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New Release: WIDOW OF THE AMPUTATION by Robert Guffey

Eraserhead Press is proud to announce the release of WIDOW OF THE AMPUTATION by Robert Guffey

Widow of the Amputation & Other Weird Crimes is a collection of four novellas that explore the madness of murder through the warped lenses of urban noir, science fiction, horror, and experimental fantasy.

About the stories:

  • In Decay in Amber, a convicted rapist and murderer wakes up one morning to discover he is only six inches tall and floating down the middle of the L.A. River in a beer bottle.
  • In Rocket City Murder, a police lieutenant has only twenty-four hours to solve a brutal triple-murder committed within the secretive confines of the bio warfare research lab known as Micropolis.
  • In Widow of the Amputation, the mythologies of various cultures collide as Charles Manson succeeds in busting out of Corcoran Penitentiary.
  • And in You Might As Well Die, a crime noir writer is led into a clever cat-and-mouse game intended to frame him for a murder he himself unknowingly devised.

Along with Cormac McCarthy, Guffey is my favorite modern fiction writer.

Gary D. Rhodes, author of The Perils of Movie going in America

About the author:

Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University – Long Beach. His most recent books are WIDOW OF THE AMPUTATION AND OTHER WEIRD CRIMES (Eraserhead Press, 2021), a collection of four novellas, and a novel entitled BELA LUGOSI’S DEAD (Crossroad Press, 2021). Find him on Goodreads.

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New Release: CAPTAIN CLIVE’S DREAMWORLD by Jon Bassoff

Eraserhead Press is proud to announce the release of Captain Clive’s Dreamworld by Jon Bassoff.

After becoming the suspect in the death of a young woman, Deputy Sam Hardy is reassigned to the town of Angels and Hope, which, within its borders, holds the once magnificent amusement park, Captain Clive’s Dreamworld. When he arrives, however, Hardy notices some strange happenings. The park is essentially empty of customers. None of the townsfolk ever seem to sleep. And girls seem to be going missing with no plausible explanation. As Hardy begins investigating, his own past is drawn into question by the town, and he finds himself becoming more and more isolated. The truth—about the town and himself—will lead him to understand that there’s no such thing as a clean escape. 

“The Twilight Zone mixed with Twin Peaks mixed with Dante’s Inferno.” – Jeffrey Thomas

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Limited Edition Eraserhead Press Logo T-Shirts Available Now!

We’ve been getting requests to make our official logo t-shirt available. This design was previously only available to Eraserhead Press staff members. But now through August 4th we’re making this Limited Edition T-Shirt available for all. Show your support for Eraserhead Press and pick up one of these while they last!

Standard T-Shirt or Slim Fit, $24.99

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New Release: HELL OF DEATH by Vince Kramer

Eraserhead Press is pleased to announce the release of HELL OF DEATH by Vince Kramer.

Hell of Death is an offensive, hilarious adventure through the depths of Hell where Satan is like your cool older brother. And at the center of it all is the Hell House, Hell’s version of the White House, with its own president and everything. So it’s all political and shit. But not too political. There’s literally a scene where you can’t even keep reading anymore because a pit opens beneath you and screaming demons pull you down into the abyss! YOU’LL DIE! HOLY SHIT! Don’t read this book without drawing an upside cross on your forehead and a pentagram on the floor. Yell out “Hail Satan!” after every page if you want to survive! And if you don’t even want to live anymore, then kill yourself with the special Hell of Death razor blade (sold separately). Satan will be waiting for you!

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Vince Kramer is a gay author who lives in Portland, Oregon. In addition to Hell of Death, he is also the author of Gigantic Death Worm, Death Machines of Death, and Deadly Lazer Explodathon. Follow him on Instagram!

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New Release: HUMAN FISH by Benjamin DeVos

Fall in love this month with the latest New Bizarro Author Series release, HUMAN FISH by Benjamin DeVos


His mom is a trout and his dad’s a human. He is a half-man, half-fish creature from the sea, trying to figure out the world of man. But the answers he finds lurking in the Los Angeles underbelly only lead to more questions. On a journey to find his father after a drug deal gone bad, how far will the Human Fish go to seek out the truth of his identity?

A new twist on the mermaid narrative, Human Fish is a dark bizarro adventure of drug trafficking, interspecies romance, and the ghosts of our past that come back to haunt us.

