I listened to Failure as A Way of Life on audio book. When I got the book I told Andersen I was a little dissapointed that he didn’t narrate it himself. I’ve listened to a few of his books he did the narration on and he has this way of speaking that really captures that depressing feel of his characters. It just fits perfectly (Squirm with me is a prime example of this). I’ll still say that he would have been excellent voicing his character Ryan, but narrator Pete Ferrand did a superb job on this, so I decided to let it go.
So the book is about Ryan and best friend Gus, who both work the same job at an artisinal water bottling plant and basically have the same lame, boring, and unsatisfying lives. When they try to contaminate the water supply at their work there is an accident that affects Gus in a posistive way. This leads to Ryans jealousy as he attempts to replicate Gus’ good fortune.
This book is classic Prunty. The characters are down trodden and misfortunate. The people in their lives barely connect to them and constantly unusual things are happening around them that they just take with a grain of salt.
All in all it was pretty great. I’m a big fan of Andersen Prunty, and I always enjoy reading his newest output, this one was no exception.
Buy it Here Failure as a Way of life
Danger Slater’s books always surprise me. Not his writing, I’ve read all but two of his books, I believe, so I know he’s a great writer. I know going into one of his books I won’t be disappointed. But for some reason I get these weird ideas in my head about what a book will be like before I start reading it. For example, He Digs A Hole is about a guy that cuts off his hands, replaces them with gardening tools, and begins to dig a hole. Sounds like some standard Bizarro right? But, much like Dangers other books, it’s more than just that. It becomes a journey of self discovery for protagonist Harrison as he moves on from the boring, mundane life he was leading into the one that awaits him down the large hole he has dug. It’s an Alice and Wonderland type adventure into a new world that brings Harrison to the realization about what he loves, because this book is also a love story.
Danger puts a lot into this short book, it easily propels you along, eagerly following the journey until you reach that ending, which was probably my most favorite thing about the book. We’ve all read those books that may be great for about 75 to 85 percent of it and then the ending just lets you down. But not here, Danger knew what he was doing and where the story needed to go, and it was lovely.
Buy it here He Digs a Hole
My newest book – Fast Times at Cine Mega Plex High – is now avaailable in paperback! From the back cover – Featuring six inter-connected stories involving the students of Cine Mega Plex High. The movie obsessed student body identify their various cliques by movie genres. There are no nerds, jocks, or preps. There are Sci-fi, sports, and romance kids. Taking place over the course of a couple days, Fast Times at Cine Mega Plex High follows the lives of various genre kids as they encounter new friends, both artificial and extraterrestrial, demons, monsters and all around bizarre situations.
Blurbs: “A joyously bizarre celebration of sex and ’80s movie nostalgia.” Jeff O’Brien Author of BigBoobenstein
“Matthew Vaughn twists, turns, and swerves through every barrier possible to tell the story of a celluloid nightmare high school where anything can and does happen. Entertaining as hell!” –David W. Barbee Author of Bacon Fried Bastard
I still have one of the stories – Detention of the Damned – up for free right here! Give it a read and if you enjoy it buy the book to get the whole story.
You can get it on Amazon here Fast Times at Cine Mega Plex High on Amazon
Also, the ebook is still only .99 if you don’t mind reading in digital.
I tabled recently at Days of the Dead Louisville, and had a great time there. I shared a table with M.P. Johnson, and he was just the coolest guy. It was my first con, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to learn from someone with M.P.s experience. And like I said, he’s such an awesome dude. I had a blast just sitting and talking to him throughout the weekend, even trough I had been sick during the week and lost my voice for Friday and most of Saturday. We meet some cool people, and even though we didn’t sell a ton of books, I was happy that the people we sold to seemed to be true readers, and genuinely excited about the books they bought from us. I’m looking forward to more cons next year, and hoping that M.P. and I can hook up again, if nothing else then for DotD again.
