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Murderland [Kindle Edition]

Garrett Cook

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Book Description

Jeremy Jenkins is a pharmacist living a nightmare. America has made serial killing provisionally legal. What was once a crime is now a game. Juvenile delinquent Reapkids dressed as history's deadliest murderers roam the streets causing chaos. Cannibal Godless Jack Cavanagh is on every morning show. And Jeremy's girlfriend Cass, the love of his life, can't get enough of it. Could be worse. Creatures from another dimension could be infiltrating ours getting our women pregnant. He could live with the guilt of being history's most prolific serial killer. The fate of a world not worth saving could rest on his broad shoulders. Maybe they are. Maybe he is. Maybe it does.

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About the Author

Garrett Cook is an author and editor of Horror, Bizarro, Dark Fantasy and Neopulp fiction. His books include Archelon Ranch, Jimmy Plush, Teddy Bear Detective and the upcoming Time Pimp. His fiction has been reprinted in The Decade's Best Bizarro Fiction and has appeared in anthologies alongside such authors as Michael Moorcock and Joe Lansdale. He is the editor of Imperial Youth Review and is available for freelance editing services.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 793 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615855075
  • Publisher: MorbidbookS. Everything Bleeds. (20 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E89LFGM
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #640,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hello, UK. I'm Garrett Cook, American Bizarro, Neopulp and horror author. I'm however many years old a person born in mid-July of 1982 would be right now. I was born in the small town of Wenham, Massachusetts and grew up surrounded by a strange combination of banality and black magic, of yuppie propriety and frightful ghosts. From a young age I've had an interest in the weird and the horrific, fueled on by Saturday afternoon monster movies, mythology books, gaming and the region that inspired Lovecraft and Hawthorne. In fact, Wenham is probably not far from where Lovecraft's town of Innsmouth would be if it were not fictional. In 2008, I made the accquaintance of Jeremy Needle of Evil Nerd Empire, who decided that my Murderland series was a horse worth backing. Personally, I think he was right and am glad the books are picking up steam. Later that year, I attended Bizarrocon '08 and won the first annual Bizarro Showdown with a story about a man made out of bricks, a robot gangsta librarian, lewd acts involving ducks and Mecha Charles Dickens Times Two, who I believe to be the most frightful monster of all time. In 2009, my story "Mr.Plush, Detective" was published in The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction. In it I created a world of teddy bear detectives, Furry prostitutes, Dick Tracy style gangsters and deviant sexuality that I'm proud to say I am revisiting in my upcoming book, Jimmy Plush, Teddy Bear Detective. Later that year, Legumeman Books of Australia published my book, Archelon Ranch, a metafictional journey toward creative salvation or damnation featuring zombies AND dinosaurs. I hope you enjoy my work, UK and don't be a stranger. I'm on both Myspace and Facebook.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary, Compelling, Revelatory 15 Dec. 2013
By Lee Widener - Published on
I read an interview with Ray Bradbury where he decried what he saw as the misinterpretations of his novel Fahrenheit 451. To him the book wasn't about censorship or book burning. It was about the pervasive nature of television. He also wrote an extremely prophetic short story titled "The Murderer," about a man who murders his house. In this story advertisements were projected on clouds in the sky and everyone had two-way wrist radios which they used to keep in constant communication with each other: "I'm at 113th now... 112th..." Sound familiar?

Today the reality has far surpassed that story. People update social media about every little movement they make, and television and video reality are even more insidious than Mr. Bradbury imagined. We now are updated on world events constantly, no matter where we are, via smartphones and tablet computers. Celebrities are defined solely as whoever can get screen time. It matters not what, if anything, they've done to get there, it only matters that they are.

In Garrett Cook's Murderland serial killers are idolized by society. Their deeds are followed obsessively by television pundits and the adoring public. A subculture has grown up around this phenomena, called "Reap." Laws are created to allow this activity to flourish, including designated "safe zones' where killers can practice their trade without fear of persecution. Fans of the top rated serial killers celebrate each new kill on social media and television. Programs glorify their deeds.

The culture of Murderland is violent and mirrors our own violent society and its decadent obsessions; but Murderland isn't about how violent the world has become. It's about the pervasive nature of media and how it corrupts. It corrupts absolutely.

At the heart of Murderland is Jeremy Jenkins. Jeremy doesn't like what he sees and he's just enough insane to believe he can do something about it, that he can change the world. His methods are extreme- to outdo the serial killers, he'll kill THEM, turn their own twisted reality back on themselves. It's a hopeless task, impossible, Herculean; but it's Jeremy's fate to see it through to the end.

The three sections of Murderland comprise a true Homeric epic. In the first section we are shown the terrible world Jeremy lives in, the world that if we look at it honestly, is really our own world. We meet all the principal characters, the serial killers, the pundits, the pawns, and Jeremy's beloved Cass. In the second section Jeremy goes on a bit of a spiritual quest and comes to understand his true purpose. In the final section the flames are ignited and all hell breaks loose. Jeremy, like a great epic hero must journey to the underworld and be reborn in order to triumph.

Murderland is a compelling work, engrossing and consuming from beginning to end. Full of characters we love and characters we hate, with social satire of the highest order. It filled me with fear at times, filled me with wonder at other times, made me look at the world around me with a critical eye, and even revealed things about myself to me. It's a rare book that came shake you up like that. Fortunately Cook is up to the task, and gives us something we can hold onto: the relationship between Jeremy and his lover Cass. This one element grounds the book emotionally, allowing us that one ray of hope that no matter how screwed up the world around us gets, love still exists, a love that can see us through anything.

