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Rotten Little Animals (New Bizarro Author Series)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  25 reviews
"Like a bionic Ralph Bakshi reborn from snorting Orwell's ashes, Kevin Shamel drags cherished childhood fantasies into the gutter of adulthood, and makes you pay dearly to swallow them all over again. Intelligence is a universal disease, but never fear... Rotten Little Animals just may be the cure we've been praying for." - Cody Goodfellow, author of Radiant Dawn and Silen...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published October 5th 2009 by Eraserhead Press
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Dan Schwent
When a human boy named Cage stumbles across a group of talking animals filming a movie, he uncovers a vast conspiracy, a conspiracy that he cannot be allowed to reveal... until the animals decide to make a fictomentary about his kidnapping. Will Cage ever escape and return to normal life?

Rotten Little Animals is my first foray into the 2009-2010 New Bizarro Author series and I was fairly pleased with it. The core concept, that animals are secretly intelligent and can talk, reminded me of Anonymo...more
Christy Stewart
The first half of the book was a crude kind of adorable with Muppet Show-esque characters (sassy rats and silly chickens) being hard nosed, sexual and violent. Very funny. The second half of the book branches into a great story that gives depth to the human Cage in what comes off as a great origin story. I don’t want to create a spoiler so I’ll just say I’d like a sequal.

The book is REALLY funny, really smart, and more than it seems to be right off the bat. The story is speedy and reads like a t...more
Steve Lowe
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Apr 15, 2010 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: those who feel intellegence is a universal disease because this book is the cure!
Recommended to Kate by: Christy Leigh Stewart
Shelves: bizarro, favorites
OMFG I LOVED this book and here are the top three reasons why!

1. These animals are truly rotten to the bone and I throughly enjoyed all their beastie ways. I mean what's not to love about zombie cats?

2. Arrrgh. He's a man of mystery who hates microbes, microbrews, microwaves, but not micro-bikinis and sports a dead sexy one while Cage is on his island.

3. The ending. One of the best endings I have ever, ever read in a book and I can't wait to read more from the wonderful and most certainly bizarr...more
Megan Hansen
I started the book and thought “Oh, we’re doing this?” And it only took about a chapter before I was thinking “Yeah, we’re doing this!!” Rotten little Animals is equal parts crazy funny and crazy insane. I loved it. I now have a crush on the sexiest man alive, Arrrgh, who can feed me pork and beans any day. The ending was great, I hope there is a sequel bouncing around Kevin Shamel’s evil brain.
Nov 02, 2010 FabulousRaye rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone I can
Recommended to FabulousRaye by: Christy Stewart
I have a confession. It is not something I have admitted until now...

Back in 2009, when I first became aware of "Rotten Little Animals", I read the synopsis and dismissed the book! I believe I thought something akin to "Talking animals?! WTF-Ever!" I am terribly, terribly, terribly ashamed of that.

How about I attribute that to a lapse of sanity? After all, this was way before I started taking psych meds again. My thoughts were quite muddled and not at all right.

Months later, my GR friend, Christ...more
William III
Kevin Shamel's ROTTEN LITTLE ANIMALS is the equivalent of John Waters directing a Pixar movie. It may as well be called PIXAR B. DEMENTED.

The animals in this story however, while cute and furry on the outside, are hard mean-ass cutthroats who will do anything to make it in the underground world of animal snuff filmmaking, even if that means kidnapping a human to star in their films - a law punishable by death.

Shamel is a new voice in the growing bizarro genre and a voice you should get used to....more
Steven Rage
Imagine you are a typical 13 year old boy, just glancing out of your bedroom window. Just daydreaming, drifting along, watching the neighbor lady with sugar MILF plums dancing around in your fevered little head, when something in the adjacent yard catches your eye. Something truly strange. A movie being filmed. With animals. By animals. Talking, acting, filming, directing. And just when your young mind begins to register the shock of that crazy scene, the animal production crew notices YOU. Oh,...more
Matthew Revert
Have you ever wanted to convince one of your vegetarian buddies that eating meat is a good idea? We’’ maybe now there’s a way. With ‘Rotten Little Animals’, Kevin Shamel has written an antidote for anyone who thinks animals are anything other than vulgar, filthy beasties. Next time you accidentally kick your cat, don’t feel too bad.

‘Rotten Little Animals’ is like a heinous blend of ‘Meet the Feebles’ and ‘Salo: 120 Days of Sodom’. If that sounds pleasant to you, you’re really going to love it. I...more
Kevin Shamel's debut release from Eraserhead Press, Rotten Little Animals, is a bit like Animal Farm on crack. The animals in Shamel's novel, however, are trying to keep their presence unknown to humans. While filming their latest masterpiece, the animals are spotted by a young boy that lived across the street. When the boy comes to investigate what he has seen (it's not every day you see a zombie cat fight!) the film crew of animals decides to kidnap him and re-write the movie that were working...more
Kris Lugosi

One movie title comes to mind: Meet The Feebles.

