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A lonely demon in a remote corner of Hell oversees a divine but rigged typing contest. A sentient house in San Francisco decides to become vacant once again... by any means necessary. A supernatural first date in Hong Kong goes hysterically, horribly awry. How did this become my life? And... now what? These questions recur throughout The Infernal Republic as a cast of char ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Signal 8 Press (first published January 24th 2012)
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Collin Kelley
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Marshall Moore's short story collection is simply audacious. The absurdity of the situations, characters and resolutions (or non-resolutions in many cases) would fall apart in lesser hands, but Moore somehow makes these often enigmatic characters breathe. Realistically, the book is too long. There are 17 stories, but four of the lesser ones could have been cut to make a stronger collection. But the majority are thought-provoking, mind-bending and, most importantly, beautifully written. Moore has ...more
Sam
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my first foray into Marshall Moore's work, as recommended by a dear friend of mine. This is a solid collection of short stories, each with their own triumphs and faults. Truthfully, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into after reading the first story, Urban Reef, a story about two women having lunch and taking bets on a gentleman who potentially may commit suicide. This first story sets up the collection well, and really shows the path that Moore chooses to take within the collect ...more
Elisa Rolle
While I first knew Marshall Moore for his An Ideal for Living, publisher with an LGBT press, this collection of short stories is not specifically LGBT, even if many of the characters are lesbian, bisexual or gay. The “extraordinariness” of these characters is not given by their sexuality, but lies on how much twisted they are. By the way, reading the blurb, I was expecting for this to be a collection of supernatural stories, but it’s actually a mix, and some of them are about the extraordinaire ...more
Hayley
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review copied from my blog.

I've read Marshall Moore's work before so I did go into this book with a couple of preconceptions as I did enjoy reading his novel Bitter Orange but I've tried to only consider this collection of short stories in this review.

Each of the stories in this collection could easily stand alone on their own merit. Although they vary in length with some being just over a page long while others are long enough to be divided into chapters, they were all well written (and edited
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Josie Davis
These stories delightfully turn fiction into theater – without being asked, the reader is presented with an absurd and gut-wrenching fate that jolts the imagination. At times the book reverts to a more suburban prose, involving the reader in a safety net of reality before diving into another round of lusty horror. The Inferno Republic is a remarkably discomforting yet therapeutic prescription for a daunting coexistence.
PLOP!
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
These stories delightfully turn fiction into theater – without being asked, the reader is presented with an absurd and gut-wrenching fate that jolts the imagination. At times the book reverts to a more suburban prose, involving the reader in a safety net of reality before diving into another round of lusty horror. The Infernal Republic is a remarkably discomforting yet therapeutic prescription for a daunting coexistence.
Asl4u
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pretty interesting imagination... and the writing is smooth enough to carry you through a story you might not be sure you'd read if you just looked at the title... I am really enjoying the book... and suprised because the humor is not exactly my "style"...
it is my friend's style however and so I'm making strong recommendation to people who are a little less conservative and more creative than myself!

Definately worth the read!... hard to put down in fact!
Andrea
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Raced through this collection because I love Marshall Moore's short stories. What I should do is savor each story as it deserves, but I gobble them all up at once like junk food instead. No stomachache afterward though.
Dana Burgess
I read The Infernal Republic and am now faced with a dilemma: just because I didn't like the book does that make it a 'bad' book worthy of a negative review?

Honestly, the writing shows intelligence and imagination; the editing is impeccable; certainly the situations and stories are, as the blurb says, surreal and brutal. But this was just not my cup of tea. That's not to say it wouldn't be yours.

Many of the stories head into the realm of sci fi. No matter how good a book is purported to be, if
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Amy
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-won
I received this book free through a goodreads giveaway. A lot of the stories in the book are really good but there are a few, about two or three, that were not as good in my opinion. However overall it was a good book and I enjoyed it. Some of the stories were especially good and I would have been interesting in reading more about the characters in the. I also liked that all the stories were not connected so you can easily skip around and not get confused. I would recommend this book.
Kalle
Sep 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Wow, that was an endless barrage of sex, rape, pointless violence and nonsensical stories. Actually read through the entire thing hoping it would improve but I couldn't enjoy it at all.
willowdog
Feb 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uneven collection of fringe short stories. Always a catch, a surprize. Too fringe for me. More of a traditionist, althought I could appreciate a few of te stories. Can't recommend
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Marshall Moore is the author of several books: The Concrete Sky (Haworth Press, 2003); Black Shapes in a Darkened Room (Suspect Thoughts Press, 2004); An Ideal for Living (Lethe Press, 2010); The Infernal Republic (Signal 8 Press, 2012); Bitter Orange (Signal 8 Press, 2013); and A Garden Fed by Lightning (Signal 8 Press, 2016). He has also published two e-chapbooks. One is in Italian: Il look del ...more