Ass Goblins of Auschwitz
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Ass Goblins of Auschwitz

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  289 ratings  ·  77 reviews
It's Monty Python meets Nazi exploitation in a surreal nightmare as can only be imagined by Bizarro author Cameron Pierce.

In a land where black snow falls in the shape of swastikas, there exists a nightmarish prison camp known as Auschwitz. It is run by a fascist, flatulent race of aliens called the Ass Goblins, who travel in apple-shaped spaceships to abduct children fro...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published October 5th 2009 by Eraserhead Press (first published 2009)
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Caris
When I am sick, I like to lie on the couch and watch horror movies. I like to do this anyway, but I get a lot of time to do it when I’m sick. The last time I had this opportunity, I was suffering from nausea, dizziness, and just general ickiness. It was one of those bad spells that restricted most movements and activities. I felt bad. Really bad. So I popped a movie into the DVD player and deposited myself on the couch for some relaxation.

What the fuck is the point of this, you ask?

Wrong questio...more
Marvin
I am dreading the next book club meeting. We'll be discussing This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War and preparing to read The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. John will be reading some high brow's autobiography and Fred just can't wait for James Lee Burke's new book. Michelle will be pining for another novel by Christopher Moore. Then they'll turn to me and say, "Marvin, what did you read this week?" And...more
Kirsten Alene
In the first four pages of Cameron Pierce's A*s Goblins of Auschwitz, a row of child slaves are molested, one by one, by a giant a*s-shaped N*zi Goblin. But by the time the main character pulls a bicycle made of other children out of his scrotum, this will not seem shocking.

A*s Goblins of Auschwitz was a difficult book to read. It's been 80 years or so, but I think we can all say that the Holocaust still isn't funny.

A*s Goblins could see a lot of heat from "Serious Literary People" for making...more
Jordan

Cameron Pierce’s strength lies in his imagination. I personally think an animation company should sign him on to come up with ideas for cartoons, video games, and stuff like that because his work does lend itself to that sort of thing. The book itself is twisted, entertaining, and creative, three traits that I rarely find all in one book.

This is the author’s second book and in many ways it’s better than the first. There is a focus present that wasn’t in the first. Pierce has an extremely strong...more
Emory
Let me guess? The ass with eyestalks covered in Nazi symbols is totally turning you away from this book. Don't. Go ahead, read it. It's worth it.

"Ass Goblins of Auschwitz" certainly looks and sounds like something that was written to be offensive for the sake of offending. It is not very long, the cover makes no attempts to mute the meaning of the title. One might think it is screaming to be thrown on the pyre. But don't be so quick to judge. Cameron Pierce always, whether intentional or not, ha...more
Scott Emerson
Conjoined twins 999 and 1001 are laborers in the prison camp of Auschwitz, building bicycles from the corpses of kidnapped children under the tyrannical rule of the Ass Goblins--farting, butt-shaped aliens with a penchant for cider made from fermented kiddies. With their captors frequently drunk of child-cider, 999 and 1001 plot their escape, only to find much weirder obsctacles in their path.

Perhaps the most astonishing thing about ASS GOBLINS FROM AUSCHWITZ is that it manages to be shocking an...more
Meredith
It was pointed out to me that my previous review did not include the fact that I recommend the book. So here is a new review.

I was dared to read Ass Goblins of Auschwitz by friends. Unable to turn down this dare, I immediately got the e-book and started reading it. This was my introduction to the Bizarro genre, and it was eye-opening. As a WWII history fan, the incorporation of Nazi imagery appealed to me greatly; the incorporation of ass goblins appealed considerably less. But the first half of...more
Christy Stewart
Josef Mengele and Sigmund Freud had a baby and Cameron Pierce shit on it.

This book is probably the most disgusting thing I've ever read and I could not put it down.
Dustin Reade
whoah. Look, I've read a lot of bizarro, but this book is the weirdest, most insane thing I have ever read. Ever.
Ruby  Tombstone [Uncensored or Else]
I really wanted this to be awesome. I'm a big fan of weird. I'm a big fan of gross. I'm also a big fan of writing, and that's where the book lost me.

I don't mind being made sick to my stomach, and if a book can make me actually clench my sphincter, so much the better, but I CANNOT abide poor writing.