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About the Author
Ben Devos

Benjamin DeVos is the author of The Bar is Low, Lord of the Game, and Madness Has a Moment and Then Vanishes Before Returning Again. He is the head editor of Apocalypse Party and lives in Philadelphia.


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New Release: EVERYBODY LIES IN HELL by Dave Zeltserman

Happy October! We are pleased to announce the release​​ of EVERYBODY LIES IN HELL by Dave Zeltserman
Everybody Lies In Hell
“In Everybody Lies in Hell Mike Stone’s eternal damnation is a private detective’s office in a re-imagined Brooklyn. In Hell, the beautiful woman with a case opens a literal Pandora’s Box, and Stone is soon inundated by all-too-recognizable evils and lies of Hell’s tortured souls, powerful ancient demons and devils, and haunting personal ones. Classic pulp, noir, and horror—think James N. Cain and Bukowski and Palahniuk–are all ground up in a blender and the result is a nasty, wild, and ultimately redemptive novel that only Dave Zeltserman could write.”     —Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts
“Everybody Lies in Hell is a wild adventure centered on confronting our demons–literally and figuratively. At once compulsively entertaining and bizarre. Zeltserman has written a metaphysical masterpiece. Hell has never been so much fun.”   —Jon Bassoff, author of The Drive-Thru Crematorium
Hell can be a tricky place with all of its rules. Mike Stone, hell’s lone practicing private eye, thinks he has it figured out, and more often than not, solves the cases that come his way. It’s not easy, though. Not with the fact that everyone in hell lies. And not with having to worry about a barbaric warlord from a long-forgotten time after his head. Or a compatriot of Vlad the Impaler wanting to purify his soul in a chamber of horrors for all eternity. Or that his circa 1992 Brooklyn private hell might be absorbed at any moment by a more aware soul. And then there’s that creepy Mortuary Man and whatever his agenda might be.
When Stone takes on a young woman as a client who wants him to find out who murdered her, it turns out to be his most dangerous case yet, and what he discovers might just be Hell’s biggest secret.

“If there’s any other young writer out there who does crime noir better than Zeltserman, I don’t even want to know.” Maureen Corrigan, THE WASHINGTON POST

Boston-based author Dave Zeltserman’s crime and horror novels include SMALL CRIMES, PARIAH, KILLER, OUTSOURCED, THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD, A KILLER’S ESSENCE, MONSTER, and THE BOY WHO KILLED DEMONS, and he’s been published in seven languages. SMALL CRIMES has been made into a Netflix film starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Molly Parker, Gary Cole, Robert Forster, and Jacki Weaver. THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD and OUTSOURCED are currently in film development.

His books have been picked by NPR, the Washington Post, American Library Association, Booklist, and WBUR as best novels of the year, and his Julius Katz mystery stories has won a Shamus, Derringer and two Ellery Queen Readers Choice awards.

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New Release: THE DRIVE-THRU CREMATORIUM by Jon Bassoff

“Bassoff confronts directly the traumatic stress disorder of our world today and tears off its mask, even if the face must follow.”—New York Magazine

Happy August! This month we are very excited to present THE DRIVE-THRU CREMATORIUM by Jon Bassoff, a dark, absurd, unsettling tale about the monsters within us.

DriveThru Front revision

“Toss Kafka, David Lynch, and a pinch of Flannery O’Connor in a blender and you just might end up with The Drive-Thru Crematorium. A thoroughly baffling, unsettling, and mesmerizing journey into madness.” —Dave Zeltserman, author of Everybody Lies in Hell

Stanley Maddox lives a mundane life in a nondescript town. His wife is cheating on him, his colleagues at work don’t recognize him, and he has recently noticed a mysterious creature darting its way through his house. When he notices a flap of skin on his face, he begins pulling. Beneath his skin lies another person, an evil person, with the power to change his life forever.

