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Fistful of Feet Paperback – October 5, 2009

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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

This is my tribute to the Spaghetti Western and the giallo genres. It is quite weird so if you tend to scratch your head at strange literature....You've been warned. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

From the Inside Flap

"Krall has quite a flair for outrage as an art form." - EDWARD LEE, author of The Bighead

"Jordan Krall is a bit like Jonathan Lethem meets the Coen Brothers with an H.P. Lovecraft fetish. His tales will quickly grow on you. Read two books and you'll be addicted." - CARLTON MELLICK III, author of Satan Burger

"Krall's vision of bizarro is not only dark and full of mystery, but guaranteed to entertain as well." - JOHN EDWARD LAWSON, author of Sin Conductor

"Jordan Krall's writing takes you places you never knew you wanted to go." - JEREMY C. SHIPP, author of Vacation


Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929897
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since 2007, Jordan Krall has written professionally. He writes Weird Fiction, horror, crime fiction, apocalyptic literature, bizarro, and non-genre fiction.

He has been published by ERASERHEAD PRESS, LegumeMan, Bucket O'Guts, MorbidBooks, Black Rainbows, among others.

His book FISTFUL OF FEET was called "a great homage to the spaghetti western" by the SPAGHETTI WESTERN DATABASE and was recently published in a German-language edition by VOODOO PRESS.

His work has been praised by such authors as Jeff Vandermeer, Edward Lee, and Tom Piccirilli.

Jordan Krall also runs the cult fiction small press DYNATOX MINISTRIES as well as the Weird Fiction imprint DUNHAMS MANOR PRESS. He has published such authors as Wilum Pugmire, Joseph Pulver Sr, Daniel Mills, T.E. Grau, Nicole Cushing, Robert Price, Thomas Ligotti, Seb Doubinsky, and lots more.


Customer Reviews

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I'm going to be honest and say that I'm a huge fan of Jordan Krall and he's one of my favorite bizarro writers. I once heard Krall mentioned as the Quentin Tarantino of bizarro, and I think it's true in that he has a perfect mastery of genre fiction. Squid Pulp Blues paid homage to crime noir, and now with Fistful of Feet, Krall is entering one of my personal favorite genres: the western.

So of course I love this book, but I'm also going to tell you why. Fistful of Feet is a bloody love song to all the cool Spaghetti Westerns made back in the 60's and 70's, full of superhuman gunplay and a moral code enforced by graphic violence. The setting is the town of Screwhorse, a bubbling cauldron of corruption and mischief. The frontier of the west was a brutal and lawless environment, where everyone is just trying to survive. In this sense, Krall has stayed true to the roots of the western, giving it the proper atmosphere and the sort of characters we've come to expect. The cast is large and varied, with all the classic western characters represented. There's the stand-up-for-justice hero, the whores-with-the-hearts-of-gold, the corrupt mayor, the incompetent sheriff, the scum-of-the-earth thugs, the mystical Indians, the con man, and even a few psychos. That's a large cast, but I wasn't put off by it, as I felt that Fistful of Feet was just that kind of western. Westerns like this are like operas. There needs to be a large cast in order to produce as many corpses as possible.

Jordan Krall proves that he knows the western like the back of his hand, but at the same time, he's created his own brand of bizarro over the years. Fistful of Feet has tentacles, bodily fluids, deformed feet, weird drugs, sucking, screwing, hermaphrodites and much more.
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First things first, Jordan Krall is an amazing writer. His Bizarro literature is unique and quite fantastic. When someone tells you, "this author has a voice," Jordan Krall is one of those. I say this because after having read everything by Krall (save for Piecemeal June,) there definitely is an authorial voice hidden behind the Bizarro curtain that is this book. If you enjoy the type of writing found in pulp novels, then you will enjoy FISTFUL OF FEET. There's dialogue, fantastic imagery, memorable heroes, crazy villains, strange fetishes, stunning one-liners and tons of superb spaghetti western-worthy moments. If I were asked to describe the best thing about the book, I would have to mention the characters. Though they are quite zany and out-of-this-world, no character would be complete without dialogue and as I have mentioned before, Krall has a talent when it comes to writing believable dialogue. Where Palahniuk has failed (repeatedly,) Krall shines. FISTFUL OF FEET reads like a spaghetti western written by Quentin Tarantino (for the dialogue and violence) and directed by Stanley Kubrick (for the truly bizarre and unexplainable moments.)

Now don't get thrown off by my description of the novel. Yes, it is bizarre and it definitely has its fair share of "odd" moments but Krall manages to nail the Western feel. It could have been very easy to create a Bizarro story situated in the West with no real semblance of the Western genre but somehow, and I applaud him for this, Krall succeeds. There are dozens of unforgettable characters and as David W Barbee puts it, "Westerns like this are like operas. There needs to be a large cast in order to produce as many corpses as possible.
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Jordan Krall's third release and first full-length novel is a must for spaghetti and weird western fans. I've never actually read a western novel but I find many of the movies to be plodding and dull to the point that most of the characters and plots are nakedly obvious in the first few minutes, thus beginning an endless barrage of the protaganist asserting his masculinity. Krall brings something new. The framework still draws heavily from the tried and true formula of the western film but is presented with such a love for the outre, weird, and fetishistic, that I found myself wanting to read on just to find out what happened next. And like the best spaghetti westerns, there are gems of existensialism like this: "Maybe there isn't a Heaven and Hell like they tell you in church. Maybe you end up spending eternity riding on the back of a giant scorpion that keeps going in circles and you can't tell him the right way to go because your mouth is full of dust."

Calamaro is the hero in the book. He enters the trippy town of Screwhorse, Nevada, dragging a wooden donkey behind him (an homage to the film Django). Calamaro has a hazy past and an extremely chivalrous disposition. The town of Screwhorse is a wreck. It contains a legendary whorehouse where customers can come and indulge their sickest, strangest fantasies. The mayor is corrupt. The cattle have tentacles instead of udders. The drugstore sells a powerful hallucinogen. These things are just the beginning. Part of the thrill of reading Fistul of Feet is discovering the odd characters and situations and picking up on all the winks and nudges.

Many of the characters lack depth, which is one of my only real criticisms with the book. One of the reasons for this is that Krall introduces A LOT of characters.
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