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

8 Jan

lasthorrornovel2The 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.

Praise and Coverage for The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World

“Carr’s magic shows in how he handles territory most would strand as genre. He fills the pages with magnetic, mostly sparse language, not far from how Robert Coover’s recreations bring new threads to a corpse. His new mythology, set right in the middle of nowhere that many would consider the heartland of our country, is new and old at once, sick and rhapsodic, alive and not afraid to die.” – Vice Magazine

The Last Horror Novel is quick and strange, its pleasures diverse—from the poetic prose at the beginning, to its riffs on small town life and the horror genre, to the creep out of a swarm of hands.” – American Book Review

“From the same mind that brought you the delightfully subversive Motherf&%king Sharks comes this cataclysmic novella, which explores how a ragtag group in Scrape, Texas, deals with unnatural and supernatural phenomena, drawing on elements of Mexican folklore, the insularity of small-town life, and the machinations of bodiless hands.” – Barnes & Noble Book Blog

“Brian Allen Carr’s The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World starts out as a somewhat hilarious homage to the idiosyncrasies of small town living on the Texas-Mexico border and quickly morphs into one of the strangest and most unabashedly folklore-rich narratives in modern horror fiction. Carr, whose prose always shifts between that of a madman and a prophet, places the reader in a small town where not much happens and then brings a series of Mexican legends to life to deliver mayhem and death [….] An outstanding novel.” – The Collagist

“Brian Allen Carr’s The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World is a bewildering book–a work of low-key madness.” – HTML Giant

[L]augh-out-loud funny and relentlessly, shockingly grim. . .” – Fangoria

“The book is a volatile mix of humor and horror, cementing itself as one of the best books of 2014.” – The Arkham Digest

“A beautifully odd and quirky vision.” – Hellnotes

“The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World is best read as a painting in prose; a look at taken-for-granted ennui placed on its head and shaken. It is a beautifully odd and quirky vision.” – The Novel Pursuit

“This book is short, swift, packed with a punch and yes, horror. I haven’t read anything yet to disprove this is the last great horror novel after all.” – Corduroy Books

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