"Mimes" is a fun little story. The best part for me was the first mime Joseph encounters. I don't think any of the occurrences after that match its level of creepitude.
I will say I didn't see the ending coming.
Now for the bullshit disclaimer: I know Paul Cooley. I consider him a friend. I've been a guest on the podcast he co-hosts, Dead Robots' Society, twice now. He's a great guy and a terrific writer. I highly recommend checking out his novel The Black, especially if you like deep-sea horror. All that being said, I bought this story with my very own 99 pennies. He did not gift me a copy. He did not ask me to read it. I read it because I wanted to and not because Paul and I know each other. If I'd seen that cover on an unknown author's work, I still would have read it.
In summation: "Mimes" is worth every cent of its price tag, even if the ending wasn't everything I hoped for. Three stars for a well-rounded tale of mimic carnage.
Final Judgment: Better than being trapped in an invisible box.