August 2015 Releases: New Books from Brian Keene and John Skipp plus Lazy Fascist Review #3!

13 Aug

HorriblePeople_highresWhere We Live and Die by Brian Keene

The muses are monsters. With them, we live and die.

Since his earliest stories, Brian Keene has deconstructed the mystique of the writing life. Isolation, relationships lost, long hours, inconsistent paychecks, and professional heartbreak are all part of the job. Keene has unflinchingly laid bare the realities of the full-time writer. Where We Live and Diecollects Brian Keene’s best stories about the writing life, including his metafictional ghost story masterpiece “The Girl on the Glider,” a glimpse of Adam Senft (from Keene’s Dark Hollow and Ghost Walk) in Hell, and a never-before-printed spoken word poem encapsulating the history of the horror genre.Where We Live and Die is a masterful collection by a Grandmaster of Horror and a fictional guidebook for the working writer.

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The Art of Horrible People by John Skipp

“Savor this book. Savor this writer.” – from the introduction by Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box

From Hollywood film studios to high-security psychiatric facilities, there is an art to being a horrible person. Splatterpunk legend John Skipp turns the mirror back on ourselves, showing us all the ways that make us the worst monsters of all.

A decade in the making, The Art of Horrible People collects John Skipp’s most horrific, hilarious, and starkly honest short stories, raising horror fiction to gleefully deranged new heights.

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LFR3Lazy Fascist Review #3

Featuring new fiction by Nick Mamatas, Tiffany Scandal, Daphne Gottlieb, Allison Floyd, and Tania Terblanche. Plus an interview with Laird Barron, Witch Mountain tour diary, beer reviews, and book reviews.

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Announcing Molly Tanzer’s Rumbullion

28 May

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From Molly Tanzer:

In October of 2013 I was thrilled for Egaeus Press to release my second collection, Rumbullion and Other Liminal Libations. The limited edition hardcover contained six short stories and an original novella, all accompanied by a cocktail recipe. It’s a beautiful edition, with color endpapers and illustrations, and I couldn’t love it more.

“Euhoi! Euhoi! Come, Bacchus!”

Only a few copies remain for sale, which is why I’m excited to announce that Lazy Fascist will be reprinting the novella, “Rumbullion: An Apostrophe” as a standalone. Slated for next spring, the ~50k short novel will be more widely available (in terms of distribution and price) to anyone interested in this story, which once I pitched as “Rashomon, with fops.” (Of course, what I mean is “‘In a Bamboo Grove,’ with fops” but I feel like the movie is more widely known.) Anyways, also of interest: for any of my readers who enjoyed Vermilion, I will note that “Rumbullion” is (very) tangentially related to that story. For any readers who haven’t checked out Vermilion, you needn’t; the events of “Rumbullion” take place long before Vermilion, and neither needs the other.

Many thanks to my editor, Cameron Pierce, for agreeing to republish “Rumbullion: An Apostrophe.” I know it’ll look spectacular, with a Matthew Revert cover, and I’m very happy that one of my favorite longer-form pieces will see a larger audience. It’s a story that remains very close to my heart. For anyone who enjoys my obsession with 18th century decadence, charlatans, illness, scrawny weirdoes, late-night gatherings gone awry/weird, and creepy sexual tension, I think you’ll love the novella Innsmouth Free Press called “Molly at her best,” and which The Arkham Digest described as having “humorous wit and wickedly bizarre imagination… on full display.”

Cheers!

Cult of Loretta by Kevin Maloney

27 May

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Praise for Cult of Loretta

“I haven’t read a book this great, this funny, this original, this emotional, this bonkers in quite some time. It’s a little like Bukowski and Sam Lipsyte and the drug scene in Beavis and Butthead Do America all smashed together, but also completely and totally Kevin Maloney.”
—Aaron Burch, author of Backswing

“Cult of Loretta is a hot dose of pleasure. It whistles with the wit of Brautigan, stings with the heart of badly dissolved romance. If a modern day mountain man came out of the wilderness with a story in his eye, this might be the thing he’d tell. Kevin Maloney is that kind of treasure—a wild thing that’s come in from the war of life, lived to tell the tale.”
—Brian Allen Carr, author of The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World

“Kevin Maloney alchemizes the allure of dicey friendships, hallucinatory sex and a drug so terrifying I’m heartbroken I’ll never get to try it. Cult of Loretta captures the manic fury of Richard Brautigan writing a sequel to The Outsiders during a ketamine binge.”
—Jim Ruland, author Forest of Fortune

“Cult of Loretta is a book about a man named Nelson who gets his ass kicked over and over again by the world, and his heart pulverized over and over by the same enigmatic woman. It’s about what happens to love when both halves of a couple are whacked out on the most powerful drug of all time. It’s about the tragedies that parents can make for us, and the tragedies we make for ourselves. Kevin Maloney is an exceptional talent, someone capable of weaving all of these nasty little ingredients into something that is as tender as it is bleak, something that makes you laugh out loud as it rips open your skin and pulls out your veins.”
—Juliet Escoria, author of Black Cloud

“Kevin Maloney drags the lake of our subconscious, revealing the often startling but always mesmerizing grit that becomes human memory. Cult of Loretta is an impressive debut, a confident showcase of an exciting new literary talent.”
—Michael J Seidlinger, author of The Fun We’ve Had

New releases: Cult of Loretta, The Narrator, and Sucker June!

