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Rotten Little Animals Paperback – October 5, 2009
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
`Rotten Little Animals' takes place in a world where animals can speak- although they hide this carefully from humans. And they also have independent cinema. Movie Director Stinkin' Rat (now one of my favorite literary `villains') is filming a movie about Zombie Cats... but the film production is spotted by Cage, a human boy. To cover up their mistake in letting a human see them doing peopley things, (and so that they won't have to find a new filming location), Cage is kidnapped, and forced to be in the animals movie.
And that's just the first third of the book. The strangeness and hilarity pile on with animal slaughters, animal academy awards, puppet shows, impossible drug combinations, martini parties, and a pork-and-bean eating `superman' named Arrrgh. It's a STRANGE strange book, people.
An utter joy to read, I highly recommend `Rotten Little Animals' to fans of Bizarro, and anyone who enjoys a fun, odd read. I look forward to the future of Kevin Shamel and his writing.
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.
Rotten Little Animals is my first foray into the 2009-2010 New Bizarro Author series and I was fairly pleased with it. The core concept, that animals are secretly intelligent and can talk, reminded me of Anonymous Rex a bit. Stinkin' Rat and Dirty Bird were by far my favorite animal characters. Cage was okay, a fairly standard teenage boy character. I cackled with glee when Cage and his father massacred the audience at the Animal Academy Awards with shotguns and 9 millimeters.
So why did I only give Rotten Little Animals a three? While I liked it, it felt like it went a little long, like it should have been over around page 60. The retaliation that came after could have easily been another book, though Cage's tutelage under Aargh was hilarious.
All in all, Rotten Little Animals was a satisfying bizarro experience. 3.25 out of 5.
Lines like, "neither they nor their cars were a match for the speeding monster and its maniacal bear driver" speak to the subtle, delightful turns of phrase that intersperse what is quite literally non-stop action, whether it be man-on-animal carnage, vice-versa, or felt-whale-puppet psychedelia. Not to mention high-minded metafiction, such as a perverted, hedonistic rat and his crew of animal auteurs accepting their prize for best special effects in making a film with a real human child tortured and abused, only to have their loving audience subsequently and spectacularly massacred by that very special effect. Anyway...
Read this book, you probably won't put it down until the end, and I'm not just saying that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am glad that I finally grabbed this one. Rotten Little Animals is a blast from the very first page. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by R. Moschgat
Featuring, among other things, zombie cats, drug cocktails, squirrel puppets, abduction, and a car chase, Rotten Little Animals is the weirdest cartoon I've ever read.Published on January 2, 2013 by 13visions
I have no idea why it took me so long to read this book. It came out two years ago! That was a mistake on my part. This book was awesome, everything I love about Bizarro. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Daniel Vlasaty - The Buffalo
Animals can talk. They can also drive, text and shoot films...and they REALLY like to shoot films. The animals, of course, don't want humans to know that they can do all that... Read morePublished on August 5, 2011 by Sarah A. Shaw
Rotten Little Animals... Where to start. First off this book is an excellent read. It combines two wonderful qualities. Adult situations and cute cuddly talking animals. Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by Caspian
this was a good book. The writing was solid and animals had a bunch of pervert sex in it.
Stinkin' Rat may be one of the coolest villains to come out of a... Read more
Kevin Shamel, Rotten Little Animals (Eraserhead Press, 2009)
One of the great strengths of the bizarro fiction movement (along with the fact that all of it I've read,... Read more
Mr. Shamel takes us deep into the secret world of the furred and feathered with his debut novel Rotten Little Animals. As is so happens animals really can talk... Read morePublished on August 6, 2010 by Jonathan Moon
Rotten Little Animals is an amazing, original, and laugh-out-loud funny book from new Bizarro writer and Olympian semigod Kevin Shamel. Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by Vince Kramer