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Detritus is young, a little odd, and in love with a dead girl who doesn't know she's dead. Detritus' best friend is also a ghost in a Nazi costume. These things are strange, but nothing compared to the dark and surreal wave rolling toward him. He needs to be ready. The Opposite is coming.


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Detritus is young, a little odd, and in love with a dead girl who doesn't know she's dead. Detritus' best friend is also a ghost in a Nazi costume. These things are strange, but nothing compared to the dark and surreal wave rolling toward him. He needs to be ready. The Opposite is coming.

30 review for Detritus in Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Char

    4.5 Stars! A ghost named Blank with Xs for eyes, and a ghost named Shultz-these are the only friends of Detritus; and they both know the "Opposite" is coming. What a strange, sad and surreal story this was. I'm not quite sure what to make of it, other than that I loved it. Detritus is a young man who has nothing in life, not even a nice first name. With a meth head for a "mother", (which, believe me is using the term loosely), and whoever her boyfriend is for the week, Det's life in the trailer is 4.5 Stars! A ghost named Blank with Xs for eyes, and a ghost named Shultz-these are the only friends of Detritus; and they both know the "Opposite" is coming. What a strange, sad and surreal story this was. I'm not quite sure what to make of it, other than that I loved it. Detritus is a young man who has nothing in life, not even a nice first name. With a meth head for a "mother", (which, believe me is using the term loosely), and whoever her boyfriend is for the week, Det's life in the trailer is barely tolerable. It's really no wonder that he has ghosts for friends. But time with his spectral buddies is limited because they all know/feel that the Opposite is coming and he's coming for Det. For everything lovely in Det's life the Opposite chalks up something horrible in his life. It's some kind of insane world balance. But the Opposite NEEDS Det, or at least he believes he does, and this is where the story lives. I want to mention the use of language, it was often just gorgeous. I loved this passage when Det was telling Blank how he felt about her: "He told her he had a hole in his heart just her size. He told her all those things lonely people long to hear, and they were scented lavender words." Doesn't that pull on something inside you? It does for me. I loved this novella, somber and dark though it was, and I urge you to try it out for yourself. It's a surreal, shadowy little treat and even though you might have questions, I bet you'll enjoy it just the same. Sometimes it's best to leave some things to the imagination. Highly recommended! Buy your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Detritus-Love-... *I was provided a free e-copy of this novella in exchange for my honest review. This is it. In addition, I do *know* John Boden, (on-line only), and consider him to be a friend. This has not affected the outcome of this review.*

