Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Yip!: The Electric Church by Jeff Somers

Today, longtime zine publisher Jeff Somers released his latest novel, The Electric Church, and I was lucky enough to read it before it was published. It's a dystopian sci-fi thriller describing a world where the disparity between rich and poor has grown so wide that it's become all out war between everyone. Somers's antihero, gunner Avery Cates, navigates his way into even more trouble than he's typically used to when he's given a devil's bargain to investigate The Electric Church, a rapidly spreading religion that claims to offer the secret to eternal life. Longtime readers of Somers's zine, The Inner Swine, will rejoice that all the typical Somers wit still shines through in the action-centered narrative. Apparently a sequel, The Digital Plague, is already in the works. To sum it up, The Electric Church is a good novel from a good novelist, and I'm happy to see a longtime zine publisher being given wider distribution by Orbit Books, an imprint of Warner Books I believe.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Audiobooks and Post Office Boxes

Those of you who have enjoyed the audiobook version of the first chapter of The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus currently on the Audio portion of the website may wonder when I'll finish recording the rest of the chapters and post them. Well, I kind of wonder that myself so it'll probably be a long while until that happens. In the meantime, to feed your underground literary audiobook appetite, find your ears and take a listen to fellow Underground Literary Alliance member Brady Russell's novel Casa del Queso!
P.S./ Yes, my little mailbox is now ULA World Headquarters. Remember those old Justice League comics where they took turns doing monitor duty? No? Well, I do and it's kind of like that. Just call me The Flash and send snail mail for the ULA c/o Wred Fright, P.O. Box 770984, Lakewood, OH 44107 USA and I'll make sure it gets to the appropriate party.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Another Nice Emus Review

Christopher Robin of The Guild of Outsider Writers reviewed The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus and called it the "ultimate comedic rock ‘n’ roll novel", among many other kind comments in his review.

Emus At Square Records

Akron rockers rejoice! To take the sting out of the closing of your esteemed rock and roll venue the Lime Spider, I have stocked your Square Records with copies of The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus. It's not a new Devo record, but it will have to do Rubber City Rebels!

Sunday, September 2, 2007