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After Cthulhu awakens and destroys civilization as we know it, humans are used as slaves and food by their new slimy, submerged masters. One such young man, Ricky, works at an undersea fast food joint where he's forced to kill and cook other humans for the Deep Ones to eat. But he has a plan. His restaurant caters to the Big Man himself, and if Ricky's plan works, he could ...more
Kindle Edition, 72 pages
Published June 15th 2013 by Strangehouse Books (first published June 13th 2013)
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Ms. Nikki
It's the end of the world,
and the monsters have taken over.
Living underwater, no green grass
or four leaf clovers.
We are their slaves,
stuck on cook duty.
Humans are on the menu.
Would you like a slice of booty?
Maybe you're a breast man.
They're full of fatty tissue.
At McHumans eating flesh,
is really not an issue.

by Nikki

Ty's...predicament was pretty awesome. Great description. Loved the line of Captain Save a Ho. Brought back memories.

A fun story. Just was I was looking for. Easily recommended~
Kris Lugosi
Welcome to McHumans may I interest you in a side of your best friend's open sandwiched face? Yeah...that's right, Kevin Strange serves up another short but incredibly sweet dish. In McHumans, the world has been taken over by The Deep Ones aka many other names for the creatures that have flooded the world and turned it into their own sunken city of despair. Here people are served up as food for the gods at a restaurant that our main character Ricky works at. Ricky and his restaurant coworkers ...more
Rodney
Nov 09, 2015 Rodney rated it really liked it
Shelves: strangehouse
As I had expected, this was twisted, humorous, and entertaining. The struggle between the humans and the disgusting alien sea creatures was very vivid for a short story.
Rich Jr.
Sep 06, 2013 Rich Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heroes can come in all shapes and sizes, but they rarely emerge from somewhere as unlikely as the fast food industry. But just such a hero is featured in Kevin Strange’s novella entitled “McHumans,” which utilizes the Bizarro genre of fiction in order to make the whole burger-flipper-turned-hero scenario remotely credible.
Don’t worry though, because this is not a story meant to sympathize or coddle these dregs of society’s cheap eateries (who recently had the audacity to walk off their jobs and
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No Name
Jul 29, 2013 No Name rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro
I've been looking forward to reading McHumans since May 10th when the artwork was revealed on the Strangehouse Books website. The cover was created by new artist Carrion House and it is pretty awesome I think.

(If you consider yourself a fan of bizarro go to strangehousebooks.com RIGHT NOW and sign up for their newsletter which gives great insight into future releases and author interviews from this indie publisher)

McHumans is a Lovecraftian bizarro tale of a small group of fast food workers bein
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John Bruni
Aug 22, 2013 John Bruni rated it it was amazing
You think you hate YOUR job? You should talk to Ricky, the protagonist of McHUMANS. You know how a lot of the Cthulhu Mythos stories are written in kind of an archaic, stuffy way? Kevin Strange breaks the mold by telling the tale of a group of humans who work in a fast food restaurant under the sea, feeding fellow humans to the Great Old Ones. Except Ricky is sick and tired of this. He has a plan to kill Cthulhu himself. Talk about audacious! Not only is this book a lot of fun, but it's also a ...more
Pedro Proença
Oct 07, 2014 Pedro Proença rated it it was amazing
"McHumans" is a Cthulhu Mythos-infused adventure, where a group of humans that survived the uprising of the Old Ones and are forced to work in a fast food joint that serves human flesh try to find the plug to drain the Earth from all the water.

Hateful characters, constant backstabbing, ultraviolence, non-Euclidean geometry, this book is short but entertaining, and delivers what it promissed: A fun entry to the Cthulhu Mythos, leaning toward the Bizarro side (or roof, or floor) of things.
Johnny Broadway
Aug 15, 2013 Johnny Broadway rated it it was amazing
This was the first book by Kevin Strange that I read. It started out with an interesting enough premise and enough grossout to keep me sated, but by the finale, I was virtually glued to the page. I loved every minute of it, and I was in ecstacy at the epic final quarter of the book. More like this, Strangehouse!
PJ Lea
Apr 24, 2016 PJ Lea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Human burger?

