Six Pack O’ Strange Tales is a short story collection by author Michael Faun, where snippets of the wweird worlds inside his mind are revealed to the reader in all sorts of different, experimental narrative takes. From Vignettes to stories with non—linear narratives to straightforward oddball noir, there is something in this book for every reader who likes their books with a dash of something unexpected in every turn of the page.
While this is Six Pack O’ Strange Tales’ greatest strength, it is also its most important weakness. Faun’s experimental styles work masterfully with his short stories Frankie Forepaws, Spider Lumps and Dreamcatching Henry, whose bizarre subject matter fit the narrative perfectly but clashed so profoundly with the rest of the stories most of which could have worked perfectly with a straightforward type of narrative without any further complications. I wwould have to say, however, that Faun’s experimentation is interesting and that this book ought to be read at least once by any author who wishes to try something new in his storytelling, as Michael Faun brings a lot of very interesting techniques to the table, which he applies expertly.
The cover and interior art by Frida Isotalo fits the themes of the book and the stories, perfectly complimenting Faun’s work.