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Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love

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Her mama always said she was special. His daddy called him a demon. But even monsters can fall in love.

Montessa Tovar is walking home alone when she is abducted by Lu, a serial killer with unusual talents and a grudge against the world. But in time, the victim becomes the executioner as 'Apocalyptic' Montessa and her doomed lover, 'Nuclear' Lulu, crisscross the country in
Paperback, 174 pages
Published September 8th 2013 by Ragnarok Publications (first published September 7th 2013)
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Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarre-extreme
Although I've found myself souring a bit on science fiction lately, with my reading tastes driving me firmly back into the realms of epic fantasy, horror has always been my first love. It's what I remember reading first, and what has driven most of my own writing endeavors. So, while I hardly need an excuse to celebrate the genre, events like Women in Horror Month certainly do provide a convenient prompt for me to look beyond the towering review pile and into well-stocked TBR shelves that fill m ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Ragnarok Publications is a publisher newly founded in 2013, but I'd heard of them prior to receiving a copy of Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love. These are the amazing folks behind the Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters anthology Kickstarter, which was successfully funded this fall and quite possibly one of the coolest projects I've ever backed! It was thus an honor and a pleasure to be offered a chan
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I rarely read love stories because I know that love more often hurts than it heals and it is more acidic than it is sweet. I have yet to see a happy ending in real life and the idea of soul mates seems doomed to disappoint. And yet, Mercedes Yardley spins a love story that I could not put down. I did read it in one sitting and it was much more than I could have wished for. I believed in these characters living this life and I absolutely embraced the idea of Montessa and Lu being soul mates who w ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Messed up people need love too. Except that one guy Steve he's a jerk. Montessa and Lulu may be kill crazy and magic, but at least they've got each other, and like Bon Jovi sang "and that's a lot." It's amazing how good writing can make you sympathize and root for people who do horrible things. Yardley pulls it off. You can see these two being a great couple if the hadn't been broken as children. Don't know what it says about me that my love stories need a body count, but never mind that for now ...more
Michael Adams
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Fantasy Review Barn

All black outfit, complete with full length duster? Check.

Eyeliner properly applied? Check.

Lights turned off, except for the cool skull lamp from Hot Topic? Check.

Playlist set up, containing nothing but lots of The Cure and Creep by Radiohead? Check and Check.

Ok, I think I am in the proper mood to read a story of love between two serial killers.

Montessa is a special; her mother knew it when she named her while walking through a graveyard. (In the right mood for a horror tale
Timothy Ward
Mercedes is a master at plucking out secret emotions we wish we could describe and painting them into a portrait of emotion that overwhelms like a thousand small cuts only reality can heal, but it feels so real you wonder if you were more alive inside her prose than you are now that you're gone. The best part is that after you've left, the story's emotions remain tattooed, a memory of beauty and suffering to take with and enjoy at will.

A favorite quote from Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu:
Benoit Lelièvre
Wow. Simply wow. I was so floored by this small book that I've read it over the course of a single day. APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU was like an Oliver Stone script directed by Wong-Kar Wai. A love story between two lonely, broken souls hanging to existence by any means necessary. I don't want to say too much not to ruin the experience, but I'm a stickler for love stories that feel real and while APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU is so intense it sometimes flirts with melodrama, it ...more
Seth Skorkowsky
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aside from the longest title, ‘Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love’ is one of the most pleasant surprises I’ve read in a while. Yardley’s whimsical prose and vivid dark imagery made for an exciting story.

The story follows Montessa, a stripper trapped in an abusive relationship, who is kidnapped by a serial killer hoping to go out in a blaze of fire. What begins as beauty and the beast quickly transforms into the story of two dark soulmates discovering one another.

Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An intense, beautiful, captivating, and twisted read. This dark, gruesome, yet truly romantic love story captured me from the first page.
Carl Alves
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu is a tale about two crazy kids in love that reminds me of Natural Born Killers. It’s not exactly a conventional relationship since Lulu kidnaps Montessa with the intention of killing her. But all relationships must start somewhere. The story mostly takes place in a truck, which Lulu drives as part of his job. Montessa is a stripper involved in an abusive relationship with the worlds biggest a***ole, so in comparison to that creep, a serial killer truck drive ...more
Robert Duperre
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Life isn’t always cut-and-dry. Sometimes, the most terrible of circumstances can directly lead to the most wondrous acts of creation. A personal tragedy can spur an artist to craft their life’s seminal work. Addiction can result in the addict steering an otherwise ill-fated existence onto a path of hopefulness. Society can rally around a national catastrophe, bringing people together, opening up pathways to communication and goodwill. This is true even on a cosmic scale, when something as violen ...more
Kate Jonez
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A dark and disturbing tale that stays with you even though you might wish it wouldn't. Montessa and Lu are profoundly damaged people who find their love for each other as the result of a crime. The author deftly captures the psychological makeup of victims. Especially with the character of Montessa, she explores the world view of the brutalized and how one surrender leads to another. The description of the thought process rings true. Apocalyptic Montessa and Steven King's Carrie share the simila ...more
Douglas Wynne
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
No one writes quite like Mercedes Murdock Yardley. She breaks rules with the deliberate touch of a writer who learned the rules first, leaving you with the sense that she loving sculpted her clay pigeons before lining them up in front of her shotgun. The indelible fingerprint that she puts on her stories isn't merely found in their stark poetry and unique voice, it's also about how she seduces you into caring for reprehensible characters by making them complex and human and alluring. Apocalyptic ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. The best novella I've read in a long time - think Natural Born Killers with supernatural undertones.
Andrea Knittel
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was a great book. It was however, a little dark for my taste. I did enjoy it though. I won this book in a giveaway so it was worth the read.
H.W. Vivian
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. Great writing. Very sweet and quirky style even though the story and the message behind it are kind of dark. Go read it!
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: weird-fiction
I won’t lie. I’ve read the book because of the title. It showed on the Goodreads Readers also enjoyed feed of Seth Skorkowsky Hounacier and once I saw it, I just had to try it just to see what kind of story is hidden behind such an amazing title.

