“As expected, they are pretty awesome and it’s a fascinating and entertaining look at the cult-icon of weird’s work.”
My experience on Get Lit With Leza was one of female bonding over our inherent and chosen nastiness as women.
As a New Yorker, it’s not a hard city to love when the literal metaphor of a mask is littered everywhere—when there’s art oozing out of every corner.
He Has Many Names by Drew Chial is a fresh spin on the Faustian bargain, a deal with the devil story in the age of artistic desperation.
“You probably consider yourself an honest person, but honestly, you lie all the time.”
I’m convinced that any food could “technically” be an aphrodisiac if someone else labels it as one.
It’s a story of yearning and loss that sits at the intersection of horror and romance
All Hail the House Gods is a future masterpiece of Bizarro fiction.
CLASH Books is excited to present GIRL LIKE A BOMB. Autumn Christian’s third novel is a dark journey of self-discovery.
We talked about the medical benefits of marijuana, finding Goddess spirituality, Wicca, and her witchy tale on this episode of Get Lit With Leza.
Give me degradation, The Grecian Urn, and an unholy mouth to suffocate.
TRAGEDY QUEENS is an anthology of stories inspired by two of my favorite muses. I have always been drawn to dark feminine archetypes.
—there’s a part of you that wonders: I don’t know, maybe Bud knows some people with tigers in their veins.
You’ll find yourself asking the question: What have I done for love, and what would I do?
Is there a Satanic conspiracy, is it all a desperate author’s insanity, or is it something else entirely?
And you know, as much as I love this poem, I still don’t completely buy it when he says that shark attacks can’t love broken collarbones.
I love Arcan because her work inspires such a strong revulsion in many readers.
Everything that we are afraid to do; the anticipation or the fear of it is always greater than doing it. Even if it is something awful.
Meet the authors that rocked my world. They will rock yours too.
The term “genius” gets thrown around a lot but I definitely feel Chelsea Martin is genius as fuck.
Meekings takes traditional fantasy elements and reinvents them into a dark and fun tale for the young at heart.
Which is your muse? Plath, Lana, or both?
CLASH Books is excited to present this collection of stories inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath.
Being on Get Lit is like talking to the cool girl in the bar bathroom, only you’re talking about literature and other awesome shit instead of crying about something.
Wait till you hear the unintelligible shit show of my real life.
Donald Duck would never do such a thing, place a pistol to his temple while grinning like a maniac.
In an apocalyptic Texas where you can get high drinking your own shadow, there lives a young shadow junkie named Murk. This is from Brian Allen Carr’s breakout novel, Sip.
Now and then there comes a book so strange, that the comedown after reading feels like the day after an acid trip.
What did you do in Amsterdam?
Shy Watson: oh my god what didn’t i do
“Hustle sucks, man.”
“Go to a crossroads & try to summon Lucifer & see what happens.”
“Absolutely Golden is a far-out tale that grooves right along.”
“I’ve seen very few popular movies where black people get to be fully expressive complex humans.”
“We met at a village cantina, and shit got deep the more rum we consumed.”
“Tanzer aspires to the coolness that comes with trying but making it seem like you’re not trying, which is exactly how good writing is, and one of the reasons that Be Cool feels so effortless to read.”
CLASH BOOKS has your Valentine’s Day covered with two juicy new releases!
“There is something spicy & sensual about the warm taste of ginger on your tongue.”
“We are not defined by our traumas, we are not defined by our traumas, we are not defined by our traumas.”
“There are plenty of zines and lit sites that give authors a platform to talk about their favorite seltzer water and convince everyone they use a typewriter, which is great and all, but that’s not what this is.”
“It’s a creepy yarn that opens with a birth scene and ends with you losing your whole fucking mind.”
Fuck, Kill, or Mary: Philip K. Dick, Dick Wolf, Dick Van Dyke?
“Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from a very early age that he was going to be a horror writer.”
“Cicero’s poems show nature as violent and unforgiving.”
LitReactor columnist and managing editor of CLASH Books, Christoph Paul, shares a great way to come up with main characters that will feel real and unique to you and your reader.
“It’s gross, violent, erotic, boisterous fun for a pretty non-traditional family unit.”
“Being a guest on Get Lit with Leza is like being at a great party and in therapy at the same time.”
Writer and YouTuber Wizard of Cause VLOGS about why artists of all types need isolation.
“The first time you think your chest is going to explode, it tends to take the fight out of you.”
TRAGEDY QUEENS: STORIES INSPIRED BY LANA DEL REY & SYLVIA PLATH WILL BE AVAILABLE MARCH 13TH, 2018
“Leza and I took a strange and wonderful journey together.”
Editor and author Christoph Paul explains how writing notes (and being brutally honest) about a finished draft will make you a better writer, give you better standards, and help you write books you will feel proud of.
“A friend of mine was arrested for swimming naked in the reservoir where this water comes from.”
“Imagine if David Lynch produced a gritty, raw, live-action JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH.”
“We talked about writing and faith, and I even got to show off my Lego art and played the guitar!”
“This game of treating women like auction block meat is older than Hollywood itself.”
Here a 5 tips on how to keep editors, agents, and publishers reading.
“So this summer I was helping out on this farm with all these anarchist witches & stuff.”
“I thought a blog would give me direction but it kinda didn’t do that at all. It kinda made me more aimless.”
“FLO IS SWEET, but she’s a hard bitch.”
“No more CHRISTMAS SHIT for the rest of the night.”
“i like to paint. people seem to like them. win-win.”
Ghosts trying to get laid, an “erotic” burning bush, forbidden love between sea monsters and more fill this collection of Torah-influenced bizarro, horror, and pulp fiction. You gotta dig any book that has a recipe for a skinhead-killing Golem.”
