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Leo X. Robertson

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"I have never in my life been exposed to a more fascinatingly bizarre story--and I've been exposed to some pretty damn fascinating and bizarre stories in my day! Buy this damn book! Now!" - Michael Alig, on my novella, Bonespin Slipspace (Psychedelic Horror Press, 2016)

One thing I know I can't write is a witty bio of myself- so if you want to know anything, just ask :)

In the meantime, here are some stories I got published that you might like:

Stabbing in a Lighter Darkness
The Hundred-Year Storm
The Audition Altar

Find me on Twitter: @Leoxwrite

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Darrin Doyle has lived all over and worked all kinds of jobs. He has an MFA in fiction from Western Michigan University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati.

He is the author of the novels Revenge of the Teacher’s Pet: A Love Story (LSU Press) and The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo (St. Martin’s), and the short story collection The Dark Will End the Dark (Tortoise Books). Currently he...

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Description: How does friendship become obsession? Why need any romantic love be forbidden? Does there exist a sound more seductive than the reedy bray of a saxophone solo? All these questions and more are posed by the diaries, emails and notebook scraps of Billy Medicine, finally made available by an object of Billy's obsessions: Leo X. Robertson. The seedy, hysterical and unforgettable account presented herein tells of a lonely young man whose typical teen angst snowballed from mischievous trickery into the saxophone-related murders of two innocent men, and Billy's disappearance. And yet, Billy's efforts ultimately culminated in the production of the world's most beautiful and unknowable artistic expression of homosexual love. The creation of this stranger-than-fiction narrative was as much Leo's personal journey to discover what it was about him that had so unbalanced a disturbed soul, how much of the fallout he was personally accountable for, and how it was that Billy's unwanted persecution led Leo straight into the arms of his soulmate. Now, for the first time ever, read Billy's side of the story.
Rude Vile Pigs (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Rude Vile Pigs is a satirical black comedy set in the city of Sadwhitepeopledrinking, and follows the antics of Jim Joy, a middle-aged alcoholic who accidentally creates a religion dedicated to selfishness. Recently divorced, depressed and living in a squalid flat, Jim realises that his newfound mobility and complete lack of shame can lead him to new exciting depths, doing whatever he wants and encouraging the same of others. Through his alcohol-fuelled misadventures, Jim is about to discover what happens when a society gives in to its basest impulses.
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Description: (Opening chapters) A sci-fi/fantasy novel, celebrating South American culture.
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Description: (Short stories) Some stories from my upcoming collection.
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message 50: by Harry

Harry Whitewolf You're looking good in that new photo of yours matey. Cool enough to be a member of Goldie Lookin Chain. :)


message 49: by Seemita

Seemita Happy 2017, Leo! Have a fabulous one :)


message 48: by Vessey

Vessey Leo wrote: "Hiya Vessey!

Glad to meet you :)

Thanks for the friend request and I look forward to future book chat!

Cheers,

Leo :)"


Hi there! After I sent the request, I realized that there was a follow option. I was about to cancel and just start following you for a while, so I wouldn't appear impertinent, but you accepted! Oh thank you so much! I'm really happy to be friends with you and I too am looking forward to our future interactions. Vessey :)


message 47: by Matthew

Matthew Hello! #900 was taken, as you feared - but happy to make your acquaintance as I move toward #1000! :)


message 46: by Nancy

Nancy Happy to help out! I so rarely browse the recommendation section, but enjoy recommending books to my friends.


message 43: by Mathew

Mathew Babaoye Same. Wish I had some horror short stories to share for the collection too, but sadly I'm just behind on my short story writing in general :)


message 42: by Rebecca

Rebecca Gransden I'm glad you are in such a good/tipsy/high on life etc mood and all compliments accepted graciously. I am glad that you are happy about certain things and of course you are pretty too and ALL of your books are doing cracking and I'm extra itching for your future writing. Hope that you are having an extra extra nice evening. I've just come back from watching Crimson Peak, which actually had one bit that was a bit chilling, and I never get scared at horror films. I'll stop now as I've just glanced at Harry's post below (!!)


message 41: by Harry

Harry Whitewolf I sat down to start reading Saxual Healing last night and wasn't able to focus at all, as my neighbours were having multi-orgasm-fuck-me-that's-the-loudest-sex-I've-ever-heard-why-don't-they-shut-the-fucking-window for well over two hours. Who is he? Superman?

