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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Severest Inks; 1st edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957325509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957325500
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,335,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Not where Twilight and sparkly vampires rule pop culture can a voice and writing style so unique be allowed a chance. No, this kid breaks some rules and he breaks them across people's faces. This is no ordinary novel. One thing that will strike you like the stock of a shotgun is the prose. The writing style is so unique that it immediately removes you from your comfort zone and places you in Khalid Patel's world and does so abruptly, just as the apocalypse would." - Eryk Pruitt, author of Dirtbags

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Khalid Patel is the British writer of innovative, underground literature. His works are known for their subversive unconventionalities. Challenging narratives, inventive dialogue and beautifully offbeat prose are a staple of his writings. His stories, laced with scalding social commentary and sneaky dark humour, wrenches readers out of their comfort zone for an unforgettable, jolting experience.

An English Literature graduate and culture junkie, Khalid is an ardent fan of film (particularly South Korean cinema), comic-books and videogames...passions which seep into his works. He also copiously digs New York, pasta and wearing black shirts.

Khalid Patel advocates activism and the questioning of the status quo. He has supported greater rights for Burma, the birth country of his mother, long before the mass media began highlighting the brutalities and human rights atrocities perpetrated by its military junta government. He is also a fierce critic of far right, fascist outfits such as the English Defence League (EDL). He has attended anti-racism and anti-hate protests where he has engaged in running street battles with Neo-Nazis.

Khalid's narratives are seared with socio-political asides, quietly making his readers consider deeper issues. With his writings, Khalid also seeks to disintegrate media-reinforced stereotypes of Muslims and people of brown colour. He is keen to raise the literacy rates of British South Asians, especially males, and hopes through his stories more will catch an interest in literature.

"This kid breaks some rules & he breaks them across people's faces... Khalid Patel represents a new age in fiction. He examines traditional fiction and turns it on its head with technology and innovation." - Eryk Pruitt, author of Dirtbags

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Format: Paperback
The pace of Hollow Shotguns is launched in the opening pages. The narrative is unrelenting, mesmeric, sparked with emotional energy; the jarred and disjointed prose providing imagery of chaos and destruction that is almost tangible, at times viscerally alarming, yet captivating throughout.

Set in the blistering heat of summer, this is the story of a gang of preadolescents endeavouring to survive the homicidal consequences of a raging virus. As Hollow Shotguns unfolds, it becomes evident that the traditional materials of horror are being pushed far wider than ever before, merging popular and literary fiction. Whilst the foundations may lie in the horror genre, rather than sinking to the usual slasher/zombie plotlines and letting the reader idly suspend disbelief, Hollow Shotguns forces them to confront and question where the real threat to the physical and spiritual self lies. As the measures taken to ensure survival escalate, the narrative unnervingly exposes how the capacity for harm which dwells within the human psyche is far more terrifying than any external demons. This is a work brave enough to challenge its readers not just appease.

The humour weaving through the passages offers some respite from the intensity of the main subject matter, with constantly well-placed reminders of our protagonists' youth and innocence, juxtaposing the bleaker backdrop of the apocalypse and the violence. The naive ponderings of the young prodigies, often focusing on minute and irrelevant details irrespective of the approaching apocalypse, serves to develop the characters and give the book heart. From corrupt governments to antiquated education systems, all come in for hilarious ridicule... especially poignant when expressed from the mouths of the young boys.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Saf on December 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought a copy of this after seeing some buzz about it on social networks. It's possibly the most intriguing narrative I've come across for a while (movies included). It's kinda like Stand By Me meets The Walking Dead by way of The Wire crossed with Battle Royale... but still its own unique beast altogether. It takes old clichés & archetypes & then proceeds to slay & subvert them into something else entirely. Very worth a read. It'll get your brain tickling too! I should mention though that the first chapter is somewhat demanding. I personally liked the challenge, but if you struggle, persevere! It does get easier, otherwise you'll miss out on a pretty sublime read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Will Marsden on February 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
While reading Hollow Shotguns you'll laugh, cry, be shocked, amazed and sobered. And, man, that's just through the first freakin' chapter! The thing about Hollow Shotguns is, it's not really about the apocalypse at all. Rather it's about five boys, all from broken families --families with abusive fathers, anguished single mothers and violent brothers. In fact (disregarding the brief pulse-bothering prologue) the first few chapters don't even feel like something from the apocalypse genre, rather something from a poignant drama. In these opening chapters, Khalid Patel goes to lengths to give Hollow Shotguns a realistic, relatable ambience. He ensures you really connect and intimately empathise with the characters before throwing them, and us, into the epic circumstances which form the crux of this book.

And trust, when the s*** hits the fan, Hollow Shotguns really does become balls-to-the-wall EPIC! Full on cinematic action set-pieces sneak up on you, leaving you breathless! Yet the action scenes in Hollow Shotguns are ingeniously designed to make you think. Unlike most depictions of violence in entertainment, this isn't mere dry, by-the-numbers action. The author constantly keeps you on your toes during the battles, often not fully spelling-out what is occurring, encouraging you to read between the lines and deduce what just happened yourself. This is very cleverly done as it reflects what it'd be like to be in actual combat, where the situation is ever-dynamic and you never know what's to happen next, with your thrashing, thrashing adrenaline giving you a sort of super-sensed high, just you like you'll get from the inventive, intensive fight scenes here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blistered Eyeballs on September 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book follows five boys trying to survive the apocalypse. A disease is mangling humans into insane, fire-fixated, black-boned 'demons'. The strands of society are unravelling, flaming. Through cruel knife-turns of fate, our boys are abandoned in an ever-darkening world. They journey to reach the almost mythic 'Safe-Zone', a place promising refuge.

If the apocalyptical conceit sounds familiar, fret not, because as Hollow Shotguns unfolds it reveals itself to be a wholly unique story. Conventions are disrupted. Predictions burnt. Archetypes subverted. The story takes sharp turns from familiarity, comfort, throwing readers just when they think they know where it's headed. Even fastening a genre is tricky. It's intelligent apocalypse fiction, an unique coming-of-ager, a war narrative too. Certain segments chill like a truly unsettling horror. It's also a psychological examination. Alternatively, instead of pigeonholing this a genre, we accept it as simply an epic, literarily brilliant read.

Within the raw narrative, daring study upon social inequality, poverty, violence, domestic abuse, addiction, warfare, insanity occurs. Rather than merely placating its audience, Hollow Shotguns challenges, interrogating the dark undercurrents lurking within. A seminal chapter 'The War' almost taunts us to cease reading. It's the heart of the story; if only to experience 'The War' Hollow Shotguns must be read. Here, the boys confront their hidden demons, and we follow them down into their darkness... To reveal more would spoil what ensues. The War's utterly unlike anything executed before in literature, or even cinema. After reading The War, you'll simply sit in a stoic silence for awhile, as the raw of shock of what you've just read sinks.
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