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"The literary equivalent of the Hot Wheels Octoblast track set and a hip-flask of Motor Whiskey, Tentacle Death Trip is pure post-apocalyptic, ultra-violent muscle-car madness. Think Death Race 2000 meets Mad Max by way of William S. Burroughs' The Place of Dead Roads on the way to H. P. Lovecraft's R'lyeh, but with Krall's unmistakably bizarro pulp sensibilities." -Ross E. Lockhart, editor of The Book of Cthulhu

"Feelin' drab and norm? Need dazed? Shoot up with this hell-poppin' BIZARROization of 5 post-apocalypso drivers/1 DEATHrace/FreAkS.s./mutants/mystery/and more tentacles than Cthulhu, and WHAM!-CRASH!-ThrAk! all yer ills are cured!"-Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. author of The Orphan Palace

"Krall has quite a flair for outrage as an art form." -Edward Lee, author of THE BIGHEAD and THE DUNWICH ROMANCE

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (April 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621050254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621050254
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,531,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 2007, Jordan Krall has written professionally. He writes Weird Fiction, horror, crime fiction, apocalyptic literature, bizarro, and non-genre fiction.

He has been published by ERASERHEAD PRESS, LegumeMan, Bucket O'Guts, MorbidBooks, Black Rainbows, among others.

His book FISTFUL OF FEET was called "a great homage to the spaghetti western" by the SPAGHETTI WESTERN DATABASE and was recently published in a German-language edition by VOODOO PRESS.

His work has been praised by such authors as Jeff Vandermeer, Edward Lee, and Tom Piccirilli.

Jordan Krall also runs the cult fiction small press DYNATOX MINISTRIES as well as the Weird Fiction imprint DUNHAMS MANOR PRESS. He has published such authors as Wilum Pugmire, Joseph Pulver Sr, Daniel Mills, T.E. Grau, Nicole Cushing, Robert Price, Thomas Ligotti, Seb Doubinsky, and lots more.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin Coons on August 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Tentacle Death Trip follows five racers in a post apocalyptic race...TO THE DEATH! Death Race 2000 is one of my favorite movies so it's pretty easy to say that I loved this book. Then add on the fact that it has a heavy Lovecraftian influence...Yowzah!

There are plenty of unique characters and interesting back stories to keep readers engrossed. Inventive landscapes, strange aquatic blasphemies and I'm pretty sure there was even some neon meat.

It's about time someone wrote a book about a death race and Jordan Krall does not disappoint. If you're a fan of Death Race 2000, Road Warrior or Bizarro Literature this is a must read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah A. Shaw on April 13, 2012
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Ten years after nuclear and biological war has ravaged the world, five hardcore racers enter a car race with an irresistable prize. The winner is the one who manages to finish first and alive. Chock full of mutations, awesome weaponry and colorful, eccentric characters with intriguing backstories, this Bizarro homage to Death Race 2000 is a must read. Page-turning action, bizarre deaths and endless surprises make Tentacle Death Trip one road trip that you don't want to miss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raf on October 8, 2013
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This book had plenty of kicks and brought alive lots of memories, childhood dreams of racing a killer car through town but when it was all over I wasn't completely satisfied. The race itself is really cool but well, kicking an open door here, there's a lot of racing. I expected Krall to drift a little more.
The characters were a little too cartoonish for my liking, especially when Krall decided to pour some emotional depth into the gas tank.
Also, the book got interrupted each time to explain the history of each of the five race car drivers. Spending a lot of time talking about five characters, who are all basically doing the same thing, made it a little repetitive. Fun part is that you can pick a driver to root for and hope (s)he survives. Almost like a choose your own adventure book.

I had fun, but I enjoyed Squid Pulp Blues, Piecemeal June and Fistful of Feet a lot more. I recommend all of them. This one, I'd recommend if you're looking to turn your brain off for a cartoon-like book about a weird car race where only one will survive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Martin on May 7, 2015
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You know when you're reading something and you stop and think "what on Earth is happening here?". You get that feeling with this book, and in a good way. I am a sucker for certain horror plots (road trip, asylum, trapped on an island, etc), and Tentacle Death Trip offered that (road trip, obviously), but with a Lovecraftian twist.
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This is one of those books you’ll probably finish and then sit there a while, wondering, “what the heck did I just read?”

Sure, the initial premise seems straightforward enough. Cue movie-announcer voice, in an apocalyptic near-future etc. etc., the crumbling ruins of society, radioactive mutants, food scarce fuel scarcer, ultimate in entertainment and competition is the death race.

With souped-up, customized, uber-weaponized mean machines. And drivers who are chosen partly for skill and partly for sheer larger-than-life character or personality. There’s the spoiled rich girl, the hard-drivin’ bible-thumper, the cross-dressing slaveboy, the occulty/cyborg dude, and our protagonist. The everyman, the good guy in a bad world, who’s already found out to his sorrow that niceness is a dangerous liability.

The five of them are brought to the starting gate and introduced to the race’s sponsor, Mr. Silver. The prize is the chance of a lifetime, the course is laid out, the rules are simple … and off they go.

What follows is the high-speed road rage you might expect, as the competitors seek to eliminate each other while avoiding their own destruction. Obstacles along the way include hostile swarms of flying teeth, robot monsters, cannibals, cultists and zealots.

But wait, there’s more! Because the finish line is at this miraculous city that’s arisen from the ocean depths. Destination R’lyeh (though in the Atlantic instead of the usual South Pacific). The drivers who get that far might be inclined to wish they hadn’t, and we’re also shown in a series of flashbacks how they reached this point … as, for some, their pasts return to haunt them.

It’s a weird, weird, extremely weird book. It would make one wild movie if the effects budget could hold up. Like the race it describes, it’s high-speed and pretty much non-stop; once you start reading you’re most likely in it for the duration.
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TENTACLE DEATH TRIP is Jordan Krall's personal homage to every B-movie out there about a post-apocalyptic future with cars and crazy drivers or more notably, DEATH RACE 2000. Here's the ultra quick synopsis: "five drivers... one race... [and] millions of tentacles." Or... Let's just go ahead and make a few comparisons here: TENTACLE DEATH TRIP is TWISED METAL meets MAD MAX meets DEATH RACE 2000 (duh) meets CALL OF CTHULU meets HEAVY METAL meets FALLOUT meets everything post-apocalyptic ever meets every the-world-has-gone-to-crapscenario. And here's the strange thing: Krall manages to take an already bizarre and familiar plot (come on, seriously: a death race involving a bunch of weirdos driving souped-up cars in the future? That's strange...) and make it interesting, in a totally unique Krall-way. In TENTACLE DEATH TRIP, it's the year 2025 and some sort of apocalypse happened--this is all revealed in some sort of a paragraph-long intro--fine. Anymore back story and things would start to become tedious.

TENTACLE DEATH TRIP also isn't the most original of stories--but it doesn't try to be--and what makes it more interesting are the five rather exceptional racers: Samson, the mysterious self-vindicating family man driving a custom built Ligotti Turbo Z-23; Junko, the Japanese transvestite sex slave with a unique sense of pride and an appetite for his/her/ze(?
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