It must've been a sign. Saxual Healing reading will resume soon.


Kalliope Thank you, Leo for accepting my Friend request. I had liked your comments in someone else's reviews, and we also share some friends.


Himanshu Yes, some great books and some great friends. It would be great chatting books with you.


message 38: by Seemita

Seemita Thanks for befriending, Leo! Ah yes, I too thought we were friends already! But I also thought a little formalizing doesn't hurt, right? :) Looking forward to good times over books!


message 37: by Roya

Roya Just noticed your profile picture. Love it...and the cat of course. :D


message 36: by Rebecca

Rebecca Gransden I just saw your message and yes I do suck.

I will make it up to you - I swear!


message 35: by Marc

Marc This made me think of you.



Samadrita You were so right about Danticat!


message 33: by Leo

Leo Robertson binnudeya wrote: "No Lynch yet tho Mullholland Drive was next!! I do agree with "the hipsters" on Von trer, and heneke not sure, I liked la pianist but Amour was fucking agony!! took me 3 days to finish it because I..."

Great! I've been looking for a new sitcommy bright coloured thing so OITNB it is!!

I loved Silicon Valley if you haven't seen that :)

I chose The White Ribbon for me and the family to watch- biggest waste of time ever! Haneke not for me, haha!


binnudeya No Lynch yet tho Mullholland Drive was next!! I do agree with "the hipsters" on Von trer, and heneke not sure, I liked la pianist but Amour was fucking agony!! took me 3 days to finish it because I just fall asleep after 10 mins :D

But generally I like more the odd films oout from a late night going through imdb lists than following "The Directors" and the occasional dark comedy GAAHH .. now this convo has gone too smart for me to be in it- I'll go watch some Mindy Project :D

oh and have you seen Orange is the new black? YOU NEEEED TO if you haven't :D


message 31: by Leo

Leo Robertson binnudeya wrote: "Actually I'd figured they'd be alooot more pretentious? hah let's say 70 to 30, agony to enjoyment since there's no in between ... eveeerrrrr

Hipsters are usually spotted reading IJ and Gravity's ..."


Got it, Aya :)

Yeah I agree! The funny thing is they're both good books! Like Animal Collective is a great band and Spike Jonze a great director. They (all hipsters) got Lynch wrong though, only about half of the first season of Twin Peaks was any good, and maybe Blue Velvet- everything else though?? Have you seen Mulholland Drive? Eraserhead? Eugh those films suck, haha!!


binnudeya Actually I'd figured they'd be alooot more pretentious? hah let's say 70 to 30, agony to enjoyment since there's no in between ... eveeerrrrr

Hipsters are usually spotted reading IJ and Gravity's Rainbow while drinking coffee (starbucks).

PS: Call me Aya :D


message 29: by Leo

Leo Robertson binnudeya wrote: "I found this and immediately was like you would appreciate this!:D http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2012/0..."

Thanks for thinking of me binnudeya!!

I really love these choices- just goes to show DFW remains the people's least popular writer for the people haha!!

Easy to see why he's been surrounded by pretention- you can usually spot the hipsters by how much they claim to "enjoy" reading DFW, but maybe you'd agree that there's not much "enjoyable" about it :P

Great share! :)


binnudeya I found this and immediately was like you would appreciate this!:D http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2012/0...


message 27: by Josh

Josh Leo wrote: "Cheers for the friend request, Josh! "Your tastes are 91% similar for the books you both rated." - bodes well for future chat :D"

Thanks! And totally agreed!


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Rebecca Gransden Cats like boxes way too small for them. Part of the deal for cats is putting up with their human's projected wants and desires. Although, I think my cat would like the Indy bridge and taking that high ground.


