Lazy Fascist will be attending AWP in Boston next month (March 6-9). We’re sharing a table with ManArchy Magazine. LF authors J.A. Tyler and Scott McClanahan have several off-site readings each throughout the weekend. Drop by our table and say hi.
Following AWP, we’ll be heading to New York for the official release party of Sam Pink’s latest novel, Rontel. Here are the full details:
RONTEL RELEASE PARTY @ Housing Works Bookstore (126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012)
Co-hosted by Electric Literature and Lazy Fascist Press
Join Electric Literature and Lazy Fascist Press as they celebrate the release of Sam Pink’s Rontel, a novel about the dull pains of never quite becoming an adult.
“Rontel is the funniest book I have ever read.” —Tao Lin
“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
About the Readers:
Sam Pink, the latest in shithead technology, is the author of Person and seven other books. He doesn’t get along with a lot of people and he lives in Chicago. His latest novel, Rontel, is co-published by Electric Literature (eBook) and Lazy Fascist Press (print).
Scott McClanahan is the author of The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan Vol. I, Crapalachia, and Hill William. He lives in West Virginia.
Cameron Pierce is the author of eight books, most recently Die You Doughnut Bastards, and also the head editor of Lazy Fascist Press. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
J. David Osborne is the author of Low Down Death Right Easy and By the Time We Leave Here, We’ll Be Friends. He lives with his wife and dog in Norman, Oklahoma.
Spencer Madsen runs Sorry House and is also the author of the “greatest cat poem ever” according to The Huffington Post. He lives in New York.
Kirsten Alene is the author of Unicorn Battle Squad and Love in the Time of Dinosaurs. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Life in a slasher film is easy. You just have to know when to die.
Aerial View: A suburban town in Texas. Everyone’s got an automatic garage door opener. All the kids jump off a perilous cliff into a shallow river as a rite of passage. The sheriff is a local celebrity. You know this town. You’re from this town.
Zoom In: Homecoming princess, Lindsay. She’s just barely escaped death at the hands of a brutal, sadistic murderer in a Michael Jackson mask. Up on the cliff, she was rescued by a horse and bravely defeated the killer, alone, bra-less. Her story is already a legend. She’s this town’s heroic final girl, their virgin angel.
Monster Vision: Halloween masks floating down that same river the kids jump into. But just as one slaughter is not enough for Billie Jean, our masked killer, one victory is not enough for Lindsay. Her high school is full of final girls, and she’s not the only one who knows the rules of the game.
When Lindsay chooses a host of virgins, misfits, and former final girls to replace the slaughtered members of her original homecoming court, it’s not just a fight for survival-it’s a fight to become The Last Final Girl.
“Lazy Fascist Press brings it again. And this should not come as a surprise to anyone. They’ve brought it before and will continue to bring it, forever and ever, amen. I’ve reviewed enough of their quirky, accessibly bizarre fiction to know that whatever they put out, I’m going to want – no, need – to get my greedy little hands on it.”
Read the full review here.
S.P. Miskowski has written a lengthy, thorough, and utterly glowing review of Molly Tanzer’s A Pretty Mouth. Here’s a brief excerpt:
“For anyone looking for a good read, this is it. Tanzer knows how to tell a tale. The pacing is expert and the characters are immediately engaging. A Pretty Mouth is definitely a page-turner. Yet each period Tanzer recreates is specific and wildly vivid. Nothing is tossed off. The underlying foundation for the book is a solid grasp of history, language, and philosophy. So the more you know of British history and the more classics you have read, the more fun you will have.
The book is comprised of four short stories and a novella. Each tale is set in a different era and may be read and enjoyed separately. Together they form a substantial arc, revealing hundreds of years of strange (often supernaturally strange) behavior among the highborn Calipashes. The mysterious origin of the family curse is withheld until the last story, creating dramatic suspense while the author traces several generations in reverse chronological order.”
