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Summer 2015 New Releases from David Agranoff and Andrew Goldfarb

We have two very special new releases on Eraserhead Press this summer: AMAZING PUNK STORIES by David Agranoff and MIDNIGHT EARWIG BUFFET.

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David Agranoff is a razor sharp writer, a storyteller with a hard rock pacing, a magician of ideas, an adventurer in subcultures, an expert in underground music scenes–all of which is apparent in Amazing Punk Stories. But he’s fundamentally something else. David Agranoff is an idealist in Hell.”
– JOHN SHIRLEY from his introduction

Gasp in horror at redneck cannibals who eat a steady diet of bands!

Tour the underground music scenes at the edge of the universe!

Behold the insanity of mosh pits at the end of the world!

From the frontiers of deep space to a punk rock village in the wasteland of a world nuked by Ronald Reagan. Amazing Punk Stories will take you to a punk scene in the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. A punk scene both familiar and utterly bizarro.

Riffing off themes from the genres of mystery, western, cosmic horror and science fiction; Amazing Punk Stories contains thirteen studded and spiked tributes to classic pulp fiction.

Available from: Amazon, Kindle, Nook

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“A dark, floating, surreal gumbo; part Edward Lear, part Dr. Seuss—and who knows what else. You could almost show this to kids—or could you? Buy two—color one in. The Slow Poisoner strikes again!” —JELLO BIAFRA

“Andrew Goldfarb has imagined, written, and drawn a new 21st-century classic of disturbing beauty and lasting revelation. With ingeniously rhyming concision, and emotionally-impactful  noir  (literally) pen-on-ink graphics, he has inscribed on our psyches an extended, updated mythology for our traumatic times. Renewing the “Biological Horror Genre” with “At the Midnight Earwig Buffet,” he has provided food for nightmares forever! Moral lessons abound (but subtly); let us fervently fear the underrated spectral force known as hubris (“The Compliment That Killed” and “And This Shall Come to Pass”). Fans of the divergent, the unusual, and—yes, let’s use the word: genius—will find much to savor in this distilled depository of doom. Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Lynd Ward must be stirring happily in their graves…” —V. VALE, founder of RE/SEARCH and SEARCH & DESTROY

“Midnight Earwig Buffet is a morbid Smörgåsbord of vulgar verse vignettes from the mercury maddened mind of Andrew Goldfarb—the Slow Poisoner. Echoing the works of Roald Dahl, Gahan Wilson, Carl Sandburg & Jim Flora, Andrew Goldfarb channels poetry & pictures from the waterlogged badlands between the Age of Romance & the Age of Reason. Expertly serving up a series of worm infested small plates spiced with alektorophobia, hypochondria, vermiphilia, bogyphobia & thanatomania, Goldfarb is your personal grotesque gourmet leading you through a sensational journey of aberrant antipasti.” —SEAN ÄABERG, editor of PORK Magazine

“Goldfarb’s whimsical derangements are enticingly strange. Charming. Alarming. And cost mere pocket change!” —JOHN SKIPP, author of The Art of Horrible People

“Andrew Goldfarb’s strange, verbal effusions are matched perfectly to his equally oddball accompanying drawings —a perfect cocktail of words and ink!” —BILL GRIFFITH, author of Zippy the Pinhead

Available from: Amazon

Bizarro Fiction T-Shirts

One of our favorite affiliates is SCURVY INK. Screenprinter, Sam McCanna lovingly creates t-shirts, patches, and other fun items based around books and writers that he likes. Check out some of our favorite designs and order some fun new t-shirts for the summer!

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(He even made Rose O’Keefe a custom one of these with pink ink!)

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Lazy Fascist Press Logo
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Zombies and Shit T-2000 T-Shirt
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(Rose wears this shirt at least once a week and gets a lot of questions about it)

Cripple Wolf T-Shirt
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Hyno-Hog’s Moonshine Monster Jamboree T-Shirt

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(based on the book and artwork of Andrew Goldfarb, one of several Goldfarb’s designs)

Motherfucking Sharks T-Shirt

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Trashland A Go-Go T-Shirt

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Unicorn Battle Squad T-Shirt

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Skullcrack City T-Shirt

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And this is just the tip of the iceburg, folks. Check out SCURVYINK.COM for the full list of designs and start representing Bizarro Fiction in your wardrobe!

