Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook
text by Katherine Dunn
edited and designed by Sean Tejaratchi
(Feral House, paperback, 168 pages, $19.95)

I know you think this whole review-o-matic thing is all about me getting out of reading the books we review. Not true. I can think of nothing better than getting paid to sit around reading and then force my opinion on the unsuspecting public. But in the case of Death Scenes, a book of photographs of murders, suicides and other "unnatural" deaths collected by a LA area police worker between the early 1920s until the early fifties, I must confess that I haven't. I can't. It's not possible for me to even crack open the cover. (This is coming from someone who felt brave just removing the plastic!) There are nothing but pages and pages of dead people in there and I have this little problem with corpses and violent death: call it a quirk.

And if you'll pardon the turn of phrase, it's killing me. Sean Tejaratchi is the editor of Craphound, a supercool clip-art zine; Katherine Dunn, the author of the novel Geek Love, is a writer I've long admired. In fact, I've been eagerly awaiting something new from her. But this...man, I just can't do it. Not even for Katherine.