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The Last Gig on Planet Earth

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
"Sex, drugs, rock and roll, and tentacles.” -- Jeffrey Thomas, author of Monstrocity

Kevin Strange's fiction has been described as bleak, hopeless, bizarre, and always unpredictable. This is Strange at his most nihilistic. The Last Gig on Planet Earth collects eight tales full of suspense, of dread, of that side of human nature that most pretend does not exist. Strange sets
Paperback, 186 pages
Published July 15th 2013 by Strangehouse Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Feb 03, 2015 Melki rated it really liked it
Many of these stories are ripe with Ancient Evil. The Old Ones loom large and demand some respect. An altar would be nice. A sacrifice? Even better.

Here be tales of terror, tinged with humor.

I especially enjoyed the fable of a boy and his dog who share an unusual bond, and the title story about a rock band that needs to save the world, if only to keep all of its members from sharing the fate of Spinal Tap's, um...drummers.

Strange proves himself to be a master at conjuring up distur
Kris Lugosi
The Last Gig on Planet beautiful, insightful, dark, poignant, a one tear, heart breaking, thought provoking, journey into a much darker slower pace Kevin Strange. Every story in this book has a very dark, lonely yet hopeful tone to it. Some are short and beautiful others longer and much more disturbing. I've described Kevin's writing as disturbing before but this is different. Reading this book is more like reading not necessarily a psychological thriller, but the stories really play ...more
Jul 17, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
Before we stumbled onto Bizarro I'm sure quite a few of us were huge horror fans. We cut our teeth on Poe, King, Barker, and even Lovecraft. Kevin Strange has given us a glimpse of his life before Bizarro and the results are quite impressive.

These are dark and angry stories that remind me exactly why I got into horror in the first place. It wasn't for then gore or violence it was for that feeling of dread you felt as a story evolved. Kevin has a knack for writing true horror and this is the ol
Dylan Worthey
Aug 12, 2013 Dylan Worthey rated it it was amazing
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It has been a long time since I read a short story collection by one author and been so amazed at how much I was drawn into the stories, into the characters themselves and brought to a place that I always loved to be in, literary euphoria. Kevin Strange can tap that Lovecraftian horror so well that I felt H.P. himself was guiding his hand, but he also adds something more to it that is all his own. Strangecraftian is all I can say to put it mildly, but these are not all tales with gooey oozing ...more
Donald Armfield
The Last Gig on Earth is a collection of Kevin's work before Strangehouse books. Sometimes we all have a normal side.

The Last gig on earth is like a Nightmare on Elm St. meets Airheads when a band is haunted by some mythos creature. 5 stars.

A Killer's Road is great plague story. A man catches his wife cheating, death follows on a clean get away, no life.

The Hairy Chicken is The legend of Traeloteph a giant man eating bird, great read.

Horror and Lovecraft readers recommend! Check this out you w
David Black
Aug 06, 2013 David Black rated it it was amazing
Until recently, I knew of Kevin Strange mainly through Hack Movies - fun little horror-comedies that put me in mind of modern-day Cheech and Chong flicks with a macabre edge. I was originally saddened that Mr. Strange abandoned said project for a career in writing. I mean, who actually READS anymore? (Besides me, of course...)
Strangehouse Books' sales figures answer that question. This fledgling publishing house was out of the gate and around the first bend before many noticed, including me. So,
Jeremy Maddux
Mar 19, 2014 Jeremy Maddux rated it it was amazing
So Kevin Strange prefaces this collection with a warning that this is the 'young, angry Kevin Strange.' From what I can see, I like the young, angry Kevin Strange and hope to see more of him in the future! The only real criticism I could level at Strangehouse as a whole, and it's not even a negative one really, is that I'd like to see them branch out and away from Lovecraft and start really exploring other rooms in the Strangehouse.

The title story is about a band called The Planet Backwards, who
Sep 30, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Though this definitely isn't Strange's strangest work, there is plenty to enjoy in these stories. Even when Strange isn't being totally weird, he's still got quite a wild streak. Either way, these are some well done, interesting stories. It may not be Obama in a robot zombie death match, but I'd read these stories any day.
Aug 21, 2013 Holly rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since I read an anthology I really liked, the last being Clive Barker’s “Books of Blood.” Once I started “The Last Gig on Planet Earth,” I ate through it within a couple of days. I really liked how not all of the stories had a clear resolution—you are left to wonder what happened to the characters.

For me, the stand-out stories are “Gods Act,” “A Glorious Death,” and “A Killer’s Road.” There is a lot of diversity in the storytelling—a boy and his dog, teenage stoners—I wo
Aug 21, 2013 Kaylin rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of short story anthologies, with a soft spot for dark fiction. Kevin Strange's "The Last Gig on Planet Earth" did not disappoint. There is something in these stories for every lover of the dark and sinister. In his foreword, Mr. Strange notes that these stories have been described as "hopeless" by early readers, but what I love most about it is that there is some sense of hope in almost every piece. The characters display a kind of hopeless hopefulness that makes each story drive ...more
John Bruni
Sep 23, 2013 John Bruni rated it it was amazing
It's a bit odd to read a Kevin Strange book that isn't out of control insane, but even his restrained work is great fun. The best is the title story, but "The Hairy Chicken" rivals it pretty well. The end of that story is rather chilling, even though the tone of most of it is funny as all hell. This is a great short collection, and it showcases the mild side of Strange (which, by the way, is still pretty messed up).
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May 12, 2016 Jason morton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strange stories but awesome stories

Have you ever read an author and felt like where did that story come from? That's how I felt as I was reading it. He explains at the end which I was sad to get to if you like weird fiction this is it. I recommend for all fans of modern horror
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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'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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