“It was like being at Bizarro Con again, just hanging out and nerding out about Bizarro Fiction and literature in general.”
“These are stories for when you cry looking at a mirror and ask harsh questions about who the fuck is staring back at you.”
“When I was your age, mija, I had my heart broken by a beautiful man.”
“when you swipe your fingers between my thighs like that it’s like someone smashing the motherfucking like button on all of my tweets at once”
“The second time, nothing came back but roaches stained smoke and ash”
“I think I’ve organically drifted from horror to crime/noir to dark/literary.”
“Even if his first name is Santa, he’s no saint to me.”
“This was not an interview, it was a conversation.”
“The Tarot is all about accessing your subconscious and conversing with it.”
“I said dance, pendejo!”
“And here I was thinking Pulp Fiction was going to be your greatest cultural contribution.”
“You just have to stare at a screen and let the monsters come at you.”
“Shake people, shock people, disturb people, terrify people, confuse people—the only way to affect change.”
“Like Art School Confidential as directed by Lloyd Kauffman and Quentin Tarantino.”
“I dreamed of white veils and black habits.”
“Eyes are kept open, lined with small needles, lest they blink and let loose the blood.”
“Small and dark and slanted eyed like me.”
“After bathing in the blood of several children.”
“but still you come looking for her body”
“Why the fuck did they make another movie about evil children.”
“Your eyes bleed, your soul cries, but you can’t fucking stop.”
It was possibly the funkiest and most relaxed interview setting I’ve ever been in.
Brian Keene has single-handedly rewritten the zombie genre with THE RISING and its sequel, CITY OF THE DEAD.
Halloween became a thing I wanted to nail in Kindergarten.
He’s reconciled the misanthrope and the romantic in a way that doesn’t feel uneven.
A group of people get trapped inside a movie theater filled with demons.
This is when frogs come hopping. He is unsettled by their black, staring eyes.
Her smile was sharp and immediate; her eyes were twin voids.
How did my pain get so big?
I enjoyed rambling through a wide range of topics.
What better time to cross that threshold than during the month of Samhain!
LET’S GET WITCHY!
“Humans are addicted to anxiety.”
“This movie is OUT THERE. It is dark and funny and to top it all, it is a musical.”
“He was a rebel of his time.”
“You look exactly like your Facebook photos, and it’s making my stomach all mushy.”
“Shared weirdness in a damp Necon hotel room.”
“I know your mom stole your whole name from her favorite telenovela.”
“In the words of Brian Keene, please go die in a tire fire.”
“Mad Max: Fury Road level survival intensified by the worst Burning Man acid trip.”
“TRAGEDY QUEENS is an anthology that brings together two powerful muses.”
“Easily the most bizarre conversation I’ve ever been a part of.”
“Aliens don’t give a fuck about you.”
“Applebee’s, golf, and Buffalo Wild Wings are terrible.”
“You don’t wanna miss this!”
“So where’s Houston’s most famous man of God?”
“Who is sexier Brad Pitt or a T-Rex?”
“If a great relationship with a sharp, amazing press that loves your work and hustles for you is great, then two is better, and three must be amazing.”
“More people need to wear a panda head when they do interviews.”
“Sorry KatyCats, I think I might have just switched alliances.”
“Even today, the original has lost none of its potency.”
“Marisol is a bruja who must grapple with sexual abuse.”
“Charlottesville started a snowball effect.”
“It was a radtacular time.”
“In the 1980s and 90s photocopied, or Xeroxed, zines were very popular.”
“These stories get under your skin.”
“The F word is used three times in the first three sentences.”
“Palahniuk is himself a member of the Cacophony Society.”
“There was the summer my friends and I saw this kid pee on his parent’s car.”
“I think I was smoking a cigar.”
“She looked at me, my tiny jeans falling off of my concave stomach, and then wrote in my copy of the book, “Baby Steps.”
“Now we finally get our own supervillain.”
“The panels ooze with demented sexuality, brutality and, uh, eyeball licking.”
“I think of the times I’ve cragged my legless body across razorwire, skin sloughing off as the napalm digs into me.”
CLASH correspondent, art critic/therapy practitioner, and meek serial killer interviews cult writer Justin Grimbol.
“Your father has a devil inside him.”
“How cool would it be if you actually got Cher to do a poetry zine for one of the Ladybox releases?”
“It seems that Marvel Studios learned fast to pay it forward.”
“If you think every other author out there is your enemy, you can go fuck yourself.”
“Then somebody, I don’t remember who, started playing “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by The Stooges.”
“Come to Vegas and we can go to karaoke.”
You were published this past year by Lazy Fascist Press. What was it like working with the alt-right?
“10/10 would chat again”
“We’re a bunch of slanted-eyed brown girls watching wide-eyed white girls being chased by a killer.”
“A man lives with a parasite in him.”
“It felt much more like a conversation than a sort of performance of me-ness.”
“Actually, I’m a Pisces. A sad, aging emo boy in a sad, aging emo world.”
“We all smelled bad and dressed sloppy acted like we hated the place.”
“My friends were all hood rats.”
“Dreams are often a strange equalizer.”
Take a trip to the METAL side of LIT
In professional sports there is ALMOST never a good reason to lose, and in writing there is never a good reason to write poorly. Both are the golden rules of being ‘successful’ but what if you need to lose to get better, and need to write some shit to get better? What if losing and being shitty is part of the process to become great?
“Being on this podcast made me feel like I fell into some weird Loony Tunes wormhole.”
“I felt okay about being charmless. I was going to eat ice-cream.”
“I can’t untangle my queerness from my politics or my magickal practice.”
“I picture myself as Lena Dunham with a beard.”
“When I finally decided to quit drinking I had anxiety about being alone.”
“I want to make shit happen.”