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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929828
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

"...getting a lightsaber-wielding Captain Kirk in the same room with "Boston Legal's" Denny Crane is definitely worth the cover price in comedic gold." - Wizard Magazine

"It's like Lloyd Kaufman and Sam Raimi's mutant offspring wrote a book." -Wil Wheaton, Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation

"This is surreal and weird and funny, and it's also super violent, in the same food-coloring-plus-corn-syrup-equals-fake-blood sort of way as Evil Dead 2 or Bad Taste." - THE PORTLAND MERCURY'S BLOGTOWN

"It's like Die Hard, but instead of Bruce Willis fighting terrorists it's William Shatner fighting other versions of himself... In other words, it's fucking awesome!" - CARLTON MELLICK III, author of Satan Burger


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"Jeff Burk writes some awesome shit. Just read it." -Carlton Mellick III

"...like Lloyd Kaufman and Sam Raimi's mutant offspring..." -Wil Wheaton

A fusion of pop culture insanity and pulp-punk action, JEFF BURK is the cult favorite author of SHATNERQUAKE, SUPER GIANT MONSTER TIME, and CRIPPLE WOLF. Like the literary equivalent to a cult B-Horror movie, Burk writes violent, absurd, and funny stories about punks, monsters, gore, and trash culture. Everyone normally dies at the end.

He is also the Editor-In-Chief for THE MAGAZINE OF BIZARRO FICTION and the Head Editor of ERASERHEAD PRESS' horror imprint, DEADITE PRESS.

Born in the Pennsylvania backwoods, he was raised on a steady diet of Godzilla, Star Trek, and EC Comics. He now resides in Portland, Oregon. His influences include: Sleep deprivation, comic books, drugs, magick, and kittens.

You can stalk him online at www.facebook.com/literarystrange and www.JeffBurk.wordpress.com

Customer Reviews

There is little dialogue, little description.
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This is the funniest book I've read in a long time.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Spock on April 30, 2009
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If you're wondering whether Shatnerquake lives up to its premise, rest assured, it packs more Shatner greatness into every scene than any series that has ever featured the real William Shatner (if such a thing as the "real" Shatner exists). It's kind of like Jeff Burk took Shatner's entire career, threw it into a blender, and then made it into a stiff pulp-bizarro drink. Not only does it feature Captain Kirk, T.J. Hooker, and Priceline Shatner, but there's also my favorite Shatner of all. I'll refrain from spoiling the surprise you'll get when that William S. comes up in the book. To add to the awesomeness, you also have the Campbellians. I imagine fans of Bruce Campbell will appreciate their sinister role in the plot. With all its geeked-out awesomeness, Shatnerquake is a fun read.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anna Gem on April 30, 2009
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The concept of this book is so hilarious you just can't deny its awesomeness. Not only is it a cool idea for a book, but it is also a heck of a lot of fun to read. My favorite parts are seeing Captain Kirk interacting with fat nerdy people in Star Trek costumes, mistaking them for members of his crew. I also love Rescue 9-1-1 Shatner and Priceline Shatner, who teleports around people. This is the funniest book I've read in a long time. It needs to be made into a movie.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Raffin on December 1, 2009
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Jeff Burk's Shatnerquake is the finest story ever told containing multiple William Shatners. Lesser authors have been shackled before now with writing only one role for Shatner. This is understandable, in the field of television and film, for logistical reasons. However, this has never been the case in the literary realm and Burk has led the way here with both great panache and bloodletting.

Unsatisfied with a single Shatner, Burk here provides a wall of Shatners. A smorgasbord of Shatners. Indeed, every possible variation of Shatner is set upon onlookers, each other, and the reader. No one is safe, let alone Shatner.

While some people have, in the past, mocked Shatner, deriding his skill as a thespian, song stylist, or margarine spokesman, Burk has shown that the problem has never been one of too much Shatner, rather too little. Free of casting limitations the literary form allows for full Shatner on Shatner action. At last Shatner is presented on a level playing field, where characters are of the same caliber.

With Shatnerquake, Burk has solved the Shatner dilema, which has plagued man since 1951, and he shall be remembered forever for this.

Denny Crane!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick Cato on May 20, 2009
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William Shatner is the guest of honor at "Shatnercon," a convention dedicated to everything Shatner; from his classic Twilight Zone episode, to Star Trek, through his TV roles on TJ Hooker and Rescue 9-1-1, right up to his role as a super-lawyer on Boston Legal. As Shatner signs autographs for an endless line of maniacal fans, a Campellian (those who worship actor Bruce Campbell and feel Shatner is a false messiah) sets off a "fiction bomb," a sedlom-used terrorist device that has the ability to turn ficton-media in its immediate vicinity into reality. The bomb goes off backstage behind several screens showing William Shatner films and TV clips. Before long, many of the characters Shatner has played over the years come alive---and go after the actor who gave them fictional life. (I have to admit I kept waiting for "redneck" Shatner from 1977's KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS to show, but I guess if Burke used every little character Shatner has played the book would've been over 500 pages!).

What follows is one HYSTERICAL, bizarro/action romp that had me laughing on nearly every page, especially one scene where Shatner uses the original Twilight Zone-ambulance to try and escape an attack from TJ Hooker (yes--this book goes there and FAR beyond)

My only drawback was Burk's use of the Real Shatner's dialogue; in nearly every sentence he speaks like...Captain Kirk...did...on...the classic...TV show. It worked for the first half, then became a bit worn out. But despite this minor irritant, I can't see anyone not getting a real charge out of this (and IF he ever reads it, I think Shatner hmself would approve--especially after the author's heartfelt open-letter/introduction).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Shamel on May 20, 2009
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I had the extreme (XTREME) pleasure of seeing Jeff Burk perform a scene from Shatnerquake at a reading recently. If you've not seen this, immediately find out when and where you can, and see it. But before you do that, read the book. I happened to have finished Shatnerquake the night before I saw Jeff perform. I was very happy I had.

Jeff Burk has created something smart and amazing with Shatnerquake. The whole concept is hilariously brilliant. William Shatner? William Shatner. William Shatner! That truly says everything about the thrill-ride through the Shatner-tastic world-bending event. It's a quake in all senses of the world. It will rock you.

Even when Captain Kirk is rampaging through the sickest convention center in all the land, phasering bystanders and later chopping up everything around him with a lightsaber, I wanted to be there.

I'm pretty sure nearly every memorable character Shatner has ever played is in this book--all at one time. It's like an electric Shatner pie. It's non-stop. It's insightful. It's an homage in perfect Bizarro form. It is seriously a blast to read.

Jeff Burk takes a look at juicy bits of society through a Shatner-tinted looking glass, turning show business (conventions in particular) on its side for the readers to get a good look. He's done a great job of keeping it fast and funny and sliding ideas past us in the melee surrounding a Shatner-disaster.

It's obviously an ode to a tremendous entertainer, and Mr. Burk treats William Shatner and his career with great respect, while still taking us on a crazy ride through the public persona of such a well-known and illustrious performer.

Rock and roll in written form.

There's even a Bruce Campbell sci-fi cult. (They're the ones that make Shatner's convention experience so much fun.)

Buy this book!
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