It feels like this book has been coming soon for forever so it is a huge relief that it will finally be unleashed upon the world. I am very excited for it and I know that it will be divisive. People who got it, really got it. And there are folks who won’t or don’t care to get it or wouldn’t like it even if they did get it. That’s fine, too. Danger Slater, who is one of the funniest writers to ever slap some words together, really got it and it was amazing seeing his review on goodreads.
Horror Bookworm had a pretty great review of it as well. I’m glad it landed for the people it landed with!
So, who are you to disagree? Buy the dang book now! Here is a pile of links for you to choose from:
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Driving through Miami felt like driving through a videogame landscape. We only had a few days there, didn’t put my toes into the sand but we did get to experience some great stuff. It is a beautiful city and I would like to go again some day.
While there, we visited the Pérez Art Museum. It was fantastic. The current exhibition was Leandro Erlich’s Liminal series. Illusions and different perspectives and wonder and confusion were all at play. I jumped into an installation (it was allowed) and then walked out quickly because my dumb ass was thinking, “Oh, cool. Mirrors.” The thought that literally came into my skull was, “Infinity mirrors. Seen one, seen ‘em all.” Was I mistaken. The security guard smacked me in the face and said, “You’re not spending enough time with these. Explore.” And then he waved his baton around and showed me that not everything I thought was a mirror was actually a mirror. It was another room mirrored. So you crawl into that and you keep crawling until you bang your head against an actual mirror, shards in your skull, bleeding and screaming for help, all the while laughing at God because that security guard was right. You are too impatient. You need to take your time with things. You need to explore your assumptions. Art, man. What a trip.
Speaking of art in that same museum… we explored the permanent collection as well. We walked into a large empty room save for a sculpture in the middle. I was immediately struck with deep sadness. You could see pain and love thrown together and I could not help myself. I was overcome by sadness and wept. Rather than immediately go to the description, we explored the sculpture to fully take in the emotions (and to justify my own tears). We went to the description and it was Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael by George Segal. I jumped in the air and clicked my heels I was so damn happy to be sad and right. The presentation, the sculpture itself, everything about it was expertly crafted and for me to walk in and feel the weight of abandonment and with one glance at the sculpture proves that art is powerful and worthy of your patience.
It’s worth noting that this was the first trip that my wife and I were away from our two kids for more than a day. It’s possible I was primed to be emotional.
SPEAKING OF BEING A CRYBABY
I read Danger Slater’s Moonfellows. It was hilarious and it contained emotional heft that Danger Slater unleashed upon the reader masterfully. Yes, I cried. And I’m not talking silent tears running down my face. I’m talking these tears were loud and they were sprinting.
I have to come to terms with the fact that when I am confronted with art that is done well, I can’t handle it. I am torn like Natalie Imbruglia. Lying naked on the floor. But this is how I feel.
Danger throws accuracy out the window and everything works so much better for it. It takes place in the early 1900s but the setting feels ambiguously modern. It really works for the comedy. I don’t want to spoil anything. It’s fucking great. That’s all. You should buy it. Here’s a link to help you come to the correct decision.
March 7th - XCRMNTMNTN comes out. I’ll be doing the One Page Salon at Radio Coffee and Beer. It starts at 7:30pm. Here’s a link.
March 24th - Max Booth () and I will be at the Alamo Drafthouse in Katy, TX to perform something, sign our books, and watch People Under the Stairs and the Greasy Strangler. It will be a fun, long night. Here just take a link.
March 28th - Max and I will host a joint book release party for XCRMNTMNTN and his Abnormal Statistics (Apocalypse Party). It will be a regular Ghoulish show with the added book release party. We will make the show all about us and we really want to see you there. And we also want to sign your books that you give us money for. Thank you. Here's a flyer. I will have event page links up later.
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