And we are not the only ones. The unyielding is a darkly surreal tale that details what happens to a family when one of its members becomes an immovable: an entity that while corpse-like is also spatially-inconstant, oddly nutritious, and excessively seductive to surrounding humans. This is modern family life perfectly rendered into the glue-goo-glow of couch and monitor screen: a sticky rigor vitus of the most banal and inexplicable nuclear necrodomesticity.
The Unyielding #ad - It's like she's glued to the floor, or impaled on something. Gary shipley had me hooked from beginning to end. Definitely give this one a read. Carlton mellick iii, spread like anomalous paste - cold, author of Quicksand House"Horror rarely gets this close to home, slick and tasty - over the pallid flesh of your nearest and dearest.
I have a desire to merge with her. Absurdist horror at its best. When i try to lift her I can't.
Dreams of AmputationCopeland Valley Press #ad - Dreams of Amputation #ad - Disturbing, haunting, and inimitably weird, this is a book like no other. Brian Evenson. Dreams of amputation reads like the nightmares Derek Raymond might have experienced if he'd written cyberpunk. An exceptionally strange work, but a smart and thoughtful one as well.
The Face HoleCopeland Valley Press #ad - Here shipley's writing enters a kind of austerity — narrative stripped down to an elemental level, filled with the detritus of everyday life, stray motives and oblique intentions, flecks of flesh and nuanced glances, the most familiar of objects quietly vanishing — all of which induces in the reader a dread as vast as it is subtle.
The face hole is at once a testimony and a dossier, a metaphysical mystery of discarded anatomies, a cavernous and patient document of Ballardian estrangement. A welcome edition to Shipley's ongoing experiments with the limits of language and bodies. Eugene thacker, author of In the Dust of This Planet.
NeverdayEraserhead Press #ad - For almost 20 years, carlton mellick III has been writing some of the strangest and most compelling novels the bizarro fiction genre has to offer. Strange laws have been implemented. The only reason he remembers his own name is because it's printed on his Oregon State driver's license. When a woman named january enters his life, Karl learns that he isn't the only one trapped in the time loop.
He doesn't remember his parents' faces or what he used to do for a living. A new memory-based currency has been put into place. But there's something not quite right about the new repeating government. He doesn't doesn't understand why going into the neverday--that time period that only exists if you stay awake all night to avoid repetition--is considered the worst possible crime that anyone can commit.
Neverday #ad - In fact, the majority of the population has been repeating the same day just as he has been for hundreds of years. In his 57th book, mellick has created a dystopian horror tribute to time loop stories in the tradition of Groundhog Day, Neverday, Edge of Tomorrow and Happy Death Day. Karl lybeck has been repeating the same day over and over again, in a constant loop, for what feels like a thousand years.
Society has adapted to repeating. Karl doesn't understand why those in charge have no interest in trying to fix their situation. While karl was hiding isolated in his suburban home, a whole new world was being built just outside his door.
UnlanguageEraserhead Press #ad - He must write his way back. Told as a structural guide to impossible grammar, Michael Cisco’s Unlanguage is a brilliant, thought-provoking novel that not only pushes the boundaries of literature but of language itself. The exalted vision of his eyes becomes the filmy, blurred vision of the usual kind.
What had been composed of colored light made solid goes back to being meat and blood. His body reverts to the ordinary sloshing heaviness of a regular body. Whirlwinds of shame close on him. Unlanguage is the story of a man transformed by death and by language change. With a violent, monkey-like energy he wracks his brains for a way back.
Unlanguage #ad - . One day, he looks down at the hand resting on his thigh and sees that it's just an ordinary hand. The language, transforms him, once understood, and transforms learning itself. He slumps back into his former self. Then it occurs to him, he can still write that language. From michael cisco, comes the long-awaited, one of the most innovative and subversive writers working today, ground-breaking novel of a suicide survivor trying in vain to write himself back into existence.
Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of HellGallery / Saga Press #ad - His work is elegant and troublingly, wonderfully disturbing. Victor lavalle, award–winning author of the changeling “Nathan Ballingrud's brilliant fiction brims with imagination, integrity I do not use that term lightly, and an authentic world-weary dread that bores directly into your heart. In his first collection, north american lake monsters, nathan ballingrud carved out a distinctly singular place in American fiction with his “piercing and merciless” Toronto Globe and Mail portrayals of the monsters that haunt our lives—both real and imagined: “What Nathan Ballingrud does in North American Lake Monsters is to reinvigorate the horror tradition” Los Angeles Review of Books.
. From the eerie dread descending upon a new orleans dive bartender after a cell phone is left behind in a rollicking bar fight in “The Visible Filth” to the search for the map of hell in “The Butcher’s Table, ” Ballingrud’s beautifully crafted stories are riveting in their quietly terrifying depictions of the murky line between the known and the unknown.
Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell #ad - How else do you chart the furthest reaches of the uncanny?”—Tobias Carroll, Vol. Ballingrud's evocative and strangely beautiful. Publishers weekly starred review “nathan Ballingrud is one of my favorite contemporary authors and any time he’s got a new book out I run to the front of the line. 1 brooklyn a gripping collection of six stories of terror—including the novella “the visible filth, hailed as a major new voice by Jeff VanderMeer, ” the basis for the upcoming major motion picture—by Shirley Jackson Award–winning author Nathan Ballingrud, Paul Tremblay, and Carmen Maria Machado—“one of the most heavyweight horror authors out there” The Verge.
Now, and utterly entrancing collection of six stories, strange, Ballingrud follows up with an even more confounding, in Wounds, including one new novella.