It's not even really terrible grammar or spelling, just the odd continuity error and sentences that, when you think about it, don't actually have any meaning. For example: "Today seems worse, proba...more
Sheldon
If you've noticed a recent trend in my reviews, I've been reading a lot of what gets classified as “bizarro fiction.” I remember when I first heard about it, about a year ago, and I pictured stories that would be weird, off-the-wall, and probably containing concepts or imagery that would be purely for shock value. What I had read so far was okay in these regards, but I was more surprised at the way these authors had chosen not to push these boundaries as hard as I expected.

Then I read Ass Goblin...more
J. Osborne
Growing up, I watched a lot of TV. Nickelodeon, mostly. Ah! Real Monsters, Rocko’s Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy. They were light-hearted and funny, sure, but deep-down they were kind of unsettling, and with your eyes glued to the tube, you felt like you were given a glimpse into truly twisted minds, minds that were trying their very best to warn their audience of the darkness of adulthood to come. These cartoons with their drab colors and their focus on offal and snot and lint and gas were just...more
R.A. Harris
You obviously expect weird, twisted, demonic, savage, abusive, and disgusting things to occur in a book titled ASS GOBLINS OF AUSCHWITZ, and they do. Perhaps you expect some poignancy, some deep sentimentality and hope, well, there's that too. Perhaps you expect crappy writing? Well, there's none of that. There is the token mad nazi doctor, but he is an assgoblin, so perhaps it's not so bad.

So what else has the book got to offer?

Children forced into a labour camp to make toys for the goblins. P...more
Daniel
Despite the horrifically offensive title, this book isn't torture porn for Neo Nazis. It's an entry in a school of writing known as 'Bizarro' fiction, in which the authors attempt to lampoon, well, something, anything really, by being as strange and outrageously offensive as possible. Curiously, this has the effect of making the book inoffensive on any level beyond the most cursory of glances as you quickly become inured to the cartoonish extremes the writer takes things to and now and again mes...more
Matthew Vaughn
When I first learned of the Bizarro genre I thought it would be some truly weird stuff, I read some descriptions of books and some customer reviews and there seemed to be some strange and twisted books out there. One that I was intrigued by was AGOA, I had already read Abortion Arcade and knew that Cameron Pierce was a go to guy for the truly bizarre work. After having finally got around to purchasing AGOA and reading it I’ve got to say this book here is what Bizarro is all about. From the Gobli...more
David
Reads like it was written by an intelligent 15 yr old with a serious crack or meth addiction. There was no gravitas,no character development,no mythologizing of the holocaust (beyond the adolescent), no deconstruction of the history, no satire beyond the juvenile.

Not a horrible book, perhaps I might have gone for 3 stars...but I paid money for this yack festival.

And if you are going to introduce pedophilia then you have to add some weight to your psychological analysis and social reading of th...more
Alex
This has the potential to be THE most fucked up book, you will ever read in your life. I have now broken all my vital organs laughing in the process, and will go through life existing as a mushy sack of blood and meat.

An EXTREMELY strong stomach is required for this. Warped doesn't even cover it. I don't do spoilers, just pick this fucker up and read it.
Agent
terrible and based completely on shock value, i got 3 pages in before i got sick of this edgy shit
David Barbee
Reading Cameron Pierce’s sophomore bizarro novella is kind of like watching a Monty Python sketch where all the actors are on acid and so are you. It’s weird, it’s fucked up, but somehow it all makes sense. As with Shark Hunting in Paradise Garden, Pierce has molded a surreal world out of the Play-Doh that is his brain, and he’s filled it with grotesque mutants, cartoonish action, and gross-out satire.

The Nazploitation genre was ripe for a bizarro interpretation, and the result is the Ass Gobl...more
Chelsea
After finding this book hanging around Amazon perusing various Bizarro titles, I decided that this was too strange to pass up. I was intrigued by the title, then the blurb. I downloaded this to my kindle not knowing what to expect. Initially, I was fairly confused while trying to picture the cadre of creatures and digest the grotesque imagery. As I continued to read though, I realized that underneath all the poop, vomit, cannibalism, and other indescribable weirdness lay what I discerned as a fa...more
Steven Rage
I have been digging Bizarro fiction for exactly 13 months, 13 days, 13 hours, 13 minutes...and counting. In that time I've gobbled some incredible stories. As Katt Williams would say: "But this sheet? This sheet right here?" this is pure Bizarro. More than just a weird concept, Ass Goblins of Auschwitz should be the Poster Child of Bizarro. It is weird characters doing weird things in a weird setting. Kind of like Candyland on near-lethal doses of acid. If you ever wanted to quickly explain to a...more
Matthew Revert
The outrageously named, 'Ass Goblins of Auschwitz' is the kind of book that a potential reader can ascertain whether or not they'll enjoy based on their reaction to the title. If the title tickles most of your funny bones, there's a pretty good chance you'll enjoy it. If not, perhaps steer clear. Being an avid fan of Nazi Exploitation films, I responded quite favorably to the title.