A very funny tale that floats along at quite a pace. It is gory at times, but as an integral part of the plot. I also enjoyed the characters and the descriptions of the numerous aquatic creatures.
Brennon Thompson
Aug 06, 2016 Brennon Thompson rated it really liked it
PROOF THAT FASTFOOD WILL KILL YOU... OR MAYBE THAT'S THE ELDER GODS.
Ricky and his (sometimes) friends work at an underwater fast food joint that they refer to as “McHumans.” A place that deals in real human “happy meals.” The customers they serve there are from the pantheon of sanity sucking Gods and their minions that H.P. Lovecraft himself wrote and warned of almost a century earlier. These unspeakable abominations rule upon the Earth, or more so below it, now that the world has been flooded a
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Vanessa Wolf
Dec 15, 2013 Vanessa Wolf rated it really liked it
A tale of courage and dignity against the degrading mega corporation of Big Tentacle, "McHumans," is not the story of one man, but a rag tag, and completely insane team to literally pull the plug on the other worldly invasion. But Ricky does feature heavily, and the narration itself is largely reliant on his account. But you can't deny the role of Chef, Ty, and the others. "McHumans," is more a novella than novel, but you get an extra bang for your $2.99 with a bonus short story from the ...more
Jeremy Maddux
Dec 20, 2014 Jeremy Maddux rated it it was amazing
This is still my favorite of Strange's work.

It takes place in the caverns of the fabled R'lyeh. Ricky, an employee of the underwater fast food joint, teams up with crossdresser Ty, the affable Chef and the physically disabled Karen, who, in a way, proves to be the strongest of them all in this ragged band of misfits. When something goes wrong on the butcher's slab, they are forced to fight their way through the ranks of Cthulhu's evil legions with no less than corpse puppets, giant scorpions wit
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Kirk
Dec 27, 2013 Kirk rated it really liked it
If you were to boil this book down to key ingredients, it'd have the following recipe:

1 Spongebob Squarepants
10 hits of acid
1 Encyclopedia of Lovecraft Lore
A handful of interesting characters
Lots of gore

Mix it all up in a blender, and it makes a great, quick entree.

The book starts out with your average disgruntled fast food employee, except the slaughterhouse is in the break room, and Mr. Krabs on crack-infused steroids runs the joint. The story builds up to a climax of gore, with an interesting
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David
Jan 13, 2014 David rated it really liked it
I've got a soft spot for anything Lovecraftian, so I knew I was going to have fun with this. I've also read Strange's work before and knew that it's always a good read. True to what I expected, this was fun. It's definitely not like a lot of the Lovecraftian fiction I've seen, but I haven't seen a lot of bizarro Lovecraftian fiction before. It stretched a genre I knew and was fun to read. It was worth reading for that alone.
Jeff Arndt
Dec 08, 2013 Jeff Arndt rated it really liked it
I found this highly entertaining. Simple as that.
I've been enjoying quite a few of Kevins' books as of late and have no plans to stop reading anything from Strangehouse anytime soon.
Imagination, a sense of humor and some sickness weave in an out of the story and kept me reading page after page
Really Enjoyable !!!!!!!!
Douglas Castagna
Dec 26, 2013 Douglas Castagna rated it really liked it
Bizarro fiction, is not my usual genre, but it all depends on what the story is about, and McHumans intrigued me. Who would have ever thought that after Cthulhu stepped on through he would crave fast food? Well, if that was us humans, then maybe I would agree, and that is the world Kevin Strange envisioned in his novella. Great story, plenty of gore, laughs and lovecraftian merriment.
Joy Killar
Dec 17, 2013 Joy Killar rated it it was amazing
Creative, creative, creative! Great twisted ending that I never saw coming. Killar book that I completely recommend. As soon as I was done reading I went out and scarfed down a couple filet-o-fish from McD's to celebrate that I am human and we still rule the planet! Fuckin' fish can kiss my ass!
Bill
Jul 14, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it
Good, fast, fun, weird and at times gross! Not too bad for a days work at McHumans!
Kori
Dec 24, 2013 Kori rated it liked it
Shelves: nook
The writing style is very simple but you can tell there is a strong imagination behind it. And no, I don't mean the writing is bad just because I referred to it as simple. I just mean that it was common and wouldn't particularly stand out had it not had such an interesting story to back it up. It was mostly the main character's dialogue that kept it from being four stars, though. He sounded like some crude juggalo that had no business trying to save the world. I felt like it didn't mesh well ...more
William
Nov 11, 2014 William rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
McHumans was great. I would like to have given it five stars, but there were a (very) few grammatical/punctuation errors. I would give it 4 1/2 if that was an option. The story line was wonderful, unique, and engaging. Kevin Strange has created yet another world that has dragged me in kicking and screaming. It refused to let me go, even after I finished the last page and closed the book. The transformation of the story line and characters from beginning to end was unexpected.
Megan
Jul 26, 2016 Megan rated it liked it
This book was gross but well written. I can't necessarily say I'd recommend it but it was a quick and weird read.
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Kevin Strange is a two time nominee of the Wonderland Book Award for excellence in bizarro fiction, recipient of the 2014 editor's choice award in the Lewis and Clark college literary magazine The Peppermint Rooster Review and his short story THE TWINS was listed on TangentOnline.com's 2015 year end recommended reading list.

He is the author of 9 books, including 7 novels and two short story collec
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