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Product Details

  • Series: The New Bizarro Author Series
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929866
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Irreverent, outrageous, and fearless in his choice of material, Patrick Wensink has a true knack for absurdity. Sex Dungeon for Sale! takes facets of everyday American life and twists them until they gag out comedic gold." - JOEY GOEBEL, author of Torture the Artist and The Anomalies 
"In his collection of stories Sex Dungeon For Sale!, Patrick Wensink demonstrates a gift for darkly absurdist humor that (just guessing here) surely derives from watching either too much or not enough television. Outfitted with a keen ear, a gently warped perspective, and a closet full of polyester concert t-shirts (again, pure supposition), Wensink's evident writerly talents make this an auspicious debut." - JAMES GREER, author of Artificial Light and The Failure

"Patrick Wensink, you smell fantastic." -Patrick Wensink, author of Sex Dungeon for Sale!

More About the Author

Patrick Wensink is the author of the bestselling novel, BROKEN PIANO FOR PRESIDENT. The book's viral popularity led him to appearances in New York Times, NPR's Weekend Edition, Forbes and others. The New Yorker once wrote one entire sentence about him. After which he had a heart attack.

His writing also appears in New York Times, Oxford American, Salon, Huffington Post and many seedier outlets.

He is also the author of the essay collection, EVERYTHING WAS GREAT UNTIL IT SUCKED and two other books. He lives in Louisville, KY.

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Loved that each story was filled with such witty humor.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sara on October 25, 2009
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Open Patrick Wensink's new book, Sex Dungeon For Sale!, and you're immediately confronted with the absurd, the hilarious and everything in between. How do you market a house with an adult romper room? Whatever happened to James Brown's capes? And honestly, what do you do when your son pretends that he's French? Wensink has it all covered - and more - in his first collection of short stories. Wensink's style is conversational, conspiratorial and engaging ... if you like Irvine Welsh, Chuck Klosterman or, dare I say, anything just a bit unusual and off the beaten path, Wensink's prose fits the bill. Wensink's prose creates characters that are just a little bit uncomfortable to be around, making you laugh at the same time you're looking over your shoulder, wondering if you really ought to be laughing at all. It's a slice of life offered through a cracked mirror. It's fresh, engaging and unusual. It'll be interesting to see what's next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Tatone on April 28, 2010
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You can read this book two ways: You can have fun with the weirdness. Or you have fun with the weirdness and feel inspired by the truthfulness. I recommend the latter. Mr. Patrick does fantastic work melding entertainment and meaning---a near perfect balance of the two. At the surface, his stories are funny and kooky, but dig deeper and you'll find some real insight into the universal truths of being human, in all our profound weirdness.

It was late at night. My eyes were heavy. I was ready for sleep. But I couldn't stop reading. It's tired to say but, in this case, it couldn't be more true: I could not put this book down. It was too much fun and truth all wrapped up in one kooky package. Love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance Carbuncle on January 29, 2010
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Eraseread Press has recently decided to give some unheard-of authors a chance with the New Bizarro Author Series. One of the new Eraserhead authors is Patrick Wensink. Sex Dungeon for Sale is Wensink's contribution to the series. As is fairly typical with the Bizarro publishers, Sex Dungeon is a collection of short stories. Wensink's stories were absurd, surreal, and funny. I like the Bizarro movement and appreciate the DIY/independent attitude of the publishers and authors. Nevertheless, there are times that some of the Bizarro stuff gets a little bit tiresome for me, such as when the stories just become an exercise in demonstrating how bizarre the writer can get. Mr. Wensink's writing is definitely beyond the "look how crazy I am" stage. I found myself enjoying the stories and liking the characters in Sex Dungeon. Even within the limitations of the short story/flash fiction format, Wensink's ability shines through. I felt like many of the stories in Sex Dungeon could have been developed into something longer. But, I recognize that the author was working within the limitations of a collection of short stories. On the other hand, some of the shorts were great just the way they were (see, Chicken Soup for the Kidnapper's Soul). I think it's very cool that Eraserhead is taking a shot with some new talent. Apparently, Eraserhead is waiting to see how the new authors are received before deciding to publish anything else from them. Wensink is a new talent that should be given the opportunity to develop his writing. Buy his book so that he can hopefully stay with his publisher and put out a full-length novel.

-Lance Carbuncle, author of GRUNDISH AND ASKEW, and, SMASHED, SQUASHED, SPLATTERED, CHEWED, CHUNKED AND SPEWED
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay N. May on January 27, 2010
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I was a little skeptical going in, but I love this book even more than I imagined I would. I just love the author's sense of humor and writing style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Young on January 6, 2010
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A marvelously good time. This book, and the author, are awesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MKP on December 6, 2009
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Patrick Wensink's Sex Dungeon for Sale had me laughing out loud! Loved that each story was filled with such witty humor. I give the book AND the author two thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shawn C. Baker on November 16, 2009
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Sex Dungeon for Sale is a wonderful and strange (hence the title of this here review) little volume teeming with some of the most cock-eyed ways of looking at the world that I've read in some time. Mr. Wensink (if that is his real name) has a knack for taking the forgotten and the mundane and re-animating them in ways that burrow deep into the narrative juices and make the reader feel, well maybe a little weird, maybe a little nervous and maybe more than a little happy! I laughed out loud at many of the stories herein, most especially 'My Son Thinks He's French', 'Me and Gerardo, Down by the School Yard' and the knee-slapping, gut-punching 'The Many Lives of James Brown's Capes'. Fans of the absurd, fans of the kind of humor that makes you a little nervous to have laughed at and fans of authors like Chuck Palahniuk or Robert Anton Wilson should buy this and give Mr. Wensink their money, so we can all get many more years of thought-provoking books out of a grand new talent. Kudos Mr. Wensink. Now WASH YOUR HANDS!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Adams on November 16, 2009
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I am not a big fan of short stories in general, but I really liked this book of stories. They were interesting, fun and a little off the wall. Definitely worth the read!
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