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The Visible Filth Epub ì The Visible  PDF/EPUB ²
  • Paperback
  • 68 pages
  • The Visible Filth
  • Nathan Ballingrud
  • English
  • 10 March 2018
  • 0957548192

The Visible Filth[Reading] ➿ The Visible Filth ➶ Nathan Ballingrud – Essayreview.co.uk When Will discovers a cell phone after a violent brawl his life descends into a nightmareAffable, charismatic and a little shallow, he s been skating across the surface of life in a state of carefully When Will discovers a cell phone after a violent brawl his life descends into a nightmareAffable, charismatic and a little shallow, he s The Visible PDF/EPUB ² been skating across the surface of life in a state of carefully maintained contentment He decides to keep the cell phone just until the owner returns and everything changes Then the messages beginWill s discovered something unspeakable and it s crawling slowly into the light.


About the Author: Nathan Ballingrud

I m the author of North American Lake Monsters stories, coming from Small Beer Press in July I m currently at work The Visible PDF/EPUB ² on my first novel and severalshort stories I live with my daughter in Asheville, NC.


10 thoughts on “The Visible Filth

  1. says:

    This is what horror is made of Incomplete, disturbing images on a cell phone Text messages pleading for help Strange sounds that might be talking, or perhaps something else A computer image of a dark, dank tunnel, from which something is emerging Foul odors, scuttling roaches, and creeping, indeterminate dread This novella took me to a different frequency, and I relished every moment Nathan Ballingrud, I want .

  2. says:

    So I have the collection WOUNDS Six Stories from the Border of Hell as an ARC but being the impish little horror fan that I am, I saw that one of the stories, THE VISIBLE FILTH is getting the silver screen treatment The movie should be out this summer, 2019 and I wanted to get a jump on it cuz spoilers However, after reading the story I doubt I d be able to watch a movie version Too scary rolls up sleeves Let s discuss spoiler free as per usual This short story, about 70 pages, was my f So I have the collection WOUNDS Six Stories from the Border of Hell as an ARC but being the impish little horror fan that I am, I saw that one of the stories, THE VISIBLE FILTH is getting the silver screen treatment The movie should be out this summer, 2019 and I wanted to get a jump on it cuz spoilers However, after reading the story I doubt I d be able to watch a movie version Too scary rolls up sleeves Let s discuss spoiler free as per usual This short story, about 70 pages, was my first read of author Nathan Ballingrud and it could not have made alasting impression on me.There are two levels of interest that play off each other in THE VISIBLE FILTH almost like Ballingrud is some kind of wordslinging magician, expertly trained in the art of misdirection, Look over here, Reader Watch these young, immature people engage in toxic relationships while I work on something sinister over here in your periphery Every time Ballingrud peeled back the curtain to reveal a glimpse of what stirred behind the scenes, he simultaneously orchestrated the characters to shuffle about and cover it up again As a result, the tension building is extraordinary ultimately setting the stage for an eye popping, mind blowing ending.Truly amazing.I loved the way the protagonist, Will, seemed 100% incapable of making any reasonable life choices It s this man s inability to do anything right that makes him the worst or best possible person to have to deal with the craziness befalls him.There s no way I m going to even suggest what transpires in these pages Just picture me urging you to read this, sliding the book towards you with a wicked grin on my face and an evil twinkle in my eye My hope for you is that you don t heed my warning to read this in the daylight I hope you think that you re immune to horror and nothing gets under your skinI hope this one rattles your cage pretty good and you sleep with the lights on There s something in the room with me Goodnight

  3. says:

    Very little of what is classified as horror fiction or contemporary Weird fiction scares me, and that s okay, because I don t read this style of literature to be frightened I don t like to be frightened Truly terrified Who does, really, if we are being totally honest with ourselves There are plenty of undertakings one can pursue if genuine fear not thrills, or shock is the end result, and I don t see me or anyone else I know heading down those paths, either in a literal or metaphorical sen Very little of what is classified as horror fiction or contemporary Weird fiction scares me, and that s okay, because I don t read this style of literature to be frightened I don t like to be frightened Truly terrified Who does, really, if we are being totally honest with ourselves There are plenty of undertakings one can pursue if genuine fear not thrills, or shock is the end result, and I don t see me or anyone else I know heading down those paths, either in a literal or metaphorical sense.Instead, I read this style of fiction for the wonder of it all, and while the atmospherics can sometimes be unsettling, they usually just end up being cool, or interesting, or awe inspiring in their fantastical rendering But in terms of true terror, that is reserved for the decidedly non fiction realm of real life monsters that burn down villages and break into your homes and hunt women and defile children and devour innocence like they re on some sort of infernal time clock For all but the true believers, supernatural fiction is fantasy, and fantasy is never scary, as how could something that is admittedly not real serve as a threat to the safety and well being of me and my loved ones But Nathan Ballingrud, who does write horror and Weird fiction as well or better than anyone else tapping the keys today, is straight up scary Not him personally, as he s a lovely fellow But the people, places, and things he unleashes onto the page can often be horrifying in all the full bodied definition of the word And I like it My Lord, do I ever like it.Perhaps its the sense of authenticity of the characters and settings, both of which wear the weight of imperfection like a favorite pair of jeans Most likely, this conjuring of discomfort from within the reader comes from the way deeply buried human flaws are exhumed, dissected, and laid bare to the humid air, then left there for all to witness, without apology The abomination of the cut wide human soul That s unsettling stuff, and that s what Ballingrud writes, like the Larry David or Ricky Gervais of dark fiction Squirms coated with gooseflesh.After wowing the horror fiction world in 2013 with the release of his debut collection North American Lake Monsters, which earned him nothing less than a Shirley Jackson Award and the fierce admiration of his peers, Ballingrud continues to build his lasting legacy of pitch black, uncomfortable fiction with his new novella The Visible Filth, published by This Is Horror an outfit I hadn t heard of prior to ordering this book, but will return to as a customer based on the professionalism and care provided by owner and managing editor Michael Wilson This is a taut story, shot through with suspense that binds together the strips of shapeless horror of seemingly everyday people and circumstances like a filthy quilt sew with piano wire.The story is set in New Orleans, but it could be a slice of life in any city or small town where there are bars and college students and eroding relationships And roaches And cell phones This is horror with a firm sense of place, but it is also universal enough that you can feel it churning on your neighborhood block The evils done and the threats posed aren t ripped from a pulp mag They could be taken from the morning paper, from text drenched in terrified mystery.None of the four main characters are incredibly likable, nor fully happy, which seems an honest appraisal of life amongst twenty and thirty somethings dwelling in and around the bar scene, no matter the zip code The leads are flighty and morose and devoted to self medication, spiritually empty in that vaguely nihilistic way of slacker narcissists A love triangle threatens to destroy an already unstable square, but before this can happen, a random act of violence in a dingy barroom is all that it takes to link a hidden vein of depravity into the group, and plunge these players into a glistening black tunnel that unspools in front of them, the ghastly terminus unknown.The Visible Filth, like much of Ballingrud s exceptional writing, is an exercise in indefinable but somehow familiar horror beyond our control, or even our explanation Monstrous things are happening just below the veneer of normal life, and all you can do is watch And you do watch, despite revulsion, and despite your shame The fact that you like it unlocks something inside you, and you sit, at a bedside, the roaches gathering patiently, and you wait for what is coming