“A Gordian knot of alienation and suburban discomfort. Nihilistic, weird, and ultimately, very funny.”—Danger Slater, author of I Will Rot Without You

“Jon Bassoff is the Kafka of Colorado, a writer who spins feverish nightmares out of the insane realities of modern life. Horrifying and hilarious, The Drive-Thru Crematorium is his darkest trip yet, the story of a mild-mannered nothing man who discovers the monster within. It’s a hell of a fun read, but it’s also the kind of book you find yourself thinking about days later.” —Jake Hinkson, winner of the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere

“In The Drive-Thru Crematorium, Jon Bassoff twines the mundane and the absurd together in a dizzying spirograph to produce an angst-ridden picture of modern society. Bassoff’s novel is a shadowy feverdream in the best possible way—a story that both burns and chills and remains an unsettling thorn in the reader’s psyche, longer after the last page is turned.”—Steph Post, author of Miraculum

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New Release: SCUM OF THE EARTH by Cody Goodfellow

With summer in full swing we bring you the perfect bizarro beach read! SCUM OF THE EARTH by Cody Goodfellow is out in paperback and ebook today.

“In this fabulously unholy marriage of bizarro SF, crass sexuality, and tongue-in-cheek humor, Goodfellow (Sleazeland) successfully creates an interstellar pirate adventure that is anything but ordinary. Drugs are in high demand throughout the galaxies, and few things prove as addictive as the human imagination, which can easily be hijacked and downloaded. The Intergalactic Narcotic Enforcement Force destroys the Earth to halt imagination smuggling, and humankind is forced to scatter to the hidden corners of the universe, where cartels prey on them. Luckily for the human race, the trashiest crew in the galaxy and their nymphomaniac captain, Callista Chrome, are there to save them from being commoditized. Callista and the crew of the Barracuda are prepared to take on alien gangs, sex-crazed platypuses, and space vikings, even if they’re not sure the human race deserves it. A master class in the power of outlandish imagery and pulpy action, this otherworldly pirate crusade is sure to reel in SF fans who are ready to have their minds blown. ” — Publishers Weekly



For centuries, alien drug-runners plundered the Earth, harvesting organs and freebasing fear. Few drugs could match the potency of humanity’s dysfunctional two-stroke brains, so the Intergalactic Enforcement Force burned it down.

Now, the last scattered, ragtag pockets of humanity strewn across a hundred backwater worlds are the most sought-after cash crop in the universe, and their only hope lies in the unsteady, oversexed hands of a pirate crew of intergalactic trash under the command of a devious cutthroat nymphomaniac known as Callista Chrome.

But to save the unworthy human race, Callista and her drug-hungry horde will have to go through conniving alien cartels, buzzkill narcs, priapic platypuses, polymorphic ex’s and bloodthirsty space-Vikings before facing the most devastating enemy in the worst place in the known universe… home.


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Last Chance Books: Paperbacks Leaving June 2019

We pride ourselves on bringing readers the most unusual, interesting, fun-to-read books that we can find. And this means that we push boundaries and take lots of risks in what we publish. It also means that from time to time we have to say goodbye to good books that for one reason or another are no longer connecting with readers. The following titles are going out of print due to underperforming sales. The paperback editions of the following works will be removed from distribution and rights returned to the authors as of June 30, 2019. It has been a pleasure sharing these books with our readers. This is your last chance for these editions, so please be sure to check them out!

The Mondo Vixen Massacre by Jamie Grefe
Elephant Vice by Chris Meekings
Rainbows Suck by Madeleine Swann
Her Fingers by Tamara Romero
Carnageland by David Barbee
Grambo by Dustin Reade
The Crud Masters by Justin Grimbol
Lepers and Mannequins by Eric Beeny
Avoiding Mortimer by J.W. Wargo
Placenta of Love by Spike Marlowe
Naked Metamorphosis by Eric Mays
The Egg Said Nothing by Caris O’Malley
A Hollow Cube is a Lonely Space by S.D. Foster
Seven Seagulls for a Single Nipple by Troy Chambers
Human Furniture and the Quest for the Perfect Woman by Devora Gray
Lazy Fascist Double #1 Messes of Men/Lemon Heart by Michael J. Seidlinger and Matthew Revert
Sinister Miniatures by Kris Saknussemm
Fall Into Time by Douglas Lain
Wave of Mutilation by Douglas Lain
Metamorphosis Blues by Bruce Taylor
Devil in Kansas by David Ohle
Gil the Nihilist: A Sitcom by Sean Kilpatrick
A Plague of Wolves and Women by Riley Michael Parker
The Kissing Bug by Daniel Scott Buck
Eyeballs growing all over me… again by Tony Rauch
Some Things Are Better Left Unplugged by Vincent W. Sakowski
Misadventures in a Thumbnail Universe by Vincent W. Sakowski
Strangewood Tales edited by Jack Fischer

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Eraserhead’s #AWP19 Offsite Event Guide

#AWP19 has descended upon Portland bringing with it some of the greatest literary minds alive (including many authors we’ve published). The best bits of the conference are the fabulous offsite events. But there are so many that there is no possible way a person can attend them all! So, if you are trying to decide where to go and what to check out, here are my top picks for readings and events as well as a few other recommendations as a local Portlander.

