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Fish Bites Cop! Stories To Bash Authorities

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Fish Bites Cop! Stories To Bash Authorities is a whole trunk of surprises. A collection of horror, dark crime, pulp, and slipstream lampoonery that gleefully rips on police officers, security guards, organized religion, firefighters, police officers, bounty hunters, dyslexic paramedics with dog complexes, police officers, military, middle management, and even more police o ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 280 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Comet Press (first published July 7th 2011)
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Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
To say FISH BITES COP! author Davind James Keaton has a chip on his shoulder would be the understatement of the year. In FISH BITES COP! (Stories To Bash Authorities) Keaton let's loose on anyone with an ounce of authority, and it's not pretty. If you're a fan of that guy who wrote FIGHT CLUB you too will soon forget what's his name after reading the new bad ass in town, David James Keaton.

So now you're thinking, "I'm cool, f#&k tha po-po, I can be down with this Keaton dude," but you better che
David Keaton
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It was weird reading this, like the author was in my head the whole time.
Amy Lueck
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
FISH BITES COP! is an impressive display of dexterity in its manipulation of genres and defiance of readers' expectations. Beyond experimenting with different genres and voices, the stories in this collection blend and cross forms and styles in a way that keeps the reader guessing and rewards careful attention and rereading.

One of my favorites in this collection was a story called "Clam Digger," in which a man grapples to reconstruct and understand a terrifying childhood memory of the day his br
Michael Fierce (Gandalf the Red)
I have to win this Giveaway. I freakin HATE cops more than anybody and this looks like a fun read.
Heath Lowrance
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A stylishly written middle finger to authority figures in all their guises. Keaton picks his targets well in these stories, reducing them to their essential ridiculousness in an enviable way-- but to his credit, that doesn't mean the stories or characters are ridiculous. Keaton invests in them as fallible human beings, and makes the reader invest in them as well. Beneath the thin veneer of humor in each story is something a little darker, and a little more desperate. Recommended. ...more
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May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Benoit Lelièvre
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Some hacks love to use words like 'unadorned' to hide the fact that their prose is garbage and you need to read authors like David James Keaton to understand it. DJK turned 'unadorned' into a science. His wicked sense of humour and his earnest, working class hatred for cops make FISH BITES COP a tremendous success.

There were a lot of standout stories in the collection, but my favourite was KILLER COACHES. From reading the title, I thought it was a Western, but it's a lot cooler than that. KILLE
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Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: featured-on-gws
Mr. Keaton is very clear with regard to the theme of his collection. Each of these stories does indeed involve “authorities.” There are police officers, the captain of a fishing vessel, high school coaches, paramedics…Mr. Keaton may be very focused, but he doesn’t have a one-track mind. Indeed, Fish Bites Cop! is bursting with creativity; the gentleman doesn’t go more than a page or so without turning an underlinable phrase or making some kind of connection that may elude most readers. (Why else ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins, owned
As usual, many thanks to the author, publisher and Goodreads for my free copy of this book.

Keaton has written a bizarre, horrendous and hilarious group of stories that I found to be much like a train wreck. I just couldn't stop reading. The shorts in this book made me go through a wide range of emotion. Everything from disgusted to saddened to flat out belly laughing. If you are the type of person that sometimes wishes those in uniform would get theirs, then this is the book for you. Not for the
Salvatore Pane
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
More to come soon, but these stories are dark, hilarious, and badass as shit. Keaton drags plotless, boring fiction into the street and blows it away with a 12 gauge in front of its loved ones. Dope as hell.
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is nice break when read in conjunction with the type of literature that takes itself too seriously. It's not overly intellectual, but is a lot of fun if you're into the obscenity and ultra-violence which come with the territory of the aesthetic. I enjoyed many of the stories, which are narrative and plot driven and quickly developed.

My main criticism is that the book may have included too many variants on the same theme--for example, there were at least a dozen references to a smatter
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The hate is spread all around in David James Keaton's "Fish Bites Cop!" as Mr. Keaton (a professor at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College) takes on authority figures of all types, from police officers to firemen, with a mix of humor and horror. Some of the stories are duds, particularly toward the middle of the book, but Keaton excels when he uses his unhinged characters to capture our own insane day dreams of conquering the authorial roadblocks in our lives. The last story in the book ...more
Rory Costello
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I had to tell myself to slow down while reading this collection. I started off wanting to read them all together, but there's so much going on here and in such unusual meters that I found it best to take a couple at a time and then come back after enjoying something else for a while.

Keaton's got a lot of talent and he's off-the-wall funny, but I still don't think it's all sunk in for me. It's like Dada or free jazz...something radical that's hard to appreciate fully at first.

I had a similar feel
Edward Rathke
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Dark and dangerous, but conversational and funny. Very solid collection.

My interview with David at Monkeybicycle.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, kindle
really wanted to like the short stories in this book, but just couldn't find one I liked. I will give this author another chance sometime ...more
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David James Keaton's writing has appeared in over 75 publications, online and in print. He received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flywheel Magazine. His first collection of fiction, FISH BITES COP! Stories To Bash Authorities (Comet Press), was named the 2014 Short Story Collection of the Year by This Is Horror and was also a finalist for t ...more

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