Havoc Swims Jaded


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Havoc Swims Jaded by David J. Schow

Paperback – Cimarron Street Books – May 2022 – 332 pages

Havoc Swims Jaded? What the hell kind of title is that? What does it mean? It sounds vaguely . . . threatening, doesn’t it?
Havoc musters another lucky 13 short stories into the seventh collection of same by David J. Schow, who has won awards for this sort of behavior.

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?

You’ll have to open these pages to puzzle that one out for yourself. Sounds vaguely . . . threatening, doesn’t it?


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