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Last Minute Holiday Gift Suggestions: Kaiju Edition

If you’re anything like me, you love giant monsters. From King Kong to Cthulhu and everything in between, the humongous “strange beasts” of Kaiju cinema and literature have captivated and entertained us by flattenin’ cities and wrasslin’ with one another for the better part of a century.

So here are a few gift suggestions to my monster-loving friends. Because really, short of suiting up and stomping a cardboard city of your own design, what could be more fun than watching or reading about giant monsters?

All-Monster Action!
All-Monster Action!, by Cody Goodfellow:

“A tour-de-force! Goodfellow’s latest is his best yet. Compulsive, breakneck reading!” -BRIAN KEENE, author of The Rising and Ghoul

IT’S THEIR WORLD… NOW GET THE FUCK OFF!

Whether on the sun-kissed beaches of a nameless South Pacific paradise or in the suffocating dungeons of retail Hell, the misfits of evolution and mistakes of misbegotten science are battling, breeding, and feeding. And they’re looking at you…

COMING ATTRACTIONS!

They came seeking cheap thrills and interspecies recreational sex, but they reaped a whirlwind of clusterfuckery when they toyed with the unspeakable forces of monster lust. From the idyllic nostalgia of WW2 to the thoroughly bat-shit future, witness the wages of sin and mutation as you’ve never seen them before (unless you read them previously in the periodicals or anthologies in which they first appeared)!

OUR MAIN FEATURE!

The world gave him a blank check and a demand: Create giant monsters to fight our wars. But Dr. Otaku was not satisfied with mere chaos and mass destruction…. Even as his subversively delicious kaiju creatures undermined the very fabric of American life, he hatched a scheme to animate the cities themselves and inaugurate a new dark age of mega-monster abominations who would finally give humanity the ass-whipping it deserved. Now only one man, riding inside the skull of a much larger man, stands between us and the planet-devastating madness of…

ALL-MONSTER ACTION!


Enormity, by W. G. Marshall (AKA Walter Greatshell):

ENORMITY is the strange tale of an American working in Korea, a lonely young man named Manny Lopes, who is not only physically small (in his own words, he’s a “Creole shrimp”), but his work, his failed marriage, his race, all conspire to make him feel puny and insignificant – the proverbial ninety-eight-pound weakling.

Then one day an accident happens, a quantum explosion, and suddenly Manny awakens to discover that he is big – really big. In fact, Manny is enormous, a mile-high colossus!

Now there’s no stopping him: he’s a one-man weapon of mass destruction. Yet he means well.

ENORMITY takes some odd turns, featuring characters like surfing gangbangers, elderly terrorists, and a North Korean assassin who thinks she’s Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. There’s also sex, violence, and action galore, as Manny battles the forces the seek to seduce or destroy him.
Who will survive? Who will be annihilated? Read ENORMITY and find out!

Super Giant Monster Time!
Super Giant Monster Time!, by Jeff Burk:

Will you escape the giant monsters that are rampaging the fuck out of your city? Aliens are invading the Earth and their ray guns turn people into violent punk rockers. At the same time, the city is being overtaken by giant monsters tougher than Godzilla and Mothra combined. You can choose to be a lone scientist trapped in a secret government lab on a remote island swarming with monstrous killer insects, a badass punk rock chick with a green mohawk caught in a bar room brawl as the city goes up in flames around her, or a desk jockey forced to endure tedious office duties while his building is being attacked by a gargantuan centipede with claws the size of sports utility vehicles. Which character will you become? To become the scientist, turn to page 149. To become the punk chick, turn to page 11. To become the office drone, turn to page 77. But choose wisely! You might conquer a fleet of alien saucers with the help of a high-flying monster-slicing super cat or drown in a giant monster’s pool of sperm as it butt-fucks your office building. What will happen next? That’s up to you! When the story hits a fork in the road, you get to choose which path to take. The ending will always be different depending on your decisions. Not only that, you can read this book over and over again for a new experience every time!

Godzilla!
Godzilla

Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels and spinoffs. This first thrilling, tactile spectacle continues to be a cult phenomenon; here, we present the original, 1954 Japanese version, along with Godzilla: King of the Monsters!, the 1956 American reworking starring Raymond Burr (Rear Window).

The Pugilist's Holiday
The Pugilist’s Holiday and Other Holiday Tales of the Twisted and Grotesque, by Ross E. Lockhart:

The only selection on this list with a kaiju fruitcake… just in time for Xmas!

A boxer must go toe-to-toe with a jolly old elf and his devastating left hook. A seemingly-innocent holiday confection grows to enormous size, threatening a scenic Northern California town. The reanimated dead rise from their graves, bringing terror to a season previously known for peace on earth and goodwill toward men. These are the weird worlds contained within The Pugilist’s Holiday and Other Holiday Tales of the Twisted and Grotesque, a collection of short Christmas stories inspired by Arch Oboler, Robert E. Howard, and George A. Romero.

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My Xmas Gift to You: The Pugilist’s Holiday is FREE for the next five days!

Here’s my Xmas gift to you! The Pugilist’s Holiday and Other Holiday Tales of the Twisted and Grotesque, my mini collection of strange holiday stories for weird readers, is now FREE for Kindle!

The Pugilist’s Holiday

A boxer must go toe-to-toe with a jolly old elf and his devastating left hook. A seemingly-innocent holiday confection grows to enormous size, threatening a scenic Northern California town. The reanimated dead rise from their graves, bringing terror to a season previously known for peace on earth and goodwill toward men. These are the weird worlds contained within The Pugilist’s Holiday and Other Holiday Tales of the Twisted and Grotesque, a collection of short Christmas stories inspired by Arch Oboler, Robert E. Howard, and George A. Romero.

