Archive for July, 2012

Book Trailer: The Blood Poetry by Leland Pitts-Gonzalez

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , on July 30, 2012 by Scott Emerson

Book trailer for Leland Pitts-Gonzalez’s new novel THE BLOOD POETRY, published by Raw Dog Screaming Press.

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Review: Baby Jesus Butt Plug by Carlton Mellick III

Posted in Bizarro Brigade, Books, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on July 14, 2012 by Scott Emerson

(Review for Bizarro Brigade.)

Y’know, I’m not going to summarize the plot of BABY JESUS BUTT PLUG, because you’re either going to be on board for a fairy tale about cloned Jesuses used as marital aids (and the zombie offspring they produce) or you’re not. If you are, you’ll enjoy this warped little fable about corporate dehumanization and familial yearnings, and the way Mellick simply yet colorfully spins his tale. Yes, BABY JESUS BUTT PLUG is fundamentally a short story with large typeface and illustrations to just barely justify a book-length page count, but it’s also highly entertaining and holds up to repeat readings. And in the canon of Bizarro lit (has it really been around long enough to have one?), it’s an important part of the genre’s infancy.

Review: Trolley No. 1852 by Edward Lee

Posted in Bizarro Brigade, Books, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on July 14, 2012 by Scott Emerson

(Review for Bizarro Brigade.)

In 1934, a cash-strapped H.P. Lovecraft receives an unusual invitation to submit a brand-new story to a clandestine group of literary enthusiasts. There’s only one requirement–the story must be pornographic. Tired of subsisting on cold beans, Lovecraft accepts the request, weaving his penchant for otherworldly beings into a tale of a trolley-bound bordello racing through the bowels of New York where sex acts that defy description occur.

With TROLLEY NO. 1852 Lee delivers the kind of pulpy, visceral story that helped earn him the King of Hardcore Horror crown, told in a fine facsimile of Lovecraft’s verbose, rococo style (and it’s easy to imagine his glee in describing the kinds of scenarios the man from Providence never could’ve gotten away with). His way of filtering Loveraft’s sweeping cosmic terrors through his own sensibilities should make this a treat for fans of either author, as there’s no shortage of surreal imagery and aberrant sex. TROLLEY is a thrilling pulp-era homage with plenty of bite.

Book Trailer: Working Stiffs by Lucy Leitner

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , on July 13, 2012 by Scott Emerson

Book trailer for WORKING STIFFS, Lucy Leitner’s Pittsburgh-based zombie novel.

“Something has gone horribly wrong in the Pro-Well Pharmaceuticals factory and ex-meth dealer Marshall Owens, the company’s owner and drug genius, must keep the surrounding Pittsburgh area from finding out. Unfortunately, the undead assembly line workers have other plans. The infection spreads and chaos reigns supreme as the surviving Pro-Well employees battle their way through offices with whatever weapons they can scrounge from the supply closet. They must get outside. But they don’t know that The General is out there amassing a shambling, rotting army of Pittsburgh’s finest. Will the employees make it? Will two repulsive workers find love in a janitor’s closet? How many office workers can one man take down with the blade of a paper cutter and some staplers? Will Marshall Owens go back to selling meth? And most important of all, will Pro-Well’s stock value plummet?”

Working Stiffs Promo from S L on Vimeo.

Review: Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy by Bradley Sands

Posted in Bizarro Brigade, Books, Writing with tags , , , , , , on July 13, 2012 by Scott Emerson

(Review for Bizarro Brigade.)

I really enjoyed this collection of surreal snippets, but SORRY I RUINED YOUR ORGY might fall under the “Advanced Studies” section in the bizarro genre. Casual readers or those dipping their toes into the bizarro waters may be off-put by Bradley Sands’ Dali-esque snapshots of the absurd, at least at first, but with an open mind and a warped sense of humor most readers should find the book a strange but rewarding literary adventure. Most stories barely qualify as flash fiction–some running as short as a single paragraph–so if a particualar piece isn’t too your liking, it’s over quickly, and with a robust table of contents one is certain to find something they enjoy. Reading this book is a lot like being a bee flitting through an otherworldly flower bed.

Sands is a unique voice in the already-singular world of bizarro lit, and SORRY I RUINED YOUR ORGY offers a wide selection of his weird and often humorous talents.

Review: Just Like Hell by Nate Southard

Posted in Bizarro Brigade, Books, Writing with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2012 by Scott Emerson

(Review for Bizarro Brigade.)

High-school football phenom Dillon has been keeping his homosexuality a secret as an act of social survival, but when his teammates discover the same-sex romance he’s been having he finds himself literally fighting for his life; kidnapped and bound in a remote cabin by his so-called friends, Dillon and his lover are trapped in a cruel prank that quickly escalates into a night-long ordeal of shocking violence.

JUST LIKE HELL mines the same vein of intimate, disturbing horror of such works as Ketchum’s THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, rendered stark and vivid in Southard’s straightforward prose. This compact novella races at a rapid clip, upping the deadly ante before the characters (or its readers) can catch their breath. With its violence and virulently homophobic antagonists it’s a sometimes difficult story but also a resonant one, and Southard does a fine job fleshing out his cast in a limited space so that we really get to know these people (even the unpleasant ones).

A well-executed slice of extreme horror that reminds us that the scariest monster is always man.

Fuzzy Bunnies: A Horror Poem from The Gorelets Omnibus by Michael A. Arnzen

Posted in Books, Writing with tags , , , , , on July 12, 2012 by Scott Emerson

Book Trailer for THE GORELETS OMNIBUS by horror author Michael A. Arnzen (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2012). Available now in hardcover, paperback and ebook editions. Visit Arnzen’s website to learn more, or order now from Amazon, B&N, or directly from the publisher.