So, like I said, I sold a few books, but, I have some left over. If anyone is interested in buying a signed copy of one of my books from me, now is the perfect time to get one. $10 for The ADHD Vampire or Mother Fucking Black Skull of Death, $5 for The Sexual Avenger. $20 will get you all three. This includes shipping, which is a way better deal than you can get on Amazon. Also, as anyone who has bought a book from me can atest to, I always like to include some extra goodies. Just shoot me an email, or PM on the facebook if you are interested, and also, feel free to share this and tell all your friends!
I was interviewed over at my friend Sean Leonard’s site. He did a really cool write up about me and my Books. I appreciate it whenever anyone takes the time to help me promote my work, and something like what Sean did on his site is just going above and beyond. Take a minute to check it out, and keep an eye on his site because I’m sure I won’t be the last interview he does. Sean has good taste, and he knows a lot of cool people, so there will be more good content coming from him.
Weirdpunk Books are putting together this awesome tribute to punk icons The Misfits, which my story Exterminate the whole Human Race was accepted into. Featuring thirteen stories by various authors, each taking a different Misfits song and creating a story from it. I think this is an extremely cool concept and thankfully I didn’t procrastinate like usual and knocked a story out that the guys liked.
Recently, a Kickstarter was launched to pay for all the contributors to this book. There are some really cool perks for backing this project, check them out here on Kickstarter’s website. While you’re playing around on the internet, check out Weirdpunk Books on Facebook and like their page!
Today, my newest book became available on Amazon. Currently it is only available as an ebook, but the paperback should be coming along very soon. This my first book through New Kink, an imprint of Rooster Republic. It’s pretty short, something that could easily be read in one sitting. It features three short stories focusing on the adventures of The Sexual Avenger.
From the back cover:
Justice has come.
And it is hard.
The Sexual Avenger is here and he is for hire. Wielding the hard, hard dong of justice to smite bullies and other mean people, he bears a gift and a curse. He possesses a weapon so powerful, he fears he may never master it or fully understand its ramifications. Too strong for any normal human, he must face the world alone. He must face the world hard.
Back in February I decided to have a little contest. I wanted to give away a copy of both of my novellas. Of course I was trying to do something to help get my name out there, but I’m a big fan of the small press. There are a lot of really talented writers putting out books through small presses, and there are some really kick ass presses putting those books out. So, I thought, what could I do to help as many of us out as possible? My idea was to encourage people to buy books from small press authors and have them let me know that they did, and I would put their name in drawings for my books. I started out by posting links to good books. Now, admittedly, I wanted to do that more often but I’m too much of a slacker. One of the biggest selling points for this, in my opinion anyway, was I didn’t ask anyone to message me with a receipt of their purchases or anything in the form of proving their purchases to me. So, basically, all one had to do was tell me that they bought books, they could have lied to me and I wouldn’t have been none the wiser. I gave the entire month of February as the time limit for the contest and said in March I would pick winners. I surprised myself by going out of my way to reach new people, not just the people on my Facebook friends list, and I had a lot of support from some fellow writers. But, by the end of the month, I was disappointed. I didn’t expect people by the hundreds to want to enter the contest of a nobody, but I did have hopes that I would get more than I did. Now, I’m not saying all of this to whine and cry about nobody giving a crap enough to even lie for the chance to win a free book. I made a couple of pretty cool new internet friends from all this. I launched a Facebook author page and have almost 100 likes already. Things didn’t go as I had hoped, but this is just a start, I’m looking forward to working even harder to get my name, and books, out there.
So, since I didn’t get but a few people to enter I decided to change the contest. Instead of drawing two winners to send books too, everybody that entered the contest is a winner. I have sent books to all of you to say thanks for your interest, and thanks for participating. I’m not going to list the winners, if you entered the contest then expect a book in a few days. I hope you all enjoy them, and if you feel so inclined, please leave an honest review on goodreads and amazon. It doesn’t have to be a massive understaking, just a sentence or two will do just fine.
