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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (April 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929835
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...one of bizarro's most notoriously original and entertaining writers." --MICHAEL ARNZEN, author of 100 Jolts
 
"Kevin L. Donihe is brilliant. One of the most creative, most original authors out there, Donihe is in my top five list of sure things. When I need a little surrealism, a little thought to my scare and tear, it's him I sprint to." --HORROR WEB
 
"Kevin Donihe? Yeah. That boy has problems." --NICK MAMATAS, author of Move Under Ground
 
"Who opened the gates and set free this slouching beast (on the proverbial march to Bethlehem, of course) called Kevin Donihe?" --MICHAEL HEMMINGSON, editor of What the Fuck

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Kevin L. Donihe lives in Tennessee. He is the Wonderland Award-winning author of House of Houses, Space Walrus, Night of the A**holes, The Traveling Dildo Saleman, The Flappy Parts, Washer Mouth: The Man Who Was a Washing Machine, The Greatest F*cking Moment in Sports, Shall We Gather at the Garden?, and Grape City from Eraserhead Press or its imprints.

His fiction and poetry has appeared in The Mammoth Book of Legal Thrillers (Carroll & Graf/Constable & Robinson), Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane (Black Dog & Leventhal), ChiZine, Electric Velocipede, Dark Discoveries, The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, Dreams and Nightmares, Not One of Us, Bathtub Gin, Cafe Irreal, Poe's Progeny (Gray Friar Press), The Undead (Permuted Press) and many other publications.

He was editor of the Bare Bone anthology series for Raw Dog Screaming Press. A story from the first issue was reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 13; many others received honorable mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Currently, Kevin L. Donihe is the editor of the Eraserhead Press New Bizarro Author Series.

He is also the world's oldest living wombat.

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When I finished this book, I smiled.
Kevin Shamel
The novel is written in lucid literary style with high prose to match the low humor and weird, weird situations.
Allen Taylor
"Washer Mouth" is a bizarro satire of soap operas and show business, and Donihe makes it sing.
David W Barbee

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andersen Prunty on June 16, 2009
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Washer Mouth is great stuff. It definitely rivals House of Houses for my favorite Donihe book but I think HofH might still have a slight edge. I liked a lot more about Washer Mouth than I didn't like. Actually, the only criticism I really have of it is a certain lack of verisimiltude. The book is set in Hollywood and Roy becomes an actor, but there seems to not really be a complete grasp of how that process works. This didn't really bother me. I think it can be explained by the facts that 1. Roy used to be a washing machine and, in his current human form, he is focused primarily on meeting Helen (an actress in the soap opera Sands of Eternity, which Roy watches faithfully from his convenient position in the Laundromat) 2. it's a bizarro book and the "real" world is virtually as bizarre as the fantasy world so a lot of detail or factual elements might actually detract from the story. The page numbering at the end is weird, it goes from like p. 222 to p. 226. I'm probably one of three people in the world who would notice this. No content is missing or anything, there's just the glitch in the numbering.

There is so much about the book I liked. Similar to HofH, Donihe creates a very fleshed out and satisfying bizarro book. Part of his ability to create a satisfying book lies in his blending of genres. While, overall, I would describe WM as a comedic fantasy, it also has elements of horror and suspense. In this way, his writing reminds me of Christopher Moore. Also, the humor is not based on jokes that one thinks maybe they've heard a long time ago on tv or in some movie. Donihe's humor revolves around situations. And the laughter it eventually induces is sort of a nervous laughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mikedoeseverything on July 11, 2009
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I have to admit, WASHER MOUTH started off really slowly and I wasn't really enjoying the story, much less finding it all that credible until Roy underwent his initial transformation. In retrospect, I can now see how it might have been important to devote an entire 1/8 of the book to Roy's beginnings as a washing machine. Having read the back of the book, had I not known about Donihe or read any of his previous work, I still probably would have bought the book based entirely on the back description: "bukkake hair treatments... super powered superstars, snuff films... and a murderous washing machine."

The thing about Donihe, he is capable of taking something extremely mundane and ordinary-seeming, to then transform it into something quite extraordinary. Who has ever sat down to think about the wash cycles of washing machines? Has anyone actually ever imagined a way washers can communicate with each other? Better yet, who has ever attempted to tell the story of a "washing machine messiah?" Normally, a person with these thoughts might be seen as a deranged or slightly disturbed individual but Donihe is capable of transforming any crazy idea into a very interesting and credible read.

I have the nasty habit of automatically spotting typos in the books I read and this one only had four. Most apparent was the sudden jump in page numbering toward the end and even the book jacket has a typo on the back. Regardless, none of these flaws take away from the fantastic story that is WASHER MOUTH. Roy is a washing machine, becomes human, realizes he needs to adapt rather quickly, meets deranged superstars, gets followed by a person known only as the DARK WASHER and gets tangled up in a twisted story of self-discovery and humanity. What more could one ask for? Well, one thing actually.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kcb on June 16, 2009
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This book is about a washing machine named Roy who becomes human in order to act as a herald for the soon to appear washer-men. Roy's not really interested in doing this, and would rather watch his favourite soap opera, Sands of Eternity. When he finds out his favourite character from the show, Helen Masterson, is about to be retired, he sets out to meet her. Meanwhile, he's stalked by the Dark Washer, who seeks to destroy him, and along the way, he meets the sort of people you would probably run into if you were wandering around Hollywood- angry naked mobs, self important super powered superstars, drunk over the hill actresses, bukkake boy toys, a hot dog vendor...

i think this is Donihe's most polished book to date. He has a way of making the entire story seem natural, rather than bizarre, despite whatever's going on. If House of Houses is the "right direction," then Washer Mouth is the one that says "you can buy a Donihe book and not worry about being ripped off," which is what i'll be doing from now on.
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By Pat on September 8, 2013
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If you have read my reviews to date, you will probably already know that I am kind of partial to Kevin L. Donihe's write. There is just something about what he lays on paper that I can just so easily connect with. So, I guess you can say that I am already a little sold on his work before I read it. By honestly, I have good reason. Kevin knows bizarro. That is a fact. With Washer Mouth, we have lots of tension, lots of character development, and lots of strange... stuff. With this novel you can't ask for more. My favorite thing about this book is that it is dialogue driven while not getting too talky for my interest. You find yourself rooting for the good guys and hating the bad guys. This is one of the more tension built bizarro stories that I have read this year. The first two chapters are a little slow, but if you can get passed those, you will be glad you did. The only downside to this novel, honestly, is length. I feel like it could have been a little longer. I feel like Kevin could have gotten a little more expressive with the death of a few lead characters. There were also a group in the book called 'the freaks' that I feel kind of fell to the side toward the end of the book. I feel like with extra length in the novel they could have been integrated into the dynamic climax of an ending. The ending and the climax at the end was fine as is... don't get me wrong. But, man... it could have been explosive if the freaks were tied into that last chapter.

If you are looking for a strange, fun read. Look no further.
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