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King Shit

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A Chihuahua-toting Mexican dressed as Santa Claus. A cross-dressing bartender. A drunk, philosophizing “Classy” Fred Blassie look-alike. Two rockabilly-greaser junkies. A bow-legged burlesque dancer and her angry dwarf lover. A man in a smelly lavender suit who rides a mobile jukebox. A quarreling, beer-spitting couple. No, this isn’t The Breakfast Club. This is a ...more
Paperback, First, 60 pages
Published June 2014 by House of Vlad Productions
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Oct 11, 2014 Lance rated it really liked it
I'm a shitty person. I've had this book for some time, meaning to review it, and I've completely dropped the ball. I like Brian Ellis' writing. And the crude cartoons added a nice touch. Because of repeated head trauma, my brain forgets all of the nice things that I wanted to say. Mostly I have to just say, with a title like King Shit, and Brian's talent, you have to know that this will be a quick, gritty, entertaining story. Check it out.
Arthur Graham
Nov 12, 2014 Arthur Graham rated it liked it

3.5 stars

Really great prose, but not quite enough of it in this slim volume. Loved the illustrations as well, but this easily could've been a five-star affair with more meat on the bones. Looking forward to sinking my teeth into some of BAE's more substantial offerings.
Nov 27, 2014 Lori rated it liked it
Read 11/26/14
3 Stars - Recommended to those who appreciate Sam Pink and Charles Bukowski and the likes for their scrapin-the-bottom-of-the-barrel outlook on humanity
Pages: 45
Publisher: House of Vlad
Released: June 2014

Disclaimer: Yes, I am quoted on the second page inside this novel. And yes, I am the only blurb on the back cover. No, that super squee-worthy, holy-fucking-awesome fact has had no impact on the honesty of this review. And no, I really don't care if you don't believe me.

King Shit is
Bud Smith
Sep 06, 2014 Bud Smith rated it it was amazing
I grew up in flea markets. I grew up in a campground in New jersey. I grew up at the Seaside boardwalk, a slimy place, where everything was half tilted and bizarre. King Shit reminds me of where I come from. King Shit reminds me of the kind of art I used to be seen out when I was browsing through Captain Video, looking at VHS in cardboard sleeves. Brian Alan Ellis is writing works that are all these things: funny, doomed, water damaged, drunk, high, unfiltered. I like that. I identify with that. ...more
Nov 27, 2016 Danger rated it really liked it
A blink of a read, accompanied by several interesting illustrations, we follow a man named Elvis and his friend Ralph over the course of a night at their local dive bar.

Like the other things of his that I’ve read, Brian Alan Ellis once again elevates these drunken dregs with marionette strings of pure humanness - but the author doesn’t make them suffer and squirm for only your cheap amusement, instead letting these lovable losers just exist for a moment, outside of the shadows. It’s like an epis
Xian Xian
Mar 18, 2015 Xian Xian rated it liked it
(I had to censor the SH word so I can post this on Amazon. Unless they changed their rules. Because I couldn't post C.V. Hunt's Hell's Waiting Room)

EDIT: Just realized I confused Brian Alan Ellis with Brian Allen Carr, the short story collection I'm referring to was Vampire Conditions. Sorry.

Well this was free and it's short. It's is very true for most people that when you download a book for free off Amazon, you're not always going to read it anytime soon. Sometimes never. But this was short o
Ryan Werner
This book reminded me that , while I don't miss working in a bar, part of me misses watching all the fucked up fuck ups fucking up. This short little book is, for me, a chance to rubberneck as I drive home to a sleeping girlfriend, the WWE Network, and a slightly-above-level-humidifier.

In reading this book and looking over the shoulder of (King Shit) Elvis McAllister and (That Homo) Ralph as they bounce from one mindlessly entertaining waste of time to another, I found myself wanting to party wi
Nathaniel Tower
Jan 22, 2015 Nathaniel Tower rated it really liked it
A book truly meant to be read in one sitting, King Shit is an amusing journey through a single evening of tomfoolery and disappointment. You could either go out and do something stupid, or you could read this book and really feel like you went out and did something stupid (in a good way...and you'll save a lot of money). Or you could read this on the subway or in a cab on the way to do something stupid. No matter how you take it in, you'll have loads of fun. You can be King Shit for a day.
Dec 19, 2015 Ross rated it liked it
Shelves: skinny-jeans
Legit. Might read another. Dunno.
Sheldon Compton
Dec 29, 2014 Sheldon Compton rated it it was amazing
This one takes us along for sort of a pub crawl and it works. The first work of Ellis' I read, I enjoyed this one maybe a little less after reading his 33 Fragments, but still found this one wildly fun and real.

Real is the key word here for me, even with the sometimes surreal characters and situations. It's not those surreal aspects of King Shit that most impressed me but the realness of the narration, the point of view. It's a trait in Ellis' writing I would find more and more of in the second
Mar 30, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
A very short novellla that makes you really want to see these characters in a much longer book. King Shit is a decent read though and Ellis excells at telling a tale that doesn't really offer much aside from two people hanging out. What's makes it so enjoyable is the charachters themselves. Ellis' writing style is simple yet interesting.

The thing is that King Shit is the kind of novella that frustrates you, but also makes you a fan because you end up reading something else just to see what wha
Sep 07, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
This struck me as the wildest writing I've seen from Ellis. It's quite a gritty romp. The mix of the prose and occasional illustration reminded me just a bit of some of the Bukowski/Crumb collaborations. These characters may be at rock bottom, but they're as human as the rest of us. Ultimately, the rest of us really aren't that much better off when you really get down to it. Ellis has a real talent for writing about the low yet reminding the reader how most of us can struggle through the day.
Sep 14, 2014 Ben rated it really liked it
A night long journey of drugs and violence going nowhere fast, albeit as humorously as possible.

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Stacy Fetters
Feb 12, 2015 Stacy Fetters rated it really liked it
Pete Rose is King Shit... and now let that sink in.

All humanity is lost. Gone forever with a tranny and a dog....
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Brian Alan Ellis edits the literary journal Tables Without Chairs, and is the author of three novellas, two short-story collections, a forthcoming novel, and a book of humorous non-fiction. His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, DOGZPLOT, Connotation Press, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Collapsar, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Literary Orphans, jmww, Heavy Feather Review, People Holding, The ...more
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