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Reviewed by Alysha Allen for Readers' Favorite
Man-Corn in the Promised Land: Tales of Cannibalism & Other Extreme Folklore is a compilation of gruesome short stories, political satire, and witty verse. From stories about sex-crazed zombies to a hermaphroditic Sasquatch, Chairman Wow does not fail to inundate his readers with the grotesque and the odd. Each piece in the collection is infused with biting wit from a perfect poem to your Valentine about Pepto Bismol to a boxing match between all of the presidents of the United States. (Anybody interested in reading an Abraham Lincoln throw-down?) Either way, for those who are fans of the “weird” in fiction, Man-Corn in the Promised Land should not disappoint for any lack of playful poetry involving a liver-eating president and other intriguing cannibalistic escapades.
It is a quick read, bound to provoke chuckles at almost every page, as well as mildly gross depictions of naked zombies and the occasional tearing off of limbs. Interspersed amongst the more comically grotesque pieces, one will also find, as a sort of ready relief, more serious and profound writing, as in “OLD Age”, “That Feeling”, and “Afraid of Heaven”. However, at the heart of all of these tales might be a grain of wisdom which one may or may not choose to overlook. One that may make us question: What truly makes us different than a sexually voracious zombie (besides the obvious deadness), or a lonely, love-hungry Sasquatch willing to become different people in order to find love? Perhaps, in some cases, nothing at all.