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Rotten Little Animals Paperback – October 5, 2009
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"Like a bionic Ralph Bakshi reborn from snorting Orwell's ashes, Kevin Shamel drags cherished childhood fantasies into the gutter of adulthood, and makes you pay dearly to swallow them all over again. Intelligence is a universal disease, but never fear... Rotten Little Animals just may be the cure we've been praying for." - CODY GOODFELLOW, author of Radiant Dawn and Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars
"Looney Tunes amped up on cocaine, sex and soft, silky fur and feathers. Shamel's debut is wildly entertaining and destined to become an instant bizarro classic." - GINA RANALLI, author of Sky Tongues and Suicide Girls in the Afterlife
"This book has three of my favorites things: Kittens, Zombies, and Snuff Films." - JEFF BURK, author of Shatnerquake
"It begins as a zombie film, transforms into a deranged puppet show, and ends with a car chase. If you ever wondered what a Pixar exploitation film would be like, you need Rotten Little Animals." - CAMERON PIERCE, author of The Ass Goblins of Auschwitz and Shark Hunting in Paradise Garden
"Written with the humor of Adult Swim, but with enough psychological profundity to matter. Shamel is a bright motherfucker!" - FORREST ARMSTRONG, author of Asphalt Flowerhead
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This is a world where animals can talk. They don't around people, though - it's the biggest secret ever. Stinkin' Rat and his film crew are making a movie about zombie cats when a human sees them. No human is ever supposed to witness an animal talking. It is the one law. That person is to be put to death by the animal police. But Stinkin' Rat and crew kidnap the kid instead of calling the cops. They decide to make a movie of the experience, playing the kidnapped kid off as a CGI creation.
And then things start to get really weird. And really really awesome. There is a large-scale massacre, massive amounts of drugs, puppets, a germaphobe animal lover, an island covered in a large mosquito-type net. And on and on. There are more exciting, inventive things in this book than I ever would have thought a stack of papers could hold.
This book is almost too fun. Highly recommended for people who love to laugh, vomit, and pee all at the same time. And also fans of gory comedies and Troma movies.
Out of Kevin Shamel's imagination came a motley crew of critters, each with their own all-too-human characteristics. Some are bad, some are not-so-bad, but they all play a role in the group. And what are these talking animals up to? Led by the ruthless and deviant Stinkin' Rat, the animals are set on filming an awesome movie (and maybe a little porn on the side) while keeping themselves a secret from the human world itself. Sounds easy enough, but then there's Cage. Cage is a little boy who sees that the animals can think and talk, and he quickly pays the price for this knowledge.
Just like me, you won't be able to put this book down until you find out what happens to Cage. Rotten Little Animals is a gut-wrenching story of brutalized innocence, but you'll hardly notice since you'll be laughing at Shamel's wicked sense of humor. From the animals' secret culture and hedonistic shenanigans to Cage's therapy with a weirdo named Arrgh, this book will leave you thoroughly satisfied. Shamel is going to make a lot of noise in the bizarro scene. Just you wait.
Contains: Adult Language, Adult Situations
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Kevin's unique voice, modern storytelling skills, and radical imagination will take you on a trip you've always wanted, but never dared. Kevin makes it easy to go there, and you'll never want to look back.
I believe Kevin Shamel will be to bizarro as Stephen King is to horror.
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