Out Now: The Face of Any Other by Michael J Seidlinger

6 Dec

TheFaceofAnyOtherThe Face of Any Other bravely explores the tenuous personhood of the young and the urban, whose lives grow more ghostly the more they are particularized. Michael J Seidlinger has graced us with a quietly but unsettlingly original novel of the day-by-day slippages from alienation to asphyxiating despair.”
-Gary Lutz, author of Stories in the Worst Way

 “An incisive look at the doubts and fears we try to keep hidden but that instead percolate their way to the surface of our skin.”
-Brian Evenson, author of Windeye

A man without a face infects the lives of others, becoming the person he discovers to be most interesting, feasting on their flaws, peering into their peculiarities in order to fulfill their meaningless desires. The main protagonist of the novel has lost his identity in favor of, much like a genie, being able to adopt, accentuate, and adorn the identities of others. He cannot remember his past or how this condition came to be; for all he knows, he’s always been faceless and invisible, forced to watch others, reading their eyes, interpreting every facial gesture, while seeking the most interesting flaw. He is one of the people, if only the people would notice him standing there, right next to them, staring back, as if to say, “Hey, I know you…”

When you have the face of any other, you see the cracks peeling apart a person’s face, showing bone, bleeding with the hidden anguish of hushed nerves. You feel each and every nerve tensing, and you feel for them–for everyone–when they buckle, unable to bear the burden of each daunting episode. When you spend all your time and energy making sure the people around you are happy, no one will question whether or not you feel the same way. No one is there to question your motivations.

Additional Praise for The Face of Any Other:

The Face of Any Other picks up where Oblivion-era David Foster Wallace stopped and goes about fragmented and episodic narrative with the same knife Lydia Davis uses. It is chilling, manic, and strangely beautiful. It captures the OCD and ADD of our times with equal attention and paints the genuinely weird and yet post-weird consciousness of a universe I wish was less like ours.”
-Porochista Khakpour, author of the novels Sons and Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion

“Stylistically and structurally innovative, yet with clear, clean prose, Seidlinger exhibits compassion for the inner and outer anxieties, the mundane and not so mundane aspects of our human existence. Instead of using the cold detachment too often employed by young writers, in The Face of Any Other, readers are sure to discover a refreshingly, emotionally-resonant work.”
-Paula Bomer, author of Inside Madeleine

“The idea of a man with no face latching onto random people and swimming in their insecurities is both horrifying and a little hilarious. But the real horror, and humor, in The Face of Any Other is found in the consumer concerns, office anxieties, and daily banalities that Seidlinger exposes, skewers, and transforms into art. Seidlinger has a face–I’ve seen it!–but his novel is a mirror revealing us to ourselves.”
-Lincoln Michel, author of Upright Beasts

“Michael J Seidlinger is a technician of collapse. Read this book, then ask why you’ve read it. Then ask again why Seidlinger wrote it. The Face of Any Other is the cry on the page of Edvard Munch’s screaming man, a dirge not for the end of the answer but of the question itself.”
-D. Foy, author of Made to Break

The Face of Any Other crawls into the cracks of our dreary days and finds the strange light at the center of it all. Boredom and blankness are transfigured into something new and exciting. This is, by far, Michael J. Seidlinger’s best book yet–warm and human even as it wanders through inhospitable landscapes. Assured, mature and wonderfully creepy.”
-David Connerley Nahm, author of Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky

Click here to order The Face of Any Other.

New Brian Allen Carr and Lazy Fascist Review #2

11 Nov

Today, we’re proud to release two of our finest releases ever, The Shape of Every Monster Yet to Come by Brian Allen Carr and Lazy Fascist Review #2.

The Shape of Every Monster Yet to Come_cover

In his latest book, Brian Allen Carr introduces us to a cast of characters trapped in the present, haunted by their pasts, staring down a path paved in blood. This is, quite frankly, the most powerful book we have read all year. Brian Allen Carr is a slayer, and here he is at the top of his game.

Click here to order The Shape of Every Monster Yet to Come.

Lazy Fascist Review #2_coverFeaturing new fiction by Scott McClanahan, Cody Goodfellow, Violet LeVoit, and Kevin Maloney, along with poetry by Dena Rash Guzman and Lucy Tiven, collages by Kevin Sampsell, book reviews, beer reviews, and an interview with Stephen Graham Jones. Each story is accompanied by a recommended beer pairing. This time, to commemorate our move to Astoria, OR, the featured brewery is Fort George.

Click here to order Lazy Fascist Review #2.

Lazy Fascist Summer Kindle Sale

20 Aug

For a limited time, the Kindle editions of twelve of our most popular titles are on sale for only $2.99 each.

