Cousin Calls by Zeb Haradon
A college student reluctantly attends a family chili cookout that turns into a never ending nightmare. A man desperate for job skills uses a brain implant to help him learn, but it malfunctions and leaves him sexually attracted to shadows. A private investigator is hired to discover who keeps befouling the walls of convenience store bathrooms. Two deer engaged in combat find that they are unable to unlock from one another’s antlers after the fight is over. A single mother spends 2020 battling an evil landlord, a fascist neighbor, national political chaos, and a global pandemic. These are the strange stories told by regulars at the local bar on Christmas Eve, stories which each began with a phone call from someone who announced “you don’t know me, but we’re cousins.”
A collection of short stories that are all connected with a phone call claiming to be a cousin…..
I don’t know how to describe this book. The writing is something totally different from what I usually read. It’s a little bit creepy, it’s a little bit strange, but it’s also strangely compelling.
The writing is really good, the stories are all different, and before you know it you’ve read the whole book!! It felt a little like stepping into the twilight zone…
You’ll connect with a few of the characters, others will have no rhythm or reason! And wait till you get to the Deer’s story (yup an actual deer!!) You know their stories aren’t going to end well, and you sort of feel sorry for them. But you’ll also be shouting at them not to pick the phone up to the cousin!
I liked the idea of the journal, it holds lots of interesting information, and gave a little bit of a focal point.
If you like the strange…. If you like the quirky…… If you like something that will have you scratching your head and wondering what you just read, then this book is definitely for you.