Coded for Violence: The Horror Stories of Josh Simmons (Spoilers Below)

The Furry Trap: Horror Stories, 2004-2011 by Josh Simmons (Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics, 2012) is not a collection of horror stories in the usual sense of the word, like knife-wielding maniacs or supernatural monsters, although these things make their appearance in Simmons’s book, too. Rather, the horror of The Furry Trap is like that found in war, with dismemberment, birth defects, horrible deaths, animal cruelty, torture, incest, rape, and crimes against the innocent. The level of violence is so extreme that I found myself wondering at times why I was reading it, why anyone would want to read such a thing,…