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Murderland Part I - H8 Paperback – June 30, 2008
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" ... as farcical as Swift's "A Modest Proposal," yet no less poignant."-
"Cook has written a very fast-paced engaging novella with Murderland Part 1-H8." --Fatally Yours
"Definitely a serious talent" --Mort Castle, editor of On Writing Horror
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The protagonist of this novel is Jeremy - a rather mild mannered pharmacist whose live in girlfriend is obsessed with these celebrity killers - as is most of the rest of society. Jeremy, however, has a secret. He's actually the greatest serial killer ever, and nobody knows it. He's also one of the very few people aware there are Lovecraftian type alien Dark Ones all around us looking for potential hosts for their seed so they can spread their kind across the Earth.
Murderland I - H8 is told mostly through Jeremy's inner dialogue and he is one sick puppy. Author Cook took a great risk choosing to show us events only filtered through such a twisted perspective but he's got the skill to pull it off. Jeremy's inner world is what makes the book so compelling. Jeremy perceives the world around him as a personal Hell - a world gone mad. This simple fact is what pulls us in and makes us accept Jeremy as a sympathetic character even though he's a psychopathic killer. This is what makes the book work.
Cook also has a great ear for language. I found myself reading a great part of this book aloud to myself - it cries out for a voice. The prose flies, never falters. It's an exciting read, a delicate balance between plot development, character details and tidbits about the future society woven together with great care.Read more ›
If you have the serial-killer infatuation, then you've got to read this book. Cook's portrayal of Reap culture disturbs because it's so utterly how the world could be, if serial killer infatuation was just ten or fifteen percent broader than it is already.
I'm impressed by the ambition of this book. It's an interesting new step for the psychonovel; the first-person madman as a mixture of identities and warring tendencies barely aware of each other is a spot-on model of a certain kind of human mind. The best parts, worthy of Jim Thompson, are those subtle moments where we see the warring personalities complaining about one another, manipulating one another, sneaking past each other like grumpy housemates in dark hallways.
The satire is thick and well done - a rarity amongst Bizarro writers, making "Murderland" well worth your time and money.
Immediately it is evident that the author has taken a lot of time to create the language he uses for this book. It takes place in the near future where serial killers are superstars akin to athletes and movie stars.
The book takes on different perspectives, back and forth from first person and third person, using both narratives and journal entries. It works well.
On the back of the book, the description states that "Jeremy's earth shattering two-fisted pulp destiny begins." The problem I have with that is that this is far from pulp. That word underestimates the merits of this book. This is truly interesting and dark dystopian bizarro story.
Using experimental and occasionally stream of consciousness writing, Cook shows us a world that is actually eerily similar to our own. Serial killer groupies who worship people who do things that they don't have the guts to do themselves, an idea that does have parallels in today's world. The worship of violence which is evident in the youth's worship of "gangsta rap" and violent video games. Cook creates and explores a society where our society's acceptance of violence is finally out in the open.
Mixed in with this future is the idea of beings from another dimension are turning people into "terrifying automatons and breeding machines." I found that this idea was just as interesting (if not more) than the world itself.
The writing itself is excellent and does show that the author has indeed worked on his craft before submitting this work to his publisher.
Because it is a first novel, I think it deserves 5 stars. I have not read a debut novel that was this good in a long time (or as far as I could remember.Read more ›
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...If in fact you do rock, prepare yourself for undiluted levels of greatness.
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Murderland could probably be read in one night, but I wouldn't suggest doing so. This book is the kind of thing you want to savor. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Kirk Jones
Not only a fascinating look into the mind of a serial killer, but a study of a futuristic society that has legalized murder and worships serial killers as folk heroes. Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by Amy Hollingshead
Serial killers are pretty fascinating. There are plenty of maniacal murderers both in real life and in fiction, and yes, they seem to capture something about our culture and... Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Murderland H8 is part one of a ten part series. It's about a plausible future where killing has been made legal and as a result has become a pop culture phenomenon. Read morePublished on March 21, 2010 by Grant Wamack
In Murderland H8, Garrett Cook creates a beautifully bizarre distopia that lampoons our society's and media's obsession with lionizing criminals, in particular, serial killers. Read morePublished on November 7, 2009 by Amanda Stanke
This first installment is a thrilling ride through the post-modern American landscape. Serial killers are idolized as pulp heroes, more popular than sports, film and music icons. Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by The Grim Reverend Steven Rage
I admire writers who understand and write about dark character motivations. Jeremy, the protagonist is an insane perpetrator. Read morePublished on January 6, 2009 by Ginnetta Correli
In a future where pop culture has been taken over by serial killer mania, acts of senseless violence dominate the minds and actions of the populous. Read morePublished on September 23, 2008 by fnord333