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Grim Reader

    I am fan of both of these writers works. They both have a unique take on fiction, reveling in that kind of dreamy prose that allows for a great reading experience. The two writers that are quite similar, yet also quite different, join forces for this short novella 'Detritus in Love'. When authors co-write stories, I often approach with caution. The results can be either spectacular or as if the two authors didn't have any correspondence whatsoever. Thankfully, 'Detritus in Love' reads like it was I am fan of both of these writers works. They both have a unique take on fiction, reveling in that kind of dreamy prose that allows for a great reading experience. The two writers that are quite similar, yet also quite different, join forces for this short novella 'Detritus in Love'. When authors co-write stories, I often approach with caution. The results can be either spectacular or as if the two authors didn't have any correspondence whatsoever. Thankfully, 'Detritus in Love' reads like it was written by a single person, though the scattered references to 80s rock bands gave away the chapters written by Mr Boden. The story tells of poor Detritus; A lonely, lost young boy in love with a ghost (the blank) and kept company by his only friend Shultz, a Nazi clothe wearing ghost. Det's mother despises him, wishing him to be erased from her life and to be replaced by the Opposite (the unborn darkness from her womb), whilst his father is an evil creature, a man with an almost demon-like personality. This heartbreaking short story follows Detritus as he tries to live a life where he remains unloved and unappreciated. 'Detritus in Love' is a sad, sad story. Detritus is another word for discarded matter or waste, and this is how the boy's mother looks at him. There is a desperate scene where his mother tells him she wishes he hadn't been born and that she'd birthed something else instead, It is truly heartbreaking. It may sound like it is all grim reading but that's not always the case. There are some heartfelt, beautiful moments shared between Det, Shultz and Blank that briefly bring a ray of light to an otherwise loveless tale. As I read this novella I couldn't help but think of a particular a well-known movie from the 80s. Now this may sound a little odd, but I kept thinking about The Nothing from the Never Ending Story whenever the opposite was mentioned. It is similar in the way that the opposite represents all of the dark and bad stuff in the world, much the same way as the nothing did. Maybe that's just me, but hey! different strokes for different folks... This highly original and thoughtful story is very well written, with some beutiful passages and it's easily digested in a single sitting. The final third of the book elevated this story from a four to a five star read. Things really ramp up with some grim imagery as the black clouds begin to roll in. Fans of Mercedes and John's writing will be thrilled with this collaboration. This is a unique and original read that should be cherished.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    4.5 stars. DETRITUS IN LOVE, by Mercedes M. Yardley, and John Boden is a "love" story--and yet, it is not. There is love, but the love is for--and of--those that should not be. Unfortunately, in order to "balance" this, an entity known only as "The Opposite", paints sadness, evil, heartache, and misery all around the rest of Detritus' life. There's an entire array of emotions that the reader will go through on this journey. There is no doubt that Detritus has had--and will continue to have--a diff 4.5 stars. DETRITUS IN LOVE, by Mercedes M. Yardley, and John Boden is a "love" story--and yet, it is not. There is love, but the love is for--and of--those that should not be. Unfortunately, in order to "balance" this, an entity known only as "The Opposite", paints sadness, evil, heartache, and misery all around the rest of Detritus' life. There's an entire array of emotions that the reader will go through on this journey. There is no doubt that Detritus has had--and will continue to have--a difficult life. One time he liked the sound of his name, so he looked it up . . . "Detritus: the remains of something that had been destroyed. She had named him as a reminder of what he had done to her and the life she had been assembling for herself." That was just his mother. There were far worse things that this "magically gifted" child would have to contend with. During one of his many home "accidents", he encounters the ghost of a man who explains the purpose that Det has been meant to fulfill. ". . . You will see great things and do great things and for every good thing you do, The Opposite will paint a matching work with tragedy and screaming. He uses very broad strokes . . . " Not exactly the kind of "pep talk" a boy in Det's situation needs to hear. Still, with Yardley's astonishingly beautiful and poetic prose, we are swept along with Detritus and his two friends--both ghosts--Schultz and Blank. Life, and even death, is not as solid in this world where the two intermingle. There are still emotions, fantasies, desires, and the inevitable truths that apply to them all. ". . . She closed her eyes and waited . . . Monsters still come, even if you can't see them . . . " This journey that we take with Det is not necessarily a pleasant one at all times, but it is one I wouldn't have missed for the anything. In a world where fantasy, horror, friendship, and magic collide, your emotions will join them without hesitation. "No is the loudest and longest word in existence." This is one story I wished I could have stayed in, indefinitely. Brilliant characters, settings, and captivating lessons--is there anything more you could want from a book? Highest recommendation!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason Parent

    What an awful thing to call one's son. This tale is beautiful melancholy, heart-wrenching loneliness, and smothering horror. Each word perfectly chosen, every image laced with impending dread. Also, you may find yourself liking a Nazi.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Well Read Beard

    “His mother had named him Detritus, which he liked and thought was pretty neat. That was, until his eleventh birthday when he looked it up and learned its definition. Detritus: The remains of something that has been destroyed.” If you follow me, you know I am a John Boden fan. Maybe a super fan. To put it simply he is my flavor of dark fiction. To put it simply again, He writes dark haunting stories wrapped in pretty prose full of gorgeous one liners and metaphors. So, I read this book for John a “His mother had named him Detritus, which he liked and thought was pretty neat. That was, until his eleventh birthday when he looked it up and learned its definition. Detritus: The remains of something that has been destroyed.” If you follow me, you know I am a John Boden fan. Maybe a super fan. To put it simply he is my flavor of dark fiction. To put it simply again, He writes dark haunting stories wrapped in pretty prose full of gorgeous one liners and metaphors. So, I read this book for John and I think that this may be my first experience with Yardley’s work. That being said, there was some serious name recognition alarms that went off in my head when I saw that John had written a book with Mercedes M. Yardley. I knew the name. I knew this was going to be something good. This book is heavily themed with opposites. Yin and Yang, darkness and light, good and bad. I want to keep what I say about the story to a minimum. It is only 57 pages long. It’s short and quick. A quick stroll through a small garden, but this garden is packed with flowers. Det is endowed with some power, a power for goodness, but the birth of this power also births the Opposite. “You are one and he is the Opposite… You will see great things and do great things and for every good thing you do, The Opposite will paint a matching work with tragedy and screaming. He uses very broad strokes.” Det sees, talks with the dead. His girlfriend is dead. His best friend is dead. In an odd and possibly unnecessary but totally necessary turn of events, Det’s best friend died walking home on Halloween where he thought it would be a good idea to go as Adolph Hitler. So… yeah, he is stuck in his Nazi uniform for all of eternity. That’s it, that’s all you get. Det and his pals are set on this magnetic course pulled towards the Opposite. The damned thing is full of those fun tidbits. I hate doing this on every Boden review, but Tidbits: those beautiful one-liners that stand outside the story. Ok, that’s done. Again. The book opens with a hell of a line: “The moon was large and bright, a lost tooth on a swatch of blue cloth.” I want to say that John wrote that line. I may be wrong, but in my video review, I think I am going to play a little game called “Who wrote it?” where I read some of these lines that I really liked and guess if John or Mercedes wrote said line. “… the man yawned death and chemo.” “The voice was soft and warm, towels straight from the dryer.” “She was gorgeous. Pale as wet paper, her bluish veins making her look like a map, a map to everywhere he had ever wanted to go.” “The wound on her throat glistened, the scab was a small collection of rubies in a priceless necklace of regret.” Holy hell, those last two… I am going to leave it right there. There are a ton more, but I think I will save them for the video review. I cannot pretend to say that this is indicative of Mercedes’ other work, but I look forward to finding out. I just love John’s style. A new Boden book is Christmas morning to me and Santa has sideburns.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andi Rawson