Thursday 3/28/19

5pm: Witches in the Woods 
Sponsor: Ayuhuasca Publishing
Location: Secret Forest Books, 3561 SE Division
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
To celebrate conference weekend, Ayahuasca Publishing presents a very special offsite reading show: Witches in the Woods, hosted by Secret Forest Books! Featuring the talents of Hanna Tawater, Rios de la Luz, Katie Farris, and Lizz Huerta. There will also be tarot card readings available prior to and after the show. Join the coven and prepare for the ritual!

6pm: AWP Offsite Event: King Shot Press & Cameron Pierce Present
Sponsor: King Shot Press & Cameron Pierce 
Location: Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont St.
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us at Portland’s Rose City Book Pub (that’s right folks, a bookstore/pub!!) for a power hour of drinks and live performances:
Chris Campanioni, Constance Ann Fitzgerald, Cody Goodfellow, Alexandra Kostoulas, Aubrey Lenahan, Anatoly Molotkov, Sam Slaughter, Patrick Wensink

7pm: Offsite From the Edges
Sponsor: Corporeal Writing
Location: Corporeal Writing Center, Southwest 3rd Avenue 510
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for an offsite reading in downtown Portland. We’ll be hosting an unforgettable lineup of readers, including Garth Greenwell, Carmen Maria Machado, Terese Mailhort, Alexander Chee, and Lidia Yuknavitch.

7pm: The Stoner Babes Reading and Coloring Party
Sponsor: Katie Guinn
Location: The Stacks Coffee House, 1831 N. Killingsworth St
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Come join us for The Stoner Babes Reading and coloring party part deux.
We have a wonderful group of writers reading pieces about empowerment. Bring your book, or get one night of. Color pages of beautiful humans while absorbing these majestic voices. I am absolutely over the moon to have these powerful and inspiring humans reading for us. We will be at The Stacks coffee house on Killingsworth in Madrona Hill (now incorporated into Overlook). It’s a new wonderful space filled with books! The beauties are: Pamela Santos, Desiree’ Wright, Rios De La Luz, Edee Lemonier, Carol Fischbach

10 pm: Future Tense + Spork Press = <3
Sponsor: Future Tense Books and Spork Press
Location: Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
(w/ Monica Drake, David Welch, Dorothy Chan, Felicity Fenton, Tatiana Ryckman, and Daniel Altenburg. Hosted by Kevin Sampsell and Drew Burk)

Friday 3/29/19

5pm: Forest Avenue Press Small Press Showcase
Sponsor: Forest Avenue Press 
Location: Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Forest Avenue Press for a celebration of small presses! 10 small press authors from around the country–the world, even!–will be reading their poetry and prose.
Alex DiFrancesco, Tom DeMarchi, Wendy Fox, Casandra Lopez, D. Keali‘i MacKenzie, Ron Maclean, Angela Mitchell, Rheea Mukherjee, Liz Prato, Michael Shou-Yung Shum

7pm: Clash Books Offsite AWP Reading
Sponsor: Clash Books
Location: Eastside Delicatessen, 1109 S.E. Madison St.
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
CLASH Books gathers it’s finest writers for an extravaganza of literature on Friday, March 29th during the annual AWP lit festival in Portland, OR. Enjoy performances of poetry, fiction & nonfiction from some of the most exciting new & powerful voices on the scene. There will be books, there will be beer & there will be 6” sandwiches for $7. What more could you want! LET’S GET LIT
READERS: Brandi Homan, Anna Suarez, Monique Quintana, Jennifer Robin, Kim Vodicka, Lindsay Lerman, Francesco Levato, Chris Campanioni, Katy Michelle Quinn, Megan Coe, Autumn Christian, Shy Watson, Kevin Maloney, Noah Cicero, Kenning JP García, Damian Dressick, Devora Gray, Julia Laxer, Garrett Cook, Brian Alan Ellis, Leza Cantoral, Nathan Carson