Who do I recommend this book to? EVERY FLIPPING BODY. This is an important book, ripped from the soul of a complex, caring visionary. Read it, please.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Liked Garrett Cook Before He Became a Legend. Suck On That, World. 1 Mar. 2014
By Isobel Irons - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'll be honest, I waited as long as I possibly could to actually read this book. Because I've read enough of this author's other content to know that, as a writer, reading this book was going to make me feel really bad about myself. And I was right. It did.

To me, that's the mark of a great novelist. (Not just a good one, but a great one.) The ability to have a really amazing concept that is so simple in its inception that it makes everyone who hears about it go, "Wow, that is a really f---ing great idea. Why the h--- didn't I think of that? I could have written this book first and become so, so famous!" But because this author isn't just a good writer, but a GREAT one, he quickly squashes that fledgling impulse by executing said concept with such skill and panache, such hard-core bada--ery, that anyone considering ripping off his idea must immediately throw up their hands and go, "Nope! You win, Garrett. You are better than me, at everything."

Then they just sit back and enjoy the rest of the story. (Which I assure you, is just as excellent as the premise.)

That's the mark of a good reader, I guess. Sadly, I have never been a good reader. And I'm definitely not as great of a writer as Garrett Cook. But I'm writing this review anyway, as kind of a formal act of surrender. A hundred years from now, when people are still reading and talking about this book, probably in AP Senior English Lit (or whatever kind of classes they have on the moon), I guarantee some smart a-- moon-abiding teenager is going to raise his or her hand and be like "I read Murderland before it was assigned." And the other moon teens will roll their eyes and hate on that futuristic hipster kid because nobody likes a show off.

Anyway, I would've given this book five stars, but I deducted one star on grounds of jealousy. Because I'm petty. So sue me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murderland shakes your head. Blows your senses. 25 April 2014
By paulo brito - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Murderland shakes your head. Blows your senses. You won’t be indifferent. And that alone is already grade 10. This is what I want from a book, one that puts my testicles in ice and delivers me electric shocks! Okay, I may be exaggerating, but I can not do a normal review from an unusual book; and “unusual” here is a really good thing.

“Wake Paulo Brito ” and bam, a slap directly from the pages given by Jeremy , and why? I was reading Murderland.

Imagine that you are blindfolded, and it is offered to you, at the style from 9 1/2 weeks, different flavors in words. Can you imagine? Can you hold that picture in your head? Murderland is simply orgasmic reading, that can offer you at the turning of a page something sweet, or bitter, or spicy, or ( … ) that’s right – there’s a time you do not know how to define what is being served. Stupendous, right?

It is a very well written book. The words come at a perfect pace and are so melodious. Yes, there are any doubts that words have sounds and Garrett Cook is an excellent maestro. Sometimes I get the idea of not knowing what the writer wants to convey. I see chaos and then, a few lines ahead that chaos appears so orderly, so perfect – scary!

Garrett Cook cooked a book 10/10, with well-developed characters, with a story full of stories, with twists and turns and the ending of the book is so brutal; I thought I was attending a fireworks festival – sublime.

I just wanted to write a good review, one that does justice to the book. I’m afraid I could not. I am the one to blame. Garrett Cook had nothing to do with this fault of mine.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrett Cook is Destined for Greatness! 8 Sept. 2013
By Jude Pultz - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a self-professed Garrett Cook fanboy who has read all his major published works to date, I can assure you he is a man of serious talent. With his newest novel, "Murderland," Cook mixes an intense, lyrical voice with raunchy, pulpy action a la Quentin Tarantino and insightful social commentary reminiscent of Sidney Lumet's "Network." Murderland is all at once fun, disturbing, and meaningful.

Murderland Part 1 ("H8") and Part 2 ("Life During Wartime") were actually Garrett Cook's debut novels, published by the "Evil Nerd Empire" in 2008 and 2009 respectively. This latest volume contains a republication of Parts 1 and 2 as well as the never-before-seen Part 3 ("Godless"), which concludes the story. My only complaint with the first two books when they were first released was that the editor and publisher did not seem to take their work as seriously as Cook takes his writing. At least in my opinion, an embarrassing number of typographic and formatting errors survived to see print. I was pleased to find that the publisher of this new volume (MorbidbookS) did a better job in this regard, but I was also disappointed that many of the errors unfortunately still remain. Perhaps this has more to do with the "Bizarro" genre Murderland seems to belong to. Bizarro celebrates pulpiness and outlandishness, which might get in the way of reaching a more mainstream audience, but perhaps that was never their goal.

Nonetheless, I hope readers of all tastes will not let such minor oversights prevent them from enjoying what is otherwise a first-rate novel. Buy this book. Let Garrett Cook's addictive, stream-of-consciousness prose seduce you from page one, as it did for me, even the second time around. Prepare to suspend your disbelief and relish the over-the-top action and sex. Last but by no means least, get ready for some chilling revelations as to where our mass-mediated, celebrity-driven society may be headed. When the five o'clock news reels viewers in with actual violence, gore, and death, where do you draw the line? Or have we already crossed it?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.... 17 May 2014
By Rodney Gardner - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A fascinating read that will leave a lasting impression on me. I think that the concepts involved and the world created within were incredible. The author was able to mesh many elements and types of narrative together seamlessly, in a way that really added depth to the storyline. The climax at the end is also pretty monumental. I loved the protagonist, not to mention all of the groups within the Reap culture. The editing was a bit of an issue for me. Perhaps this was just be the Kindle version I read. I recommend this one and will be reading more from Cook soon.
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