I’ve said it here before and I’ll say it again: the best thing about Twitter is that it constantly helps you discover great books and amazing people. Shannon Kirk recently joined the list of amazing people with a great book. Luckily, she is also a book lover. If you know me, you know I wanted […]
I really can’t remember when I started reading Greg Gifune’s work. The man is a solid, prolific storyteller who constantly puts out great work. Thanks to social media, I now know he is also a cool guy. In any case, I asked Greg to show me his shelves. I was happy to learn we have […]
Books to chill your bones & twist your minds from CLASH Books
“You probably consider yourself an honest person, but honestly, you lie all the time.”
Entropy in Bloom is a brain grenade that will blow your mind into splattered chunks.
CLASH Books is excited to present GIRL LIKE A BOMB. Autumn Christian’s third novel is a dark journey of self-discovery.
“Since the demon, or demons, are invisible it is nearly impossible to detect them in your food.”
CLASH Books is excited to present this collection of stories inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath.
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.”
“If you’re a fan of Bizarro or plain weird fiction in general, you should give STACKING DOLL a try.”
“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.”
“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.”
Madeleine Swann takes every creepy online psychology test you’ve secretly wanted to try.
Fuck, Kill, or Mary: Philip K. Dick, Dick Wolf, Dick Van Dyke?
Hey DFW fans…
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.
Great White House 2 is free for this week!
“It’s gross, violent, erotic, boisterous fun for a pretty non-traditional family unit.”
Writer and YouTuber Wizard of Cause VLOGS about why artists of all types need isolation.
“Leza and I took a strange and wonderful journey together.”
“No more CHRISTMAS SHIT for the rest of the night.”
“i like to paint. people seem to like them. win-win.”
“It was like being at Bizarro Con again, just hanging out and nerding out about Bizarro Fiction and literature in general.”
“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”
“I think I’ve organically drifted from horror to crime/noir to dark/literary.”
“I don’t remember any of this. To be clear, my lack of memory is because of the Xanax.”
“Shake people, shock people, disturb people, terrify people, confuse people—the only way to affect change.”
“Your eyes bleed, your soul cries, but you can’t fucking stop.”
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 was it like to have your first book There’s No Happy Ending optioned by Vivid Video for their hand job denial imprint?”
What better time to cross that threshold than during the month of Samhain!
LET’S GET WITCHY!
“Drop your dreidel and feast your eyes on the Anarchist Kosher Cookbook!”
“Humans are addicted to anxiety.”
Headed by Rupi Kaur and infamous Instagram Bro Poet Collin Yost
“You look exactly like your Facebook photos, and it’s making my stomach all mushy.”
“Shared weirdness in a damp Necon hotel room.”
“The bride told me I looked like shit. Then she laughed.”
“In the words of Brian Keene, please go die in a tire fire.”
“TRAGEDY QUEENS is an anthology that brings together two powerful muses.”
“Aliens don’t give a fuck about you.”
“You don’t wanna miss this!”
“To fight, we need to believe in ourselves first.”
“More people need to wear a panda head when they do interviews.”
“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.”
“Was it the latent sexuality of Fukunaga’s script that pushed Warner Bros away, or the Lovecraftian aspects that made it too abstract?”
“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.”
“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?”
“If you think every other author out there is your enemy, you can go fuck yourself.”
“Come to Vegas and we can go to karaoke.”
“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
“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 was a religious little boy and thought Guns N’ Roses were nothing but sinners and going to hell.”
“I can’t untangle my queerness from my politics or my magickal practice.”
“Bet it feels good to smash up a toilet.”
“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.”
“No vampires, werewolves, and certainly no witches.”
“I’m still the heathen it represents, but now I’m a sober, happy heathen.”
“Saw Nunslaughter cut open a dead deer, dump buckets of blood, and throw a pig’s head off the stage for the audience to kick around in the mosh pit.”
“I fought so long to plant a flag in something that never should have been disputed territory.”
MAGIC HAPPENS EVERY DAY
“I have a firm belief that sacred cows make the best hamburgers.”
“Every human being gets addicted to something.’
“Once he jumped on me while I was humping my pillow.”
“You can just imagine all those Chinese like a little army of yellow ants crawling over it, can’t you?”
“Kathleen Hanna never stops. She can’t be kept down.”
“BRUJA is a fluid, non-linear, and organic experience.”
“I visit old people in their homes and help them with daily tasks, like cooking and cleaning and bathing.”
“When I think of people with mustaches, I think of my dad, Burt Reynolds, and cowboys.”
“Tragedy Queens is an anthology that brings together two powerful muses.”
