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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; Reprint edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477808515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477808511
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,457,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Readers with a taste for the blood and guts of films like The Devil's Rejects will enjoy Skipp's latest excursion into "Splatterpunk," the horror subgenre he cofounded that emphasizes explicit sex and violence as a means of communicating a visceral experience. A mysterious stranger shows up at a rural strip club right before closing time, initiating a series of events that escalates beyond anyone's control. The stranger, you see, reveals to the club's denizens their true natures. Skipp (Mondo Zombie) originally pitched the book as a movie idea—think Stephen King's Needful Things meets From Dusk to Dawn—but such a synopsis doesn't do justice to the author's depiction of the mutual parasitism of the dancers, who hate the patrons who degrade and exploit them, and the audience, trapped by loneliness, who despise the strippers for presenting an unattainable ideal of perfection. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The book hurtles along at a bullet train's pace... -- Fangoria --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author, editor, zombie godfather, compulsive collaborator, musical pornographer, black-humored optimist and all-around Renaissance mutant. His early novels from the 1980s and 90s pioneered the graphic, subversive, high-energy form known as splatterpunk. His anthology Book of the Dead was the beginning of modern post-Romero zombie literature. His work ranges from hardcore horror to whacked-out Bizarro to scathing social satire, all brought together with his trademark cinematic pace and intimate, unflinching, unmistakable voice. From young agitator to hilarious elder statesman, Skipp remains one of genre fiction's most colorful characters.

Customer Reviews

It is, however, tremendously entertaining and utterly horrifying!
J. L. Comeau
I kept this book with me at all times until I finished it, and I would sneak a minute or two here and there to read as much as I could as fast as I could.
Laura Hickman
As a fan of horror fiction for many years, it was with great pleasure that I read the latest from John Skipp.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
John Skipp's latest novel, "The Long Last Call" is a battle of good vs. evil played out against the backdrop of a seedy, roadside strip club. Hank's girlfriend has just broken up with him and he is teetering on the edge of madness. Driving down a lonely stretch of road, haunted by persistent destructive hallucinations, Hank happens on a strip club called Wild Thangs and decides to stop in for last call. Skipp's last call for Hank is both literally and figuratively as the drunken man envisions blowing out his brains right in front of the stage.

Skipp nails down to a perfect "T" all the usual denizens of lower tier strip clubs; There's Darnell the bouncer who fancies himself hero to the dancers for walking them to their cars after closing time; Daisy the young rookie, unskilled as a dancer but making up for it with looks and a body that haven't yet been eroded by years of abuse; Ambrosia, the self-appointed queen bee among the dancers and sexual toy for the club's owner, Eddie. And of course there's the usual group of drunken red necks, hooting and hollering and spending the last dollar of their meager paychecks.

Eddie owns the club and it's his private little empire despite the fact that he is in debt up to his ears. Eddie's sister works form him handling the club's finances so he doesn't put it all up his nose. She's also the club's house mom, watching over the dancers as if they were her own daughters. Just as last call is announced, a mysterious stranger walks into the bar, dark and handsome...and completely terrifying to Hank who is able to see past the glistening veneer.

This Dark Stranger stars tossing money around, lots of money, and soon the entire bar is at attention.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on September 25, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This time the bar in question is one that features topless dancers. The night is almost over. In walks a well-dressed, but moist, gentleman who immediately starts spreading money around. This is the sort of money that the people in the bar may never see again. The prospect of money brings out their truer natures and most of them are not particularly nice. More money is offered and things start to get strange. People begin to act strange and some seem to be changing. A final battle ensues as some of the patrons and workers attempt to hold out against the stranger.

Lass than 200 pages in to the book the story ends and we get another novella called Conscience. Here a professional killer starts to really think about his current lifestyle. He has a new contract to help discredit a popular guru who has all sorts of ideas about the coming planetary alignment. Is this the Age of Aquarius?

The title story reminds me of the movie Feast where monster attack a bar with no explanation. Here we learn nothing about the stranger other than he may be very old. What is the slime? Who knows. Why does he exist? who is Lloyd? Still no answers. Kind of disappointing really.

In the second story we see a character going through self exploration but we don't really learn anything about him other than he loved his dog as a boy. Weaker than the first story but with the same lack of explanation. What is the alignment all about and what does the guru say will happen? Why does someone want to stop him? More unanswered questions.

I had high hopes for this one as I have long been a fan of the team of Skipp and Spector. I was sadly disappointed. I kept expecting some substance and never found it. Brian Keene wrote and introduction for this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JOA on September 2, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: 4.7 out of 5

I read The Scream in eighth grade, and The Bridge in high school. I adored both of those books, and they helped build my love of horror. These novels were penned by John Skipp (with an assist from Craig Spektor), the guy who pretty much invented the splatterpunk genre.

However, in the time after The Bridge was released in `91, it was years before I heard from him again. As far as I could tell, the only appearance Mr. Skip was as the editor of the two "Books of the Dead", which are the seminal compilations in the world of zombies. And oh, did I miss him.

Well, he's back. (Actually, he has been for a time, but I'm a bit, er, clueless when it comes to actually seeking things out.) This past week, I was handed a copy of The Long Last Call, in paperback from Leisure Fiction, and I dove in head first.

This particular tome actually contains two novellas - the title piece, "The Long Last Call", and "Conscience", which was released in 2004 (unbeknownst to me). I will review them both here, in that order.

In "The Long Last Call", a strip club off the beaten path in Podunk America is visited by a strange (and oily) visitor. There are the requisite characters for such a setting - the sleazeball owner, the grumpy bouncer, the old hick regulars, the guy who stops in who doesn't belong, and strippers who snort a ton of coke or are paying their way through college or are simply dumb and blessed with stunning beauty. Yes, these characters are simple, but they work, because this story isn't about making some grand social commentary (at least not at first). No, this is a slam-bang tale of horror, and we're all better for it.
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