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Monstrocity [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Thomas
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MONSTROCITY
by JEFFREY THOMAS

There are haunted places. Haunted houses. The metropolis of Punktown, on the planet Oasis, is a haunted city.

An unassuming young man perceives the city's dark tentacles in the lay of the streets, its roots in the labyrinth of subways, a polluted taint in the eyes of people around him. And this evil is building toward an apocalyptic culmination...

The city is not only haunted... maybe it's alive...

A finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, MONSTROCITY combines elements of science fiction and horror in the vein of H. P. Lovecraft, and is set in the milieu of Jeffrey Thomas's acclaimed collection, PUNKTOWN.

“Lovecraft fans sceptical of contemporary Cthulhu Mythos fiction will find much to appreciate in Thomas's intriguing brew of eldritch lore, cyberpunk and noir…Thomas expands on Lovecraft's themes in new and exciting ways while retaining his own distinct authorial identity.”
-- Publishers Weekly

FOCUS ON –
• LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR
• FUTURE NOIR
• SCIENCE FICTION THRILLER
• FRIGHTENING MYSTERY

IF YOU LIKE MONSTROCITY, TRY –
PERDIDO STREET STATION by CHINA MIEVILLE
THE BEST OF H. P. LOVECRAFT
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? by PHILIP K. DICK

MONSTROCITY is an EBOOK novel by JEFFREY THOMAS, author of such science fiction/horror novels as DEADSTOCK (finalist for the John W. Campbell Award), BLUE WAR, HEALTH AGENT, MONSTROCITY (original printing a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award), THE FALL OF HADES, LETTERS FROM HADES, UGLY HEAVEN/ BEAUTIFUL HELL (co-authored with Carlton Mellick III), THOUGHT FORMS, and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: THE DREAM DEALERS. Short story collections include PUNKTOWN, VOICES FROM PUNKTOWN, PUNKTOWN: SHADES OF GREY (co-authored with Scott Thomas), NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS, UNHOLY DIMENSIONS, VOICES FROM HADES, THIRTEEN SPECIMENS, DOOMSDAYS, and AAAIIIEEE!!!. Jeffrey's stories have been reprinted in THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR and THE YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES. Though he considers Vietnam (his wife's place of origin) his second home, he is a resident of ye olde Massachusetts.

Artwork by Jeffrey Thomas.


MONSTROCITY – THE ALBUM
Jeffrey Thomas

Original Soundtrack by DAS SOMBREROS

As a perfect accompaniment to the incredibly haunting Punktown novel by Jeffrey Thomas, and indeed, a brilliant work of composition in its own right, Anarchy Books proudly presents the Original Soundtrack to the novel MONSTROCITY.

Experimental, ambient, strange, atmospheric, odd, hallucinatory, the MONSTROCITY Original Soundtrack is a perfect aural accompaniment developed alongside the novel in order to enhance your reading experience, and is perfect mood music/psycho meditative composition.

Described by Jeffrey Thomas as: “Unique, varied, always inventive, unsettling, haunting, even blackly comic, in turns... it sounds like the voice of Punktown itself” and by Andy Remic as “So creepy I had to switch on the lights; I didn’t want to take the dog out in the dark after listening to this soundtrack – the bastards!” MONSTROCITY
Artwork by Jeffrey Thomas.

Das Sombreros are Pedro Wong and Klaus Patel. The pseudonymous duo develop 'paranoiac collages' that layer found and treated sounds with nonsensical, misheard phrases and fleeting moments of musicality. The results can be hallucinatory, sinister, erotic and hilarious - sometimes all at once. Their work - as individual pieces or taken as a whole - can be seen as an attempt to sonically document and present the fears and desires of a disintegrating personality. Influences include post-war art music, horror aesthetics, the European avant-garde, Simon Fisher Turner and RD Laing.


