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Hypno-Hog's Moonshine Monster Jamboree Paperback – October 20, 2011
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The book begins with a rain of weird skull frogs. The frogs land on Herconium Slogg's pig farm, where he makes money by frying up pigs ears as a local delicacy. Naturally, Slogg fries up the frogs too, and they prove popular and tasty. More frogs end up landing in the local moonshine still, and apparently make for good moonshine ingredients. Unfortunately, the frogs have the side effect of turning anyone who ingests them into a freaky mutant, and eating too many will apparently turn you into a cannibal.
While this sounds like a recipe for a horror movie, it isn't. All of the mutations tend to be humorously bizarre, and even the cannibalism it comical, almost cartoonish. The whole book is just kind of silly and generally enjoyable. I think the best part was Goldfarb's illustrations.
"Hypno-Hog's Moonshine Monster Jamboree" is no exception. Combining his comic artistry with weird and wonderful prose, Goldfarb takes us deep into the backwoods of the American South for a liquored-up dirt-road tale of side-show freakishness and transcendental bliss.
The back cover takes care of the synopsis. Rain of frogs, messianic swine, and mutant good ol' boys. Add a heaping helping of old-time religion, wholesome family entertainment, and a rampant drug problem and you pretty much cover major points of Bizarro storytelling to be found here.
While Goldfarb is probably best known for his books of comic strips, and there are several illustrations in this book, the writing is beautiful too. He brings you into the world of Slogg's Holler and you can't leave until the last frog is fried. The steady, even pace and well-written narrative keep you locked in.
It's really hard to say more about the experience. It is Americana gone weird. Appa-lynchian mountain-mania. Sweet tea and LSD. Southern culture in a blender.
Just read it. It's a good old-fashioned weird ride past the highways and byways you're used to.