I sort of bought this book on a whim, I didnt really know anything about it, but the cover art was done by one of my favorite artists, Alex Pardee, and it had a glowing review from Chuck Palahniuk. Man, Im so glad I did, all these short stories are so beautifully written and the stories seem wildly different until you realize they all deal with different aspects of human nature.
There is a story about a guy who getting the top of his mouth bitten by a bug, and he slowly begins to disintegrate, him and the bug becoming one. The story climaxes with the clump of a man sitting in a crowded movie theater touching himself and as he is doing so, his penis splits open and giant egg sacs slide out of his urethra. After sliding out, the egg sacs lay on the floor and then erupt and engulf the entire screen with the infectious bugs.
There are a few stories dealing with parasites, but there's a story about ghosts, saving redwoods, gangs of 'roided out men stalking the streets, being a scientist for nazis, and even claiming the body of one's dead husband. In short, the shit is cray, but just brilliantly written. I highly recommend this. Now, dont you think that this cover would make an equally awesome tattoo? I think so.