Thursday, October 23, 2008


The latest ish of Bust Down the Door And Eat All the Chickens arrives covered in feathers and egg-yolk, like some sort of fucked-up rural tar-job:

Edited by Bradley Sands. Yes, him. A sudden cry goes up from the mob of angry peasants that have gathered in the village square to protest against his unholy experiments: "Quick, get him!" But he escapes in a tiny purple bubble-car, weaving his way through the lunchtime traffic while the crowd impotently wave their pitchforks and bay for his blood like a pack of neutered wolves. He will never be brought to justice. Bah!

Later, he will proclaim: "Issue #8 demonstrates why this journal has been hailed as the figurehead publication for absurd and surreal literature. Throughout these pages readers will find a man with an endless supply of money in his pockets, a nun who finds teeth in her ice cream cone, and a giant mechanized Michael Ironside stalking the streets of Galveston, Texas. Readers will also find the apocalypse as experienced by the cast of Friends and a race of chickens that enslaves a man and forces him to eat the last egg ever to be eaten. No one theme or tone dominates this issue. Some stories feature mindless violence or irreal nonsense. Others display sharp cultural satire or brain-tingling wordplay. At a time when most fiction serves up the standard fare of realism and common sense, issue #8 offers a zany feast for the ravenous imagination."

"Includes stories by Sam Pink, Blake Butler, D. Harlan Wilson, Rhys Hughes, Ofelia Hunt, Cameron Pierce, Mike Young, Matthew Simmons, Darby Larson, Aaron Sitze, and Adam Breckenridge. Contains book reviews of Duncan Barlow's Super Cell Anemia and Jeremy C. Shipp's Sheep and Wolves. Cover art by Jeffrey Kaminski."

A great mixture of alt.lit talent on display here. Great to see Rhys Hughes in amongst assorted Bizarros and snotty-nosed young turks - back in the early/mid-90s Rhys's name was almost as ubiquitous as D F Lewis in various Small Press Slipstream publications and hand-stapled underground mags, pumping out some as-yet unnamed sub-species of fiction that seemed to fall between genre cracks.

Buy it here and be quick about it!


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