    Detritus in Love is and it isn't. There is love but it isn't a love story. There is horror but it isn't a horror story. The love comes not from the living and the horror, not from the dead. Yet both are undertones for this beautifully macabre story of Detritus, a boy whose only solace comes from those who shouldn't still be—yet are— and whose Opposite threatens to break what little happiness he has managed to hold on to. Darkly poetic, this little wonder of literary brilliance from Mercedes M. Y Detritus in Love is and it isn't. There is love but it isn't a love story. There is horror but it isn't a horror story. The love comes not from the living and the horror, not from the dead. Yet both are undertones for this beautifully macabre story of Detritus, a boy whose only solace comes from those who shouldn't still be—yet are— and whose Opposite threatens to break what little happiness he has managed to hold on to. Darkly poetic, this little wonder of literary brilliance from Mercedes M. Yardley and John Boden is one that brightened even my dark heart.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Well, that was weird. I'm not really sure what to make of this, except to say I think I liked it. The language is strange, dark and poetic, and not really like anything else I've read before. The latter part of the tale is completely surreal and dream-like, and I couldn't possibly describe to anyone who hasn't read this what actually happens in the end since I'm not entirely sure myself! It's essentially a tale of love, loss and death, infused with flavours of Poe and Tim Burton. Give it a try if Well, that was weird. I'm not really sure what to make of this, except to say I think I liked it. The language is strange, dark and poetic, and not really like anything else I've read before. The latter part of the tale is completely surreal and dream-like, and I couldn't possibly describe to anyone who hasn't read this what actually happens in the end since I'm not entirely sure myself! It's essentially a tale of love, loss and death, infused with flavours of Poe and Tim Burton. Give it a try if you have the urge to go somewhere new. And dark.

  8. 4 out of 5

    J.R.

    If you care to hear our opinions about it, you can listen to the podcast episode here: http://thehorrorofnachosandhamantasch... This is a well-written, zippy little dark melodrama. It's not horror, more like dark fantasy that leans a bit too strongly on THE FEELZ than logic, and your enjoyment may depend on how well you can tolerate lines like "The air smelled like grass and smoke and copper, the end of summer and holocaust," "he will paint a matching work with tragedy and screaming" or emo-acme If you care to hear our opinions about it, you can listen to the podcast episode here: http://thehorrorofnachosandhamantasch... This is a well-written, zippy little dark melodrama. It's not horror, more like dark fantasy that leans a bit too strongly on THE FEELZ than logic, and your enjoyment may depend on how well you can tolerate lines like "The air smelled like grass and smoke and copper, the end of summer and holocaust," "he will paint a matching work with tragedy and screaming" or emo-acme "“A promise is just a longer lie." There's too much extreme melodrama (especially toward the end) and the ending itself was anticlimatic and disappointing, but the writing - especially if you are a moody teenager, or feeling like a moody teenager - often connects. For every clunker there's a nice Barker-esque line like an “empty smile of yearbook photos and altar promises.” I generally liked the characters and felt engaged in what happened, and it's cheap and quick enough to recommend for certain melodramatic spirits.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Adams

