Squid Pulp Blues
On the surface, Thompson looks like any other blue collar New Jersey town. But beneath the working class exterior lies a bizarro world of fetishistic crime, sleazy motels, and squid. In these three bizarro-noir novellas, the reader is thrown into a world of murderers, drugs made from squid parts, deformed war veterans, and...more
Folks, welcome to Thompson, New Jersey, a seamy, gritty, completely BIZZARED UP version of an East Coast town that just oozes WTF. SPB is made up of three inte ...more
The Haberdasher: Fresh out of the joint, Red Henry Hooper meets up with a couple other lowlifes at a seedy motel to plan a job. Only there's a woman with no feet in the next room and The Haberdasher is on his way...
There's a lot of odd things in the first novella in this collectio ...more
I don't want to give too much away about this book because it's a must read for those fans of the bizarro and noir groups. However, I will highlight some of my favorite parts.
First of all, I throughly enjoyed a ...more
Strap in because this is a wild ride to Thompson, New Jersey. This collection of stories has a lot of odd'ness described in detail that keeps the reader gripped and engaged.
There are so many things to like: we meet a filthy woman with an odd machine that took a woman's feet leaving no blood, The Longheads, war veterans that came back home disfigured with elongated heads, we see a longhead on the side of the road with an interesting machine that looks li ...more
Jordan Krall may have changed my mind.
His sophomore offering from Eraserhead Press, "Squid Pulp Blues" is (as the cover lets you know) three novellas, all inter-related with little connections. A character in one will reference a character or event from another, with some over-arching themes and references across all.
What little crime f ...more
A dark and twisted tale that comes across as a bizzaro crime noir. It includes everything from drug addicts, naked women, lap dances, people being shot, stabbed, and even bashed in.
There is a woman with no feet, a marathon of The Golden Girls, and even a crab like man.
It all adds up to one completely messed up crime novella that will leave you scratching your head... Fun fun.
The second story ...more
This is one of my first forays into pure Bizzaro, and i think i'm in love! An addictive blend of pulpy crime noir with a healthy dose of foot fetish an squid weaved in.
Krall does a stupendous job of catching the seedy, seamier side of real life which many authors have trouble capturing authentically. And, how most people are essentially unmoved, or only affected on the surface, by the heinous acts done to other people if it does not involve them directly
Another aspect of the story i enjoyed wa ...more
"The Haderdasher" is the first story. Henry has just gotten out of prison and is meeting up with some old friends for booze, cards, ...more
What exactly was in the back of Dix's trun ...more
First up is The Haberdasher, in which paro ...more
'Squid Pulp Blues' is a collection of three interesting short stories. Each is fairly interesting in its own right, with a unifying theme running through each of them to tie them all together. The writing is fairly well done, though at points it gets confusing. Really confusing. Be it a trait of Bizzaro Pulp, or the writing style itself, there were points where it was hard to follow just what was going on ...more
“An intriguing mix of film noir storytelling strained through a colander of pure bizarro.” – TOM PICCIRILLI, author of A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN and THE MIDNIGHT ROAD.
This is a collection of 3 bizarro-noir novell ...more
It changed my life in the most wonderful of ways...
I don't think there would have been a better intro book for me than this one. Some sort of cthulhu mythos/naked lunch/bizarro crime fiction, fantastic.
Squid Pulp Blues by Jordan Krall is certainly different. It is a collection of three novellas (and one short story in the Kindle version) which focus primarily on the seedy underbelly of Thompson, New Jersey. It ties together in terms of theme with Krall's other books I've read, Fistful of Feet and Beyond the Valley of the Apocalypse Donkeys . Like Fistful of Feet was a tribute to the western genre wit ...more
The first novella, The Haberdasher, is about bad drugs, missing feet, and other weird things that Red Henry Hooper is up against after obtaining parole. The Longheads is the second novella and has probably one of the most interesting, yet disturbing ...more
Featuring memorable characters, fun plots (if a little predictable) and solid writing, I'm glad that I finally sat down and gave this book the attention that it richly deserves.
Mixing pulp noir with splatterpunk horror and sprinkling the batter with some sex fetishes and weird shit, Krall weaves a world across three novellas that really comes alive.
From the seedy motel setting and foot-loving antagonist of the first story, through the disfigured war v ...more
I read the first story and thought it was kind of boring and gross. It just made me feel kind of ...more
Jordan Krall goes nuts with this book of three interwoven novellas centered around the town of Thompson, New Jersey. Mobsters, corrupt police officers, mutant ex-soldiers, the visage of Barbara Stanwyck, and a donkey named Little Bing Bong populate the streets bringing mayhem and death to the average squid-obsessed denizen.
This is bizarro fiction at its best. And if you aren't familiar with "bizarro" yet, never fret, SPB is an easy read with likable characters and a tangible atmosphere. W ...more
For those already into this genre it is clear to see from the reviews that this is considered to be a good book. However, for someone NEW to the genre... I shan't be staying and will return to one of the genres I know I like!!!
I wish this had been 3 full length books instead of novellas. Yes, there is that much substance in each story.
TENTACLE DEATH TRIP
FISTFUL OF FEET
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE APOCALYPSE DONKEYS
SQUID PULP BLUES
NEWLY SHAVEN SAINT
PRELUDE TO SPACE RAPE!
THE PISTOL BURPS
ALL POEMS MUST DIE
FALSE MAGIC KINGDOM
THE GOG AND MAGOG BUSINESS
YOUR CITIES, YOUR TOMBS