Basal Ganglia by Matthew Revert

Motherfucking Sharks by Brian Allen Carr

The Humble Assessment by Kris Saknussemm

The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan Vol. I by Scott McClanahan

The Collected Works of Noah Cicero Vol. I by Noah Cicero

Broken Piano for President by Patrick Wensink

The No Hellos Diet by Sam Pink

The Obese by Nick Antosca

The Last Final Girl by Stephen Graham Jones

Zombie Sharks with Metal Teeth by Stephen Graham Jones

Zombie Bake-Off by Stephen Graham Jones

Anatomy Courses by Blake Butler and Sean Kilpatrick


If you’d rather buy direct or prefer other formats (epub, pdf), write to us at lazyfascist@gmail.com.

Now Available: The Noah Cicero Bathroom Reader, Say Anything But Your Prayers, and Mother of a Machine Gun

18 Aug

noahciceroabthroomdkTHE NOAH CICERO BATHROOM READER by Noah Cicero

Vampires, Adderall, tigers, anxiety, love, and life in Korea collide in the greatest bathroom reader of all time. If you like cats and parties, you’ll love The Noah Cicero Bathroom Reader

Order The Noah Cicero Bathroom Reader.





sayanythingSAY ANYTHING BUT YOUR PRAYERS by Alan M. Clark

In the pursuit of something better, nothing is sacred. The latest novel by World Fantasy Award-winning artist Alan M. Clark is his darkest and most harrowing yet. If you like Requiem for a Dream or Like Hell, you’ll love Say Anything But Your Prayers.

Order Say Anything But Your Prayers.





What happens when a woman gives birth to a machine gun? That’s the question Michael J Seidlinger aims to answer in his followup to The Fun We’ve Had. If you like Gertrude Stein and Harmony Korine, then you’ll love Mother of a Machine Gun.

Order Mother of a Machine Gun.

Now Available: The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World, The Fun We’ve Had, The Collected Works of Noah Cicero Vol. 2, and Lazy Fascist Review

13 May

lasthorrorfinalThe Last Horror Novel in the History of the World by Brian Allen Carr

The black magic of bad living only looks hideous to honest eyes.


Welcome to Scrape, Texas, a nowhere town near the Mexican border. Few people ever visit Scrape, and the unlucky ones who live there never seem to escape. They fill their days with fish fries, cheap beer, tobacco, firearms, and sex. But Scrape is about to be invaded by a plague of monsters unlike anything ever seen in the history of the world. First there’s La Llorona — the screaming woman in white — and her horde of ghost children. Then come the black, hairy hands. Thousands, millions, scurrying on fingers like spiders or crabs. But the hands are nothing to El Abuelo, a wicked creature with a magical bullwhip, and even El Abuelo don’t mean shit when the devil comes to town.

noah2The Collected Works of Noah Cicero. Vol. 2 by Noah Cicero

Vasily Krymov is a first-generation Russian immigrant living in Youngstown, Ohio. He drinks coffee at the Waffle House. He drinks rum in seedy strip clubs. He washes dishes at a steakhouse for minimum wage. Through all of it, he thinks of suicide, envisioning grand escapes from his own personal hell.

When he discovers a pill bottle full of Oxycontin in the restroom of a bar, Vasily thinks he has found his escape. He and his best friend devise a plant to sell the pills to raise enough money to head out west and escape the squalid streets of Youngstown forever. But for a man like Vasily, escaping one hell only means finding another.

A bleak, comedic masterpiece of down-and-outers in decaying America, The Insurgent is Noah Cicero at his minimalistic best. The Collected Works of Noah Cicero Vol. 2 also features three of Noah Cicero’s most acclaimed short stories: “Two Old Lovers Bring Out Their Guns,” “Visiting My Sister,” and “Two Hard Workers.”

thefunwevehadThe Fun We’ve Had by Michael J. Seidlinger

“Michael Seidlinger is a homegrown Calvino, a humanist, and wise and darkly whimsical. His invisible cities are the spires of the sea where we all sail our coffins in search of our stories.”-Steve Erickson, author of Zeroville

Two lovers are adrift in a coffin on an endless sea. Who are they? They are him and her. They are you and me. They are rowing to salvage what remains of themselves. They are rowing to remember the fun we’ve had.


Last but not least, we’re proud to present the debut issue of our brand new literary journal:

 lazyfascistreview1Lazy Fascist Review #1

Featuring interviews with Dennis Cooper and Tom Piccirilli, fiction and poetry by Elizabeth Ellen, William Boyle, Juliet Escoria, Mike Meginnis, Sean Kilpatrick, Ben Spivey, Monica Storss, and Hernan Ortiz. Also featuring recommended beer pairings and beer reviews by Ross E. Lockhart.



25 Feb

Hey, gang! If you’re going to be out in Seattle this week, here’s what you need to know about your favorite press that has published books by your favorite authors in a manner which you’ve consistently found aesthetically pleasing. 


LF will be at two different events in Seattle this week.