    Haunting, dreamlike tale of a high-schooler named Detritus (called Det) who sees ghosts. One is a boy who dresses like a Nazi, who he calls Schultz, and the other is a girl with X's over her eyes, named Blank. These are his best friends in an otherwise cruel, uncaring world. As his relationship with these listless spirits deepens we become aware of something coming for him; an evil twin, a Jungian shadow, a demonic entity called The Opposite. Det's struggle with this creature may very well have Haunting, dreamlike tale of a high-schooler named Detritus (called Det) who sees ghosts. One is a boy who dresses like a Nazi, who he calls Schultz, and the other is a girl with X's over her eyes, named Blank. These are his best friends in an otherwise cruel, uncaring world. As his relationship with these listless spirits deepens we become aware of something coming for him; an evil twin, a Jungian shadow, a demonic entity called The Opposite. Det's struggle with this creature may very well have existential implications for the entire world of both the living and the dead. I especially enjoyed the prose of this story; it has a subtle poetry to it; skillfully knowing when to be graceful and subtle, and when to be dark and bleak. In that way it reads like the best kind of fairy-tale or ghost story. Highly recommended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    David

    The language in this was beautiful, but huh???????

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

    Overall - 4 stars Story - 4 stars Narration - n/a stars Weirdness Factor - 5 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Adrean Messmer

    It's beautiful and sad. I occasionally got pretty lost in the metaphors and honestly have no idea what happened at the end, but I'm so in love with Det, Schultz, and Blank that I don't mind too much.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    I loved the writing in this book, probably more than the plot itself. The prose was darkly poetic, the characters morbidly fascinating and the atmosphere bleak and disquieting. This reminded me a bit of old Tim Burton (when he used to be good) crossed with David Lynch. I decided to read this as I had just finished John Boden's book Dominoes and was eager to read more from him and I'm very glad I did, and although I've never read any Mercedes M. Yardley after this I definitely will.

  14. 5 out of 5

    T.O. Munro

    A really different kind of story and a totally seamless collaboration between its two authors. I reviewed it more fully for fantasy faction and also included an interview with the authors! http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/detri... A really different kind of story and a totally seamless collaboration between its two authors. I reviewed it more fully for fantasy faction and also included an interview with the authors! http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/detri...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Here we go again… I’m here to talk about another story that gave me all the feels. I’ve been stuck in a serious reading rut, and figured that some comfort reads might help. As I scanned my TBR stacks for unread books by favorite authors, I came across this gem of a novella. If you’ve read work from both authors, then you know that they both excel at this: creating stories which marry the macabre and drab parts of life to those that are beautiful and wondrous. When it comes to books, music, and fi Here we go again… I’m here to talk about another story that gave me all the feels. I’ve been stuck in a serious reading rut, and figured that some comfort reads might help. As I scanned my TBR stacks for unread books by favorite authors, I came across this gem of a novella. If you’ve read work from both authors, then you know that they both excel at this: creating stories which marry the macabre and drab parts of life to those that are beautiful and wondrous. When it comes to books, music, and film, there are few things I find more enticing than a piece of art deliciously dark and haunting, yet soft around the edges. I liken the feeling to being in an abandoned building—there’s something beautiful about the chaos and ruin, and maybe a bit of light creeping among the shadows. Every piece of fiction I’ve read so far from Boden and Yardley fits this mold. I was not at all surprised to discover that the authors’ voices blended well throughout this story. I adored the figurative language used and found myself reading numerous sentences two or three times in a row to savor the beauty of the words. There are so many quotable lines that beg to be read again, and the sensory experience is strong. I couldn’t always tell who was writing, but I did find several mentions of band t shirts that I’m sure were the work of Boden, and each instance made me smile. The characters are a standout feature in this story. Whenever I find myself empathizing with the protagonist within mere pages, I know I’ve found something special. But it’s not just Det’s story that resonates—I found something to love about his best friend and his love interest as well. The dark characters in this story, both human and supernatural, also left a permanent mark on my mind. This novella is a short read at under 60 pages, but it packs an emotional punch. If you love a story that will creep you out, possibly break your heart, and leave you with an unsettling book hangover, pick up a copy of Detritus in Love.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Weber

