scene, where her women can find satisfaction and even surprise flashes of triumph amongst all the emotional jetsam There s a certain kind of man who goes for damaged girls, she wri [...]
Vile Men, Rebecca Jones Howe s astute and cutting first collection, expands the animalistic, often anxious sexualized worlds found in her stories previously anthologized in The New Black and Exigencies venal tales where the disfigured and insecure find temporary empowerment through humiliation, in the process highlighting the even greater humiliations of the respective male counterparts And much like the men in those tales, the vile men of this collection are not so much perpetrators of pain and [...]
Dark stories of love, loss and humanity I found myself identifying on some level with a character in each story We ve all been ashamed, felt angst, and anger and disgust in ourselves and those around us, this collection has all of the above and much Well written, I found myself running the gamut of emotions while reading these Be warned you have to be able to deal with language and dark themes to enjoy these stories.
win Will read and review once received.I am sometimes a very picky person when it comes to books Mainly when it has to deal with short stories This book definitely lived up to my expectations for short stories I found my engaged in all fourteen of the short stories The book as a whole was well written and thought out It held my attention from the start of each story to the very end I would highly recommend this book.
i am thinking really 2.5 but rounding up i suppose first and foremost, i have never been so utterly distracted by a title in all my years of reading found my self too often angry and confused and incredulous that the book is so mis titled it s not a book about vile men at all, false advertising, and i simply cannot believe the title in most stories it is the woman who is the aggressor, the egregious, the villain, the vile just a few in which it is indeed the male the stories themselves were wide [...]
One of the best collection of short stories I ve read in a long time
Review copy from the library A few people recommended Vile Men, a short story collection by Canadian author Rebecca Jones Howe, when it first came out at the end of last year and they mentioned how impressed they were with the writing, so I recently had the occasion to read it and I m glad I did Far from being simply a short story collection that revolves around the theme of terrible things happening to women, the stories are a heady mix of different perspectives that will have you reeling after [...]
My actual rating for this book would fall somewhere between 3 and 4 stars This book was not at all what expected Instead of dark stories about or from the viewpoint of men commiting extremely heinous acts And while you do get that Better Places in a few of the pieces, the overall offering is the much mundane darkness that you find in people Dissatisfied husbands, addicts, parents that don t pay enough attention to their kids, and some of the stories are really just slivers of a mental bad day T [...]
There are spoilers in this review, as well as references to sexual assault If you re sensitive to that, please move past this review I was incredibly disappointed with this book The title and synopsis are incredibly misleading I was expecting a collection of relatable short stories in which, as the title suggest, men were vile sort of a celebration of women overcoming issues caused by and interfered with by men But instead I got a collection of short stories where one girl masturbates while peop [...]
Intense doesn t even begin to describe this book, I am in awe of the power behind these words This book left me reeling and wanting after I took a break between each story It was impossible for me to read these stories back to back, there was just too much feeling and emotions evoked in each one Yes, this collection is dark, but it is also unflinching in its honesty, one book I will definitely recommend to everyone, it s out of this world amazing.
This should have been titled Vile People because these stories tell of vile men, women and children The most uncomfortable part of this being that, in many instances, it was fairly easy to relate the ugliness in some of these characters Parts of this collection really leave an impression and forced me to really think about how we approach things in life like love, sex, anger, violence, survival and the judgement of people who try but fail to hide who they really are.
This book was really well written and original, but I didn t really get it Most of the stories left me wondering what the point of them was A lot of it was hard to read Seemed like it was grim just for the sake of it, like the author really wanted to make people uncomfortable But for what What were we supposed to get out of it I don t know.
Much of it was boring, some of it was disgusting, a few of the stories were unintentionally funny Be prepared to see flinching fingers a lot by the last four stories I kind of wanted to dig out my eyes every time I read that.
I would not buy this book I think there is so much better things to write about.
Haven t read it yet.