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Governor of the Homeless Paperback – September 29, 2016
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From the Inside Flap
"A powerful and quirky novella with a deadly edge, Governor of the Homeless reads like what might happen if you grafted the Swans's To Be Kind to a Barry Hannah tree and then picked whatever fruit grew from it and made a smoothie out of it." --Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses and Last Days
"G. Arthur Brown's work is so far removed from what everyone else is doing that we need new words to describe it.Bum Town is full of weird noir, bizarro, science fiction, surreal madness, and elegant absurdity. This is beautiful prose wrapped in uncertainty and mystery. Whatever genre you like, Brown is using it in his mix and then turning it into pretzels that eat you and make you like it." -- Gabino Iglesias, author of Zero Saints
"We're in Bum Town, a fully realized cartoonish dystopia the likes of which you'd find in a Terry Gilliam film, and the world presented felt SO alive to me that I feel like there's 100's of more stories this place has to tell. This is in impressive feat for a novella..." -- Danger Slater, author of Puppet Skin
"It's a story of insanity. Or, several stories of insanities. Twisting in on each other, folding out from each other, an Escher print made from words." -- Christine Morgan, The Horror Fiction Review
"G.Arthur Brown is a glorious minstrel making music for demon gods to dance to. His prose is taut, charming, and sinister. His mind quick,quirky, and wild. Let the moon go up at midnight and let him serenade you. Open up your heart at him: let his stories make you full." -- Brian Allen Carr, author of The Last Horror Novel in the Historyof the World
"I think this book ate holes in my brain. G. Arthur Brown is a magician of absurd stories and surreal imagery." -- CV Hunt, author of Ritualistic Human Sacrifice
"Reading this requires a complete detachment from reality..." -- Pedro Proença, author of Benjamin
"G.Arthur Brown writes with the chittering sing-song staccato of a filthy street urchin in an accent that might be Cock-knee but actually it's something else you should probably recognize but don't due to the plastic dry-cleaning bag over his head." -- Arthur Graham, author of Editorial
"It's been a couple years since the publication of G Arthur Brown's impressive debut novella, Kitten,but who's counting? With Governor of the Homeless--the author's second long-form work to see publication and the inaugural offering of small press newcomer Psychedelic Horror Press--Brown dodges the sophomore slump with a novella that is as singularly dark,weird, and thought-provoking as it is skillfully written." --Douglas Hackle, author of The Hottest Gay Man Ever Killed in a Shark Attack
"Governor of the Homeless is the size of a tapas, but it's got striking flavors of big, bold tomes like Infinite Jest, 1984, and White Noise. This book is smart,sharp, cracked, crazy. It smells like the randoms in the alley behind my apartment building digging through the bins, it's ugly like bloody gums, and it's funny like the punchline to your favorite joke." --Laura Lee Bahr, author of Haunt
"Myriad narratives spiral out from a central courtroom drama. The sum of the parts: a portal into the mind of the author, a kind of twisted dream diary, a nightmare of Baudrillard's simulacra, wrought with exquisite detail" -- Jason Rizos, author of Supercenter
"Kaleidoscopic weirdness flows unabated, and the imagery washing past is disturbing and psychedelic. The text is experiential and striking, but lacking in concrete handholds beyond a few grotesque set pieces." -- Ross E. Lockhart, Editor in Chief of Word Horde
From the Back Cover
"G.Arthur Brown is at the forefront of a new generation of writers. Oneof my favorites." -- Brian Keene, best-selling author of TheComplex
"G. ArthurBrown--already respected as a syntactically immaculate weaver oftales both comical and absurd--now ventures into the darkness todeliver us the strange and unsettling horrors of Governorof the Homeless." -- JeremyRobert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City.
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This story involves a very well realized dystopian future that is down-right chilling. As the layers of the mystery our narrator is trying to solve are peeled back we're treated to a society that is very real, and possible, and yet absurd at the same time. It takes a lot of talent to pull something like this off, and Mr. Brown has it.
I highly recommend this book for fans of science fiction, urban fantasy, modern noir, and bizarro. It's a quick read that never lags. Bravo G. Arthur Brown!
We’re in Bum Town, a fully realized cartoonish dystopia the likes of which you’d find in a Terry Gilliam film, and the world presented felt SO alive to me that I feel like there’s 100's of more stories this place has to tell. This is in impressive feat for a novella that’s only 65 pages long.
This book was Psychedelic Horror Press’s first foray into limited edition chapbooks, and if this is any indicator of the kind and quality of work they are going to produce, then sign me up!
G. Arthur Brown is a great writer and if you miss this book, you’ve lost at life.
“The trial was about something else entirely,” our narrator informs us, adding, “I’m writing this [book] to see if I can figure out what that was.” Thus we are invited to come along and see if we too might figure things out. In the terse chapters that follow, we're presented with various pieces of the puzzle, including a lurid dime-store novel, part of a typewritten manuscript of a historical novel that reads more like pulp fiction, an impromptu courtroom screening of an old movie, anecdotes about the accused, a revelatory dream, and a lesson of sorts on avian evolution, all which may or may not untangle the mystery of Wilson’s Kafkaesque trial.
It’s been a couple years since the publication of G Arthur Brown’s impressive debut novella, Kitten, but who’s counting? With Governor of the Homeless—the author’s second long-form work to see publication and the inaugural offering of small press newcomer Psychedelic Horror Press—Brown dodges the sophomore slump with a novella that is as singularly dark, weird, and thought-provoking as it is skillfully written. Highly recommended.
Been a decent while since he debuted with the spectacular novella "Kitten", and this short novella does not disappoint as a follow up.
If you ever wondered what a dystopian court room farce from Terry Gilliam would read like, this is it.
Careful now. If your skull hasn’t any room for lizard wings, you might need a section wipe before inserting the Governor.