Gross out tomfoolery abounds as we are taken to an alternate Auschwitz, ruled by a flatulent race of beings called...more
Frank
OMG! WTF! ASS GOBLINS OF AUSCHWITZ by Cameron Pierce FTW. What the HELL what that? I though I had read Bizarro before until I read Pierce. ASS GOBLINS could easily define the genre. Part fairy tale, part fable and all whacked out this story pushes the limits of imagination. The story is a tour de force of mind bending,oddball, off beat and down right pondeorus adventure.

Its a story of oppressive monsters (who happen to be shaped like giant grotesque buttocks with a flair for Nazi swag) who take...more
Jonathan
Dec 19, 2009 Jonathan added it
Recommends it for: Bizarro fans with *very* strong constitutions
Chock-full of bile, feces, vomit, torture, cannibalism, and gore--all involving children--this is probably the most repulsive book I've ever read, and I'm no stranger to Bizarro. That's not necessarily a bad thing, of course, and though I can't say I exactly *enjoyed* this, it was an interesting, if thoroughly uncomfortable, read. It's a bit like Ren & Stimpy mixed with Naxi-exploitation, except taken to an extreme. We're talking things entering all the private holes--some sharp, some too bi...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This is the most bizarro book I've ever the (dis)pleasure of reading. I read it because I wanted to try this genre but it was just not good to my liking. Of course this book will appeal to others but to me it didn't.

The plot is quite weird (what?) we’re introduced to Prisoners 999 and 1001, conjoined twins attached at the ribcage. They are prisoners in Auschwitz which is run by race of aliens called Ass Goblins. These aliens abduct children from the neighboring planet of Kidland and throw them i...more
Derek
Within the first few pages of Ass Goblins of Auschwitz, our hero, a conjoined twin, is anally prodded by a butt-shaped alien-goblin Nazi.

That pretty much sums up the level of crude insanity in this novella. In the strangest coming-of-age tale that I have ever read, young 999 must overcome eating the skin of dead children, having one of his testicles turned into a bicycle, and watching the love of his life transformed into a disgusting creature that pukes up exploding ass bombs.

While the story i...more
Krellyan
I recently started reading AGoA, it being my first encounter with Pierce, but I had to put it down in favour of something else because of a trip to Germany, where I'd rather not have the natives give me dirty looks when reading. So I read some of Pierce's other texts, mainly his first major publishing, Shark Hunting in Paradise Garden, and I loved it. The writing was imaginative and fluent. Sadly, when I picked up AGoA again, I didn't feel the same as I did with Shark Hunting. The writing in AGo...more
Natasha
I admit I got this simply because of the title and I was not disappointed. I thought Ass Goblins Of Auschwitz was hilarious and the most satisfying sort of twisted. I really enjoyed it. So much so, in fact, that I read it straight through in a single sitting (which perhaps isn't the greatest feat for some but I'm not the fastest reader).
I'm giving it 3 stars instead of more because while most of it was coherent I felt some things were shoved in simply for the sake of shoving them. The bit about...more
Victor Merling
I imagine that most people who give this book one star, do so because they were offended by the way nazis and concentration camps are used in the story. That is not the case here. I was not in the least offended by what I read.
My problem with the book is that every element added to the story is there just to try to cause a reaction from the reader, whether they make sense or not. Being in the bizarro genre is no excuse for a poor plot and poor characters, but the writer seems to think these two...more
Summer
As thoroughly disgusting as a majority of this book is, I can't help but admire the underlying allegorical elements of this book when comparing it to the real-life Auschwitz. I haven't read many bizarro books so I can't tell you how this compare, but I will say that I baffled at the fact that I'm impressed with this title. A lovely nightmare of sorts.
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Cameron Pierce lives in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Ass Goblins of Auschwitz, The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island, Lost in Cat Brain Land, Shark Hunting in Paradise Garden, and Captain Cthulhu (forthcoming).

His fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Nervous Breakdown, The Pedestal Magazine, Kill Author, Everyday Genius, paperwall, Bust Down the Door and Eat All the...more
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