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

17 May

CoLCult of Loretta by Kevin Maloney


“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


“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


“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


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


“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 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


A Pretty Mouth by Molly Tanzer

8 Jan

A Pretty Mouth front cover final

British Fantasy Award nominee for Best Newcomer

Re-Animator meets The Secret History in this Tale of Sex and Science

Henry Milliner thinks his days of being the school pariah are over forever when he attracts the attention of Wadham College’s coolest Fellow Commoner, St John Clement, the Lord Calipash. St John is everything Henry isn’t: Brilliant, graceful, rich, universally respected. And as if that wasn’t enough, St John is also the leader of the Blithe Company, the clique of Natural Philosophy majors who rule Wadham with style. But when being St John’s protege ends up becoming a weirder experience than Henry anticipated — and the Blithe Company doesn’t quite turn out to be the decadent, debauched crew he dreamed of — Henry has some big decisons to make. Should he beg the forgiveness of his only friend, naive underclassman John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, or should he ride it out with St John and try to come out on top?

Tangling with a Calipash is an invariably risky endeavor. From antiquity to the modern era, few who have encountered members of that family have benefited from the acquaintance. If only Henry knew the that Calipashes are notorious for their history of sinister schemes, lewd larks, and eldritch experiments, he would realize there are way worse things than being unpopular…

Praise for A Pretty Mouth

“All too infrequently do I encounter a new voice as delightful, compelling, and intelligent as that of Molly Tanzer. Or, for that matter, an author with such a range. But here, in A Pretty Mouth, is that shining gem that keeps me sorting through the rubble. If this is only the beginning of her work, I can hardly wait to see where she’s headed!” – CAITLIN R. KIERNAN, author of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir

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

“If Hieronymus Bosch and William Hogarth had together designed a Fabergé egg, the final result could not be more beautifully and deliciously perverse than what awaits the readers of A Pretty Mouth. Molly Tanzer’s first novel is a witty history of the centuries-long exploits of one joyfully corrupt Calipash dynasty, a family both cursed and elevated by darkness of the most squamous sort. This is a sly and sparkling jewel of a book, and I can’t recommend it enough–get A Pretty Mouth in your hands or tentacles, post-haste, and prepare to be shocked, charmed, and (somewhat moistly) entertained!” – LIVIA LLEWELLYN, author of Engines of Desire

“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 The Last Final Girl

“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. Un- lucky us, but lucky you, Dear Reader, as you are alive to read this book.” – NICK MAMATAS, author of Bullettime

“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 Calipash family tree all the way to its roots. It’s a family linemarked 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

A Pretty Mouth is many things; erudite, hilarious, profane, moving, learned, engaging, horrific, terrifying, and profound. Molly moves through the multi-forms of prose like a shark in wine-dark seas, rife with allusion, deep in emotion, and sometimes giving you a little salty-mouth. A fantastic collection and not one to be missed.” – JOHN HORNOR JACOBS, author of This Dark Earth

“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

Reviews and Additional Coverage

The Guardian
The British Fantasy Society

Seattle P-I
Vol. 1 Brooklyn
The Arkham Digest
Innsmouth Free Press
Nightmare Magazine Author Spotlight
Lovecraft eZine Author Spotlight
LitReactor: Best Books of the Year
Black Heart Magazine: Best Books of the Year

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The Laughter of Strangers by Michael J. Seidlinger

8 Jan

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That’s a name I built from the ground up. I wasn’t the first to systematically climb the ranks, beating the sugar out of everyone I had known to be inferior, leaving only the sour taste of defeat, my claim forever being:

“I am the greatest!”

I can still hear it now. In the silence of this locker room, blood drying on my face, I can still hear those words.

And I was. I was the greatest.














And then a voice says, “‘Sugar’… you are no longer sweet with the science.”

