Pause before entering this backwoods Airstream trailer built out of family gristle and American scar tissue—Adam Moorad has written the first thing in 2012 to scare the hell out of me. He calls it Oak Ridge (I hear the sound of teeth rubbing together). This is a tale of neglect with swatches of elegant menace-prose and images you’ll have a hard time turning off even after you finish. This is David Lynch via John Waters. Moorad’s oddity family bursts like sudden throat sounds in the dark: “She complains of an odor from a sofa in the middle of the yard, the child’s head in her lap. She braids its hair as the child braids a doll’s. The doll’s head pops off and the child throws the decapitated head like a live grenade. It’s okay, she says. Everyone got their money’s worth.” Oak Ridge is vibrant horror, but with moments of humor and tenderness. Like real life.Oak Ridge is a handsome little chapbook and it will be available from Turtleneck Press on April 7th for five dollars.

Pause before entering this backwoods Airstream trailer built out of family gristle and American scar tissue—Adam Moorad has written the first thing in 2012 to scare the hell out of me. He calls it Oak Ridge (I hear the sound of teeth rubbing together). This is a tale of neglect with swatches of elegant menace-prose and images you’ll have a hard time turning off even after you finish. This is David Lynch via John Waters. Moorad’s oddity family bursts like sudden throat sounds in the dark: “She complains of an odor from a sofa in the middle of the yard, the child’s head in her lap. She braids its hair as the child braids a doll’s. The doll’s head pops off and the child throws the decapitated head like a live grenade. It’s okay, she says. Everyone got their money’s worth.” Oak Ridge is vibrant horror, but with moments of humor and tenderness. Like real life.

Oak Ridge is a handsome little chapbook and it will be available from Turtleneck Press on April 7th for five dollars.