Little Boy Needs Ride is an Explosive, Experimental Treat

Susie Kirkwood/Curbside Splendor Publishing (c) 2015

Little Boy Needs Ride is a disturbing, tantalizing short story collection rife with obscure beauty. Penned by Chris Bower and illustrated by Susie Kirkwood, Little Boy Needs Ride is like a hallucinogen. Bower’s individual voice coupled with Kirkwood’s flawless art is a meditation on the complexities of life that doesn’t rein itself in. It’s a reckless, fun ride full of sensual detail reminiscent of Gertrude Stein, Chuck Palahniuk, and Thomas Pynchon.

The titular short story, “Little Boy Needs Ride”, is a gouging meditation on death, “Big Head” is a whimsical and heart-breaking love story, and “Maria <3s Albert” is a weird, engrossing story that will rattle you. The entire short story collection is dreamlike and feels plucked from a different dimension. Bower and Kirkwood’s graphic novel will haunt you long after you finish it.

4/5 Stars 

Little Boy Needs Ride
Stories By Chris Bower
Illustrated By Susie Kirkwood
Curbside Splendor Publishing
150 pages