Docufiction Review: Induced Coma by Harold Jaffe

Induced Coma by Harold Jaffe
Expected publication: August 2014 by Anti-Oedipus Press


A semi-sequel to the visionary Anti-Twitter: 150 50-Word Stories, Induced Coma: 50 & 100 Word Stories once again features Harold Jaffe writing to the Nth power, taking as his subject no less than the benighted globe. Including published mainstream narratives and “news” articles from the US and abroad, the collection covers an extraordinary range of subjects—activist art, global warming, revolution, the entertainment industry, and the freakishly banal happenings of our day-to-day lives—all of which the author deconstructs to expose their ideological subtexts in uncanny ways. Satirical, critical, tragic and ruminative, Jaffe works every register masterfully. Induced Coma is a singular tour de force composed by one of the most innovative writers of our generation.


A surreal twist on news around the world. Some of these short news pieces are weird and disturbing at times.

Jaffe takes Doctor amputating the wrong limbs, A pet girl culture, and Gluteoplasty and gives stories that could happen in your neighborhood. Or maybe it did, with some of the highlighted parts from these weird news trips.

Some of the disturbing pieces such as Her Mangled, Machete, Severed, Cucumber Coffin and Grits will have give you chills and you'll say "ahhh man."

Kinda reminds me of Alex Boese's work, but his work being true facts. Harold Jaffe does an Induced Coma with only 50 to 100 weird shorts. Check it out. The rest of his docufictions are on my reading list.

(as posted by Donald on Goodreads)


  1. Not sure that sounds like my kind of read. Although those are truly flash fiction pieces.


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