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lovecraft fans skeptical of contemporary Cthulhu Mythos fiction will find much to appreciate in Thomas's intriguing brew of eldritch lore, cyberpunk and noir. As in the stories in the author's acclaimed collection Punktown (2000), humans living in a huge sprawling colony city on a distant planet share the urban landscape with a culturally diverse set of alien races: Punktown makes L.A. look like Mayberry. As a joke, Christopher Ruby helps his girlfriend conduct a ritual from Abdul Alhazred's dreaded tome the Necronomicon, but its apparent failure later proves to have been a tragic success. Christopher discovers that many of the alien races in Punktown have their own versions of Alhazred's mythology, one of which tells of a sleeping god who can take the form of a great temple in order to lure sacrifices inside. He realizes that Punktown is in fact a living, organic being, an avatar of this dark god who feeds on our fear and pain. Thomas wisely leaves the question open as to whether his narrator is sane or a serial killer with a particularly morbid fantasy life. The mythos here serves as a metaphor to explore human suffering, to ask if it's the result of outside manipulation or of our own nature. Thomas expands on Lovecraft's themes in new and exciting ways while retaining his own distinct authorial identity.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Publisher: Anarchy Books (August 4, 2011)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Thomas's Punktown really comes alive in Monstrocity. Literally. On the fantastic world of Oasis is a city called Paxton, locally known as Punktown. An eclectic mix of races live in this squalid city; the native Choom, the Tikkihotto, the Kalian, and a heavy populace of humans who settled in the original Paxton and expanded it into the sprawling metropolis of Punktown.

The first-person protagonist, Christopher Ruby, starts his story by telling us of his new girlfriend Gabrielle, a fun goth-type girl with an open window in her chest to show off the tattoo on her living heart. Gaby has somehow gotten a hold of a copy of a recording from the ancient book The Necronomicon. Gabrielle and Christopher play with the recording, but Gaby's heartlight-tatoo goes out and she estranges herself from Christopher.

Christopher soon finds out how much Gaby has changed, and in tracking down the reasons for Gaby's behavior becomes acquainted with a bookseller named Mr. Dove, who puts him on the path of a horrifying discovery. In his research, Chris meets a beautiful and non-traditional Kalian girl named Saleet, who also happens to be a "Forcer", a type of police inspector. The more Chris uncovers about Gaby's deadly and fatal obsession, the more he realizes that Punktown holds secrets deeper than time itself, secrets of downfallen Gods and the occult.

Jeffrey Thomas's 'Punktown' is one of my all-time favorite fantasy worlds. This world plays a huge part in Thomas's works including 'Punktown' (get the newer, extended version!) and 'Everybody Scream'. I simply cannot get enough of it. Punktown breathes with its own life, steams with its own scent, and pulses with a thousand heartbeats.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good first novel set in a truly original universe July 25, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Jeffrey Thomas' Monstrocity requires a bit of context. To readers already familiar with his Punktown stories, this is his first novel set in that universe. Chronologically, the events in Monstrocity occur a few years before Deadstock and Blue War. It is not necessary to read Monstrocity first however (though you probably should read Deadstock before Blue War).

For those readers unfamiliar with the Punktown universe, Jeffrey Thomas has made his own unique contribution to urban-punk world-building, reminiscent of writers like Samuel Delaney, William Gibson and China Mieville, but with a liberal dose of H.P. Lovecraft worked in for good measure. The center of Thomas' universe is the sprawling metropolis of Paxton - called Punktown by its inhabitants - a city on the colonized world of Oasis where humans now live with other alien races, from the native Chooms to those of other-world origins like the Tikkihotto, the Kalians and others.

A recurring theme in Thomas' work is that actions, whatever their intent, often have unforseen consequences, sometimes of an order of magnitude far beyond what the actors could even have imagined. In Monstrocity, events are set into motion when Christopher Ruby, an ordinary guy who spends his days working as a customer service rep for a net-link provider, indulgingly goes along with his goth-ish girlfriend Gabrielle's attempt to invoke an occult summoning ritual in her apartment. At first nothing seems to happen, but as days pass Ruby discovers that something did in fact happen, that something did come across, something that is consuming Gabrielle and threatens to ultimately consume all of Punktown along with her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read January 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I rated this 4 out of 5 stars because I really enjoyed the book. The main character at first comes across as a bit of a creeper, but as the story goes on, I began to understand him and even experience his almost manic paranoia that he exhibits. I also enjoyed the stories of the Kalian (a species from the planet Kali) religion. The author was very descriptive and created a fantastic world about which I wanted to learn more.

