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I Will Rot Without You

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  60 reviews
2016 WINNER OF THE WONDERLAND BOOK AWARD.

"Danger Slater is fearless. That much is obvious. But it's when you realize that he's also shameless about how he feels that you recognize you're in the hands of a mad-lover, a very funny-fiend, an artist...[I Will Rot Without You] is the kind of book that makes you want to write one of your own." - JOSH MALERMAN, author of Bird Box
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Paperback, 143 pages
Published February 2016 by Fungasm Press (first published 2016)
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karen
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
look, sometimes love is gross.

not that "white people making puppy eyes at each other" gross like in gum commercials or whatever



or even those inappropriate pdas on the late-night subway where maybe you don't want to see so much of a stranger's pubic hair exposed under fluorescent lighting.



but more the kind of gross where the obsession with your love-object causes you to chop off your fingers and sew them into her skin, just so you will always be together and able to keep tabs on her. or the af
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Janie C.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do we rot without each other?  Does love lost cause us to lose our body parts and surrender to the fungus that is the ennui of ordinary life?  Well, this is what happens to Ernie Cotard.  After breaking up with his girlfriend, Ernie is plagued with unusual problems.  His apartment is overrun by cockroaches.  His bathroom sink births the mother of all fungi.  His fingers turn green and foul-smelling while his face erodes.  Ernie is not the only one with problems.  His neighbor Deedeedeedeedeedeed ...more
Lori
Book Review: I Will Rot Without You

Read: 2/17/16 - 2/20/16
Stars: 4 - Strongly Recommended to lovers of the strange and gory
Pages: 143
Publisher: Fungasm Press
Released: February 2016





If you threw Joe's Apartment and the cockroach scene from Creep Show into a martini shaker with the books The Ruins and Hearers of the Constant Hum, and spiked it with a-broken-heart-love-story-of-your-choice, what you poured out might look something like this.

Fucked up in all the right ways, Danger Slater's I Will Rot
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Frank Errington
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I Will Rot Without You is not a book I would have sought out on my own. I've never read anything by the author, other than some of the reviews he's written on Goodreads. I've never read anything from the small press responsible for its publication, although I have read a number of short stories from John Skipp, the owner of Fungam Press.

I Will Rot Without You was sent to Cemetery Dance for review and when I saw it on the list of books offered this month, I recognized the name from Goodreads and
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Danger
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can't objectively review my own book, even though I feel it's important that you all understand that I am a LITERARY GENIUS OF THE HIGHEST CALIBER. So here are a few choice blurbs from people and publications that have read (and loved) I Will Rot Without You:

"A true masterpiece in Bizarro storytelling." - BENEATH THE UNDERGROUND

"Like Casablanca if it were directed by Harmony Korine's cousin on a mescaline binge." - DIRGE MAGAZINE

"It's so much more than in-your-face splatterpunk, it truly defie
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Rodney

For our friend Cotard everything falls apart. Everything falls apart. Everything... Having been through a nasty breakup recently, the memories of his ex and their time together continue to haunt him. After she moves out, he discovers that the apartment they used to share is infested with roaches, who happen to have some big, mysterious plans for our protagonist.

So what are the strong points of “I Will Rot Without You?” I don’t know where to begin. This book is so full of clever analogies, intel
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Marvin
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, bizarro
Whenever I read a Bizarro novel, I wonder if I will live through it. I have risked my life in literary jungles before. I grew up on Luis Bunuel movies and equally surreal books and films. I cut my teeth on William S Burroughs and the beats. I navigated through the wide open ranges of Transgressive Literature and I’m still not sure what that is. I journeyed through the scattered corpses of Splatterpunk. But Bizarro sometimes scares me.

The best way to describe Bizarro is as a tricked out version
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Frank
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You would think reading the best book of the year would be a jubilant experience. Ive just finished reading Danger Slater's I WILL ROT WITHOUT YOU, the best book of 2016 and Im crestfallen. It's January 4th. Think about it; no book I will read the remainder of this year will hold a candle to it.