My very first published book, The ADHD Vampire, just had its one year anniversary. That’s pretty awesome in my opinion. The people who have read it have given it positive reviews, for this I am thankful. Since this is a special occasion and all I wanted to do something to celebrate, and what better way to celebrate than to give some books away? What I have decided to do is two drawings, one for The ADHD Vampire and one for my other book, Mother F’ing Black Skull of Death. What you have to do to have your name entered into the drawings is simple, buy a book during the month of February, but not one of mine, I’m trying to give them away. Buy a book from any indie author. There is so many good books out there, and you’re going to be buying some anyway, right? Just tell me that you did and your name is entered. That simple. You have until the end of February, but if you bought any in the beginning month they count too, and then the contest is over and the drawings will be in March. Hit me up on Facebook, Goodreads, or email which are all provided in the contacts.
Also, I have recently created a facebook page, give it a like if you want!
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Pulling into the parking lot is a massive semi, with a huge trailer painted with gory pictures of impaled bodies and a pile of severed heads. There’s a huge silver skull near the back that has the words ‘Mother’ and ‘Fucker’ where its eye sockets should be, and ‘Black Skull of Death’ for a mouth. The truck pulls around, away from the front of the store. I can see the doors on the back of the trailer as the driver backs the rig towards us. It’s a painting of a naked woman with huge tits. She’s covered in blood and sitting on a massive pile of skulls, holding a can of Mother Fucking Black Skull of Death between her legs. I’m instantly hard as a rock.
My newest novella is out! From the fine people at MorbidbookS, who have published such authors as Johnathon Moon, Garret Cook, and Chris Kelso, comes Mother F’ing Black Skull of Death! Danger Slater, author of DangerRama and I will Rot without you, calls it an assault on good taste, and says that it’s over the top fun!
David Barbee has done it again! His newest offering, Nights Neon Fangs, contains four novellas cram-packed full of great characters, settings, and adventures. I knew David was a very talented writer from his previous work, but NNF’s just proves he’s getting better and better.
The book kicks off with the title story, Nights Neon Fangs. This is the story of Buster Wade, who on Christmas night was bitten by an electric werewolf. Yes, an electric werewolf, tell me that’s not the coolest thing ever. Barbee could have just gone from there and wrote a standard werewolf story, and I’m sure it would have been great. But, he takes it further by creating a whole new world, where an ancient Pharaoh has cursed the world to endure a massive storm cloud that rains down mummies, where vampire cows are raised to help maintain America’s blood supply, and there’s a popular musician that is animated red jell-o named Jellostein.
Next we have Noah’s Arkopolis. Here we have a re-imagining of the events from the bible where Noah was told to build an ark and gather up two of every creature as the world flooded. Only, in Barbee’s story, Noah’s ark never saw land, and the world stayed completely under water. Over time the ark was converted into Arkopolis, and all the animals and people breed together creating new species. This was my second favorite story of the four, as it showcases Barbee’s great sense of humor along with his wild imagination.
The story that Ultimo Sumbitch is a futuristic western, where reptilian aliens have invaded and forced the humans out of the cities. That Ultimo Sumbitch himself is a merciless killer, with six shooters for hands, who wanders around killing for money.
The last story, Bat Cop out of Hell is another unique take on a familiar premise. A revenge story that follows a batcop who is brought back from the dead by the batdevil to avenge his murdered family. It’s an entire bat world, filled with many different bat characters, where our resurrected batcop tries to solve the mystery of what happened to him and his batfamily.
The thing I like the most about this collection is each story takes place in a new and interesting world. Barbee is great at creating these unique settings and filling them with crazy characters and exciting plots. Barbee seems to have no shortage of wild and crazy ideas, and I for one am excited by that. He has become one of my favorite writers in the bizarro genre.
Buy it here Nights Neon Fangs
You can never truly know what to expect when you pick up a bizarro book. Most of the time, the synopsis only gives you a small glimpse into the world you’re about to enter. Hung Hounds is one of those books.
The story is, our would-be hero, Humphrey, wakes up in the bathroom of a bar to find earth has been invaded by the hung hounds. They are monstrous dog-like creatures, with huge penis’, from another dimension. From here he teams up with a rag tag group, Dawn the sexy heroine, Kickstand the retired porn star, and a monkey named Dookie, to try and send the hounds back to the dimension they came from. This is just a small sampling of what Hung Hounds is about.