    'Detritus in Love' is a dark fantasy about doomed love and inescapable fate. Authors John Boden and Mercedes Yardley establish their surrealistic world from the very first page, courtesy of a ghoulish visit from a dead man with a warning: The Opposite is coming for young Detritus, and will bring with it death and heartache wherever Detritus seeks love and hope. With his spectral best friend Schultz and his girlfriend Blank, who has Xs for eyes, Det embarks on a journey of magical realism that’s 'Detritus in Love' is a dark fantasy about doomed love and inescapable fate. Authors John Boden and Mercedes Yardley establish their surrealistic world from the very first page, courtesy of a ghoulish visit from a dead man with a warning: The Opposite is coming for young Detritus, and will bring with it death and heartache wherever Detritus seeks love and hope. With his spectral best friend Schultz and his girlfriend Blank, who has Xs for eyes, Det embarks on a journey of magical realism that’s heavy on the magic, and the authors give life to this dreamlike experience with vivid imagery and metaphorical flourishes that are just as evocative as they are descriptive. It’s a haunting tale of love, death and one boy’s search for beauty in an ugly world, a story that will linger with you well after the last page.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy (DemonKittie)

    First off, not sure why this had two authors, it was incredibly short. I read it in like 20 minutes. Secondly, the dates in this book are confusing and the last date given was before the movie Nightmare Before Christmas came out, though it is referred to as old. If it's supposed to be in the present day the timing is very unclear on that. It's a big contradiction and what is written doesn't imply that much time has gone by. I'm not necessarily saying this is bad. It was pretty unique in concept, First off, not sure why this had two authors, it was incredibly short. I read it in like 20 minutes. Secondly, the dates in this book are confusing and the last date given was before the movie Nightmare Before Christmas came out, though it is referred to as old. If it's supposed to be in the present day the timing is very unclear on that. It's a big contradiction and what is written doesn't imply that much time has gone by. I'm not necessarily saying this is bad. It was pretty unique in concept, but flawed in execution.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steve Wynne

    John Boden and Mercedes Yardley working in tandem have created one of the coolest, weirdest tales I've come across in quite some time. I've loved everything I've read from each author individually, and this was absolutely no exception. Burned through this one on my kindle this morning after having it glare at me accusingly for the last however many months, hating me for the neglect I dumped on it, and I'm sorry I did so for so long. I hope to read more from both authors soon.

  19. 5 out of 5

    MollyK

    *** Goodreads giveaway winner*** So that was different. The prose was disturbingly beautiful. The story was haunting and sad. But... I did not get the timeline premise at all and the last chapter made no sense to me. It felt tacked on and incoherent. Honestly this little book was getting a solid 3 star maybe 4 star rating until the last bit.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Denise K.

    I bought this novella to read on Halloween night in one sitting. It was weird and creepy, with decent prose, but it did not "stay" with me after I read it. And frankly, I couldn't quite make sense of the ending. I also found it odd that two authors penned this short work of 60 pages, and it left me wondering if one author would have yielded something with more cohesion. Nevertheless, for my quick research on a scary novella, I can't complain much.

  21. 5 out of 5

    John

    One star for each author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Detritus, is a young boy without any friends. Det's mother, who is a drug addict, tells him that he was a mistake and she wishes that he had never been born. His mother, has a boyfriend of the month club and none of them ever treat Detritus with respect. Det's is about to make two new friends. A boy that he named Schultz, because he is dressed in a Nazi uniform and the second, a girl name Blank. Blank has X's for eyes. Det fall in love with her at first sight. The only problem with his new frien Detritus, is a young boy without any friends. Det's mother, who is a drug addict, tells him that he was a mistake and she wishes that he had never been born. His mother, has a boyfriend of the month club and none of them ever treat Detritus with respect. Det's is about to make two new friends. A boy that he named Schultz, because he is dressed in a Nazi uniform and the second, a girl name Blank. Blank has X's for eyes. Det fall in love with her at first sight. The only problem with his new friends are, they are dead. Det must get ready, because the Opposite is coming after him. For every thing that Det's does that is good, the Opposite does something that is terrible. Can Det's and his friends, defeat the Opposite or will all the good things that Detritus has done in life, be all in vain. The novella shows us how strong the relationship is between the three and how it grows. This was a Macabre, Fantasy tale, that I really enjoyed. Yardley and Boden, tell this story, with their heart and soul. I highly recommend this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hunter Shea

    A wonderfully poetic, creepy tale that evokes the best of Clive Barker. Beautifully written, bursting with dark emotion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Zakk Madness

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kat

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Prince

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Schnabel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shannan

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