Book Review : Ed Kurtz - Nausea (2016)
in style, Ed Kurtz' Nausea will require the best out of you, but will also deliver a complex and fiction I read. It takes balls to attack narrative tropes the way Ed Kurtz' did with his new novel Nausea out of the gutter. Ed Kurtz isn't a stylist, but he's quite ahead of the curve as a storyteller , but the protagonist of Ed Kurtz' Nausea has the necessary depth and complexity to lure in someone broken past. Apparently, Ed Kurtz is as tried as I am with this stupid cliché because he turned it on Book Review : Ed Kurtz - Nausea (2016) Ed Kurtz
Book Review : Ed Kurtz - Bleed (2016)
most prizes possession, leaving him with a hollow sense of empowerment. I've said before that Ed Home owning anxieties, attic sludge monsters and symbolism? Sign me up! Ed Kurtz' novel Bleed is a lot of fun Kurtz was a natural storyteller, that it was what made him special. I still stand by what I said, but liked about Ed Kurtz's Bleed is that it wears its influences on its sleeve. It will remind you of Book Review : Ed Kurtz - Bleed (2016) Ed Kurtz it what prompted me to read Ed Kurtz's novel Bleed about a new home owner with an attic sludge Bleed. Or Ed Kurtz' exploitation quadruple feature Dead Trash. Dude's good.
Book Review : Ed Kurtz - Dead Trash : A Zombie Exploitation Quadruple Feature (2013)
only time Ed Kurtz' exploitation zen stumbled and that the novella versed into the parodic. It's not replicate the same energy, the same earnest desire to sell you the insane and unhealthy ideas. Ed Kurtz' novella faces and twisting limbs. It's still quite the exploit from Ed Kurtz to tie up four radically Book Review : Ed Kurtz - Dead Trash : A Zombie Exploitation Quadruple Feature (2013) hands of Ed Kurtz, who knows what he's doing. I have to confess that I liked the Kung Fu segment a turn and become a soulless copy or a deformed reflection of good ol' pulp, but Ed Kurtz managed to Ed Kurtz
Book Review : Ed Kurtz - The Rib from Which I Remake the World (2016)
Book Review : Ed Kurtz - The Rib from Which I Remake the World (2016) Ed Kurtz' freaky Satanic horror novel The Rib from Which I Remake the World isn't just freaky and Satanic. It's also kind of smart. mean, gore, in and of itself, isn't scary at all. It's just repulsive. Ed Kurtz manages to make his reality are suspended, like Ed Kurtz' novel The Rib from Which I Remake the World does. There is nowhere Ed Kurtz these scenes and don't have resources to make sense of them. It's why it was so smart from Ed Kurtz to
The 2014 Dead End Follies Vacation Reading List
Graham Jones Dead Trash, by Ed Kurtz My Work is Not Yet Done, by Thomas Ligotti The Walls of the Castle Ed Kurtz
Mules, Make it Happen (or else)
. Because Ed Kurtz, the author of the short story Mules is based on, is one of us. Scratch that, he is one Ed Kurtz
Eligible Works for Dead End Follies' Year-End's Best Reads
and Other Stories Ed Kurtz - Bleed Dan & Kate Malmon (edited by) - Killing Malmon Ray Russell - The of Horses Ed Kurtz - The Rib From Which I Remake the World Glenn Gray - Transgemination Anthony Neil
Book Review : Wrestle Maniacs (2017)
, Adam Howe, Patrick Lacey, Tom Leins and Handsome Ed Kurtz. Ed Kurtz brutal and oddly tragic Duluth, by Ed Kurtz; James Newman's A Friend in Need; Adam Howe's hilarious
Movie Review : Mules (2018)
example of that. Mules is an adaptation from a short story by Ed Kurtz. It features Mary Jo and Hank, two Ed Kurtz
Book Review : Thuglit Presents - Cruel Yule : Holiday Tales of Crime for People on the Naughty List (2015)
kidnapping, I though. Had a soft spot for Ed Kurtz' Okeechobee too because I love stories that end with Ed Kurtz
The 2014 Dead End Follies Year-End List
Stephen Graham Jones - The Least of My Scars Ed Kurtz - Dead Thrash Tom Piccirilli - The Walls of the
Eligible Works for Dead End Follies' Year-End's Best Reads
- Xs for Eyes George A. Romero/Susanna Sparrow - Dawn of the Dead Warren Ellis - Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 Ed Kurtz - Nausea
Ben Watches Television : Bleed (2017)