Kevin Shamel's Rotten Little Animals is a short 92 page story that gives you a glimpse into the secret world of animals. The secret being; they can talk!!!! They can talk, fuck, masterbate, think, operate lighting and camera equipment, act, direct, write, drink....they can do it all and more! The most shocking act by these animals is their kidnapping of a young boy named Cage. Poor Cage was at the wrong place at the wrong tim...more
Mav Skye
It’s a philosophy, a way of living, a kind of bible, ironic, bizarre, strange, rotten (in cotton candy sort of way), but by no means little – Rotten Little Animals has a rabid bite you can’t resist. Animals abducting humans for snuff films. Humans reeking revenge on animals. Silver thonged psychotherapy dudes performing puppet shows-and my most favorite, zombie cats doing zombie things to nonzombie things. What the hell? One answer. Buy it. Read it. Now. You won’t be disappointed.

Kevin’s unique...more
Dustin Reade
The pacing to this one is great, and the dialogue is very well done. The storyline is FUNNY AS HELL, and even a bit scary in an "Evil Dead 2" sort of way. Over the top blood, John Waters Early-Years style debauchery (performed by animals, by the way), and a solid ending which left me satisfied as I closed the book and fell asleep on a pillow made of Polar Bear hide. Check it out.
Edmund Colell
Cameron Pierce said it best when he described Kevin Shamel's Rotten Little Animals as a Pixar exploitation film. Charm and grime are definitely the bread and butter of this book, and it is a very strong debut for the author.

Literally shitting on people (among other things) to make your way to the top, having your plans backfire in the worst way possible, and indulging in vice are themes played out by the titular animals of the story, most notably by the director/producer/kidnapper (as various ti...more
Miz Babzylonia
Not for children or those hyper-sensitive to vulgarity. If South Park, in its brilliance, is too much for you, then this won't be up your alley. It is Bizarro Fiction after-all, combining horror with comedy, and it is about truly rotten little animals!

However, if the reader can see past foul language and vulgarity to appreciate the creative, amusing, unexpected, satirical roller-coaster adventure of this story, then this book is worth your time. A great first effort by the author.
Jan Patrick
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Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 29, 2011 Marts (Thinker) marked it as shelved
Thanks for the book recommendation Christy!!
Vince Kramer
Rotten Little Animals is an amazing, original, and laugh-out-loud funny book from new Bizarro writer and Olympian semigod Kevin Shamel. The presence of talking animals in fiction has always angered me before because it immediately signals to you that it's going to be something immature and for children. What Shamel has done with the talking animal premise - making them messed-up, perverted, flesh-eating, drug-using, alcoholic scumbags - delightfully astounded me because it's so damn creative! An...more
Robert Beveridge
Mar 21, 2011 Robert Beveridge rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: zombie cats
Recommended to Robert by: FabulousRaye
Kevin Shamel, Rotten Little Animals (Eraserhead Press, 2009)

One of the great strengths of the bizarro fiction movement (along with the fact that all of it I've read, even the horror novels, is gut-wrenchingly funny) is that the basic scenario of each book is original. And by “original” I mean “what were you on when you came up with this stuff, and where do I get some?” As another case in point, I offer Rotten Little Animals, a recent book from bizarro auteur Kevin Shamel. Shamel's thesis here is...more
May 20, 2010 G.N. rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: bizarro lovers, comedy lovers, animal haters
Any tale that includes characters such as alligators with swords, crack-bears, 68,412 ants named Adolf and a meth-addicted scorpion named Steven is pretty damn awesome for a start...
Full review to follow, but for now, BUY THIS BOOK AND READ IT!
Danny Mcphillips
My first Bizarro book and a great introduction to the genre. I`m thinking of booking my next vacation on Arrrgh`s Island, looking forward to sampling some of his medication.
Mike Maski
Not your typical cute little animals. These animals will kidnap you and make you the star of a snuff film. Very funny book and cleverly written.
Very, Very Different....I'd hate to think what else goes on in this authors mind...and I thought my imagination was warped....
That was just weird.
J.W. Wargo
Id says:
Awww, CUTE!!! Look at the little rats and chickens making a film, they think they're people too. What a lovely fable of neighborhood animals making a zombie-cat movie... Huh? Who's that kid? Hey kid! Get out of there!! Humans can't know the animals most guarded secret!!! Oh no, they kidnapped him! Stupid drunk bird! Why weren't you looking out for little kids who might happen by. Oh well, crisis averted. Sorta. What are you gonna do with that kid now, huh? Kill him?

...Oh. Well I suppose...more
Daniel Vlasaty
I have no idea why it took me so long to read this book. It came out two years ago! That was a mistake on my part. This book was awesome, everything I love about Bizarro. It's face-paced, funny, interesting, wild, and just a little uncomfortable.

This is a world where animals can talk. They don't around people, though - it's the biggest secret ever. Stinkin' Rat and his film crew are making a movie about zombie cats when a human sees them. No human is ever supposed to witness an animal talking. I...more
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I write Bizarro Fiction. My stories are usually science fiction, fantasy, humor, or horror oriented.

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