- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Omnium Gatherum Media; First edition (19 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692472029
- ISBN-13: 978-0692472026
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,400,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wire and Spittle Paperback – 19 Jul 2015
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About the Author
Chris Kelso is a writer, illustrator and editor. His books include: Schadenfreude (Dog Horn Publishing), Last Exit to Interzone (Black Dharma Press), A Message from the Slave State (Western Legends Books), Moosejaw Frontier (Bizarro Pulp Press), Transmatic (MorbidbookS). He recently edited Caledonia Dreamin—Strange Fiction of Scottish Descent with Hal Duncan and is the co-creator of the anti-New Yorker, Imperial Youth Review.
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The setup is this: Leatherface is driving out of Spittle to Wire City. There he plans to help his brother’s widow and friends honor his brother Germ’s passing. The clock is ticking: Not only counting down to the date of the funeral but to the world’s annihilation. Murderous cops and brutally sadistic gangs stand in Leatherface’s way.
The story is fast-paced and fueled by a savage vision. Packed with grotesque character portraits and darkly comic exchanges, lyrical descriptions of filth and waste. But it keeps its edge. The violence is depicted with economy that lets the reader construct the depth of dehumanization. The sense of apocalypse, which could easily envelop the plot, is evoked through journalistic color and at times a sense of humor that allows us to focus on the people and landscape rather than the fireworks of extinction.
Then there are passages like this: “But he felt better about the unwinding clock of consciousness than he did about the long, dull, terrifying waiting room of life.” Writing like this forms the connective tissue between the book’s plot and deeper meaning. WIRE AND SPITTLE reads like a flare from the charnel ground.
While there are still a few of them that I have yet to read, this one is a bit lighter when compared to the rest of Kelso’s Slave State books I have read. In all, a solid addition, both gritty and enjoyable.