The output of Jeffrey Thomas has rekindled my love of sci-fi with his twisted takes on the future of social relations in the face of disturbing technological advances. Often times, his novels and short stories are nightmarish glimpses into a future world that pretty much make William Gibson and Phillip K. Dick mere shrinking reflections in the rearview mirror. This is the guy who fans of those authors should be reading.
His latest, DEADSTOCK, is like H.P. Lovecraft writing the novelization of CHINATOWN, if that film were directed by David Cronenberg. It’s a monster-encrusted foray into a world of body modification, animal modification and doll modification, all leading to monstrous Godification underneath the city of Punktown, which is an Earth colony on the planet Oasis – a sprawling, crime-filled dystopia where different races mingle and often become intertwined in each other’s bullshit.