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Finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of The Year Award, horror, 2008. -- ForeWord Magazine Book of The Year Award, 2008

ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year finalist (horror), 2007 -- ForeWord Magazine, March, 2008

Independent Publisher Book Award ("IPPY") bronze medal winner in horror, 2008. -- Independent Publisher Book Award, 2008

One might predispose that a book about zombie chickens would be low-brow and intellectually void. That is certainly not the case with author Eric D. Knapp's 'Cluck: Murder Most Fowl', a literary romp through the world of undead chickens, and underdog anti-heroes.

With a unique blend of comedy and good vs. evil, Cluck manages not only to unfold an entertaining story but also to be incredibly humorous and very well written.

Cluck is a surreal journey to a farm where undead fowl battle the living, both human and chicken and where an unlikely anti-hero faces off against an undead Rooster King and his army of zombie hens!

Ancient evils have trapped the souls of a group of hens somewhere between life and death, and Bobby Garfundephelt, trapped inside the farm must make his way though the maze of the farm while avoiding the deadly traps of the evil Rooster King and his army. Fortunately for Bobby, the Exorciste de Volaille... a sort of exorcist of poultry has caught wind of the situation and must now enter the evils of the henhouse to rescue Bobby and face off against the evil Rooster King in an epic battle.

Cluck is a tongue planted firmly in beak, hilarious trip that will leave your guts busted and have you clucking for a sequel. -- Revenant Magazine, March, 2008

The best undead chicken novel of all time! -- Lloyd Kaufman, Director, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

Winner of the Odyssey "Indie Excellence" Award in May 2008, for raising the bar of quality in independent publishing. -- Odyssey "Indie Excellence" Award, 2008

[Cluck] introduces two new elements to the zombie mythos: 1) Zombie chickens; 2) A thoroughly developed premise and plot that combine humor with horror. ... in the vein of Bruce Campbell films like "Army of Darkness" and "Bubba Ho-Tep." -- The Wire, January 24, 2008 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1. Chickens are dirty.
2. Chickens are loud.
3. Chickens are stupid.

When ancient and mysterious forces trap the souls of an entire flock of barnyard fowl between life and death, Bobby Garfundephelt has to agree. Trapped inside the myriad rooms of a labyrinthian farm, it's all he can do to avoid the twisted traps of the evil Rooster and his army of undead hens. Luckily for Bobby, the rumors of the ghostly guineas have reached the ears of the current Exorciste de Volaille. Armed only with a fox-headed staff, some heavy boots, and a utility belt full of cracked corn and Band-Aids, he must enter the henhouse of horrors to save Bobby, and to do battle with the Rooster himself!

For the lover of comedy with a twist, Cluck: Murder Most Fowl is a veritable Indian burn of mystery, adventure, horror, and humor from Eric D. Knapp, the award-winning author of Out of Place, Out of Time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Ridan Publishing; 1St Edition edition (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982918070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982918074
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,483,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric D. Knapp is a writer and part-time defender of all that is good in the world. While not traveling the world to promote industrial cyber security to energy, oil, chemical and mining companies, Eric spends time on his farm in New England with his wife Maureen and a host of animals (including, you guessed it, chickens). Eric studied English and Writing at the University of New Hampshire and the University of London, and went on to become an expert in the completely unrelated field of networking technology and cyber security.

A few years ago, Eric found his soul (which had apparently been kicked under the sofa), and began writing fiction about the important things in life: chickens, zombies, and chicken-zombies. His first book, Out of Place, Out of Time, was recognized with an Independent Publishers Book Award, and has been lauded with praise consisting of words like "brilliant" and "unique" and "imaginative." His second book, Cluck: Murder Most Fowl has been recently re-released by Ridan Publishing, and has won numerous awards.

Of course, cyber security is important too, so Eric diligently works by day as a cyber security expert. His non-fiction works, including Industrial Network Security, are less entertaining but infinitely more frightening than his fiction.

You can learn more about Eric's writing at

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Somewhere outside of Detriot Michigan, a spectral cosmic light lasting only moments, intersects the souls of a young suburban boy named Arnold and a fabulously large Rooster. Afterward, Arnold is imbued with a second sight allowing him to see the souls of those around him, including animals - especially chickens. Seeing souls gives Arnold a slight glimpse into the future as the souls actions occur just before those of their corporeal hosts. Though an advantage in sports where Arnold can anticipate his opponents every move, it also sets him apart from the rest of humanity causing his eventual banishment by his parents to a home for boys. Recognized by Father Beau as gifted in second site, Arnold is sent to France where he joins a secret order of those men charged with banishing the souls of trapped fowl to the next life. However, though the order exists, none have the site of Arnold who quickly demonstrates his. He eventually becomes Armand - the Exorciste de Volaille - the poultry exorcist!

