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"Absolutely essential for the Bizarro fan. An immense achievement." --THE MAGAZINE OF BIZARRO FICTION

"This is perhaps the weirdest book that anyone has ever written, or will ever write. Donihe is the best kept secret of the bizarro fiction genre." --CARLTON MELLICK III, author of Adolf in Wonderland

"It starts out as something that sounds like a joke, becomes an exploration of the human spirit and how it is dampened, and ends up being something rather sensitive and poignant." --ANDERSEN PRUNTY, author of Zerostrata

"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (March 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929705
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In HOUSE OF HOUSES, author Kevin L. Donihe has hit his stride. The plot, a man falling in love with his house, seems almost too gimmicky to work over the course of a 100-plus page novel, but Donihe pulls it off with generous doses of surrealism, humor, and even something like house spirituality. The narrator, Carlos, begins his story by waking up to find his house collapsed around him. Naturally, he's confused. When he is finally able to escape the ruins, he finds a neighborhood greatly changed and a new life filled with loss and regret. Because Carlos didn't just live in his house, he loved his house. He was planning on marrying his house (whose name is Helen). He had even kept himself virginal, saving it for their wedding night. He had drilled a hole in her wall in preparation for this. Now she's gone. Once out of the house he meets Tony, a neighborhood guardian who looks kind of like a black Man-At-Arms from the He-Man cartoons. Tony introduces Carlos to "quasi-dimensional psychopomps" and his defense mechanism, "sexpounding." Sound weird? It gets weirder. Carlos enters a world, House Heaven, a polarized version of his normal world. House Heaven is run by a cruel tyrant named Manhaus, who seems to be part man and part house. Will Carlos be able to locate Helen's spirit body and escape?

Donihe surprised me on nearly every page of this book. It starts out as something that sounds like a joke, becomes an exploration (through the examination of house metaphysics and politics) of the human spirit and how it is dampened, and ends up being something rather sensitive and poignant.
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Powerful prose is on display here, but that should come as no surprise to those who know Kevin Donihe as an editor first and author second. This is the book that netted Kevin his first Wonderland Book Award at Bizarrocon. In November 2013, he captured his second for Space Walrus, which I also gave a glowing review.

House of Houses concerns a loner named Carlos who is so committed to the upkeep of his house that he marries it, calls it Helen. From all outward signs as we read, it appears that he is a bit misguided and eccentric in his belief that Helen is actually a sentient life form. At least, it appears so until he starts noticing her decay. We're not just talking dryrot or mold, either. There's mucus and everything as Helen flatlines!

Carlos sets out into the cruel world he'd abandoned in order to find answers. Houses everywhere are dying. He meets up with R'Hony, or Tony in our language, to brave this depressing new Helenless world. What he finds is that there is a heaven, but it's one where humans are slaves and houses live within even bigger houses built by said humans. He reconciles with his love, but just as soon as he has his heart's desire, the devilish Manhaus threatens to snatch Helen and Carlos' newfound fortunes away.

This is a common thread throughout Kevin Donihe's work, the consistent feeling of coming up short, the 'ohhhh, so close, but just out of reach' feeling that originated with the Icarus myth. There is a tremendous gulf of melancholy in Kevin's work that I know, as a friend, he has most likely had to experience as we all have. It is good then that he can transmute his pain into an artistic experience that should be paramount to us in this day and age of instant gratification.
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House of Houses is the story of a man who is in love with a house named Helen. It's a troubled love, but it's a love nonetheless. But when all the houses are destroyed by a mysterious affliction, the love looks like it will be unrequited. What follows is a bizarre journey to house heaven. There is an endless number of surprises, and the depth of feeling is impressive. This is truly a love story, even if the love is between a reformed man and a dead house that is perceived as a puppet house. One of my bizarro favorites.
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This book is unlike any I have ever read before. Donihe has truly written a bizarro masterpiece. We find ourselves reading about a man who has a great love for his house. Not just any type of love, this man wants to marry and consummate his marriage with said house. When one day all of the houses in the world fall down, he is distraught. He needs to find out what has happened to his beloved. He goes on a journey and on the way meets new friends and meets new enemies as well as travels through house heaven. This book is about love, relationships, turmoil, pain, and role reversal. I would recommend this book to anyone be they a bizarro fan or not. If you have ever lost anything or anyone you have truly ever cared about, this book is for you. If you like to delve into strange literature, this book is for you. And most of all, if you even know how to read, trust me, this book is for you. Do yourself a favor and read it. You won't be sorry.
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Carlos is in love with Helen. Helen is no ordinary girl...it's his house. He loves her so much that he plans on marrying her. Unfortunately, he soon finds all the houses in the neighborhood collapsing for no apparent reason, including his beloved Helen. Tormented and without answers, Carlos leaves, determined to find out what happened to his love. He meets Tony, a self-proclaimed superhero with sexpounding powers. He joins Carlos on his quest, and they soon find themselves in House Heaven, a place where humans and houses have switched roles. Will he find Helen? What is this place? Are houses really being made out of humans? Will Carlos make it out alive?

I cannot give enough kudos to this book. It is by far one of my favorites, not only in the bizarro genre, but it is also one of my favorite books of anything I have ever read. A fully developed story with great characters make for an extremely unique, bizarre, and fantastical read, with a touch of Twilight Zone thrown in.

Kevin L. Donihe is severely underrated. He is a great writer with great stories. This is an awesome book! I'm of the opinion that everyone should read it because, well, it's just freakin' fabulous.
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