Top 10 Books Recommended for Writers

As an editor and publisher for the past 15 years, I’ve spent a lot of my time coaching writers through the process of writing, editing and marketing their books.  It can be a challenging process even for the most ambitious and confident individual. All creators need encouragement, inspiration, and a kick in the pants sometimes. I’d like to share with you a list of ten books I frequently recommend to authors.
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This book is fascinating because it explains the neuroscience behind how stories work and why they are important to human development. It teaches how our brains are hardwired to respond to story, to pay attention to them and learn about the world and human emotion. It delves into the specific aspects that the brain is hungry for in every story it encounters and how by being aware of and strategically utilizing those hardwired expectations as cues, the writer can craft stories that will captivate and transform readers. For a glimpse into this concept you can watch this TED talk by the author.
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I’m going to assume that you’re familiar with The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.  That old chestnut was written for a different era and, if followed too rigidly will lead, in this author’s opinion, to “dead writing.” While I still consider the original a classic and a must read for all manipulators of language, Spunk and Bite by Arthur Plotnik is the next step in a writer’s evolution.  In this age of increasingly short attention spans and overwhelming media input, writing must have “punch and vibrancy” to capture a reader’s interest. This clear and entertaining instruction guide seeks to energize and liberate writers from outdated style conventions.
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“Know the enemy, know yourself,” wrote Sun Tzu in his classic The Art of War, “and your victory will be certain.” This book does a great job of defining the inner demons, “Resistance,” that all creative people face. A somewhat philosophical read, this book may just give you the dose of tough love and inspiration you need to overcome your own creative blocks and authentically express yourself.
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People I’ve recommended this book to either love it or hate it. It’s a workbook that take you through a twelve-week program for overcoming creative blocks and achieving artistic confidence. Even if you don’t read this book, there is one very useful lesson that I’d like to share with you: the concept of “morning pages.” Morning pages are, as author Julia Cameron puts it “spiritual windshield wipers,” longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. What matters is not what you write but the process of doing it, and it’s the most cost effective therapy I’ve ever discovered. If you find yourself constantly preoccupied with distracting thoughts and looking for the key to getting your brain to settle down and focus I recommend trying this for a week to see what effect it may have on you.
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Not a book on writing or creativity but an essential read for anyone seeking an audience. Written by a media strategist and marketer, this book explains how modern media works. Ever wonder why there are so many click bait articles online? You know, the ones that have inflammatory headlines but are really about nothing. This book explains how marketers benefit from controversy and why no media is bad media. After reading, you may come away a little bit disgusted by the current state of things, but a little bit wiser as well. I wouldn’t recommend using all of the tactics described in this book, but I find it useful to understand the reality of marketing on the internet and what the competition may be up to.
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I just started reading this one, but I already know I’ll be recommending it. A no-nonsense guide to screenwriting whose principles can just as easily be applied to novel writing. If The Artist’s Way is too self indulgent for you, then Save the Cat will balance you out.
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Looking for some mentors in your creative life? This well researched work shares the daily work habits of writers, composers, artists and other creative types. Some are inspiring, some are just amusing, but this is always a fun book to grab when you want a little inspiration to break out of your routine and try something new.
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This book was first recommended to me by Cory Doctorow (journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing), the most efficiently effective person I’ve ever met. Getting Things Done, commonly referred to as GTD, has spawned an entire culture of productivity tools and websites. This book replaced Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People on my go-to bookshelf and I reread it at least once a year. I recommend this book for writers because one of the most challenging parts of the craft is managing your time in a way that allows you to feel free and relaxed when it comes time to create.
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Published in 2009, when things like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were still just gaining popularity, this book was the first of its kind to offer insight about the realities of being a writer in today’s literary landscape. It does a great job addressing the challenges of balancing self-promotion and the craft of writing with plenty of the author’s own creative insights as well as input from other working writers. Consider this book your insider’s guide to the world of writing as a career and getting published written by a friend who’s been in the trenches.
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“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my  brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy.  Just take it bird by bird.'” When faced with the task of writing a book, who hasn’t felt this immobilizing sense of hugeness from time to time? This anecdotal book is beautifully written and packed full of useful wisdom for creative types. Funny, honest, witty, and down-to-earth, this book is a classic.

