Dennis Cooper has broken the cool people’s internet with Zac’s Haunted House. It’s part of a “cycle-in-progress of novels” inspired by visual artist Zac Farley.
Dennis Cooper’s tenth novel, [#ZHH], bears all of the earmarks of his legendary and controversial work – intricate formal & stylistic play, disturbing content, an exploration of the borderline between fantasy and reality, concern for the emotions and dilemmas of youth, etc. – but it is both something unique in his body of writing and possibly something of a world’s first in the novel genre itself.
Instead of gathering materials from language, sentences, and the developmental character and narrative possibilities allowed and restricted by written fiction, Cooper has turned his characteristic inventiveness on the animated gif, employing gifs’ tightly wound, looping visual possibilities, nervous rhythms, tiny storylines, and their status as dismembered, twitching eye candy to compose a short novel of unexpected complexity, strangeness, poetry and comedy.
“Zac’s Haunted House” is as fun and eerie to explore as its namesake attraction, and, the more closely one searches and decodes its carefully detailed sequences and construction, a deep and fraught fiction puzzle.
Christine Dougherty, being awesome as she is, is sharing some free books with us today. Well, awesome would be sharing one or two free books with us, Christine is giving away FOURTEEN!! That’s not awesome, that Kicks Ass!! So, I’m making 9/3 officially CHRISTINE DOUGHERTY DAY in Shadow World!
You can visit Christine’s Amazon Author Page , or each books individual page – (I found a neat way to share each link so is aesthetically pleasing).
Like the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories
Of the way we were
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? could we?
Memories, may be beautiful and yet
What’s too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget
So it’s the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember…
The way we were… SMILE. My first story by Matt Shaw. The story that changed my literary life. We have all heard the story… search for sick & twizted, Kindle Horror Group, meeting Matt…
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! Time to change your life!
From now until Tuesday, you can pick up SMILE on Amazon for FREE!
Check out my review of SMILE here, and don’t miss my hilarious ‘interview’, Low Tea With Matt Shaw, here.