17 May

CoLCult of Loretta by Kevin Maloney

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“I haven’t read a book this great, this funny, this original, this emotional, this bonkers in quite some time. It’s a little like Bukowski and Sam Lipsyte and the drug scene in Beavis and Butthead Do America all smashed together, but also completely and totally Kevin Maloney.” —Aaron Burch, author of Backswing

“Cult of Loretta is a hot dose of pleasure. It whistles with the wit of Brautigan, stings with the heart of badly dissolved romance. If a modern day mountain man came out of the wilderness with a story in his eye, this might be the thing he’d tell. Kevin Maloney is that kind of treasure—a wild thing that’s come in from the war of life, lived to tell the tale.” —Brian Allen Carr, author of The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World

“Kevin Maloney alchemizes the allure of dicey friendships, hallucinatory sex and a drug so terrifying I’m heartbroken I’ll never get to try it. Cult of Loretta captures the manic fury of Richard Brautigan writing a sequel to The Outsiders during a ketamine binge.” —Jim Ruland, author Forest of Fortune

“Cult of Loretta is a book about a man named Nelson who gets his ass kicked over and over again by the world, and his heart pulverized over and over by the same enigmatic woman. It’s about what happens to love when both halves of a couple are whacked out on the most powerful drug of all time. It’s about the tragedies that parents can make for us, and the tragedies we make for ourselves. Kevin Maloney is an exceptional talent, someone capable of weaving all of these nasty little ingredients into something that is as tender as it is bleak, something that makes you laugh out loud as it rips open your skin and pulls out your veins.” —Juliet Escoria, author of Black Cloud

“Kevin Maloney drags the lake of our subconscious, revealing the often startling but always mesmerizing grit that becomes human memory. Cult of Loretta is an impressive debut, a confident showcase of an exciting new literary talent.” —Michael J Seidlinger, author of The Fun We’ve Had

TheNarratorfinalThe Narrator by Michael Cisco
with an introduction by Jeff VanderMeer

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“Michael Cisco is of a different kind and league from almost anyone writing today, and The Narrator is Cisco at his startling best.” —China Mieville, author of Perdido Street Station

“An extraordinary story of war and the supernatural that combines the creepiness of Alien with the clear-eyed gaze of Full Metal Jacket. Like The Other Side if it included soldiers who could glide over the water, a mysterious tower right out of early David Lynch, and infused with Kafka’s sense of the bizarre. Destined to be a classic.” —Jeff VanderMeer, author of the
Southern Reach trilogy

“The Narrator is not a subversive fantasy novel. It eliminates all other fantasy novels and starts the genre anew. You must begin your journey here.” —Nick Mamatas, author of Move Under Ground and Love is the Law

SuckerSucker June by Sean Kilpatrick

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“Kilpatrick’s prose is the aural equivalent of anthrax cut with ecstasy. All other writing makes me sick. Here at last is one so nasty it’s almost like there’s hope.” —Blake Butler, author of 300,000,000

Now Available: Skullcrack City, Bipolar Cowboy, and Messes of Men/Lemon Heart

9 Feb

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Skullcrack City by Jeremy Robert Johnson: “A nightmarish yet hilarious journey that begins in the ugly world of toxic mortgages and progresses to the slightly uglier world of brain-eating monsters lurking in dark alleys. You’re in for an entirely unpredictable ride, the tale spinning ludicrously out of control as the hero uncovers layer after grotesque layer of a vast macabre conspiracy. Skullcrack City is original, utterly insane, and a shitload of fun.” – DAVID WONG, author of John Dies at the End

Bipolar Cowboy by Noah CiceroBipolar Cowboy is “a book of love poems for all those who loved so deeply it crossed into mental illness.” If you’ve ever loved so much you lost your mind, if you’ve ever felt inclined to wander into the desert to die alone, then take the bipolar cowboy’s hand. He’s ready to see you through to the end.

Lazy Fascist Double #1: Messes of Men/Lemon Heart by Michael J Seidlinger and Matthew Revert: What if your mother was a wedge of lemon? Would you still be a mess? The first Lazy Fascist double features two original works, Messes of Men by Michael J Seidlinger and Lemon Heart by Matthew Revert.