The Boy with the Chainsaw HeartEraserhead Press #ad - All he wants is to see his wife, Amy, once again. As a christian woman who died tragically in her youth, Mark is positive that she went to Heaven after her death. But mark has no interest in winning the war for the kingdom of Hell. His fighting skills are so great that it could even be a turning point in this war that has not progressed in over five thousand years.
And if he can fight his way past the angels to reach Heaven's Gate, Mark believes he'll be able to rescue Amy from a life of servitude and find a place they can live together for the rest of their post-human lives. Set in the same universe as mellick's bizarro romantic comedy, The Boy with the Chainsaw Heart illustrates a darker side of the afterlife, I Knocked Up Satan's Daughter, one that neither Christian nor Atheist would wish to endure.
The Boy with the Chainsaw Heart #ad - For almost 20 years, carlton mellick III has been writing some of the strangest and most compelling novels the bizarro fiction genre has to offer. Described as one of the top 40 science-fiction writers under the age of 40 by The Guardian and "one of the most original novelists working today" by extreme horror legend Edward Lee, Mellick returns with a Bio-Mech action horror story set on a surreal battlefield in the no man's land between Heaven and Hell.
Mark knight wakes in the afterlife to discover that he's been drafted into Hell's army, forced to fight against the hordes of murderous angels attacking from the North. He finds himself to be both the pilot and the fuel of a demonic war machine known as Lynx, a living demon woman with the ability to mutate into a weaponized battle suit that reflects the unique destructive force of a man's soul.
While piloting lynx, mark adapts quickly to his new life as a soldier and learns that his abilities far surpass those of a normal human recruit.
Serial KitschCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform #ad - You may not want to read the results; it’s a disconcerting but lyrical book: “I spoke to him as if he were still alive/how beautiful he looked. Johannes göransson gary j shipley's brilliant and necessary poem, Serial Kitsch, follows in the grand tradition of Aron the Moor's final words in Titus Andronicus--".
. I have done a thousand dreadful things/as willingly as one would kill a fly, / And nothing grieves me heartily indeed / But that I cannot do ten thousand more"--and plunges this sentiment into the era of YouTube, when the faces and words of Dahmer and Wuornos can be pulled up and organized like a playlist.
Serial Kitsch #ad - The serial killer’s “kitsch” - his letters, violence and art, his appearance “But he looked just like an average person!” – does not so much “blur” the line between fiction and reality, as show an intimate bond between these, his corpses, a bond we might call “media. Conceptual poetry has long bragged about “killing poetry”; here the actual poetry finally goes gothic.
David peak the figure of the serial killer has always captured the attention of the public and in recent television and film the figure has been domesticated “Dexter” and celebrated “Hannibal” in equally disturbing ways. Vanessa place it is strangely and disconcertingly fitting that Serial Kitsch starts out with a quote from Andy Warhol because this is really a book about art.
Gary j shipley allows the words of serial killers to speak here in this epic poem. Anthony Paul Smith. It is a disturbing book that enters into the tricky and troubling relationship between art and violence by taking on and taking in one of the most frightening, influential and ridiculous figures of the 20th century: the serial killer.
He Digs A HoleFungasm Press #ad - Buy a house. Get married. Get a job. Thank God he's not. Josh malerman, author of bird box"If Richard Brautigan and William S. Cut off your hands and replace them with gardening tools. Can you hear the worms calling? Keep digging. Danger slater is fearless and should be ashamed of himself. Burroughs had a baby it would be danger Slater" -- THE HORROR REVIEW"Bizarro horror at its best.
He Digs A Hole #ad - Splatterpunk zine. Dig a hole.
The Terrible Thing That HappensEraserhead Press #ad - It stands alone in the middle of a vast wasteland that was once our world. One you won't soon forget. Garrett cook, author of A God of Hungry WallsThere is a grocery store. Every night at the exact same time, the store comes alive. From the godfather of bizarro fiction, Carlton Mellick III, comes an absurd horror story unlike anything you've read before.
It becomes exactly as it was before the world ended. This horrible event reoccurs every night, in the exact same manner. The open sign is still illuminated, brightening the black landscape. A new spin on the post-apocalypse genre. The last grocery store in the world. Ghostly shoppers walk the aisles. Decades ago, before the world was destroyed, there was a terrible thing that happened in this place.
The Terrible Thing That Happens #ad - But it is not an easy task. And the only way the wastelanders can gather enough food for their survival is to traverse the killing spree, memorize the patterns, and pray they can escape the bloodbath in tact. Its shelves are replenished with fresh food and water. It can be seen from miles away, even through the poisonous red ash.
The scent of freshly baked breads can be smelled from the rust-caked parking lot.
House of HousesEraserhead Press #ad - He loved his house so much that he asked it to marry him, and he believed that his house happily replied with a yes. And, he will venture to house Heaven, finally, a world where houses live inside of bigger houses made of people. Used book in Good Condition. On this day, every house in the world collapsed for no explainable reason.
On his quest: he will meet tony, a self-declared superhero, who looks kind of like a black Man-At-Arms from the old He-Man cartoons and claims to protect the world from quasi-dimensional psychopomps with his powerful sexpounding abilities. Unfortunately, their love was to be torn apart the day before their wedding, on the day of the great house holocaust.
House of Houses #ad - This is perhaps the weirdest book that anyone has ever written, or will ever write. His was a more intimate love, like the love between two humans. He will meet manhaus, who seems to be part man and part house. Donihe is the best kept secret of the bizarro fiction genre. Carlton mellick iii, author of Adolf in Wonderland There once was an odd reclusive little man who was in love with his house.
Distraught and despairing over the death of his fiancée, this man must go on a quest to find out what happened to his beloved home. It was as if they killed themselves, and took many of their occupants with them.