Praise for The Laughter of Strangers

The Laughter of Strangers delivers a combination of psychological horror and strangeness that would not be out of place in a David Lynch film. Seidlinger’s weird new fight fiction suggests that perhaps the best place for boxing contests isn’t in the ring but between the pages of a book.” The Los Angeles Times

“Like a ghost fretting over its lost body (or is it bodies? – in this book whatever you think of as ‘you’ might simply float like a butterfly right into someone else’s body) a boxer attests to his presence, damaged and shimmery though it may be. That this fractured first person narrator feels the need to put the word ‘me’ in quotes speaks volumes. Terrifying volumes. This elastic, hurtling narrative pivots (and pivots again) on a recurring image of almost unimaginable dread – that of being laughed at in your hour of need by an audience of strangers.” – Grace Krilanovich, author of The Orange Eats Creeps

“The bare-bones prose within The Laughter of Strangers is heartbreaking, bleak, and stays with you long after finishing the book. This one should not be ignored.” – Frank Bill, author of Donnybrook

“Michael J. Seidlinger’s The Laughter of Strangers is vicious and unforgettable. Willem Floures’ search for meaning in a world that keeps knocking him off his feet is as gritty and enthralling as a fight. The Laughter of Strangers destroyed my expectations of what a boxing novel can be. Seidlinger is charting new narrative territory, and we should follow him wherever he goes.” – Laura van den Berg, author of The Isle of Youth  

“The last time I got punched in the face (by someone I wasn’t married to or dating) I was 16 years old. What began as an exchange of witty banter, turned into a pummeling. Never make jokes about a man’s mother enjoying the erotic companionship of goats, or you’ll find out about this world. The Laughter of Strangers is like that beating. I never trust people who use a middle initial, but Michael J Seidlinger is different. If the Laughter of Strangers had a middle initial it would be an F. And that F would stand for ‘Fuck yes.’ I’m on my back. I’m having my behavior corrected. It’s teaching me a lesson. And I can see stars.” – Scott McClanahan, author of Crapalachia

“Steeped in noir, Michael J Seidlinger’s superb boxing novel delivers 12 rounds of sweet science and shifting identities. Both physical and philosophical, it’ll leave the reader with a complicated bruise – the closer you examine it, the more it resembles your own face.” – Jeff Jackson, author of Mira Corpora

“Michael J. Seidlinger has given us the boxing novel of the year. The Laughter of Strangers is a tough and gritty book that will challenge you page after page, but it is oh so worth it.” Flavorwire

“Seidlinger’s stripped down prose resembles a boxer that possesses both graceful footwork and devastating power: it’s rough and fast, but given to bursts of eloquence, humor, and philosophy.” Bookslut

“Seidlinger does odd and marvelous things in making abstract aspects of identity concrete at the same time that he makes concrete aspects of identity abstract.” Tweed’s Magazine

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Motherfucking Sharks by Brian Allen Carr

8 Jan


Winner of the Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel

Where I come from, the children sing a song:

Oh the motherfucking sharks Oh they’re gonna come to town Oh they’re gonna kill the babies Oh they’re gonna make you drowned in your blood

Oh the motherfucking sharks Oh they’re gonna mince the flesh They’re gonna swim up and surround you Don’t you know you’ll never pass the test it’s over

Oh the motherfucking sharks Oh they don’t care about the gods And they don’t care about the families And they don’t care about the cries or tears they’re killers.

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Praise for Motherfucking Sharks

“One of the greatest things I have put in my brain.” – BOOK RIOT

Motherfucking Sharks reads like it was carved into the floor of a sun-baked desert by an old testament prophet with a thirsty knife.” – BEN LOORY, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

“Delightfully subversive.” – Barnes & Noble Book Blog

“Motherfucking Sharks sucks you in and, like the shark’s razor sharp teeth, digs deeply inside your flesh and leaves you gasping in panic and fear till the very end.” – The Next Best Book Blog

“Brian Allen Carr’s Motherfucking Sharks drops on us like the fin of God.” – Sundog Lit

Additional Reviews and Information

Heavy Feather Review
An excerpt from Motherfucking Sharks at Juked
An interview with Brian Allen Carr at Hobart

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