The first Lazy Fascist releases of 2015 signify a number of landmarks for the press and its authors. Jeremy Robert Johnson’s Skullcrack City is a novel that I first heard about nine years ago. I read a draft of it last summer and fell in love. Even after all those years of anticipation, Skullcrack City was even sharper, smarter, and stranger than I’d imagined it could be. It’s destined to be a cult classic, and I can’t wait for you to read it. Lazy Fascist favorite, Noah Cicero, also has a new book out this quarter. Bipolar Cowboy is his first poetry collection, but even if you’re not much of a poetry reader, you’ll want to pick this one up. Bipolar Cowboy is Noah Cicero’s most intense, searing, and personal work to date. It’s the type of book you live by, and I’m grateful to Noah Cicero for having written it. Finally, we’ve got the first book in a new line, the Lazy Fascist Double Series. A number of our favorite authors, including William S. Burroughs and Philip K. Dick, saw some of their early books releases as part of the Ace Doubles series. Each paperback featured two covers and two short novels by different authors. You can still find old Ace Doubles in science fiction sections at good used bookstores, and they’re a great deal of fun (both to read and as cool artifacts), but I wanted to revive the concept for the types of fiction I like to read and publish. Lazy Fascist Double #1, features work by two of our most popular authors, Lemon Heart by Matthew Revert and Messes of Men by Michael J. Seidlinger. The theme of LFD1 is The Color Yellow. I’ll let you discover it for yourself. I’m announcing the release of these books from Grahamstown, South Africa, where I’ll be residing through mid-March as the Mellon writer-in-residence at Rhodes University. It’s wonderful and sunny here, and I’m about to head off to celebrate the release of these books with a lager and a steak of wild springbok. I hope you enjoy Skullcrack City, Bipolar Cowboy, and Lazy Fascist Double #1: Messes of Men/Lemon Heart. These books represent so much that I love about modern literature. I hope you find love in them too. – Cameron Pierce

Skullcrack City by Jeremy Robert Johnson

29 Jan

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“A nightmarish yet hilarious journey that begins in the ugly world of toxic mortgages and progresses to the slightly uglier world of brain-eating monsters lurking in dark alleys. You’re in for an entirely unpredictable ride, the tale spinning ludicrously out of control as the hero uncovers layer after grotesque layer of a vast macabre conspiracy. Skullcrack City is original, utterly insane, and a shitload of fun.”–DAVID WONG, author of John Dies at the End

You weren’t always an agent of the apocalypse. You used to be a banker. Who knew that too much coffee and a few bad decisions would lead to the end of the world?

Life as a corporate drone was killing S.P. Doyle, so he decided to bring down the whole corrupt system from the inside. But after discovering something monstrous in the bank’s files, he was framed for murder and trapped inside a conspiracy beyond reason.

Now Doyle’s doing his best to survive against a nightmare cabal of crooked conglomerates, DNA-doped mutants, drug-addled freak show celebs, experimental surgeons, depraved doomsday cults, and the ultra-bad mojo of a full-blown Hexadrine habit. Joined by his pet turtle Deckard, and Dara, a beautiful missionary with a murderous past, Doyle must find a way to save humankind and fight the terrible truth at the heart of…

SKULLCRACK CITY

 “Skullcrack City messes with your mind the way William Burroughs or a bellyful of hallucinogens will do. I’m a longtime fan of Johnson. A master of derangement, he’s been bringing it for years. This time, though, it’s different. He’s burst into the clear and is taking seven-league strides across the literary landscape.”–LAIRD BARRON, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

Skullcrack City‘s blend of genres, breakneck pacing, brutality, and dashes of philosophy and social critique serve to cement Johnson as one of the most exciting voices in contemporary fiction. Skullcrack City is a smart, incredibly well-researched, and painfully plausible look at our immediate future. Jeremy Robert Johnson’s work has always tested the limits of both genre and literary fiction and this novel proves that there’s still new ground to tread and that he’s already on it.”–BOOKSLUT

“Fucking incredibly well written and really entertaining the whole time. Wholly original–it’s a gem. Without question a FIVE STAR book.”–BOOKED

“A dazzling writer.”–CHUCK PALAHNIUK, NY Times Bestselling author of Fight Club

“Jeremy Robert Johnson is dancing to a way different drummer. He loves language, he loves the edge, and he loves us people. This is entertainment…and literature.”–JACK KETCHUM, author of Off SeasonThe Girl Next Door, and The Woman (w/Lucky McKee)

“What makes JRJ’s work stand out from his contemporaries’ is the strange sense of empathy–in that regard he is not unlike David Foster Wallace’s wicked and perhaps deranged younger brother. Sometimes the horror is so understated that it’s deadly. JRJ has the ability to balance sheer humanity with sheer grotesquerie.”–21C MAGAZINE

“The guy’s a genius. Reminds me of William Gibson–the dark interest in altered states of consciousness, the unrelentingly furious forward movement, and the same kind of unlimited imagination.”–BEN LOORY, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

Coming in February

22 Jan

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