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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929934
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a Eurosleaze fairytale that's better than the Da Vinci Code and should be on Oprah's Book List! Pierce is one of the weirdest, most imaginative writers around. Toxie-approved!" - LLOYD KAUFMAN, director of The Toxic Avenger and Poultrygeist

"I am slightly afraid of it. It looks kind of contagious." - WARREN ELLIS, author of Transmetropolitan and Crooked Little Vein

"In an era when very little remains shocking, Pierce might have actually managed to create a genuinely disturbing work of fiction, the literary equivalent of Schindler's List rewritten by the Marquis De Sade and filmed as a Tim Burton animated feature." - THE GUARDIAN

"Truly disgusting! A fascinating mix of William Burroughs, David Cronenberg and Lenny Bruce if you were to take all three and drop them into a blender. Pierce is a writer with a truly warped imagination." - KEITH J. CROCKER, director of Blitzkrieg: Escape From Stalag 69

"Strange? Check. Fascinating? Check. Thought-provoking? Check. Fun to read? Yes. In between all the filth, there is humor [...] a reading experience I will never forget." - PINK BULLETS

"If you are a fan of novels like Naked Lunch, Skin, or any other strange bit of fiction, you must read The Ass Goblins of Auschwitz...It's one of the best entries in the Bizarro fiction genre." - LIVING WITH A NERD


"From the opening chapter up until the poetic melancholy coda, this book is a relentless journey." - 10K BULLETS

"It's as if Ren & Stimpy made a Nazi exploitation movie!" - DAVID W. BARBEE, author of Carnageland

More About the Author

Ranging from surreal horror to fables about fishing and the outdoors, Cameron Pierce's books include the Wonderland Book Award-winning collection Lost in Cat Brain Land, the controversial cult hit Ass Goblins of Auschwitz, and forthcoming from Broken River Books, The Incoming Tide and Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon.

His books have been praised by New York Times bestselling authors like Piers Anthony and Thomas F. Monteleone, legendary cult filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman, The Guardian,, Flavorwire, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Dazed & Confused, and more.

He has also edited four popular anthologies and serves as the head editor of the Lazy Fascist Press, publishing the work of authors such as Sam Pink, Scott McClanahan, Stephen Graham Jones, Blake Butler, Molly Tanzer, Noah Cicero, Alan M. Clark, and Patrick Wensink.

Cameron lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, author Kirsten Alene.

Customer Reviews

If you like weird stuff, this is a book you have to read.
Captain Satan
Another critique many might have of this book is its use of children as protagonists in such a dark and violent world.
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There are some books that must be read if only for the title alone, and this is certainly one of them.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. David Osborne on November 9, 2009
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Growing up, I watched a lot of TV. Nickelodeon, mostly. Ah! Real Monsters, Rocko's Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy. They were light-hearted and funny, sure, but deep-down they were kind of unsettling, and with your eyes glued to the tube, you felt like you were given a glimpse into truly twisted minds, minds that were trying their very best to warn their audience of the darkness of adulthood to come. These cartoons with their drab colors and their focus on offal and snot and lint and gas were just too ugly and honest to be on the Disney channel.

"Ass Goblins of Auschwitz" is what happens when those kids, so mesmerized by the cartoons of their youth, grow up and write stories of their own. AGOA is a Nickelodeon cartoon pushed to the extreme and injected with cynicism. You're born, things are good, you start to check out girls, and before you know it a goblin has his finger in your ass and is turning your friends into cider, you're mutating and growing wings and you're becoming one of them and you're rebelling and you'd do anything to get out of the prison you're in.

I promised myself I wouldn't use the word "imaginative", but AGOA is so filled to brimming with the products of a big, Mountain Dew-fueled brain that other words fail. The first half of the book is gripping, every page contains a unique, surreal image or idea, but it does not let up for a moment, and if you are not careful, by the end it could bury you under them. I enjoyed the quick pace and the brevity, but I also found the last twenty pages to be exhausting, a wild dash for the finish could have been sharper, more fleshed out.

That said, I can't wait to see what Pierce will do next. With an imagination as fertile and frenzied as his, I'm sure I won't have to wait long to find out.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Reading Geek on November 23, 2009
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Quite possibly one of the most disgusting books I've ever read and I couldn't put it down. I got it for the title, but I finished reading it for the storyline. You will get wrapped up in the story if you aren't careful. I only gave it 4 stars because of the gross factor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Pierce on May 20, 2012
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I didn't read this. It was a gift for a friend. He didn't read it ether. He just looked at the cover, read the synopsis, then we all laughed our heads off for about an hour.

Totally worth the $7.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nick Cato on November 24, 2009
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If you thought INGLORIOUS BASTERDS was a strange taste of revisionist history, wait till you check out the second novella from the demented mind who brought you SHARK HUNTING IN PARADISE GARDEN.

Okay, so this technically isn't "revisionism," but a wickedly surreal action-adventure set at a reimagined concentration camp (and it's Alice in Wonderland-ish underground). The entire book reads like an acid-trip WW2 escape-story, packed with dazzling creatures, disgusting villians, and a cool new meaning for the term S.S.

Otto and his co-joined-by-the-ribcage brother are our main prisoners in Auschwitz, a camp where all kinds of freakazoid children are being kept as prisoners and forced to work at a toy-making factory (the unlucky ones are used for experiments in the mysterious Surgery Lab). Their captors are Ass Goblins, a violent race of "soldiers" under the command of Adolf (who is away for most of the story) and also under the eye of The White Angel (a sort-of right-hand man to Adolf). When Otto and his brother are separated, Otto is turned into a giant spider creature by the Ass Goblin surgeons, and his brother learns to use his large wings (and aquired flesh-bike) to begin a revolt against the camp and its leaders.

Pierce once again shows off his amazing imagination and gift for non-stop excitement. The final battle is every bit as twisted and strange as SHARK HUNTING, and while I didn't at first quite know what to make of the ending, I came to find it perfect after re-reading the last two chapters.

If bizarro's your thing, THE ASS GOBLINS OF AUSCHWITZ is a must read.
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Byrd on March 10, 2010
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I'm a newcomer to this genre known as 'bizarro,' so let's get that out of the way up front. That said, I'm quite the fan of twisted and off-kilter stuff; This book has that in spades. I'll save the rehash of the other reviews and offer up my critique of the book: It's horrible. Not the content, as I've got nothing against a race of ass-creatures exploiting kids for their own amusement. No, the writing is the problem. This book could have been easily written by the warped mind of any 12-year-old boy. I'm not a fan of wordy prose, and really appreciate the stripped-down writing exemplified in this book, but the ideas were so jumbled that it was a bit hard to follow. Considering that I read the book in only a few hours is a testament to the sparse writing and lack of cohesion. There is not a thing I could have possibly missed or forgotten over time, as I have done in the past with longer books. The author will often describe an event quite vaguely, then touch upon that event later on while describing huge changes which were obviously enacted but never described as such. Things like that made the events very hard to follow at times, while other times, such as the end of the book, were so out of left field that you wonder if the author hadn't started a completely new story on you.
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