Ben Marcus posts excerpt from The Devil in Kansas, first review of The Last Final Girl, new Scott McClanahan coverage19 Sep
Ben Marcus, one of our heroes here at Lazy Fascist, has posted an excerpt from David Ohle’s The Devil in Kansas on his website. Go forth and read it.
ManArchy Magazine reviews The Last Final Girl by Stephen Graham Jones, which will be out before you can even scream “Fucking awesome,” which The Last Final Girl is (and so is ManArchy).
And finally, a review of the Collected Works at Cutty Spot.
The following forthcoming Lazy Fascist books are available for review. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Cameron Pierce at email@example.com.
The Last Final Girl by Stephen Graham Jones — Postmodern slasher novel (late September 2012)
A Pretty Mouth by Molly Tanzer — Re-Animator meets The Secret History in a tale of sex and science (Halloween 2012)
A Parliament of Crows by Alan M. Clark — Bleak-ass southern gothic (Halloween 2012)
Chick Bassist by Ross E. Lockhart — What Iggy Pop is to rock ‘n’ roll, Chick Bassist is to rock ‘n’ roll novels (December 2012)
“A Pretty Mouth is a fine and stylish collection that pays homage to the tradition of the weird while blazing its own sinister mark. Tanzer’s debut is as sharp and polished as any I’ve seen.” —LAIRD BARRON, author of The Croning
“The stories and short novel in Molly Tanzer’s impressive debut collection move steadily backwards through English history, from an Edwardian resort to a Roman encampment, stopping on the way for the nineteenth, eighteenth, and seventeenth centuries, all in the interest of tracing the main trunk of the notorious Calibash family tree all the way to its roots. It’s a line marked by its excesses of sensuality, cruelty, and sorcery, and in excerpting the exploits of its storied members, Tanzer demonstrates her facility with a variety of voices and styles, from Wodehousian farce to Victorian erotica to Restoration class comedy. Each of the narratives collected here stands and succeeds on its own terms, but taken together, they add to a whole greater than the sum of its parts, in which the recurrence of key motifs in a diversity of settings creates the sense of a family living out its doom generation after generation. Tanzer is an ambitious writer, and she is talented enough for her ambition to matter.” —JOHN LANGAN, author of The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
“Molly Tanzer is a prose Edward Gorey, decadent, delicious, and ever so slightly mad.” —NATHAN LONG, author of Jane Carver of Waar
“This is form and content and diction and tone and imagination all looking up at the exact same moment: when Molly Tanzer claps once at the front of the classroom.” —STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES, author of Zombie Bake-Off
“Had the nineteenth century really been like this—with the flounces and corsets and blood and tentacles and whatnot—we’d all be dead by now. Unlucky us, but lucky you, Dear Reader, as you are alive to read this book.” —NICK MAMATAS, author of Bullettime
“Molly Tanzer’s A PRETTY MOUTH is a spectacular book, rad and weird and fun. With winks to P. G. Wodehouse, Robert E. Howard
and the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft, it showcases the work of a woman who delights in writing. She writes very well indeed! This is a book I will return to, for to read it is such a naughty pleasure.” —W. H. PUGMIRE, author of The Twisted Muse
“I am a bit bashful about being titillated by Molly Tanzer’s naughty debut, A PRETTY MOUTH, but I must admit it in order to write this
blurb. While having segments that are hot and sexy, it is also a dark and disturbing tale with a wicked sense of humor and compelling chracaters. I blush just thinking about it and might have to go read it again!” —ALAN M. CLARK, author of A Parliament of Crows and Of Thimble and Threat: The Life of a Ripper Victim
“It’s been repeatedly said we’re enjoying in a new golden age of weird and fantastic fiction. We are, and this lady is one the gifted magicians whose literary creations are keeping the bonfire burning brightly!” —JOSEPH S. PULVER, SR., author of The Orphan Palace
“Tanzer lifts the skirts of Victorian hypocrisy for a full Monty view of perverted hijinks and fun.” —MARIO ACEVEDO, author of Werewolf Smackdown
COMING HALLOWEEN 2012