A bizarre exploration of bodily deviancy that would make David Cronenberg gush, The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit is:
Situated in a fictive 19th Century New England town, two brothers, Edmund and William Torpor confront public scorn when they reveal their musical creations built from strange technologies and scavenged animal carcasses. Driven to seek a concealment for their aberrant activities, they make a startling discovery. Will they divine the mystery of THE SQUIRREL MACHINE?
The answer to this question relies more on your personal interpretation of exactly what the Squirrel Machine is and does as the psychotropic narrative leaves much to the imagination. Whereas in most stories the lack of a definitive beginning, middle and end might ruin the experience, Rickheit manages to provide us with just enough exposition and character development to keep the reader involved. In addition, the book relies heavily on the illustrations to tell the story which is a real visual treat. Rickheit's artistic style is frighteningly unique, full of anatomical curiosities and taxidermal grotesqueries.
For anyone seeking the best of both worlds (high intellect meets raw art), The Squirrel Machine comes with my highest recommendation. Rickheit exhibits true skill and craftsmanship that ranks among the highest creative minds. For more of his work and behind the scene sketches, visit his blog.