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Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor.com. He has also written for popular film site TwitchFilm and for ChuckPalahniuk.net, the official website of ‘Fight Club’ author Chuck Palahniuk. His short fiction has/will appear in Zetetic, Motherboard, Dark Moon Digest, L’allure des Mots, Pantheon Magazine, Fabula Argentea, and Crack the Spine. More info at joshuachaplinsky.com.
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  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Yolo House Publishers (August 18, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692516123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692516126
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Admit it: You wanna buy this book off of the title alone.
Don't worry. It's so worth it.

A hilarious and at times graphic tribute to both The Greatest Artist of All Time and H.P. Lovecraft, Kanye West: Reanimator is clever and poignant satire with a darkly comedic tone throughout that will leave you laughing and shaking our head at Yeezus' misfortunes with reanimating the dead with the power of his music. A comedy that isn't afraid to pull its punches and knows damn well what it's talking about, Chaplinsky has crafted a lovely ridiculous tale that wouldn't really surprise me if this turned out to be true.
All I can hope is that Biggie will come back another time in peace and not covered with sewage.
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Kanye West-Reanimator is the debut novella by Joshua Chaplinksy who is known as the managing editor of Litreactor.

This slim book centers on Kanye West’s come up in the music industry and juxtaposes the story of the Reanimator with West’s widely successful music career. We follow West as he struggles to be recognized for both his production skills as well as his rapping. Somewhere along the way, he becomes obsessed with reanimating the dead via his potent music.

The story is told by a Lovecraftian narrator who poses as West’s friend throughout the book and co-conspirator in West’s efforts to re-animate the dead. The prose may be off-putting to those unfamiliar with Lovecraft’s work, but the rhythm should be easy to get used to.

Kanye stans with an open mind should enjoy the hell out of this book. I can see a few people getting a little mad because a few jabs are taken at Kanye. However, it’s done in good taste and it’s obvious the author knows Kanye’s musical path pretty well.

Kanye West Reanimator is quirky yet entertaining biography of Kanye filtered through a Lovecraftian lens. It’s a testament to Chaplinsky’s skills as a writer that he could take two different worlds (hip-hop and Lovecraft) and seamlessly stitch them together into a helluva entertaining book.
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As you can tell from the title and the brilliant cover, this is a mashup of the H.P. Lovecraft short story Herbert West-Reanimator, further popularized by Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator movie. As you might imagine, this is pretty bizarre, but it is dutifully told in the same fashion as the original, from the point of view of Kanye’s best friend, our unnamed narrator.

Kanye is depicted hilariously – self obsessed and bathed in his own radiance. He is a diva ready to throw a fit at the drop of a hat who thinks the world revolves around him. Kanye’s original goal was to reanimate hip-hop music which he saw as having been destroyed by the likes of Hey Ya! from OutKast. Kanye’s music and talent proved so powerful that he discovered he could use it to reanimate the dead. As it turns out, the only way to check a track’s “freshness” is to see its effect when plugged directly into a corpse. The author consistently pokes fun at Kanye, from his toilet habits to his use of auto-tune vocals. It will definitely make you laugh. There is also the ambiguous relationship between Kanye and our narrator which is constantly hinted at and had me cracking up.

There are lots of jokes about the music industry and popular hip-hop artists both living and dead. One of the major accomplishments of Kanye’s insane musical experiments is bringing Biggie Smalls back to life. We experience many of Kanye’s life events from this skewed perspective: album recordings, the train-wreck marriage to Kim Kardashian that became the abomination known as Kimye, the birth of North West, and confrontations with rival musicians.

The language is a mixture of Lovecraft’s antiquated prose and modern hip-hop language, which provides a great contrast.
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This gem of a quick read brilliantly combines the horror fantasy of H.P. Lovecraft, the real-life horrors to which Kanye West has subjected the world (including: 808s & Heartbreaks, his general existence and others) and a hilarious history of mainstream hip hop--Outkast fans beware. Chaplinsky will absolutely keep you in stitches the whole way through. Highly, highly recommended. #kanye2020
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Imagine the rapturous joy which spread throughout my chest, into my beating heart--which truth be told, nearly stopped at the wondrous sight I beheld!--when I spied this book upon the electronic pages of Amazon. O! What a book! What an indescribable novel, filled with phantasmagorical phantasms retold in a modern setting which may be familiar with the youth of today. The book, narrated in true Lovecraftian style which may be obtuse to some purviewers of prose, held a ghastly array of delights and horrors both, too much for the mind to handle in one single sitting, lest it break and let loose the tides of insanity which always lurk upon the gloomy horizon. Reanimator, truly one of my most beloved of Lovecraft's prose and one of my most watched movies as well, retold with a new star... instead of Herbert West, our talented and clever author gives us Kanye West instead! Our protagonist--ever determined in his gruesome goals--seeks to reanimate the hip-hop music scene... and woe to our hero indeed. Through his trials and tribulations, this I can truly say for this splendorous story: I have never learned so much about Kanye West in my life, and this knowledge shall truly haunt my nightmares for ever.
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