Ed Kurtz Last Tuesday, I reviewed Ed Kurtz' claustrophobic tale of home owning terror Bleed and I liked it quite a lot. It's a fun horror novel with a little bit of everything in it: monsters, gore, symbolism and pretty rad allusions to classics of the genre. And if you're not a reader, rejoice! Bleed is currently being produced for the web by director Paul von Stoetzel and I had the privilege of watching the first three episodes. With the novel still fresh in mind, I could really appreciate how an adaptation can transform and improve the experience. So, if you're unfamiliar with the universe of Bleed, here's what you need to know : Walt Blackmore in an English teacher who recently bought an old Gablefront house and inherited a persistent blood stain with it. That blood stain turns out to be a little more than a blood stain and the more Walt interacts with it, the bigger and stronger it becomes. The monster feeds on the attention Walt is giving it and puts everyone around him in danger. I'm not going to say more than that because it would spoil twists that aren't in the show yet, so here are my thoughts. What Bleed did right Walt The casting is simply perfect. Grant Henderson breathes a new life into Walt with his out-of-style haircut and by using the slightly nasal voice of an unself-conscious nerd. He's got what I call the "Michael Douglas factor." That's when you both root for and against the protagonist. Douglas had a series of parts in the eighties where he played two-timing businessmen fighting for the lives while trying to hide their infidelities. He was the protagonist, but not exactly the hero of his story. It's the same for Grant Henderson's Walt who is endearingly insecure, yet rigid and controlling at the same time. Henderson made me understand the character better by making him sound like some dudes I know. Japanese horror inspiration Bleed is a novel that wears its inspiration on its sleeve and so is the series. There is very little of the novel in these three episodes (maybe fifty, sixty pages?) but it definitely goes in its own direction in regards to influences. I saw many throwbacks to turn-of-the-century Japanese horror. Takashi Miike's seminal movie Gozu, for one. Paul von Stoetzel spliced surreal scenes halfway between vision and nightmare in the novel's narrative in order to illustrate the growing control the house is exerting on Walt. There are three levels of reality going on here: domestic, supernatural and surreal. That is right from iconic Japanese horror movie directors' playbook and it works out great. Soundtrack I loved how unpredictable it was (another thing the Japanese are apt with). The heavy, ominous synth would sometimes be heard in banal domestic scenes, sometimes in surreal moments. Sometimes there would be nothing at all in both. Soundtrack is an indicator of mood and several horror movies in recent years have been guilty of relying on it too much for scares. Paul von Stoetzel's playfulness and unpredictability with soundtrack usage was refreshing. I had finished the novel literally a week earlier and couldn't tell when a scare was actually coming because of that. Filmmaking has a lot to do with pacing and von Stoetzel used soundtrack to change tempos in Bleed. What Bleed did wrong The first scene It seems like a mundane detail said like this, but it's kind of clumsy and it will potentially drive less patient audiences away. In the novel, the first scene happens in the 1920s and somewhat explains what the blood monster in the house is (it involves child abuse so, uh. Trigger Warning, I guess).The series couldn't have done without it, but it's shot with this really overbearing voice-over that reads from the novel. It didn't need that. The scene would've worked beautifully without and single word and the obnoxious adult-trying-to-sound-like-a-child voice is bringing an over-the-top quality to the scene that conflicts with the dramatic tone its trying to set. The series picks up from there, but I know it will make some people quit. Short episodes Bleed is trying to do a lot in a very little time. I understand the purpose of the web format (episodes are between 4 and 10 minutes long) but von Stoetzel tackles a LOT in very little time here. So, the first three episodes of Bleed feature short, jagged scenes know, in all fairness add to the unpredictability of the show, but could've used more breathing room to let the claustrophobic feeling of the novel simmer with the audience. I guess it's complicated to have your cake and eat it too when you're directing. And it's not a problem if you haven't read the novel. Anyway, Bleed is different from what's out there, yet respects the philosophy the novel was written with. There's more coming in 2018, so keep an eye out!