And, just to give you an incentive, if you’re one of the first three people to review The Pugilist’s Holiday and Other Holiday Tales of the Twisted and Grotesque, you can win your choice of a signed copy of The Book of Cthulhu, The Book of Cthulhu II, or Chick Bassist! Download, read, review, and send me a link to win!

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Rock and Roll

I fell asleep reading Fungi, dreamed of a mushroom marching band, angel’s-trumpet trumpets blaring, and woke to this amazing review of Chick Bassist, which sprouted at Amazon last night:

I should hate this book. It’s mostly present-tense. It’s about rock ‘n’ roll. It shifts between first-person, second-person or first-person plural. It’s structurally complex. The entire time I just waited for it to collapse under its own weight. It really should have. This should have been the one book I hated this year. But it didn’t collapse. I loved it. It’s very, very good. One-hundred pages. Takes as long to read as it takes to listen to a double album. It feels like music, man. Feels like bad decisions and new opportunities. And it’s not glamorous like other books or films make bands out to be. Usually you’re just really hungry and listening to tracks and trying to figure out where you are. Chick Bassist doesn’t read annoyingly self-indulgent. It reads honest. The narrative structure doesn’t overwhelm the book. This thing is tight as can be. And the fact that it’s more than the sum of its parts (i.e. makes me love things I normally don’t) should be an indicator of just how skilled a storyteller Ross Lockhart is. It even reminds you that Lou Reed was awesome once. Yeah. I know. Listen to The Velvet Underground while you read. Do it. (Codexstatic)

Be a hero for a goat, buy Chick Bassist today!

One reader at a time, one review at a time, one mixtape, one demo, one show. Always forward. This is how we conquer the world.

Click here to order Chick Bassist for your Kindle.
Click here to order Chick Bassist in trade paperback.

As much as I love the Velvets, my mushroom dream leaves me a little more in this kind of mood:

White Rabbit, The Damned

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Chick Bassist Now Available for Kindle

From my publisher, Lazy Fascist Press, comes the following news:

One of our featured fall releases, Chick Bassist by Ross E. Lockhart, is now available as an e-book for the Kindle.

Chick Bassist

Praise for Chick Bassist:

“Chick Bassist is utterly savage. Lockhart’s style waxes poetic as a modern Beat giving us a glimpse into Rock & Roll hell.” – Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Occultation and The Croning

“Ross Lockhart knows something about those who people the world of Rock and Roll. In CHICK BASSIST, he provides an intimate and at times truly disturbing look at the pains and pleasures, the aspirations and triumphs, the simple failings as well as the epic downfalls of those who climb the stage with electric instruments and high-voltage attitude. I highly recommend this great Rock novel.” – Alan M. Clark, author of A Parliament of Crows

“A stunningly daring performance…” – Zachary Jernigan, author of No Return

“Could be the ultimate rock novel.” – M.P. Johnson

Click here to order Chick Bassist for your Kindle.
Click here to order the paperback, which may be used as kindling once you’re done reading, should all this stuff about the Mayan apocalypse turn out to be true.

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Spotted in the Wild

Whether you prefer your weird fiction with tentacles or guitars, we’ve got reading material to scratch your itch. Available now from better retailers everywhere, including Amazon.com:

The Book of Cthulhu
The Book of Cthulhu II
Chick Bassist
The Pugilist’s Holiday and Other Holiday Tales of the Twisted and Grotesque

And a shout out to Tiff Franks for the “spotted in the wild” photo!

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Rue Morgue reviews The Book of Cthulhu II

Keep your eyes open for the latest issue of the always-exceptional Rue Morgue (#129), appearing on newsstands now, which includes Dejan Ognjanovic’s stellar review of The Book of Cthulhu II. “The second volume of The Book of Cthulhu,” writes Ognjanovic, “exemplifies the richness of Lovecraft’s legacy: gloomy terror, mystery, thrills, vivid action, chilling visions, satire, science ficiton, humor — all of that, and then some, is crammed into more than 400 pages awaiting readers eager for some apocalyptic horror.” Author shout-outs in the review include: Neil Gaiman, Kim Newman, Fritz Leiber, Karl Edward Wagner, William Browning Spencer, Cody Goodfellow, Mark Samuels, Jonathan Wood, Michael Chabon, Laird Barron, Paul Tobin, and Molly Tanzer.

 Rue Morgue #129

Order The Book of Cthulhu II where better books are sold, including Amazon.com.

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Can I sell you a book or two? Or three? Or four?

What are you reading these days? Something spooky to put you in the right mood for Halloween? Something strange and decadent, a debut novel to remind you that rock & roll conquers all? Something festive, succinct short stories to ward off winter’s encroaching chill and fill your head with visions of elves, sugarplums, and the walking dead?

No? None of those? Well, have I got a few good recommendations for you… Continue Reading →

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Chick Bassist: Coming soon to a bookshelf near you

Lazy Fascist Press have published some amazing authors–Alan M. Clark, Blake Butler, Bradley Sands, Douglas Lain, Molly Tanzer, Riley Michael Parker, Sean Kilpatrick, Sam Pink, Stephen Graham Jones–and now, me.

Here’s the full cover spread for my Rock & Roll novel Chick Bassist, which will be hitting the streets just before Halloween! I couldn’t be happier to not only have had the novel edited by Cameron Pierce and a jacket designed by Matthew Revert, but to have the novel feature that cover photo, by Theresa Kereakes, featuring a young Lorna Doom, bassist from The Germs, which is a bonafide piece of punk rock history (and that back cover image is of the late Darby Crash sticking a toy gun into Lorna’s mouth). Wow! Continue Reading →