Havoc Swims Jaded by David J. Schow
Paperback – Cimarron Street Books – May 2022 – 332 pages
Havoc reigns as a bullet-filled criminal named Leadman goes totally aggro, and a prehistoric, Lagoony creature engages in mortal combat with his own evolved self.
Havoc ensues, as a time-displaced trio of friends find themselves lost in a trackless desert zone where there are no “signposts up ahead” at twilight. As your friendly TV remote control displays disturbing new functions. As changing your body image becomes as simple as donning a zip-up human suit.
Havoc cries forth the ghosts of the dogs of war as the Berlin Wall falls, in the novella-length “Dismantling Fortress Architecture.”
These and other dark tales of disturbance await the pleasure of your discomfiture. You will find, as Peter Straub said, that “here, all of Schow’s glittering weapons are sharper than ever before.”
But what does Havoc Swims Jaded mean, exactly?