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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193392991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929910
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,684,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Troy Chambers on October 13, 2009
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`Rotten Little Animals' by Kevin Shamel, is now easily one of my favorite Bizarro titles. Fast-paced, exciting, hilarious and just debauched enough to make me smirk, it's easy to see that this is the work of an author who will be going places.

`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.
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It's a philosophy, a way of living, a kind of bible, ironic, bizarre, strange, rotten (in cotton candy sort of way), but by no means little - Rotten Little Animals has a rabid bite you can't resist. Animals abducting humans for snuff films. Humans reeking revenge on animals. Silver thonged psychotherapy dudes performing puppet shows-and my favorite, zombie cats doing zombie things to nonzombie things. What the hell? One answer. Buy it. Read it. Now. You won't be disappointed.

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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When a human boy named Cage stumbles across a group of talking animals filming a movie, he uncovers a vast conspiracy, a conspiracy that he cannot be allowed to reveal... until the animals decide to make a fictomentary about his kidnapping. Will Cage ever escape and return to normal life?

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.
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Wow what a great book to be your first one. This was an awesome quick read by the Leader of the Bizarro Brigade Kevin Shamel, and if you don't know what that is check it out on bizarrocentral.com. It's a great way to enjoy bizarro books and earn free books you love! Anyways I digress, the book was again very fun and made me think of a surreal Jim Henson type of movie in which we have a group of animals who are caught making a film by a young boy named Cage. When they catch him they kidnap him and then decide to use him in a snuff movie of sorts. What ensues is a great entertaining tale involving meth-addicted scorpions and porn loving rats. This is highly recommended and I can't wait to read Island of the Super People next and more in the future by Kevin.
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Had Hunter S. Thompson attempted a reenvisioning of Animal Farm after dropping three hits of acid, I'm not sure you'd get half the deliciously tawdry stew that is Rotten Little Animals. Sex? Check. Drugs? Check. Rock & Roll? Check. And that's just from the chickens. The rat's a porn addict, the bird's a drunk, the pig's a thug ... and the humans might actually be worse. In a novel about animals who make a movie about making a movie about a fake human who becomes an animal, only the drugged-out nitwits can think clearly enough to ignore the truth. Well, them and the zombie-cats. Wow!
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A fun, carefree romp into a twisted world of uncanny, merciless, and vindictive animals (let's not forget, humans are animals too). But behind the veneer of silly, no-holds-barred frivolity, the kind of non-sequitur nonsense that seeks only to reassure Bizarro readers to never take the genre seriously, or a pissing contest among authors to out-greasy-grimey-gopher-guts the competition, there is some spectacular prose at work, a colorful and animated nightmare (equal parts stop-motion and CGI) dredged from the darkest recesses of Pixar Hell. Think of what "Meet the Feebles" would be if Jackson had the kind of budget he blows on Tolkien flicks (and apparently author Kevin Shamel had not heard of this film at the time of penning Rotten Little Animals) instead of more ambitious and rewarding storytelling like this.

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.
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