There are many many more books on writing and creativity that I could recommend but I hope that this gives you a few new tools for your toolbox. What do you think? Are there books you would have put on this list? What inspires and informs you as a writer? I’d love to hear from you!

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by Rose O’Keefe, publisher and owner of Eraserhead Press. 

Out Now: The Bizarro Starter Kit (Red)

There’s a new genre rising from the underground. Its name: BIZARRO.
For years, readers have been asking for a category of fiction dedicated to the weird, crazy, cult side of storytelling that has become a staple in the film industry (with directors such as David Lynch, Takashi Miike, Tim Burton, and Lloyd Kaufman) but has been largely ignored in the literary world, until now. The Bizarro Starter Kit features short novels and story collections by ten of the leading authors in the bizarro genre: Brian Allen Carr, Violet LeVoit, David W. Barbee, Shane McKenzie, J. David Osborne, Kirsten Alene, Robert Devereaux, Douglas Hackle, Eric Hendrixson, and Nick Antosca.

Available Now!

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Bizarro Fiction New Releases for 2015

Eraserhead Press has some awesome bizarro fiction books lined up for release in 2015, starting with three new titles from authors Carlton Mellick III, David W. Barbee and Garrett Cook. AVAILABLE NOW!

AS SHE STABBED ME GENTLY IN THE FACE by Carlton Mellick III

1621051749Oksana Maslovskiy is an award-winning artist, an internationally adored fashion model, and one of the most infamous serial killers this country has ever known. She enjoys murdering pretty young men with a nine-inch blade, cutting them open and admiring their delicate insides. It’s the only way she knows how to be intimate with another human being. But one day she meets a victim who cannot be killed. His name is Gabriel–a mysterious immortal being with a deep desire to save Oksana’s soul. He makes her a deal: if she promises to never kill another person again, he’ll become her eternal murder victim.

What at first seems like the perfect relationship for Oksana quickly devolves into a living nightmare when she discovers that Gabriel enjoys being killed by her just a little too much. He turns out to be obsessive, possessive, and paranoid that she might be murdering other men behind his back. And because he is unkillable, it’s not going to be easy for Oksana to get rid of him.

As She Stabbed Me Gently in the Face
is a metaphor for a bad relationship, told in the form of a sociopathic killer’s affair with an even more sociopathic victim. From the mind of Wonderland Book Award winner Carlton Mellick III, author of Hungry Bug and Quicksand House, comes one of the strangest and most gruesome love stories ever put to print.

BUY NOW FROM: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble

THE NIGHT’S NEON FANGS by David W. Barbee

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Presenting four novellas from bizarro author David W. Barbee, featuring electric werewolves, cyborg psychopaths, and a drunken ghost on a mission from God.

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On Christmas night, Buster Wade is cursed by the high voltage bite of an electric werewolf. With his life in shambles, he takes a job as the bodyguard for a grisly old miser looking to harness the bloodthirsty lightning coursing through his veins. Together, they travel a grotesque American monsterscape, sweeping up mummies that rain from the sky. Can Buster contain himself until he’s able to end his curse? Or will he sink his sizzling neon fangs into everyone around him?

NOAH’S ARKOPOLIS
Noah’s Ark never found land. The Lord God left him and all the animals alone on a planet of endless ocean. In the coming centuries, Noah’s simple boat became Arkopolis, a floating city where Noah’s human family and all the animals of the earth bred generations of mutant citizens. Now, that animal world is on the brink of war, and their only hope is the ghost of their righteous, noble, and falling-down-drunk founder, Noah.

