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Cows (Little House on the Bowery) [Paperback]

Matthew Stokoe
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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24 Feb 2011 Little House on the Bowery
Mother's corpse in bits, dead dog on the roof, girlfriend in a coma, baby nailed to the wall - and a hundred tons of homicidal beef stampeding through the subway system. And Steven thought the slaughterhouse was bad... Cows is the long-awaited reissue of Matthew Stokoe's critically acclaimed debut novel.

Product details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: AKASHIC BOOKS; Reprint edition (24 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936070707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936070701
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Stokoe was born in England and grew up in Australia. Since then, he has lived in a number of places in between. He is the author of the controversial, groundbreaking novels, 'Cows' and 'High Life'; the noir classic, 'Empty Mile'; and the forthcoming 'Colony of Whores'. His books have been translated into French, German, Russian and Spanish. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Empty Mile, Matthew Stokoe's third novel, received a *starred* review in Publishers Weekly:
"From the outset of this heartbreakingly powerful contemporary noir, Stokoe (High Life) gets the reader deeply emotionally invested in his guilt-ridden narrator, Johnny Richardson. Eight years after leaving his hometown of Oakridge, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Johnny returns to face the consequences of a reckless youthful act. Instead of keeping an eye on his then 11-year-old brother, Stan, during an outing to a local lake, Johnny slipped off with his girlfriend, Marla, into the surrounding woods. Left alone, Stan, a smart kid but a poor swimmer, suffered brain damage after nearly drowning in the lake. In the present, Johnny and Marla reconnect, but a suicide prompted by sexual betrayal leads to more deaths. When Stan and Johnny's widowed father disappears, Johnny must look after his brother on his own. Stokoe stays true to a bleak vision of the world as he enmeshes his characters in the kinds of tragic setups reminiscent of a Thomas Hardy novel."

Michael Connelly, Author of Nine Dragons, said:
"Beautifully written and deeply gripping, Empty Mile is a great read. I'm already looking forward to the next one from Matthew Stokoe."

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BSE was never this mad. A stomach-churning read...a 'Wasp Factory' for the '90's. -- D.Tour

Forget Bret Easton Ellis, Poppy Z Brite, and Dennis Cooper. That's kid's stuff. If you want something truly repellent, try this. -- Gay Times

Stokoe's vision of Hell is a carnivore's nightmare. A powerful and all-too possibly prophetic work. -- Kathy Acker

The word is out that Cows is every bit as dark and deranged as Iain Bank's classic 'The Wasp Factory'. It's not: it's even more so. Possibly the most visceral novel ever written. -- Kerrang! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Unpleasant But Strangely Compelling.... 16 Aug 2006
By R. Mullaney VINE VOICE
Cows is probably the most deranged and warped novel you will ever read. It is thoroughly revolting on every level from the language and violence to the beastiality, sexual violence and eating of faeces. That said, it is also a highly original and unforgettable work by quite possibly the most disturbed author on Earth. It was very difficult for me to put Cows down after I started reading it even though I got absolutely no joy whatsoever from what I read. It isn't a book you can enjoy but it is utterly compelling and I kept wanting to read on just to see how much more disgusting it would get.

A friend of mine lent me this book along with Stokoes other book, the excellent High Life. Although similarly vile in places it is a much more satisfying read than Cows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scatological Heartbreaker 29 April 2010
Alienation, lack of purpose ,Fascism and Cows.It starts of with a Oedipal warped out of all sanity Mother and Son scat fest and quickly develops into a neo-Fascist "will to power"(with cows)surreal black comedy with some heartbreaking and gut-wrencing scenes, especially involving his selffish loveless relationship with his equally dysfunctional neighbour, this is were most of the power lies in the novel with one character searching for happiness in TV dreams and the other searching for there unhappiness in a physical form. This all makes for hard but rewarding reading and then there's "The Guernsey". Transgressive Literature up there with the best,i don't no why the author Matthew Stokoe is not more well known like the likes of Palahniuk but such is life. As for the "Hagbeast" she is one of the most terrifying characters i have come across for some time, I highly recommend this book too anyone how likes smart modern literature and has a strong stomach there's a lot going on in this novel for a short book but it works perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warped but good 20 Oct 2005
At first look into this book, it is most vile from beginning to end. The twisting of words make you imagine the story line setting an image into your mind of one unbelievable but totally realistic view. This book is not for the faint hearted. Once I had read it, I couldn't put it down, then I had to read it again and again and again. I have been looking for this for a while and now I have finally found it I shall be purchasing it again. This is one of those books which make you stop, re-read and then feel sick. Amazing, truelly amazing. Sick and twisted, this is a book for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Rare Steak !!! 9 Feb 2014
By zach
Format:Kindle Edition
First off , do not be put off by the tame cover this is a very extreme `novel` I have read some pretty graphic stuff , ed Lee, Tim Curran , brian keene , Jack Ketchum ... etc
This raises the bar for anybody wanting a grim factor of +1,000,000 !!!

I won't bore you with details just read it and Cripps will sicken you to the core

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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent read 16 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Decent read, bizarre and disturbing in places, fairly graphic, not for children/people with weak stomachs haha, oddly touching in places.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ewwwww 27 Sep 2013
By Lewlin
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is vile. It's gross. It's disturbing. It's sick and twisted!! If you like that sort of thing then you will love this book!

Personally, I hated the book. It was too warped for me and too far on the side of wrong. This is not an enjoyable read, but it is a compulsive read once you start.

The reason I gave it 3 stars is because this book is very well written. The descriptions of the carnage are excellent and you can almost smell and taste what you are reading. I have no idea what sort of person the author is, but I wouldn't like to be inside his head!!
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By Yum mum
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Other reviews go into more detail but despite the most graphic and taboo of subject matter this is a gripping read of the highest order. Think Animal Farm on crack an you're heading the right direction.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I love gore, scary, and weird stuff. Bit odd for a grandma I know! I bought this book because I heard several people say how shocking it was. I still haven't read it all. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. J. Hubbard
5.0 out of 5 stars Adrenaline rush!
I was recommended this book via the jack ketchum message boards and was not dissappointed. It has everything slaughter, mutilations, diy abortions, bestiality, gore amass. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cathy Lennard
Matthew Stoke has done what he intended to do and left a lasting impression that I don't think will ever leave me, This Book alto Brutally graphic and beyond the limits of any... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Avid
5.0 out of 5 stars You may not look at beef or cows in the same way ever again..
This was the first book i ever read by Matthew Stokoe. I am now hooked. I read this book within a week. In fact i couldn't put it down. It was so well written. Read more
Published 17 months ago by gruffalo
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa......did that really just happen????
This is basically what I thought after every page of this book. I read this due to all the hype that it was getting. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2012 by Benno
5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to become a classic
Cows is a compelling, unflinching account of one man's journey into the dark heart of mankind; exposing dark humanity and pathos. Read more
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