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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193392991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929910
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,224,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Like a bionic Ralph Bakshi reborn from snorting Orwell's ashes, Kevin Shamel drags cherished childhood fantasies into the gutter of adulthood, and makes you pay dearly to swallow them all over again. Intelligence is a universal disease, but never fear... Rotten Little Animals just may be the cure we've been praying for." - CODY GOODFELLOW, author of Radiant Dawn and Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars

"Looney Tunes amped up on cocaine, sex and soft, silky fur and feathers. Shamel's debut is wildly entertaining and destined to become an instant bizarro classic." - GINA RANALLI, author of Sky Tongues and Suicide Girls in the Afterlife

"This book has three of my favorites things: Kittens, Zombies, and Snuff Films." - JEFF BURK, author of Shatnerquake

"It begins as a zombie film, transforms into a deranged puppet show, and ends with a car chase. If you ever wondered what a Pixar exploitation film would be like, you need Rotten Little Animals." - CAMERON PIERCE, author of The Ass Goblins of Auschwitz and Shark Hunting in Paradise Garden

"Written with the humor of Adult Swim, but with enough psychological profundity to matter. Shamel is a bright motherfucker!" - FORREST ARMSTRONG, author of Asphalt Flowerhead


More About the Author

I write Bizarro books. Weird things fascinate me. I like to stretch my imagination, and I want to entertain people. I like to cook. I love peanut butter and chocolate. I like science fiction and horror movies. I draw and paint, too, but not as well as I'd like to. I've tried to learn to play the guitar for ten or fifteen years. I like root beer. I tend to write about secret animal societies-I don't always try to. There is hardly any music I do not like. I like sage tea-fresh sage from the garden is best. I like rain. My writing is influenced by nature more than literature. I prefer quiet to loud. I like green but I don't have a favorite color. I try not to collect things, but lately I've been finding gemstones. I'm learning to make jewelry.

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As is so happens animals really can talk...and so much more.
Jonathan Moon
Kevin Shamel's "Rotten Little Animals" is more fun to read than a barrel full of drunken monkeys and randier than a lab full of stoned test bunnies.
The Grim Reverend Steven Rage
An utter joy to read, I highly recommend `Rotten Little Animals' to fans of Bizarro, and anyone who enjoys a fun, odd read.
Troy Chambers

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Troy Chambers on October 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
`Rotten Little Animals' by Kevin Shamel, is now easily one of my favorite Bizarro titles. Fast-paced, exciting, hilarious and just debauched enough to make me smirk, it's easy to see that this is the work of an author who will be going places.

`Rotten Little Animals' takes place in a world where animals can speak- although they hide this carefully from humans. And they also have independent cinema. Movie Director Stinkin' Rat (now one of my favorite literary `villains') is filming a movie about Zombie Cats... but the film production is spotted by Cage, a human boy. To cover up their mistake in letting a human see them doing peopley things, (and so that they won't have to find a new filming location), Cage is kidnapped, and forced to be in the animals movie.

And that's just the first third of the book. The strangeness and hilarity pile on with animal slaughters, animal academy awards, puppet shows, impossible drug combinations, martini parties, and a pork-and-bean eating `superman' named Arrrgh. It's a STRANGE strange book, people.

An utter joy to read, I highly recommend `Rotten Little Animals' to fans of Bizarro, and anyone who enjoys a fun, odd read. I look forward to the future of Kevin Shamel and his writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mav Skye on February 2, 2010
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It's a philosophy, a way of living, a kind of bible, ironic, bizarre, strange, rotten (in cotton candy sort of way), but by no means little - Rotten Little Animals has a rabid bite you can't resist. Animals abducting humans for snuff films. Humans reeking revenge on animals. Silver thonged psychotherapy dudes performing puppet shows-and my favorite, zombie cats doing zombie things to nonzombie things. What the hell? One answer. Buy it. Read it. Now. You won't be disappointed.

Kevin's unique voice, modern storytelling skills, and radical imagination will take you on a trip you've always wanted, but never dared. Kevin makes it easy to go there, and you'll never want to look back.

I believe Kevin Shamel will be to bizarro as Stephen King is to horror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christian S. Stephens on October 18, 2009
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Had Hunter S. Thompson attempted a reenvisioning of Animal Farm after dropping three hits of acid, I'm not sure you'd get half the deliciously tawdry stew that is Rotten Little Animals. Sex? Check. Drugs? Check. Rock & Roll? Check. And that's just from the chickens. The rat's a porn addict, the bird's a drunk, the pig's a thug ... and the humans might actually be worse. In a novel about animals who make a movie about making a movie about a fake human who becomes an animal, only the drugged-out nitwits can think clearly enough to ignore the truth. Well, them and the zombie-cats. Wow!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kltowns on October 11, 2009
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Animals have always been smarter than people...they've just been hiding it rather well. It's hard for me to dispute this fact, especially after reading Kevin Shamel's Rotten Little Animals. In the book, an animal film crew becomes aware they have an observer, and it's a human. The human, a boy named Cage, has seen the actors and crew talking, using movie equipment, and giving each other high fives--not typical animal behavior at all. Animal law says he now has to die, but this rotten crew has other plans for Cage.

I found this book to be an engaging read from beginning to end. I wasn't sure who to root for--the animals or the humans! And perhaps, that is part of Shamel's message. Who really is the more intelligent species? As this is an example of the new bizarro genre, be prepared for a mix of adult themes (strong language, illegal substances, sex), but here they are used to support the strong characterization and plotline and are seldom distracting. If you like your books a little on the absurd and strange side, Rotten Little Animals is certainly a good choice. And what happens to Cage? I don't want to give away any of the exciting action, so will leave you with one of my favorite lines from the book: "Shut up, bats!" growled the bear. To The Fumigator, he said quietly, "I'm starting to doubt the wisdom of this plan."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Chaplin on October 10, 2009
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"Rotten Little Animals" is about a group of animals making underground animal-cinema. After a human boy catches them in action, they kidnap him to use as an actor. They start with the idea of an art-film epic and move on into pseudo-snuff territory. With zombie kittens, inter-species intercourse, and more splattering brains than you can shake a boom-stick at, this book is what I wish every Disney movie was like.

Part of Eraserhead's New Author Series, showcasing first works by potential new bizarro authors, Shamel's book is a lot better than many other author's first books. At times the writing can be a little rough around the edges but the story is just too much fun for me to care.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Ross on October 13, 2009
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Kevin Shamel is a brilliant writer who makes you feel like you are right there with him on this fantastic voyage into the twisted lives of animals. This book is dark, and sometimes quite fantastic, but at the same time pulls you in. Shamel's descriptions really painted a picture of the story you were taking in, without being over-descriptive. I never was able to truly pick sides, sometimes I was rooting for the boy, and the next chapter I would cheer on the animals. I really felt like I was taking a journey into an underworld secret society of rotten animals. Don't expect to trust your pets after this book, I am starting to wonder if my cats are plotting against mankind, they always seem like they are up to no good anyways. I look forward to more from his Author, I have read a few of his short stories and each one is different from the last and all are very enjoyable.
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