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A Collection of Stories for Demented Children – John H Carroll

“Emo the Bunny was sad. It wasn’t that he didn’t have anybody to play with; it was that he didn’t want to play at all. While other bunnies were dancing, thumping, and hopping all about, Emo preferred to lie in a dark corner and twitch his nose.”
“Five short stories combined into one collection, written for demented children and adults too. Follow the tales of anti-heroes through misadventures and mishaps. Emo bunnies, zombies, rainbows, an unholy cow and sugar plum fairies dance across the pages. Caution, these stories are not for the sane of heart.” (Taken from Goodreads)

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I bought this one on my kindle, actually I got “The Emo Bunny that Should” for free on my kindle and realised how amusing it was that I bought the Collection of Stories for Demented Children. I found this collection very funny and so random; it is definitely my kind of thing!
This is a self-published collection of stories from what looks like a quite successful author, John H Carroll has a lot of eBooks available on the kindle store and to be honest I was really impressed with this collection so I can image his other books are quite good too!
The stories reminded me of the collection by Tim Burton; The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and other stories, and I really think it would have been made better by the inclusion of illustrations. Emo the Bunny’s story was probably my favourite as it was the funniest because I knew exactly the type of personality Emo had… he was a brilliant bunny and I love the fact he lived in a coffin and had purple streaks!
Although The Emo bunny that Should was my favourite that’s not to say the other stories weren’t good as well. I was really amused by the idea of a Rainbow that has lost its leg and an Unholy Cow that can speak to humans and make them do naughty things. My 14 year old gothic self would have LOVED this collection of stories, it’s a shame they weren’t around then!
As I’ve mentioned this collection is self-published but you really don’t get that through the writing, it was really well edited and although there were two or three places where I thought it could be better editing it really wasn’t that noticeable. I was really impressed with the quality of writing! If I could change one thing it would be the random changing of topics, there were one or two places where the story seemed to randomly change for a paragraph then go back… it was odd but could have been helped with a bit more thorough editing!
At the end of the book John H Carroll has asked for comments to be left regarding his writing and how to make his stories better. I honestly think that this collection was really good, it was funny and random in a god way and I would read more like this! If Carroll can get an illustrator, a better cover design and some more thorough editing I think he’d have a hit with the random alternative teens out there, especially the emo ones!
A Collection of Stories for Demented Children is a self-published collection featuring The Emo Bunny that Should, Zachary Zombie and the Lost Boy, Drippy the Peg Legged Rainbow, Unholy Cow and Attack of the Sugar Plum Fairies. It was published during 2011 and is available from Smashwords and the Kindle store. My copy was purchased from the kindle store.  

2 Comments

  • John Carroll

    Thank you very, very much for the wonderful words. I agree with you on all points. 🙂 I have an illustrator working on “The Emo Bunny that Should” and hopefully will have an illustrated version by summer! If that goes well, the others will follow. 🙂

    All my best to you and may you always find wonderful books to read.

    John H. Carroll

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