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

17 May

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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

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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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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

Brian Allen Carr interviewed at The Huffington Post
Bookriot: 2014’s Must-Read Books from Indie Presses

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Rontel by Sam Pink

8 Jan

rontelWe 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.

Praise, Coverage, etc. for Rontel

“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, author of Hairstyles of the Damned

“I earnestly thought ‘this is the funniest book I have ever read’ or ‘Rontel is the funniest book I have ever read’ probably ~200x while and after reading Rontel.” – Tao Lin, author of Taipei

Los Angeles Review of Books
Toronto Review of Books
Vol. 1 Brooklyn
Chicago Review
Another Chicago Magazine
Verbicide Magazine
Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
The Huffington Post
A Rontel-inspired animation
An excerpt at Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading
Microcosm Publishing: 2013’s Top Things Made of Words
Karmaloop: 5 Awesome Books That Prove Books Are Still Worth Reading

Paperback edition published by Lazy Fascist Press. Digital edition published Electric Literature.

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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

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