THAT ULTIMO SUMBITCH
He roams the outback astride the meanest ostrich alive, a stone-cold killer with six-shooters for hands, on the hunt for wanted outlaws, reptiloid invaders, and scalp-hungry hippies. He has a name, but in this bionic, Bizarro western, they all call him that ultimo sumbitch.

BATCOP OUTTA HELL
All the people in Guano City are bats, and upholding the law are the crime-fighting batcops. But something is rotten in the caped crusaders’ ranks. A slain officer has returned from the pits of Hell to take revenge for his family’s unjust murder and rejoin the force. Now, the lovable misfits of Precinct 7 must help their fellow officer on his bloody rampage across Guano City, all for the glory of the Batdevil.

BUY NOW FROM: Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble

YOU MIGHT JUST MAKE IT OUT OF THIS ALIVE by Garrett Cook

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“Garrett Cook truly amazes me. His imagination is mind-blowing, his prose sings like the sweetest discombobulated sirens, and no matter how far out or strange his stories may get, he has the magical ability to make it all work.”
-Trent Zelazny, author of To Sleep Gently

“There’s no way to prepare, no way to protect yourself. Garrett Cook’s work has an edge…and it’s at your throat.”
-Robert Dunbar, Bram Stoker nominee, author of Martyrs and Monsters

“Garrett Cook and Jimmy Plush ain’t fluff. Raw and uncut, dealin’ out death to the offensive, they preach sledgehammer when they drop hardcore in hardboiled” -Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Editor of A Season in Carcosa

“It is one thing to create a world. It is another thing to make it real. Cook’s impressive and highly ambitious novel does this admirably.” -Sean Keller, screenwriter Dario Argento’s Giallo

From the Wonderland Award winning author of Time Pimp and Jimmy Plush, Teddy Bear Detective comes a new collection of weird, horrifying, and heartfelt stories.

Featuring:
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When zombie Abraham Lincolns start running amuck, John Wilkes Booth, Marilyn Monroe, and other greats from history must save the day!

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The beloved Smiley the Pig is here to save us from the Catholic Church. And he’s brought a shit ton of guns!

BRIAN’S GIRL
A gorgeous woman arrives one day at a man’s door for anonymous sex. It’s not a dream come true- it’s the beginning of a cult that will change the world.

Plus fifteen more strange and beautiful tales.

BUY NOW FROM: Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble

Eraserhead Press Celebrates its Sixth Year of the New Bizarro Author Series

We’re excited to announce the newest authors and books that have been accepted as part of 2014’s New Bizarro Author Series! Over the past six years, Eraserhead Press has welcomed 32 authors into the New Bizarro Author Series, growing not only the number of professional bizarro authors in the field, but growing our community.

The authors feel this, as well. Andy de Fonseca, author of The Cheat Code for God Mode says, “I’ve never been part of a community that was more supportive than the bizarros, who were constantly cheering on the NBAS authors and helping them succeed.”

Gabino Iglesias, author of Gutmouth agrees, saying, “Getting your first published is great and can open a lot of doors. Getting your first book published by the NBAS is better than great; it means you’re part of the world’s most awesome family, and gives you dynamite to blow doors open and burst in screaming with a beer in one hand and a laser gun with another.”

The Eraserhead Press New Bizarro Author Series is designed to showcase first books by unknown writers.  Being part of the New Bizarro Author Series not only gives new authors a community, it also gives these authors the opportunity to learn the publishing business and solidify their foundations as authors. According to Michael Allen Rose, author of Party Wolves in My Skull. “The New Bizarro Author Series opened doors I didn’t even know were doors. The people I met, the editors and other authors who read my work, and the opportunities it afforded me were unparalleled. My experience there helped a great deal in my quest to become a fixture in the bizarro and weird fiction communities. You learn more about marketing yourself by being in the trenches than any class or seminar could teach you, and the NBAS drops you kicking and screaming into the front-lines naked and armed with nothing but a squirrel and a spatula. But then you turn and notice all the people that have your back, and you know you’re ready to charge into battle.”