The first, on Friday, will feature Patrick Wensink and J.S. Breukelaar. All of the info is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/517660445016122

The second, on Saturday, will feature Scott McClanahan, Noah Cicero, Stephen Graham Jones, Patrick Wensink and J.S. Breukelaar. The info for that one is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/684097484945716

If you do come out, please remember to bring a change of clothes, because these readings are gonna make you SWEAT. Or, if you prefer the natural essences/aromas of your own body, please don’t let us infringe on your right to smell however you wish to!

Great Books from Great Presses

21 Feb

Yesterday on Facebook, about a dozen authors engaged in a lengthy discussion about bizarro fiction and the seeming lack of more experimental work within the scene in recent years. It’s a subject that crops up every few months, even though the bizarro scene is now more diverse than ever. There’s really nothing that can’t be done in bizarro at this point. If it’s good enough, there will be a home for it.

The brunt of yesterday’s conversation centered on one question. Why isn’t there as much experimental work coming out of bizarro as there used to be? For starters, this is both true and untrue. It’s true that Eraserhead Press, which began as a publishing collective that included experimental fiction luminaries Lance Olsen and Trevor Dodge, has honed its focus in recent years to over-the-top, patently absurd, b-movie fiction. In its early years, before the bizarro label was adopted, Eraserhead Press existed as a home for a diverse range of authors. There were those who became core bizarro authors, namely Carlton Mellick III, Kevin L. Donihe, and D. Harlan Wilson. There were the experimental writers like Lance Olsen, Trevor Dodge, and Michael Hemmingson. Then there were horror and science fiction authors – people like Andre Duza, Simon Logan, and Richard Kadrey, whose work tended to be too offbeat for mainstream genre publishers.

Although these authors all shared a label, in hindsight three distinct groups existed. Some of the writers stuck around to form bizarro. Others moved on to large literary/experimental publishers like FC2. The third group aimed for deals with major horror/science fiction houses (Richard Kadrey’s wildly popular Sandman Slim series has made him a New York Times bestseller). Today, the division is very much the same, only now Eraserhead is dedicated solely to bizarro fiction, while Lazy Fascist publishes the literary/experimental/bugfuck work, and Deadite mostly focuses on violent cult horror. So things have changed since Eraserhead was founded fifteen years ago. There’s no longer one publishing line that encompasses everything. Rather than limiting the company’s range, this has resulted in a wider diversity of fiction emerging from the Eraserhead umbrella than ever before.

When it comes down to it, though, what I’m saying here isn’t about bizarro or Eraserhead. It’s about the good shit. Knowing where to find the good shit can be tough. One of my primary goals with Lazy Fascist is to build bridges. I want bizarro readers to know of the good shit beyond bizarro. I want readers of that other good shit to know that bizarro is good shit too.

In the conversation that started all this, a few people expressed that they had a hard time finding new experimental/surreal fiction, so last night I compiled a list of twenty presses that have published some beautifully weird fiction and poetry, mostly in the last few years. Some of these presses are larger, some are very small, but in every case, they’re contributing something unique and vibrant to the landscape of modern literature. Because the task of mining through all of their catalogs and determining where to begin would be a daunting, if not downright overwhelming, task, I’ve selected one book from each press that I recommend starting with (two titles, in a few instances). The presses are listed in alphabetical order and every single one of these books is solid.

Action Books
POP CORPSE! by Lara Glenum

Black Ocean
With Deer by Aase Berg
The Man Suit by Zachary Schomburg

Collected Alex by A.T. Grant

Calamari Press
Motorman by David Ohle

Civil Coping Mechanisms
Green Lights by Kyle Muntz (forthcoming)

Coffee House Press
The Song of Percival Peacock by Russell Edson

Dalkey Archive
Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine by Stanley Crawford

Eye Rocket
The National Science Fair of Amazing New Discoveries by Matt Kessler

Museum of the Weird by Amelia Gray
It Was Like My Trying to Have a Tender-Hearted Nature by Diane Williams

The Avian Gospels by Adam Novy

Grove Press
Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot

Little House on the Bowery
Wide Eyed by Trinie Dalton

Madras Press
The Third Elevator by Aimee Bender

Publishing Genius
Light Boxes by Shane Jones (1st edition, current edition published by Penguin)

Sator Press
Confessions from a Dark Wood by Eric Raymond

Solar Luxuriance
Throne of Blood by Cassandra Troyan

Small Doggies Press
Edie & the Low-Hung Hands by Brian Allen Carr

Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls by Alissa Nutting

Two Dollar Radio
The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich

Underland Press
Last Days by Brian Evenson

For classic surrealism, absurdism, etc. along with works in translation, check out Exact Change, Open Letter, and Dedalus.

And if you’re a Lazy Fascist reader or anyone else who’s looking to check out bizarro for the first time, here are a handful of titles I recommend to get your feet wet:

The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade (featuring Aimee Bender, Joe R. Lansdale, Alissa Nutting, Bentley Little, Ben Loory, and over thirty other writers)

We Live Inside You by Jeremy Robert Johnson

By the Time We Leave Here, We’ll Be Friends by J. David Osborne

Haunt by Laura Lee Bahr


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