10 Small Presses That Publish Amazing Genre Fiction
Photo Credit: Not sure, but I'll take a chance and say Michael Seidlinger. Since I read an obscene amount of books for this blog, there's a lot of people who wish to talk books with me. It's fine, I love it but it makes me realize how privileged I am to work so closely with such a dynamic and creative community that has been constantly publishing some of the best fiction I've had the pleasure to read in my lifetime. Not everybody know about these people and it doesn't matter if some of them are millenials who really like themselves, they should be more liked by the readership anyway, because they publish great material and it's all that really matters. Good for them if they have high self-esteem, right? This business is tough, they can use it. The majority of my readers who reach out to talk are older people, usually gentlemen (with the odd lady out) between 35 and 65 looking for reading suggestions. The first discussion never go really well, we talk about Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, maybe James Ellroy and then we start backtracking and discussing the classics. Nothing wrong about that, but there are a lot of authors and publishers living, breathing, working and needing your support. Here are 10 small presses that constantly publish amazing genre fiction that you need to get acquainted with. BROKEN RIVER BOOKS Connect on Facebook They took the literary scene by storm in 2013 and, to my knowledge, they have been the only small press successful enough to expand. This year, they've launched two new imprints: King Shot Press and Ladybox Books, which published one of my favorite novels of 2015, JIGSAW YOUTH, by Tiffany Scandal. They're a team of smart, driven and passionate young people living in Portland, Oregon, publishing some of the most ambitious, boundary challenging material in genre fiction. I consider them to be the alpha dogs of the independent publishing scenes. Some of their best novels I've read include: William Boyle's GRAVESEND, Michael Kazepis' LONG LOST DOG OF IT, Stephen Graham Jones' THE LEAST OF MY SCARS and Chris Lambert's KILLER &VICTIM. Follow the Broken River Books people on social media, too. Their youthful energy is contagious and the work they're doing is important. Get on the bandwagon already. PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE PUBLISHING Connect on Facebook PMMP is the baby of child prodigy Max Booth III (featured on the right, I have no idea who the hobo next to him is) and his girlfriend (wife?) Lori Michelle. They publish pretty much everything that have a dark edge to it: noir, dark fantasy, dark literary stuff, (some) bizarro, but they have a soft spot for horror. The best book I've read from PMMP is, without the shadow of a doubt, THE GREEN KANGAROOS, by Jessica McHugh, that mixed body horror, speculative fiction and all-out science fiction with great bravado and energy. Their publications are unique and don't have a definite target audience in the traditional sense of the term, but if you love reading and have a stomach for dark and daring fiction, PMMP is just what Doctor Ben (me, if you're not familiar) ordered. By the way, Max runs a Facebook page called Confessions of a Hotel Night Auditor, that's loosely based on his job. Follow it, it's hilarious. CIVIL COPING MECHANISMS Connect on Facebook The inclusion of Civil Coping Mechanisms is partly based on the fact that editor Michael Seidlinger is one of my favorite people on social media, because I haven't read all that many books from them. Not enough, anyway. The two Ryan W. Bradley novels they released CODE FOR FAILURE and WINTERSWIM are simply superb though, both aesthetically and narratively (you guys already know my fondness for Bradley's fiction). Altough Civil Coping Mechanisms are more of a literary press, they aren't afraid to try new, different stuff and swerve into genre if need be. They're unpredictable and it's one of the the things that makes them so damn charming. Michael Seidingler is no pussy, he'll go wherever he needs to publish great books. DARKFUSE Connect on Facebook I'm not familiar with who's running the DarkFuse show, but these people have been doing fantastic work over the last couple years. They are the publisher of talented literary noirist/part-time surrealist Jon Bassoff who blew my mind twice over the last year or such with novels such as CORROSION and FACTORY TOWN. They've also published talented pulpster like Ed Kurtz and Allan Leverone. They are not a publisher for the fain of heart, as their novels are often bleak and nasty, but they're not in it for the shock value only. The people of DarkFuse just happen to like great, bleak and nasty stories. You'll find an interesting array of genre in their library: straight thrillers, suspense novels, noir and horror. KRAKEN PRESS Connect on Facebook Kraken Press doesn't publish all that often, mainly because they're a one-man wrecking crew, but they hit hard whenever they do. I have read almost all of their catalog and Max Booth III's THE MIND IS A RAZORBLADE found its way in my year-end lists in 2014 and C.J Anderson's GINA FRENCH IS NOT A WASTE OF ROOFIES is on its way there, this year. Kraken Press only publishes the darkest, most unflinching horror fiction in the business. They
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