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"Grace Krilanovich's first book is a steamy cesspool of language that stews psychoneurosis and viscera into a horrific new organism—the sort of muck in which Burroughs, Bataille, and Kathy Acker loved to writhe."—The Believer

"Krilanovich's work will make you believe that new ways of storytelling are still emerging from the margins."—

"One of 2010's small-press triumphs."—The Week

"The Orange Eats Creeps contains the hallucinatory, disjointed, plotless, yet bizarrely charming ravings of a young refugee from foster care who now belongs to a pack of teenage hobo vampires that rove convenience stores and supermarkets high on Robitussin and mop buckets of coffee."—Newsday

About the Author

Grace Krilanovich (Author): Grace Krilanovich is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, where she received her MFA. She has been a finalist for the Starcherone Prize, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, published in Black Clock, and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. The Orange Eats Creeps is her first novel.

Steve Erickson (Introduction): Steve Erickson is the author of eight novels: Days Between Stations (1985), Rubicon Beach (1986), Tours of the Black Clock (1989), Arc d'X (1993), Amnesiascope (1996), The Sea Came in at Midnight (1999), Our Ecstatic Days (2005) and Zeroville (2007).


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Two Dollar Radio; First Edition edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982015186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982015186
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By George LaCas on October 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the kind of book I'd like to see more of, and if such books are already out there I need to look harder for them. Congrats to Ms. Krilanovich for having the sheer audacity to not only write this novel but to see it through to publication.

I am not a member of the vast majority whose knee-jerk reaction is to condemn or dismiss a new work if it does not easily fit into one of the predefined genres that the marketplace has seen fit to carve out for us. In fact, I think you ought to get extra points for writing a novel that isn't easily categorized (and I say this as both a reader and a novelist). THE ORANGE EATS CREEPS has elements of transgressive fiction, experimental, YA horror, gothic horror, quasi-cautionary druggie fiction, etc...yet isn't classifiable, in my opinion.

Did it shock me? Yes, but not because of sex, drugs or violence (which this novel does supply, not graphically but rather with skewed offhandedness and sometimes poetic euphemism). What shocked me was a thought I had while reading: Is this what life/consciousness is really like for some of Portland's street kids? And, how is it possible for anyone to actually survive with such an altered mind? The novel was most effective for me when it convinced me that, in fact, life is really like this for some of us.

But how can that be? THE ORANGE EATS CREEPS strays into territory so strange - notably the hallucinatory interior voice of its narrator - that it seems, most of the time, completely separate from any actual reality. And yet not. Sometimes it seems disturbingly real.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Blake Fraina VINE VOICE on May 27, 2011
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Did you know that Kathy Acker and William Burroughs had a love-child? Her name is Grace Krilanovich and this is her debut.

The Orange Eats Creeps reads like an extended tone poem written by someone on an LSD trip who has just woken up from a fever dream. It shares quite a bit of DNA with Acker's surreal Don Quixote - weirdly disjointed, albeit evocative, prose written from constantly shifting perspectives and describing the palpable horrors of a vagabond, junkie teenaged girl roaming the streets of the Pacific Northwest in search of her missing (dead?) step-sister (lover?). The rhythmic, repetitive writing is artfully composed and designed to conjure a very specific mood...

Dreadful, grey and disturbing.

There are [oblique] references to the Donner Party, shock rocker GG Allin (who often punctuated his performances by flinging his own feces into the audience) and the Green River serial killer. Although, truth be told, I might have missed these without having read the overleaf first. Which is partly why I've opted to only give the book three stars. While I appreciate a challenging novel, I'll admit that my mind tended to wander during the longer, more metaphysical, passages and I found that the actual storyline tends to get buried, making the action (such as it is) a bit hard to follow.

Oh, and if your idea of a book about teenage vampires in the Pacific Northwest is the Twilight series, stay away from this one. Frankly, I was rather surprised to learn that this won a Speculative Fiction literary award, since I saw the vampire/fantasy element as being strictly metaphorical.
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47 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Dick Johnson VINE VOICE on October 9, 2010
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(First - why four stars? Krilanovich's story was consistent from page one to page last. I did read every page without throwing it into the trash. And, any other reason scares me more than I'm willing to admit. Or - why not?)

This book is not (I really, really hope) going to find its way to a book rack in your local supermarket. Grandma doesn't need to pick this up to see what it's about. Coronary sufferers are so tragic (plus they block the aisles).

We follow the main character as she lives or dies or trips or whatever it is she is doing as she tries to find her foster sister for some unknown reason through a convoluted series of journeys. She is unbelievably messed up on every page of the book.

The remaining people(?) include members of a blood-eating group who are into all the usual anti-social behaviors of such. This cast of characters is a compilation of everyone you do not want your children or other family members, friends, strangers, or even enemies to meet. You won't be too sure you want to meet them even within the covers of the book.

I'm assuming the only people who made it to these reviews are the ones who did not read the Product Description/Look Inside features above. Given what I've written, you have to be wondering why I kept reading the book. I wondered the same thing many times. Many, many, many ....

This entry into some hopefully unlabeled sub-genre of some other unlabeled sub-genre, is actually well written. Krilanovich is well aware of the rules she is breaking - and only someone with that knowledge should be allowed by publishers to get by with it. And, I really, really hope that not one line in the book is even close to being autobiographical.
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