Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
- genre: short stories, poetry, sci-fi/fantasy, horror
- rating: ★★★★ 4.5/5
Trigger Warning includes a collection of short stories and poems that fit Gaiman’s unique take on sci-fi, fantasy, and horror stories. Including some previously published works such as “Nothing O’Clock”, a Doctor Who story, this book is comprised of fictions raging from weird to terrifying.
“Orange” is a list of answers from a girl’s interrogation about her sister who gets abducted by aliens after turning into a a glowing orange monster from the overuse of tanning lotion. “A Calendar of Tales”, my favorite in the book, is a collection of tales that were written in response to tweets, which leads to interesting stories. “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” is a horror story with a little kid, so it made it that much more terrifying (goodbye, sleep).
This was the first of Gaiman’s writing I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. He has a great style of writing and his ideas are weird and wonderfully executed. Even though I haven’t read any of his full-length novels yet, Gaiman’s range of creativity and imagination is evident. Short stories are a great way to dip your toes into a particular author’s fiction and reading Trigger Warning has made me that more intrigued by Gaiman’s novels.
We need to find out what fiction is, what it means, to us, an experience that is going to be unlike anyone else’s experience of the story.