I suppose I only gave this a 4 because it's a bit slow in the beginning and has a very abrupt ending. This book is definitely for adults only though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovecraftian Romp July 6, 2006
Format:Paperback
First, the good. It starts with a bang (literally) and never really lets up. This book was so much fun to read, I was stuck with a perma-grin for days. It's a Lovecraftian noir fiction sci-fi fantasy horror story and I loved every minute of it.

Each character was interesting in their own right, especially Saleet. We feel Ruby spiralling into (seeming) madness and coming out the other side. That he has such a mundane day job only makes it more fun when the situation unfolds. What happens to Gabrielle is downright horrific and wonderfully so. I do wish we got to see more of Mr. Dove, since he (minor spoiler) seemed like a promising villain. My favorite minor characters were the mutants Ruby met in the tunnel. The first instinct is revulsion, but when things get rough, out come their white hats. I was reminded of the ghouls in the Fallout series of PC games.

Now, the bad. Really, my quibbles are minor. The ending felt sudden; it seemed a little rushed to me. The plot unfolds at a steady pace for most of the book, and appears to enter a wormhole near the end. This may have been intentional. In any case, the fact that I craved a knock-down-drag-out epic of an ending rather than a brick-wall tells me that Jeffrey Thomas deserves a lot of credit for building a fascinating world and filling it with fascinating characters.

I can't give this book 5 stars because I didn't feel intensely satisfied by the ending, but don't let me fool you: Monstrocity is great fun to read. I highly recommend it to Dagonites and Shoggoths everywhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Monstrocity
4.5*
Christopher Ruby helps his girlfriend perform an occult ritual from a book called the Necronomicon, the ritual at first seems to have failed but as his girlfriend starts... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KateM
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, dingy and delightful!
I discovered this book at the World Horror Convention in 2002. I had never heard of Jeffrey Thomas. I kept on wandering past the book in the merchants room and was drawn to the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary T. Duros
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool novel, i liked it
I was pretty surprised at how much I ended up enjoying MONSTROCITY. It started off kind of slow (Well after the opening scene) and ended up turning into a pretty good supernatural... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Novel--mixes Punktown with Lovecraft Lore
As I read through the stories of Punktown, Thomas had me hooked. This wonderfully weird, darkly sinister world colonized by Earthlings long ago provides a vibrant and violent... Read more
Published on October 6, 2011 by George Wilhite
4.0 out of 5 stars Mi-go, mutants, and mayhem
I was hooked on Punktown after reading Jeffrey Thomas' collection of short stories in Unholy Dimensions. Read more
Published on June 25, 2010 by Michael J. Tresca
5.0 out of 5 stars My second-favorite book of his, and among my favorite novels overall
This book is a fascinating novel set in Punktown (what did you expect? Detroit?).

Our hero gets himself a girlfriend, and dares her to perform one of the silly occult... Read more
Published on March 9, 2010 by Czig
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a comic book, with better visuals.
Whether surrealist headtrip, Cyberpunk fiction, or Lovecraft tribute, I loved it. It was like the best alternative comic book, come to life as a substantial novel. Read more
Published on January 2, 2008 by Sarah Straight
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent SciFi/Horror
Jeffrey Thomas' fertile imagination is on full display here in this exciting science fiction/horror tale. Read more
Published on October 10, 2007 by David Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
When I first went to read this book for a report in school. I thought it was just going to be another boring book, but when I opened the cover I could not close it. Read more
Published on May 23, 2006 by Cassandra
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I am the author of such science fiction/horror novels as DEADSTOCK (finalist for the John W. Campbell Award), BLUE WAR, HEALTH AGENT, MONSTROCITY (finalist for the Bram Stoker Award), LETTERS FROM HADES, THE FALL OF HADES, BONELAND and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: THE DREAM DEALERS. My short story collections include PUNKTOWN, VOICES FROM PUNKTOWN, PUNKTOWN: SHADES OF GREY (coauthored with Scott Thomas), NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS, UNHOLY DIMENSIONS, VOICES FROM HADES, AAAIIIEEE!!! and THIRTEEN SPECIMENS. Stories of mine have been reprinted in THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR and THE YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES. Though I consider Vietnam my second home, I am a resident of ye olde Massachusetts. Visit my blog at www.JeffreyEThomas.com.

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