Gerard Houarner, Writer
Stories you don't always take home to Mother...



A collection from Delirium Books


Gerard Houarner is an artist, one that's not afraid to venture into new territories and try different hues and shades in his prose painting. The artist has hung an entirely new show in his gallery, and it's well worth coming in to view, the admission fee is inexpensive and the memories will linger a lifetime.
Introduction, John Pelan, I Love You And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It

The twelve tales in I Love You and There is Nothing You Can Do About It show us Houarner's philosophical side. These stories concern themselves with the human condition and less with graphic depictions of physical trauma. There's plenty of horrible stuff going on, but the purpose is more to invoke terror... This one will disappear fast and become scarce once the general public meets him.

Hellnotes, review of I Love You And There is Nothing You Can Do About It
Miss this one and you may well miss one of the most influential volumes of the year, and one of horror's most beguiling, new voices.
Lisa DuMond, SF Site, MEviews reviewing I Love You...

There is a comfortable range of intensity here...and the stories work together as a whole nicely.

"The Oddist..." a weird tale with the tonal impact of a nightmare transcribed... thoughtfulness and attention paid to both the content and its audience.

Mehitobel Wilson,, I Love You...

This is a very different collection than the author's first -- PAINFREAK (1996), a teratology of the extremes of relationships and the intricacies of fetish and desire -- and a stronger one. These more moderate mappings of the darkside show an enhanced versatility and perception that is, perhaps, overwhelmed in his more extreme investigations. These tales have "staying power." And (did I mention?) stories that stay with you are the best.

Paula Guran, DarkEcho, I Love You...

...the stories that flesh out this book (flesh bruised and broken) are hardly romantic trifles, cynical or otherwise. They are instead Grand Guignolish shockers reminiscent of John Shirley's work. Houarner's introductions show a concerned and ethical individual at work, and his sharp literary skills insure that he always adheres closely to his personal moral compass, without sacrificing horrific impact. "Our Lady of the Jars" is my favorite here, straying as it does into the Borgesian territory of imaginary beings.

Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's, 8/00 On Books Review of I Love You...

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