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Fistful of Feet Paperback – October 5, 2009

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From the Author

This is my tribute to the Spaghetti Western and the giallo genres. It is quite weird so if you tend to scratch your head at strange literature....You've been warned. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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"Krall has quite a flair for outrage as an art form." - EDWARD LEE, author of The Bighead

"Jordan Krall is a bit like Jonathan Lethem meets the Coen Brothers with an H.P. Lovecraft fetish. His tales will quickly grow on you. Read two books and you'll be addicted." - CARLTON MELLICK III, author of Satan Burger

"Krall's vision of bizarro is not only dark and full of mystery, but guaranteed to entertain as well." - JOHN EDWARD LAWSON, author of Sin Conductor

"Jordan Krall's writing takes you places you never knew you wanted to go." - JEREMY C. SHIPP, author of Vacation


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929897
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,272,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A transient named Calamaro brings Hell down on Screwhorse, Nevada in this homage for all times to spaghetti westerns. There's a cast of characters to rival Once Upon a Time in the West here, so much that I occasionally had trouble keeping up with some names, but when I read something with epic sensibilities, I expect a dizzying array of characters.

Calamaro is a man ahead of his time. He champions the cause of a black man who is treated very poorly in the beginning, and this puts him at odds with many of the townsfolk right away.

Another credit to Calamaro's eccentricity is the wooden donkey he drags behind him. When the purpose of the wooden horse, affectionately named Sartana, is finally revealed, it's one of those scenes that just makes you want to high five someone.

Jordan Krall finds ever impressive ways to mix his love of 'trash cinema' or at least those that belong to their own subgenre, with reflections on our real lives, scattered references to the occult that make you wonder whether Krall has actually done magic before and an unbridled passion for the written word. Krall never writes the same thing twice. He doesn't have time for that.

When you're finished with this one, check out Tentacle Death Trip, quite possibly the most plausible Bizarro novel I've ever read. Don't ask me how that's possible. It just is.
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I'm going to be honest and say that I'm a huge fan of Jordan Krall and he's one of my favorite bizarro writers. I once heard Krall mentioned as the Quentin Tarantino of bizarro, and I think it's true in that he has a perfect mastery of genre fiction. Squid Pulp Blues paid homage to crime noir, and now with Fistful of Feet, Krall is entering one of my personal favorite genres: the western.

So of course I love this book, but I'm also going to tell you why. Fistful of Feet is a bloody love song to all the cool Spaghetti Westerns made back in the 60's and 70's, full of superhuman gunplay and a moral code enforced by graphic violence. The setting is the town of Screwhorse, a bubbling cauldron of corruption and mischief. The frontier of the west was a brutal and lawless environment, where everyone is just trying to survive. In this sense, Krall has stayed true to the roots of the western, giving it the proper atmosphere and the sort of characters we've come to expect. The cast is large and varied, with all the classic western characters represented. There's the stand-up-for-justice hero, the whores-with-the-hearts-of-gold, the corrupt mayor, the incompetent sheriff, the scum-of-the-earth thugs, the mystical Indians, the con man, and even a few psychos. That's a large cast, but I wasn't put off by it, as I felt that Fistful of Feet was just that kind of western. Westerns like this are like operas. There needs to be a large cast in order to produce as many corpses as possible.

Jordan Krall proves that he knows the western like the back of his hand, but at the same time, he's created his own brand of bizarro over the years. Fistful of Feet has tentacles, bodily fluids, deformed feet, weird drugs, sucking, screwing, hermaphrodites and much more.
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Intense, bizarre world out of our of Mr Krall's mind. I love his writing.
I just cannot put into words what a masterful twisted interestingly dark world this author builds
for us to delve into and escape the real madness. If you are not sensitive
read it. Enjoy.
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You can't read the Bizarro genre without seeing the name Jordan Krall. But as many times as I've seen his name it took me awhile to get around to reading one of his books. Fistful of Feet was where I decided to start with Krall, and I believe I choose well.
Taking place in Screwhorse, Nevada we are introduced to this strange desert town when our hero Calamaro wanders in with his wooden donkey. It doesn't take him long to get the attention of some of the thugs that push around the rest of the town, and in typical heroic fashion win the hearts of regular townsfolk. But in this book even the regular folks are weird. Playing a large role in the story is the local whorehouse, which is known for indulging customers in their strange fetishes. We have women like June who has a little foot growing out of each of her ankles, giving her a total of four feet. Then there are the Brady sisters, who specialized in burping. This is only a couple examples of the strange characters from this town.
There are a few different story lines involving the different characters, some that run into each other. It can be a little confusing with so many characters, but not so much to ruin the book. Krall does a good job with it all, he doesn't leave any loose ends, which can typically happen with so much going on.
Overall this is a pretty action packed story. Between Calamaro battling it out with the rich William Lyons or Sergio and his friends plotting to rid the Mayor of his gold, the weird cows with tentacles instead of utters, or the sexually transmitted tattoos, this book will keep you entertained.
I've never really been into westerns, this is the first book I've read that in that genre. I've seen people say that there are a lot of nods towards certain westerns. I think that's pretty cool, even if I wouldn't know them to catch them. I will definitely be reading more from Jordan Krall, and I will be encouraging others to do the same.
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