“My heart is a dumpster fire.”
One of the earliest reviews I received said, “A full on satire of contemporary law as mesmerizing and complex as something lost from David Foster Wallace, yet as light in tone as A Confederacy of Dunces.” First I was flattered, thrilled, and then I thought, wait, didn’t both those guys kill themselves?
“You can probably read the book faster than an acid trip lasts .”
“Spring Breakers and Gummo specifically pop to mind.”
“I am compelled to tell stories.”
“Basically, Elizabeth Ellen should win the Pulitzer Prize and then immediately be beaten to death with it because she’s so good, so human, so completely fucked.”
“My personal favorite character is a talking bathroom that literally fucks Kyle.”
“Bizarro is the Chaos Magick of literature.”
“I dreamt about Lola at night.”
“There are also realistic portraits of my cats, a sheep in wolves clothing, and ton of book references.”
“We loved Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues and Enzo wanted to read the whole book out loud. It took a long time because we got very drunk.”
“You made all of this happen with your book,” one Twitter user scolded me.”
“I had the image of me eating my heart but it was cake instead of my actual heart.”
“What does it mean to survive?”
“Imagine if Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett wrote about talking chickens and anthropomorphic eggs in muumuus.”
“I can already see the glazed over eyes of anyone who dares read this shit.”
“Titles such as Wall of Kiss, Mother Puncher, and Suicide Girls in the Afterlife grab your attention and make you wonder what kind of madness unfolds within those pages.”
“If you enjoy surrealistic Bizarro fiction with a heart too big to contain within its pages, then this is the collection for you.”
“Old gods lurk behind the stars, old loves linger on from Earth, and Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids.”
“Imagine watching your ten-year old drawing chainsaw dicks.”
“Godzilla helped give me my moral compass.”
“I just chose the gutter to dwell in, and with what the world seems to be moving into, I think it’s a perfect place to assess and judge it.”
Danger Slater is a Bizarro writer who uses surrealism, dark humor, and a healthy dose of existential angst to create his stories.
“All of my tattoos are reflections, more or less, of visions.”
“I do not control people’s boner.”
CLASH Media catches up with Constance Ann Fitzgerald and talks about her new book, Glue.
“Our abuelitas went to special masses and some of the nativity sets under our trees featured a baby Jesus that had slightly darker skin than the Jesus the gringos put under their tree.”
“Whether you think Christmas is shit or Christmas is the shit, when you are Catalan, your Christmas is going to be full of shit. And I mean literally. And no, it doesn’t get that dirty (usually).”
“Welcome to Skin Stories, where I ask some of the most exciting voices in fiction to tell us the stories behind their tattoos.”
“Entertain us with your Christmas traditions and recollections.”
“I felt like I was outside myself as well as inside.”
“Here’s what needs to be on your radar.”
This poem should at least get some Google hits.
“What’s remarkable about these stories is Evenson’s ability to turn familiar, mundane things into objects of terror.”
“CLASH wants your creepy stories!”
“Every night he asks me the same question. “Will you sleep with me?”
“There will always be people better than you. Some of them will always be better than you. Some are so far ahead that you can’t possibly hold a candle to them.”
“I know what you’re thinking: why Kid Rock? Why not Limp Bizkit or Uncle Kracker or some other horrible nü-metal band scraped out of the armpit of the late 90s?”
“TRAGEDY QUEENS is an anthology that brings together two powerful muses.”
“The cameraman wore a black suit with white gloves and a shiny red shirt. A large, handheld video camera obscured his face. The lens pointed right at me.”
“The Con Season is a very fun and fucked up book that horror fans will love.”
“Be human. People hate bots.”
“Perv #2: So, who is this Anna Karenina bitch? Does she like the D?”
“Though the novel is heavy and chock-full of moments that ache, it isn’t without hope.”
“…With ‘The Face of Any Other’, Seidlinger starts at the new boundaries he’d previously set and rushes forward in a way that makes it clear he sees nothing but new ground in front of him.”
“Believe it or not, there are many successful self-published authors. Yes. You can actually make a living self-publishing. You can even win awards!”
“We want 2,000 to 3,000 word stories dealing with anything Wu-Tang Clan related. That could be Gravediggaz themes of horror, cool ass ninja shit, grimy Shaolin monks, slick futuristic science fiction a la Bobby Digital, gritty, or off-the wall crime fiction.”
“It’s almost as if the authors, publishing houses, and websites in this circle are eating the feces of their neighbors, digesting them, shitting them out, and feeding them to the next person like an oval human centipede.”