This year, Eraserhead Press is thrilled to welcome Scott Cole, Tom Lucas and Brian Auspice to the New Bizarro Author Series and to the bizarro family.

AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER!

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 SUPERGHOST by SCOTT COLE
Things were bad when Darren lost his arm to a drunken farmer driving a stolen bulldozer the wrong way down a one-way city street. All he had left was the strange tingling sensation where his arm had been and a life that was no longer there. Now, even that is about to be stolen from him.
The foulest mad scientist the world has ever seen has plans for Darren’s phantom limb, and the limbs of all the other amputees he can attack. He is gathering them to build the greatest Frankenstein ghost ever made from phantom body parts—a SuperGhost designed to destroy the world! And it will take Darren and a ragtag band of amputation survivors to bring down the creature and save mankind from total destruction!

 

 

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PAX TITANUS by TOM LUCAS

FORCED TO FIGHT!

Intergalactic kidnappers have taken the son of a simple construction worker, demanding that he enter the greatest fighting tournament in the universe, the SkullCrushFest, and murder every one of his opponents.

They picked the wrong guy to mess with.

Titanus might not be a natural fighter, but he’s got the greatest gladiator coach in the games and a not-so-secret weapon–his alien ability to increase any body part in size or length.

Also, it doesn’t hurt that he’s ten feet tall, has four arms, and two massive war hammers.

Are you ready to crush some skulls? Are you ready to bash and crash? Well then…

It’s time to GET BIG!

 

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 DEEP BLUE by Brian Auspice

The destruction of the old city must be prevented. John feeds the machine nightly. The devil in the fridge watches. Nobody wants to be a man-in-a-can anymore. Take in a show at Jeremy’s. Get your head checked at Fred’s. Ride the rails until the tracks are set ablaze by firefighters who fight fires with fire. Tuesday’s coming. Did you remember to bring your coat?

From Brian Auspice comes a down-the-rabbit-hole adventure into the depths of the human condition.

Fall 2014 New Releases

Announcing the latest releases for Fall 2014 from Eraserhead Press.


Dodgeball High
by Bradley Sands


1621051617On the dodgeball court, EVERYONE can hear you scream.

Justin Lucas just started at a new high school, but there are no classes in really important stuff like English literature, mathematics, science, or history. Instead, the entire curriculum is dedicated to playing dodgeball. Justin is…perplexed. Where are the pencils and textbooks? Why are there so many explosives strapped to the balls? And what’s up with the barbed wire? Does the school administration really think it’s appropriate to wrap the balls in barbed wire?

Dodgeball High does not seem like a safe environment for a young man. But his classmates don’t care. They kinda remind him of junior Mafia dons, little serial killers, and pint-sized dictators from third world countries. And they are all really good at dodgeball (and the shedding of their classmates’ blood), while Justin totally sucks. And to make matters worse, Justin’s parents are like…total dicks. They won’t let him go to a different school because they think he’s full of crap about this “dodgeball nonsense.” Not to mention that Dodie Manson, the greatest player in the school, has a gigantic crush on Justin. And whoever Dodie wants, Dodie gets, and her BFs have a habit of experiencing intense pleasure prior to their “mysterious” decapitations.

 

Does Justin have what it takes to survive and make it to the top of his class before graduation? Or will he be eliminated permanently? Read Dodgeball High to find out, but watch out for the ball that’s coming at your head!

 

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When lonely, understacked Shari decides to “Woman Up” – using the latest in parasitic breast-ballooning technology – her new stripper gig brings all the attention she craved.

But deep inside her gigantic left boob, another loner desperately dreams of escape. One worm against the multitudes, filled with rage and unstoppable will big enough to change the entire fucking world.

Mad science meets mad lack of self-esteem in this epic Bizarro fable, where the bigger the nipples, the bigger the ripples in the cosmic hell-o-sphere.

“Half-Mellick, half-Goldfarb, and all its own thing, WORMJOB sticks its squirmy teet straight in your mind’s eye and squeezes, milking your brain with hideous laughs and wonder.”– John Skipp

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