8pm: Tin House AWP Partyyyyy
Sponsor: Tin House
Location: Holocene,
Cost: $5
Event URL: website
Join Portland publisher Tin House as they celebrate their 20th anniversary and welcome the literary conference to Rip City with an evening of poetry and dancing. Tin House Books authors Hanif Abrurraqib, Erica Dawson, Morgan Parker, and Tommy Pico will be reading from their latest collections, with DJ Mami Miami providing the after-reading dance party (until 1:00 a.m).

Saturday 3/30/19

7pm: Literaoke at AWP
Sponsor: Kaya Press, Asian American Writers Workshop, Kundiman, The Asian American Literary Review, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Location: Chopsticks Karaoke Bar, 3390 NE Sandy Blvd
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
It’s time for another epic evening of singing, reading, and joy! Kaya Press, Kundiman, AAWW, AALR, and the Smithsonian APA Center are bringing together an amazing, diverse line-up of performers who will sing one minute of their favorite karaoke banger and then read from their own work. Don’t miss it!! Come for the performers, and stay after and perform your own favorite song!
FEATURING: Helene Achanzar, Camari Carter, Andrés Cerpa, Jee Koh, Amy Lam, Shayla Lawson, Mimi Lok, Angel Nafis, Teraya Parametha, Anastacia Renee, Juan Carlos Reyes, Hiram Sims, Sokunthary Svay, Adeeba Talukder, Esmé Weijun Wang, Yanyi

8pm: Nasty Vol. 2 Launch Party
Sponsor: King Shot Press
Location: My Father’s Place, 523 SE Grand Ave
Cost: Free
A night of bold readings from fierce women. Also, drinks and merch!
Live readings from: Tara Dublin, Kim Vodicka, Rocket, Constance Ann Fitzgerald, Rios de la Luz, Jennifer Robin, Leza Cantoral, Autumn Christian, Devora Gray, Violet LeVoit

Other events of interest:

Fri & Sat 5pm-10pm: Snack Fest
Sponsor: Not a literary event
Location: Portland Night Market, 100 SE Alder Street
Event URL: website
A food obsessed market with your favorite treats, drinks and things you never knew you needed. Free + all ages

Sunday 11am: Drag Queen Brunch 
Sponsor: Not a literary event
Location: Night Light Lounge, 2100 SE Clinton St, Portland
Event URL: website
The best brunch in Portland!
Every Sunday, join us at the Night Light Lounge for a morning of fresh mimosas, delicious food, and a rotating cast of Portland’s best Drag Queens.
Per OLCC regulations, all attendees must be over the age of 21.

Thur- Sun 11 am: Mad Hatter Tea Party
Sponsor: Not a literary event
Location: Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium, 12408 SW Broadway St, Beaverton
Cost: $40
The Tea Room will again be transformed into Wonderland with we are creating as wonderful menu to go with this theme. Tea will be served on the hour at community tables of 10, remember Alice sat with Strangers for Her tea Party, so we feel its all in the fun of the event for our guest to do so as well.
What to Expect: Community Tables, Hat/costume Contest, Table Games, Great food and A Amazing time!!

More local spots to visit:

Powell’s Books
The World’s Largest Independent Bookstore. If you are in town for AWP, this is a must!

Mother Foucault’s Bookshop
Another great shop specializing in used, rare, and vintage books.

Floating World Comics
One of the best comic book shops in town. Minutes away from AWP across the river. Check out The Willows by Nathan Carson and Sam Ford while you’re there!

Ground Kontrol
The West Coast’s premier classic arcade

Cosmic Monkey Comics
Another of our favorite comic book shops. Check for Eraserhead Press books in stock.

Glowing Greens Blacklight Miniature Golf
Super fun indoor blacklight mini golf!

Novelty shop and outsider art gallery. One of the weirdest places in a town known for weirdness. Definitely worth a visit!

Food Carts!
They’re everywhere and they are awesome.

Enjoy the weekend! We hope to see you around. Feel free to hit me up if you want any other recommendations!

Rose O’Keefe, Publisher