Last year, Lazy Fascist brought you a trio of fucked up books for Valentine’s Day. This year, we’re doing it again with Rontel by Sam Pink, The Humble Assessment by Kris Saknussemm, and Colony Collapse by J.A. Tyler. Over the next few days, we’ll be releasing information on each title, beginning with Rontel.
RONTEL BY SAM PINK
We now enter: Total Isolation
Rontel is the story of one man’s odyssey through Chicago. Follow him as he attempts to go to his last day of work. Follow him through the subway as he considers stealing chips from a dancing baby. Find him being threatened by a homeless man holding board games. Take his hand as he considers building a hydraulic cocoon for his cat out of a complimentary duffel bag. Walk the streets of Uptown as a cop-killer takes hostages to the roof of an apartment building. Meet his friends. Just kidding! Follow him to his neighbor’s apartment where he gets paid in pumpkin pie to watch a baby. Follow him through through the dull pains of never quite becoming an adult. Sit back, laugh, smile, hold your breath, because not even he knows how it ends.
“Funny as hell, searingly honest, and urgently real, Sam Pink’s Rontel puts to shame most modern fiction. His writing perfectly captures the bizarre parade that is Chicago, with all its gloriously odd and wonderful people. This book possesses both the nerve of Nelson Algren and the existential comedy of Albert Camus.” – Joe Meno
Click here to order RONTEL.
Click here to order the e-book, available from Electric Literature.
Today, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading published an excerpt from Rontel by Sam Pink. One of the coolest features of Recommended Reading is the single sentence animation inspired by the recommended work. For Rontel, Brandon Ray created the badass stop-motion short that you can watch below.
Rontel is due out on Valentine’s Day 2013. Lazy Fascist will publish the paperback while Electric Literature releases the digital edition. We’re pretty damn ecstatic about this partnership.
Look for Lazy Fascist at AWP in Boston (March 2013), pimping Rontel and our two other early spring releases, Colony Collapse by J.A. Tyler and The Humble Assessment by Kris Saknussemm.
Lazy Fascist is proud to present these newly revised editions of the first books by Scott McClanahan and Sam Pink. The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan Vol. I contains all of the stories from McClanahan’s first two collections, along with a new foreword by Blake Butler and an afterword by Sam Pink.
I Am Going to Clone Myself Then Kill the Clone and Eat It is the first poetry collection by the greatest novel-master of the midwest, Sam Pink. It’s newly revised and remixed, with a shiny new cover.
The Holy Bible of Bad Feelings returns!
Longtime bipolar idiot Sam Pink brings you right back to the beginning with this remastered edition of his first underground hit. Find out why it would be great to get accidentally killed by a bus. Find out how to perform hardcore sex and never have any fun. Find out why it would be better if your mom was a Ugandan hooker. And find out how to fill your mouth with confetti before blowing your own head off.
Because a dead horse isn’t ever fully beaten. Because when you get to Hell there will be a seat saved for you. Because you can’t afford too many hellos. Because every time you come home, you stand in the door way and think, “It’s time for a monster to eat me now.” And then a monster eats you!
Be brave enough to read this book. Be brave enough to clone yourself then kill the clone and eat it.
“No One Can Do Anything Worse To You Than You Can is wildly imaginative and very entertaining. The author is simply someone who fans of literature must read and this book is just one more step in the ladder that’s currently taking Lazy Fascist Press into a place within the publishing industry where there’s a lot of room simply because very few have gotten there. Go buy this right now.” – Horror Talk
“Pink’s got to have a bit of genius in him to take something as mind-numbing as a job stocking shelves and turn it into a side street billboard showcasing the internal struggle of the awkward and antisocial. Using the slightly uncomfortable second person perspective, “you” are sucked straight into the mind of, well, yourself. You work at an Ultra-High-Risk department store too close to Blood Alley for anyone’s comfort. You’re made to watch an orientation video of interviews of past employees who are missing body parts and have suffered brain damage due to workplace accidents. You chill with co-workers with names like Sour Cream and humor his fetishist questions. You get a quick thrill out of crushing boxes in the compactor. Your brain thinks up the weirdest shit while you’re working. It just won’t shut off. It never stops…” – The Next Best Book Club on The No Hellos Diet
Sam Pink has started a band. They are called Depressed Woman. You can listen to some of their songs and read Sam Pink’s thoughts on each song here. In a new review of The No Hellos Diet, the blog i am alt lit said this about Sam’s work: “like ‘bukowski to postal workers’ and ‘franzen to academic/overly serious/literature is god types’ sam pink speaks to the ‘service class.’”
Alison Hallett of The Portland Mercury has reported that she feels uncomfortable reading The Obese by Nick Antosca on the bus. Last Saturday, Nick Antosca signed copies of The Obese at one of my favorite bookstores, Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA. Here are two new interviews with Nick: 1) The Collagist, 2) Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
Other Lazy Fascist news of the week:
Anatomy Courses by Blake Butler and Sean Kilpatrick will be taught in a class on 21st Century Horror at Florida State University this fall. Other primary texts include The Marbled Swarm by Dennis Cooper and The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich.
We’re hearing that quantities of the Broken Piano for President soundtrack, which was recently released by Death Bomb Arc, is close to selling out. Thought Catalog published an essay by Wensink about his experience trying to find a publisher for Broken Piano for President. You can read it here.
Excellent tape label Tent Revivalist has released I NEVER LIKED MY DAD, a cassette of Sam Pink reading from various books. Here’s the description: “You still remember that first time your father took you to the zoo. The horses lying dead in their stables, just waiting to be kicked. The mechanical spider and the squeal of its motorized fangs. The cat that turned out to be something else entirely. Though there’s no way of traveling back to that serene morning, Sam Pink offers you the next best thing in the form of nearly an hour’s worth of readings. With excerpts from such classics as Person, The No Hellos Diet, and Hurt Others (not to mention a hefty helping of poems), there’s a little something for everyone (even your dear ol’ Pa). Edition of 50.” Click here to order.
One of our hottest releases of the year, The No Hellos Diet by Sam Pink, is now available for the Kindle.