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About Carlie Martece
Martece wrote their first book, the semi-autobiographical Toxic Nursery, to provide insight into the often-misunderstood diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. They have since received the dual diagnosis of autism, which explains how they have memorised pi to over two thousand digits! Deragon Hex: The Vipdile Key was their first work of science fiction, and has six hundred and sixty six digits of pi integrated into the narrative. Along with their latest novel, Chroma: Calanooka, these books form the Constructed Sanity Sequence, a series of autobiographies and novels that will become increasingly entangled as the overall story progresses.
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The Carlie Nooka Martece collective is now living Toxic Nursery's sequel, and continues to share their creations with the world via their website at www.carliemartece.com.
Glamorous, melodramatic Leandra yearns to continue “modelling”, but her limbs ache and lizards ate her breadcrumbs. Shy, autistic Cal wants gainful employment. These lonely, mismatched siblings live a suffocating existence in the isolated desert city of Summerton. When a blue space captain called Kalakai arrives, offering Chroman army recruitment, their reality becomes increasingly intangible. Local news stations warn of an uncaptured murderer. Leandra applies lip gloss, models custard, and plans her birthday celebrations. Cal hyper-focuses on Calanooka.com, his online guide to the Chroma Sphere System. The strange pair cling to shreds of sanity while people around them disappear.
The third book in the Constructed Sanity series combines the terrifying honesty of Toxic Nursery with the complex yet captivating plot of The Vipdile Key. Could intergalactic battle training save these troubled siblings? Will they solve Summerton’s mysteries or be consumed by demonic forces? Where are they? When are they? And why does a vengeful witch haunt their cryptic dreams?
Rescue is not coming.
The three main characters are a gender-neutral vigilante killer, a dominatrix and a girl in a coma. The tale begins at the blood-drenched site of a mass murder then rewinds to play out the toxic events that brought the killer to this point. Ash must figure out which one of the four main villains in Leah’s life is responsible for her lying poisoned in a hospital bed and avenge her before it is too late. There is only one person they can turn to for help, the creepy Estana, who is probably evil and possibly not even human.
After leaving the ruined hotel suite in Blue Five Nine, the story careens through narcotised festivals, disastrous relationships, vulture trials, prison fights, televised violence and surreal dream sequences, with frequent social commentary from two voyeuristic alcoholics.
The six-sided setting is populated by mentally vacant consumers and insidious social climbers, but there’s also a helpful prison clerk, a mysterious night porter and a cat that drinks vodka. Can Leah be saved? Will anybody be pushed out of a level Plus Five window? Will Ash run out of hair gel? Which number is the trigger - a three digit figure that begins with five and is destined to cause a major explosion?
You'll find out if you follow the white badger.
This intensely psychological, vicious parody hurtles at breakneck speed through a series of bleakly hilarious misadventures. Lyrical and sardonic, it reads like a cross between a poem, a joke, an artists' manifesto, and a mental health case study, but with constant emphasis on the writer's twisted sense of humour.
Martece unflinchingly spotlights the myriad of truths that shape the human character in this demented account of a creative life that involves “courage”, art, madness, badgers, alien princesses, Gothic melodrama, nudity and petrol.