Meanwhile, across the world, the Rooster has also been forever changed by the light. Capable of thought and even speech, the Rooster becomes king of an ever expanding farm owned an operated by Bobby Garfundephelt and his wife. However, all is not well on the farm and without giving too much of the plot away, evil takes root on the farm and Bobby is forever haunted by the undead chickens and their Rooster king. Only Armand, now aged and scared with the wounds from setting straight the worlds "fowl" wrongs, can save Bobby. Or can he?...

Eric Knapp's Cluck: Murder Most Fowl is a masterpiece. I honestly did not believe I would like this book as much as I did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Y on December 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Highly recommended! Cluck is a riot - dry, dark comedy which might be frightening if the concept weren't so silly (so silly that you might think a book about zombie chickens couldn't be any good, but you would be wrong: this really is a great story!) The book is well written and enjoyable, with a story that progresses well and a very colorful cast of characters: Bobby, who spends so much effort pretending that he's a hick he actually becomes one; Armand, the Exorciste de Vollaile (Poultry Exorcist) who has conversations with a voice in his head; and the Rooster King, who is a big evil zombie rooster, but who you manage to feel sorry for somehow ...

Cluck seems to get lumped in with gag-horror like "Shaun of the Dead" and "Poultrygeist", and it will probably appeal to people who like that kind of comedy, but I thought it was a bit more intellectual - certainly more "literary" than I expected.

While the story is entertaining (and absolutely unique) I should also mention that the production quality of this book is superb. The cover art is even better than it looks online, and there are illustrations at the start of each chapter (25 chapters, total).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. K. Strom on December 15, 2007
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An excellent holiday gift for the twisted animal lover in your life! A veritable encyclopedia of zombie chicken lore. Explore the inner psychological workings of the zombie chicken's mind, whilst improving your French.

The premier zombie chicken book of our time. Admittedly, the genre may be small, but should the author write a sequel (hint, hint) then it will be twice as big as before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R.W. Ridley on February 29, 2008
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Even though this is a book that fits into a very narrow niche (zombie chickens), the writing is good enough to make this book a genre buster. Yes, it's told tongue and cheek and yes, there are zombie chickens, and yes, there is a somewhat bumbling anti-hero, but this story is so well told that you don't have to be a zombie chicken fan to enjoy it.

It may sound strange, but Cluck is a more than decent literary effort. I thoroughly enjoyed and connected with both Bobby and even more surprising, the Rooster King. When you can make a zombie chicken a unforgettable villain, you're doing something right. My prediction is that this is destined to be a cult classic.

I love a book that highlights our warts and tells a meaningful story without cramming it down our throats. I found that in Cluck and I got a few laughs out of it, as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S. Dorazio VINE VOICE on March 28, 2008
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I figured I could use the "best zombie chicken book ever written" quote, which would be entirely accurate, but instead I will lead this review with a warning. I DARE, I double dog dare look at a batch of chicken nuggets or a KFC drumstick the same again after reading this story. If this book does not put you off on eating chicken...ah, forget it. I am still a chicken eater and will probably always will be, even after reading this. In fact, I have a hankering for a spicey chicken sandwich right about now.

I did ponder during this story whether the author has a fondness or hatred for poultry based on the tone and tenor of this original recipe (yes, I went there) of a novel. It is hard to tell, because he makes it abundantly clear that there are three things you need to know about chickens from the outset: They are dirty, they are loud, and they are stupid. But that does not necessarily make them evil or in any way bad. Tasty maybe, but not destined to be diabolical.

In this epic tale of supernatural bantams, supernatural houses, and supernatural beings that dwell inside Chicken Exorcists (the ghosts of chicken exorcists past?), we are given the chance to see the world from both the chicken eye view (very low to the ground, where flying tomatoes and rotten eggs are downright irresistable) and the humans who challenge them.

While this story was perhaps a bit long in the beak from the standpoint of overall length, the author gives us a tremendously detailed farce that reminds me somewhat of something that Terry Pratchett might produce, footnotes and all. The sly, somewhat serious but not taking itself serious tone is pitch perfect for a story of this magnitude.
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