  4. says:

    OCTOBER 2019 UPDATE Hulu made a film, WOUNDS, of this novella Free Hulu trial for non subscribers at the link Plus the edition I reviewed is O.P but Saga Press s edition offers an ebook for only 2.99 Rating 4 of fiveMy review of THE VISIBLE FILTH is live today at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud, better known as my blog Keep the lights on OCTOBER 2019 UPDATE Hulu made a film, WOUNDS, of this novella Free Hulu trial for non subscribers at the link Plus the edition I reviewed is O.P but Saga Press s edition offers an ebook for only 2.99 Rating 4 of fiveMy review of THE VISIBLE FILTH is live today at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud, better known as my blog Keep the lights on

  5. says:

    For this review, I am referring to this as The In Visible Filth Throughout most of this novella the entity remained under the surface, just out of reach That can make for good tension in a book, andoften than not I like that slow building of intensity It makes me think something lies just around that next corner, before popping out with a pee in your pants scare Honestly, The Visible Filth did have some of that minus the pee in my pants , but those almost scares were muddled up by t For this review, I am referring to this as The In Visible Filth Throughout most of this novella the entity remained under the surface, just out of reach That can make for good tension in a book, andoften than not I like that slow building of intensity It makes me think something lies just around that next corner, before popping out with a pee in your pants scare Honestly, The Visible Filth did have some of that minus the pee in my pants , but those almost scares were muddled up by the side story, and the final payoff just wasn t there When the appearance finally occurred, I of course asked, if that was it My kindle offered no response Why did I read it Most other reviews are 4 positive And, I have heard that the author has written a great collection of short stories in North American Lake Monsters Stories As it happens, I borrowed The Visible Filth for free thanks tolending, so nothing lost Maybe I should have just bit the bullet and purchased his other collection

  6. says:

    Having greatly enjoyed Nathan Ballingrud s fantastic story collection North American Lake Monsters it was with perhaps too high a hope that I purchased this chapbook novella.The story leaves too many questions unanswered, not that there is anything wrong with that, however, the reason some things occur within the guidelines of the story itself are totally withheld from the reader.The main character is naive bordering on dumb making foolish decisions which can be ok, however within the context Having greatly enjoyed Nathan Ballingrud s fantastic story collection North American Lake Monsters it was with perhaps too high a hope that I purchased this chapbook novella.The story leaves too many questions unanswered, not that there is anything wrong with that, however, the reason some things occur within the guidelines of the story itself are totally withheld from the reader.The main character is naive bordering on dumb making foolish decisions which can be ok, however within the context of the story he just becomes a dumbass My expectations were so much higher for this story On apositive note, I have never run across this British publisher prior to this, and am looking forward to other offers from them.Perhaps this was a trunk story from the author whom I will surely keep an eye open for

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    A genuinely disturbing novella about a New Orleans bartender with crumbling relationships with two women one he lives with, one he childishly pines for and a crumbling life, really After a nasty bar fight a cell phone with odd disturbing photos and a video is found and things spiral into madness from there Haunting, creepy, and uncomfortable in the best way , and filled with images that will stick with you in even in sunlight.

  9. says:

    There is an undefinable creepy factor at work in this one with muchgoing on than gets translated to the written page You re going to need to read between the lines a little bit You won t be finding any answers either.Well written with finely drawn characters and an increasingly eerie vibe as the tale progressed I dug it, but thought it could have been a lot3 Stars and probablythan that I need to let it gel for a while and reserve the right to adjust my stars at a later ti There is an undefinable creepy factor at work in this one with muchgoing on than gets translated to the written page You re going to need to read between the lines a little bit You won t be finding any answers either.Well written with finely drawn characters and an increasingly eerie vibe as the tale progressed I dug it, but thought it could have been a lot3 Stars and probablythan that I need to let it gel for a while and reserve the right to adjust my stars at a later time.My first Ballingrud I am interested to see what else this author can do and will definitely be seeking him out

  10. says:

    Ummmm I didn t get it Written well, yes, with the smooth turn of a phrase and a few seriously disturbing bits tossed in But what happened I mean, what the hell happened I don t understand the rave reviews Where was the story

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