Freaks! by Nik Perring, Caroline Smailes and Darren Craske
Today, on The Tattooed Book, I’m reviewing Freaks!, a unique collection of just under 50 short stories, written in collaboration between Nik Perring and Caroline Smailes, with illustrations from Darren Craske.
This collection of tales contain some of the weirdest and most wonderful characters; zombie hairdressers rekindling their passion for life, mermaid women and killer teenagers, to stalkers and mothers with split personalities. Each of these stories begins with a speech bubble explaining the superpower behind the character. These include the ability to see the truth, amplify memories, read minds and see thoughts of others, converse with insects and create additional copies of themselves.
Almost every tale is illustrated with at least one unique image by Darren Craske. My personal favourites accompany the sadder stories as he really captures the pain of the characters. I also adore the cover itself, it really is an eye-grabber.
Due to The Friday Project publishing this collection of short stories, I was expecting Freaks! to be an absorbing, quirky and surreal combination of superheroes. I wasn’t disappointed. What I didn’t expect was the philosophical undertones, statements about how we treat the people around us and how people appreciate different aspects of life. In the wrong place, this could come across preachy, in the right place, such as this collection, it just adds great depth to an excellent collection. For any alt/indie reader, this quirky collection with hidden depth is unmissable.
If you liked Freaks! by Nik Perring and Caroline Smailes, with illustrations from Darren Craske, you’ll love Skin & other stories by Roald Dahl.
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