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message 24: by Leo

Leo Robertson Marc wrote: "Leo wrote: "Looks good! Shame I am not from US, but I've bookmarced a few competitions here and there :) Cheers for..."

Looks like I scanned the requirements a little too quickly and didn't realiz..."


Approved! :)


message 23: by Marc

Marc Leo wrote: "Looks good! Shame I am not from US, but I've bookmarced a few competitions here and there :) Cheers for..."

Looks like I scanned the requirements a little too quickly and didn't realize it was limited to the U.S.
I know such an oversight cannot be easily remedied, but I offer you this humble song in exchange for your wasted time:
Where Would We Be Without Books?


message 22: by Leo

Leo Robertson Marc wrote: "Possibly of interest to you...
FC2 Ronald Suckenick Innovative Fiction Contest"


Looks good! Shame I am not from US, but I've bookmarced a few competitions here and there :) Cheers for thinking of me!


message 21: by Marc

Marc Possibly of interest to you...
FC2 Ronald Suckenick Innovative Fiction Contest


message 20: by Mesh

Mesh No problem, Leo. Glad to have more book-friends on here. I stumbled upon your page after reading your review on The Castle by Franz Kafka. I am still reading the book, but think I have to agree with what you said :D


message 19: by Marc

Marc A comment you made about Sims made me think you might enjoy this Chuck Kosterman piece called "Billy Sims"... I believe it's a bit dated, but amusing (more so, I imagine, if you've played the game, which I haven't)...
"Billy Sims"


message 18: by Zia

Zia Thanks for accepting! :)


message 17: by S.

S. hi Leo, it seems we have a lot of books in common and some common sentiments. i look forward to seeing your continuing updates


Samadrita Thank you for the friend request, Leo. I see we have quite a few books in common which probably bodes well for our GR friendship. Look forward to our bookish discussions. :)


message 15: by Richard

Richard Derus "- My girlfriend is too much like me/ I can't turn my girlfriend into me no matter how much I try (but I'd hate that anyway because I hate myself)- agony distant relatives address your every weirdly-worded bizarrely overthought restless and deliberately unsolvable whine"

I spit coffee out my nose over that one! Love that image, and the line. I'm up to chapter 3, obv., and having a great time.


binnudeya I'm down with the light reading unless there's angst, angst is my kryptonite :D I tried listening to American Gods but after 5 mins and registering zeroo words, I have the attention span of a toddler really :D so I'll get it and read it cuz thats on my 2014 list and if I don't like that one too noo more Gaiman for me! :D


binnudeya Well that was easy :D I feel a little guilty tho since I don't get Gaiman, like everything is good but I'm just detached and boooored ughhh so frustrating!!


message 11: by Leo

Leo Robertson Shamus wrote: "I thought "Hydra Kids, Hydra Wife" was the funniest thing ever, so I had to click the friend button."

Glad to have made you laugh! :D


message 10: by Shamus

Shamus McCarty I thought "Hydra Kids, Hydra Wife" was the funniest thing ever, so I had to click the friend button.


message 9: by Selim

Selim Thanks for accepting, Leo :-)


message 8: by Sam

Sam Thanks for accepting, Leo!
As I'm going to study in England starting this September, most of the books on that shelf are required reading material. I still have so much to catch up on! Best wishes, Sam.


message 7: by Leo

Leo Robertson Haha! Mostly they just sit there... stupid Masters! :D


message 6: by Sam

Sam Excellent! Added to the to-read list :)


message 5: by Sam

Sam Haha can't see what you said since you removed the Prestige, but you removed it so... victory!


message 4: by Sam

Sam Thanks Leo! I've been using Shelfari, but it doesn't seem like nearly as many people use it. :(


message 3: by Kate

Kate Thanks for adding me! Glad you enjoyed my review! :)


message 2: by Leo

Leo Robertson Katrina (Kindred Dreamheart) wrote: "Thanks so much for friending me!" No problem :)


Kat (Kindred Dreamheart) Thanks so much for friending me!


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