that said, it’s definitely not for everybody. life zone walks a pretty hard line in terms of what you’re willing to subject yourself to. it’s an upsetting stoner phantasmagoria, but it’s also an intensely personal-feeling set of stories about how people interact with each other, their environments and themselves.
in my opinion life zone explores how people deal with depression, or at least what it’s like to live a life that you hate or want to hide from. the stories in the book seem to circle around the horror of escapism grinding hard against reality, and the gaps between what people want and what they have.
simon has this incredible knack for making you really invested in significantly flawed, self sabotaging and sometimes outright awful characters, and that’s where i think life zone really shines the most. when a lot of miserable upsetting stories might feel like a chore to read, this is something that really pulls you in. megg, mogg and owl are compelling well developed characters who are hideously enjoyable to watch and make you wish this book was so much longer than 60 pages.
um also life zone is probably the only book that depicts a werewolf shitting out a buttplug and also made me cry soo
it’s fucking intense that’s all i can really say.
Skate and die, 2013
from Life Zone by Simon Hanselmann