It turns out it’s a love story.

But instead of chocolate and roses, our lovers share eviscerating others. It’s a short story of a blossoming romance between an Asian-American serial killer and a stripper he kidnapped. Nuclear Lulu and Apocalyptic Montessa
Nora Peevy
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of the best twisted romances I've experienced since Natural Born Killers. Yardley wields her pen with a skillful hand, not wasting one word. Her keen insight into the human condition and our darkest emotions make for a wonderful tale. She urges the reader to care about a violent, deviant character normally shunned by society, addressing the age old debate of nature versus nature. She also addresses the delicate issues of domestic abuse and child abuse with artful grace. I loved this novella!
Paige Ellen Stone
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's probably rude to start off by mentioning another author, but here I go. I recently discovered the writings of Laird Barron. At last,something new and different. I ran through his work like lightning and thought I would not find anything that good for a while. Along comes Mercedes M. Yardley and her seductively titled novella, "Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love." I began reading and I was stunned. First of all, her writing is to die for, her style and use of prose ...more
Zakk Madness
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Lulu and Montessa beat the odds and overcome their differences to find the true depth of love. What are those differences you may ask? Welp, he being cut from the leather apron of serial killer, and she woven from the silk of kidnapped victim & their love is born on the cinder of impending murder.

When his first-kill knife becomes her first-kill knife, the path that these element-crossed lovers are destined to take ignites with a ferocity all it's own.

I've become a huge fan of Mercedes M. Yardley
Steve Bouchard
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Natural Born Killers," meets "Romeo and Juliet." In Yardley's novella, the two characters do despicable things and should be disliked, but they are made into sympathetic romantics. The story surprised me: while I expected to be steered towards trying to like the characters, I didn't expect to not dislike them at the same time. Make sense? Read it again. Montessa is damaged beyond repair, too damaged to really understand and control herself sometimes. However, her time with Lu gives her hope and ...more
Deborah Wolf
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu, by Mercedes Murdock Yardley.

Confession: I had never heard of this book, and (originally) ordered it so that I could see the quality of books Ragnarok Press is putting out.

It's on the short side. I love doorstoppers; I read very quickly, and I love to be completely enveloped in a new world for hours on end. I looked at the cover, read the blurbs, turned it around in my hands, and thought, huh. It's kinda short.

And then I opened this little handheld incendia
Wow, what a book. I usually don't read love stories, but this one was totally worth it. It's one of those stories that once you reach the end, you just sit there, pause, and just... feel.
The author doesn't shy away from ugliness, she doesn't sugarcoat. It was dark and twisted and bloody. There were so many "wrongs" in the characters, the story, everything. It was absolutely stunning and beautiful in all its twistedness.
I found myself sympathizing with both Montessa and Lu and maybe understood bo
Brainycat's 5 "B"s :
blood: 5
boobs: 2
bombs: 2
bondage: 5
blasphemy: 5
Stars : 3
Bechdel Test : FAIL
Deggan's Rule : PASS (in spirit if not the letter)
Gay Bechdel Test : FAIL

Full review at booklikes.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All of the dark swirling emotions from her short story collection, Beautiful Sorrows, are honed down to razor sharp precision and unwavering focus in this book. From the very first page you're drawn into their world, one that is incredibly dark yet blindingly beautiful. People wish they had one-tenth of the passion that Montessa and Lulu shared in their own lives.

This is a tale about broken people from broken lives doing broken things. A love so all-consuming that the world would not allow it. Y
Patrick Lacey
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mercedes Yardley is a lot like Joe Lansdale in the sense that she's her own genre. Her voice is so distinct, it transcends simple labels. Her prose is poetic and lyrical, yet never feels flashy or overdone. This novella is the perfect example of that talent. When you can make your readers feel emotional toward a serial killer, never shoving any blatant moral messages in their faces (except for, possibly, love conquering all), you're doing all kinds of things right. Call it horror, call it dark f ...more
Rena Mason
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is a love story like no other I've ever read. And between two killers! I'm a fan of this author's writing style and storytelling, and this novella is a bit on the darker and gruesome side of her other works I've read, but that's not a bad thing. I loved it! Prepare yourselves for one helluva ride.
Scott James
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this in a hotel lobby while waiting for my room to be ready, and drew many stares as I did with my tears of joy and feels.

Do yourself a favor, and buy this book, and her M.M.Y's other work, as soon as possible.

Just read them with the lights on.
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Mercedes M. Yardley is a whimsical dark fantasist who wears poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of Beautiful Sorrows, the Stabby Award-winning Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, Pretty Little Dead Girls, and Nameless. She won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for her story Little Dead Red and was a Bram Stoker Award nominee for her short story “Loving You Da ...more

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