Morlocks in the Basement

Non-Fiction - Memoir
236 Pages
Reviewed on 02/05/2023
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Author Biography

Carolyn Colburn received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Writing from Goddard College. She has been awarded a Loft-McKnight Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. She has worked as a musician, teacher, typesetter, and contract writer. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies. Minimum Maintenance, a novel, was published in 2010. Ms. Colburn divides her time between a 110-year-old house in Duluth, Minnesota, and a cabin on Lake Superior near the Canadian border.

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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Morlocks in the Basement is a memoir by Carolyn Colburn. Funny and bordering on the ridiculous, this unique autobiography unravels with a couple trying to counter the flow of bad juju by getting a kitten from the local shelter. One can immediately discern this is a unique memoir that deserves your undivided attention. The chapters that follow chronologically jump back and forth with irreverent titles like Playing House, Talking to Donkeys on the Chemin, To Say Nothing of Wolves, Unnatural Basterds, and Roller Skating on Acid. The author relates her life experiences with a healthy dose of humor and honesty, and it is a riotous journey through childhood, marriage, accidental motherhood, a teaching career, a burned-down garage, and a life, warts and all, that is decidedly well lived.

Carolyn Colburn’s Morlocks in the Basement is a rollercoaster read. She writes with both humor and anguish so that it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two. With great attention to the frivolous and the significant, this is a memoir that wraps you around its hand so that sometimes you don’t know where you are. You read, wanting to know what's next, and perhaps find yourself in the process. Ultimately, it is her sense of humor that prevails so chances are you will enjoy the ride. I found this memoir to be an amazing and unique reading experience. Not your usual memoir, Morlocks in the Basement is a story that tickles and at the same time tugs at your heart. Highly recommended!

Pat Hansen

Excellent reading! Highly recommend!