Donald Armfield crams in a crazy amount of action and story into this short novella. He writes fast paced scenes and keeps his characters moving from one altercation to another. There’s a plethora of odd ball characters that our heroes encounter, some help out reluctantly and some try to stand in the way. Personally, I liked the last act of the book the best. Our group finds themselves put through a series of tests that have some pretty humorous elements to them.
This is a good read for any fans of bizarre stories that are heavy on the funny. Donald has a strong imagination, and I’m looking forward to what he does with it in the future.
Buy it here Hung Hounds
The day has finally come, my debut novella is out! After all the hard work to get to this point it’s nice to be able to say ‘I have a book out’. I look forward to seeing what people have to say about it. I have my very on Amazon page, here, and I am officially a Goodreads Author, and that is here. I hope to get some reviews, good or bad. My main goal now, though, is to promote. I have some ideas, which I plan on unveiling on here very soon. For now, I’ve updated this site with links to purchase my books and to visit my Amazon page or my Goodreads page.
There are a few books I’ve read that defy genre, ask me where they belong and I could not tell you. Books like Ash Cinema by Edward Rathke and Feast of Oblivion by John Myers remind me of We are Wormwood in that way and others (disclaimer: these books have nothing in common other than the way they made me feel while reading them.). Books like these make me want to put aside the 80’s B movie influenced stories I write and really create something that can make an impact on someone. With some parts Bizarro, some fantasy and quite a bit horrific, this book is romantic as much as it is tragic.
The story centers around Lily, at first a child then a young adult. We get to see the life she thinks she has with her mother as it becomes the life she actually has with her mother. Autumn Christian does a great job showing that child like sense of hanging on a parents every word, the belief that what they say is the complete truth. But with her mother’s mental illness it makes it that more tragic, and that much harder for Lily as she grows up. Once she’s older, she sees the things her mother always said to her in a different light. As a young adult she leans more towards her mother’s mental illness as the reason things were the way they were. The demon with the Wormwood eyes, Saga and the Excorcist, are they real, or figments of a broken mind? Lily can’t help but worry that she, too, will suffer with schizophrenia just like her mother.
Between stories and dreams, drugs and hallucinations, it’s difficult to tell what may be reality to Lily. Christian’s voice is extremely effective at this. Along the way, we meet an eccentric cast of characters such as Cignus the artist, his sister Saint Peter, and Lily’s friend Phaedra, who gets a little light shown on her background with a short story at the end of the book. As the drugs became more intense, Lily and some of these companions take a road trip to escape the Nightcatcher, but no one can run forever.
Christian has a poetic style that is almost beyond me. Her words straddle a fence to another language I wouldn’t be able to comprehend were they to fall on the wrong side. It has cemented this book towards the top of my list for best books I’ve ever read. I look forward to jumping into something else she has written.
I don’t believe I have read another author who writes quite like Autumn Christian, and that is not a bad thing at all.
Buy it here We Are Wormwood
Next week my debut novella The ADHD Vampire will be released through Bizarro Pulp Press/Journalstone. Obviously I’m pretty excited by this, it’s taken some work to get to this point, but it’s been great. While I’ve been waiting for the release date to get here I have been doing some drawings inspired by the book. These are not quite finished, but I thought I would post them anyway.
I was asked if I had any ideas for the cover of the book a few months back so I sketched this out. The idea is kinda generic, but I thought it fit with the slasher style of the book. My editor, Vincenzo Bilof, liked the idea and so we passed it on to our cover artist, Pat Douglas, who took it and created something way better than I ever could have. Here’s the final cover just because –
I can’t wait to hold a physical copy in my hands and to see this in bookstores, which, of course I mean Amazon.com haha.
Next I have a sketch I’m working on that is loosely based off scenes from the book. This was mainly conceived as an exercise on doing different perspectives. It’s turned out about how I hoped, which is good.
I plan on trying to get a couple more sketches done and get them all finished up soon. I’ll post them here once that happens.
