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Review: Vegan Zombie Apocalypse by Wol-vriey

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2013 by Scott Emerson

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(Full disclosure: Wol-vriey is a fellow Burning Bulb author, having been published alongside me in the anthologies Westward Hoes and The Big Book of Bizarro, and BB editor Rich Bottles Jr. gave me a copy for review.)

Those looking for the standard Romero-esque “Lock the doors, the zombies are coming!” story will want to search elsewhere; you certainly will not find what you want here. But if you’re jonesing for a new, fiercely imaginative, and disturbingly erotic take on the living dead, Vegan Zombie Apocalypse will provide a rich feast.

In the future, zombies are unable to consume flesh, and must use human bodies to harvest blood potatoes for sustenance. That’s all the further I’ll describe the plot, as most of the fun in VZA is discovering the myriad twists and twisted concepts Wol-vriey whips out. Not content to merely turn well-worn zombie tropes on their head, Wol-vriey creates a staggeringly bizarre sf landscape peppered with memorable characters, breakneck action scenes, and enough deviant sex to stuff a dozen books. (Seriously, Wol-vriey devised some sick-erotica scenarios that boggled even my jaded mind; I loved it.)

A taste for bizarro is probably required (by the third act Wol-vriey’s throwing out so many insane developmentsnt that the book threatens to go off the rails), but adventurous readers with a fondness for weird sex will find Vegan Zombie Apocalypse a rare treat.

Amazon currently has this on sale. Get your copy here.

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Review: The Starling Connection Part 1: Lifeline by Theodore Webb

Posted in Books, Morgantown Poets, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on December 22, 2012 by Scott Emerson

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In the first installment of his Starling Connection series Theodore Webb presents a chilling dystopian future not too far removed from our current society, an Orwellian backdrop of constant surveillance, immersive, ubiquitous social media, and manufactured realities that soothe and distract from harsher truths. Thrust into a high school environment of carefully controlled thought expression and mandatory school spirit, a small cadre of free-thinking students struggle to break the norm of “Work, Consume, Conform, Repeat.”

Extrapolating current anxieties to frightening but plausible extremes, Webb has much to say about privacy in the digital age, our dependency on prescription medicine and technology, and the state of the working class, filtered through the unique voices of his non-conformist protagonists. While LIFELINE mostly sets the scene and plants the seeds of conflicts to come, it’s an intriguing beginning that whets the appetite for future stories.

(LIFELNE will be available as a free download via Amazon on December 25 and 26. If you don’t want to wait you can order it now here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009I4RYTE/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img.

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Bizarro

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , on December 9, 2011 by Scott Emerson

Shopping for the deviant in your life can be a challenge this time of year. Amputee fetish videos can be expensive and awkward to purchase, that dress of human skin may not be the right size, and who knows if the state hospital will even let your loved one out for the holidays?

Fortunately for you, you can give the gift of bizarro. The Big Book of Bizarro features 57 stories of grotesquely gonzo, genre-grinding fiction from such authors as D. Harlan Wilson, William Pauley III, Hustler magazine contributors Eva Hore and Andree Lachapelle, and John Russo and George Kosana of the original Night of the Living Dead. (Rumor has it some hack named Emerson has a story in there, too, if you like stories about squid bursting out of people’s orifices.)

With over 500 pages of horrific/erotic/humorous/fantastical goodness, The Big Book of Bizarro is more fun than shock therapy. The voices in your loved one’s head will thank you.

Order your copy here.

REMINDER: The Big Book of Bizarro Release Party October 6 at MAC

Posted in Books, Morgantown Poets, Writing with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2011 by Scott Emerson

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Burning Bulb Publishing, in association with Morgantown Poets, will be hosting a book release party for its newest title The Big Book of Bizarro Thursday October 6 from 7-9pm at Monongalia Arts Center (MAC). The event is free and open to the public.

The Big Book of Bizarro brings together the peculiar prose of an international cast of the most grotesquely gonzo, genre-grinding modern writers including Night of the Living Dead screenwriter John Russo, D. Harlan Wilson, and William Pauley III. The 500-page anthology also features several area authors.

Editors Rich Bottles Jr. and Gary Lee Vincent, along with contributor Scott Emerson, will be on hand to read their work. A limited number of copies will be available for purchase.

Public parking is available near the MAC in the parking garage at the corner of Pleasant and Chestnut Streets and at the city lot behind 142 High Street (enter off Spruce). The MAC is accessible to individuals with special mobility requirements; schedule ahead at least two days prior to the event by calling 304-292-3325, or write to info@monartscenter.com.

Morgantown Poets is an informal not-for-profit, all-volunteer community group that meets 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday each month at the MAC, providing literary enthusiasts in north-central West Virginia the opportunity to express themselves, share their work, network and to connect up-and-coming writers with more established authors. New writers are welcome. Join on Facebook by entering “Morgantown Poets” in the search or join the mailing list at morgantownpoets@yahoo. Follow us on Twitter (@MorgantownPoets) or watch videos of past events on our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/MorgantownPoets).

Check out the book trailer here.

The Big Book of Bizarro Release Party October 6 at MAC

Posted in Books, Morgantown Poets, Writing with tags , , , , on September 8, 2011 by Scott Emerson

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Burning Bulb Publishing, in association with Morgantown Poets, will be hosting a book release party for its newest title The Big Book of Bizarro Thursday October 6 from 7-9pm at Monongalia Arts Center (MAC). The event is free and open to the public.

The Big Book of Bizarro brings together the peculiar prose of an international cast of the most grotesquely gonzo, genre-grinding modern writers including Night of the Living Dead screenwriter John Russo, D. Harlan Wilson, and William Pauley III. The 500-page anthology also features several area authors.

Editors Rich Bottles Jr. and Gary Lee Vincent, along with contributor Scott Emerson, will be on hand to read their work. A limited number of copies will be available for purchase.

Public parking is available near the MAC in the parking garage at the corner of Pleasant and Chestnut Streets and at the city lot behind 142 High Street (enter off Spruce). The MAC is accessible to individuals with special mobility requirements; schedule ahead at least two days prior to the event by calling 304-292-3325, or write to info@monartscenter.com.

Morgantown Poets is an informal not-for-profit, all-volunteer community group that meets 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday each month at the MAC, providing literary enthusiasts in north-central West Virginia the opportunity to express themselves, share their work, network and to connect up-and-coming writers with more established authors. New writers are welcome. Join on Facebook by entering “Morgantown Poets” in the search or join the mailing list at morgantownpoets@yahoo. Follow us on Twitter (@MorgantownPoets) or watch videos of past events on our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/MorgantownPoets).

Now Available: The Big Book of Bizarro

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , on August 9, 2011 by Scott Emerson

THE BIG BOOK OF BIZARRO, edited by Rich Bottles Jr. and Gary Lee Vincent, is now available at Amazon. Over 500 pages of bizarro goodness featuring John Russo, D. Harlan Wilson, William Pauley III, Laird Long, and many more, including my psycho-squid story “Pearl.”

Order yours here.

Book Trailer: SENSATION by Nick Mamatas

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , on May 24, 2011 by Scott Emerson

Nick Mamatas, author of the Lovecraft/Kerouac novel MOVE UNDERGROUND and the amazing short story collection YOU MIGHT SLEEP . . . has a new novel out, entitled SENSATION. His pal Seth Cadin made a most unusual book trailer for it. My copy’s still on its way from Amazon, so I can’t tell you how closely the trailer fits the tone of Mamatas’ book, but it makes for unsettling viewing on its own. Fans of both avant garde and B-grade cinema should enjoy it.