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article imageReview: The Inner City by Karen Hueler Special

By Mindy Peterman     Feb 22, 2013 in Entertainment
Karen Hueler's 'The Inner City' is a short story collection filled with tales that are as chilling as they are thought provoking.
On her website, Karen Heuler explains her craft simply enough: “The world surprises me; and I write about it." In The Inner City, her newly released collection of speculative fiction, Heuler takes what the world throws at her and molds it into bizarre, offbeat, and often disturbing tales.
Hueler, an O. Henry award recipient, is the author of four novels and numerous short stories. She has always loved books and at one time actually built an altar to them. “They were,” she says, “the bricks of my life.”
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At their best, Heuler’s visions in The Inner City give us a chilling look at how life can quickly go awry, because of our own lust or how society misguides us. Biological experimentation is covered in “Down On the Farm”, where animals are transformed into humans and vice-verse with heartbreaking results. In “FishWish” a woman’s wish to become a fish comes true to her initial delight. But this story quickly turns out to be a classic case of be careful what you wish for. One of the best of the collection is “The Escape Artist”, a poetic and haunting tale of the angel Gabriel and a high wire walker.
If there is a quibble with these stories is that a few overstay their welcome. Some may have been more effective had they come to the point sooner. However, Heuler’s vivid imagination, strong prose and remarkable visions make The Inner City a collection worth reading.
The Inner City is available from Amazon and other major booksellers.
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