Last week, I got the opportunity to be a guest on Adam Millard’s podcast, Bizarro UK, over at Blogtalk radio. We had a pretty good time talking about various things, one of which was my upcoming book, The ADHD Vampire. Adam is a super cool guy, he threw me for a loop on a couple questions, but like I said, we had a good time. This was my first interview, so I was a little nervous. But, I look forward to doing it again. I feel like i got into a rhythm after a bit.
Check out Adam’s podcast, he has had some really good guests on. Also, check out his site. The guy is a writing machine! He has a bunch of awesome books out, and sure there will be plenty more coming out in 2015!
Anyone who reads bizarro fiction knows the names of Danger Slater and Kevin Strange. They’re both known for writing some really awesome stuff. I, for one, am a fan of both of them, so I was pretty excited to read their double novella.
First up was Kevin Strange’s Computerface. The basic story of Computerface is something you may have seen before either in movies, or books. Machines have taken over, and they are destroying all of humanity. But that is just a bare bones plot element. This is Kevin Strange, he doesn’t put out books that are like anything you have read before. The actual story of Computerface is about a man who wakes up with no memory of who he is and where he is. He is immediately thrust into a situation he doesn’t understand, where a machine is trying to slaughter a woman. Even though he saves the day, he is accused of being one of the machines. This mistake comes from the fact that unbeknownst to him, he has an Ipad grafted to his face. Strange takes this bizarre Sci Fi scenario and makes it as terrifying as he possibly could. His robots are fueled by the pain and torment of humans, and he has created some very nightmare inducing killing machines. I really enjoyed the progression of main character Computerface as we learn with him who he was, how he became what he is, and what he ended up being. Fans of Strange’s other work will find a nice little surprise at the end.
The second half of this book, Danger Slater’s novella Roadvoltution, takes another familiar scenario, but quickly turns it into something original. Essentially it’s a survival horror story, but this time the monster is our roads, bridges and tunnels. As the roads rise up and bite each other like vampires we have a miss-matched group trying to stay alive while the concrete and pavement monsters kill anything in their paths. Slater does a great job with the would be survivors of this story. His characters are quirky and entertaining, and very real life.
Both of these novellas are excellent. Kevin Strange and Danger Slater are putting out exciting and entertaining work. If you like anything else these two have put out then you will definitely like Stranger/Danger.
Buy it here Stranger Danger
Back at the beginning of this year I said I was going to start using this site more often. I failed miserably at that. A big reason for that is lack of content, another big reason is I’m a procrastinator and I forget about this thing. But, focusing on content, I’ve been spending my time getting stuff written so I can get it published so I can talk about it here. My first book is set to come out very soon from Bizarro Pulp Press. I’m really excited about that, and a little nervous. Pat Douglas did an excellent cover for it.
But, I don’t want to spend a lot of time talking about it. I’ll do that once it’s released. What I want to talk about today is my first work published in print! I have a story in the Dynotox Ministries anthology The Bizarro Zombie Anthology that would not Die!
This started out from what could be considered a fake publishing company called Spectacular Productions. The story has been told in numerous places so I won’t go into all the details here, (if you don’t know the story here is a link where you can read all about it – here) but when everything fell apart for the anthology Jordan Krall decided to put it out through Dynatox. I’m excited it’s out into the world, though I am nervous to see what people have to say about my story. It was written a couple years ago now, and I feel I have become a much better writer since then. The really cool thing is the other writers involved in this. William Pauley 3, Gabino Iglesias, Garret Cook, Wol-Vriey, I’m a fan of all these guys. Its pretty awesome to share a T.O.C. with them. Everybody involved is phenomenal, I’m just as excited to read their contributions as I am for anyone to read my story. When I get a copy and read through it I may do a review of it, and when I see some reviews pop up I’ll link to them.
So, once again I will say I’m going to update this thing more. My goal is to try and put something up here once a week. It might be difficult at first, but once things start rolling for me and I have some writing related content I should be good.I believe 2015 is going to be a good year for me, I already have a few things in the works!
I have a story called Built for Sin up at Bizarro Central for their flash fiction Friday. Check it out!