I can take solace in the fact that I've just read the Wonderland Book of the Year for 2016. That's good news. For me. Bad news for every other bizarro novel that hasn't even been published yet. Your book
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Jessica McHugh
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This has been my favorite book of 2016 so far, and I wouldn't be surprised if it remains so for the rest of the year. The writing is sharp, witty, and gloriously grotesque. The prose reads like gruesome music, smooth as honey and blood that satiates and drowns in one. There's no doubt I'll be picking up more titles from Danger Slater and Fungasm Press. If you're a bizarro fan, you will definitely enjoy this book, and if you're not familiar with bizarro, this would be a great introduction to a li ...more
Pedro Proença
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book by Danger Slater. An amazing analogy for the end of a relationship, written in a beautiful language. This is a Bizarro book with a heart. It's definitely Bizarro, the elements are all there, and on top of that, it's so moving and so good, it's amazing.

Fungasm Press is one of my favorite Bizarro publishers (an imprint of Eraserhead Press), and they don't disappoint with this one. This whole class, which includes Laura Lee Bahr's LONG FORM RELIGIOUS PORN, Autumn Christian's ECSTAT
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Steve Stred
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews!**

Huh. This is my first foray into bizarro, and my immediate reaction is ‘Huh. I shouldn’t have liked that.’

This is absolutely the most insane love story I’ve ever read and I think at its core Slater phenomenally relays the pure unhinged emotions we can go through during love.

Each chapter itself could be described as mini-vignettes, looking into the main characters life, as things continue to spiral down and down and down.

He can’t get his life
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Douglas Hackle
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
An extended metaphor, I Will Rot Without You is the story of Ernie Cotard, a man whose body and world fall apart around him after a particularly bad breakup from a particularly poisonous relationship. Peppered with moments of dark and silly humor, the story is one of vivid grotesquery and body horror galore: sentient mold, plotting cockroaches, an old man who keeps his dead wife strung up in his apartment like a puppet, a woman marked with the severed, sewed-on parts of her jealous boyfriend, an ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Goodness, what a beautiful and unexpected piece of apocalypse this was. I WILL ROT WITHOUT YOU is a novel, but it is broken down in a series of portraits featuring the lonely and miserable life of Ernie Cotard, who's gloriously failing to survive life without his ex-girlfriend Gretchen, who left him for obscure reasons.

I WILL ROT WITHOUT YOU could be called literary, it could be called surrealism, I just thought it was a beautiful allegory for a life falling apart without love. It cleverly used
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Brendan
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I want to say that this book is exactly what I wanted to read without knowing it. I’ve gotten through a number of books and collections over the past few months, and none of them stood out so prominently as Danger Slater’s I Will Rot Without You.

It plays out like a really good and really weird art house film, only minus the pretension. The pace is frenetic, making it compulsively readable, and it manages to be both intelligent and funny without one component overshadowing the other
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David
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I like Danger Slater's writing and I was expecting a fun and disgusting little book, but I wasn't prepared to be quite this impressed. It's gross and funny, but that comes together with the story in what I found to be the most accomplished writing I've seen from Danger Slater yet. I sat down to read a little bit and steamed right through until the end. It really is a story about being alive as a human in a way I've never seen someone tell it before. This is a seriously memorable work.
M.P. Johnson
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Danger Slater rules. In I Will Rot Without You, he's able to create that perfect combination of emotion and gross-out. It's my holy grail.
Stephanie Riley
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly perverse and lovely, perfectly Danger Slater. Absolutely loved it.
Philip Athans
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought this intense and oddly moving novella directly from the author, via Twitter, and I was surprised by the subtlety and sensitivity of it--just under the layer of "bizarro" strangeness and overt but somehow not gratuitous body horror. Though I've found other attempts at so-called bizarro books difficult to get through, the only thing I struggled with reading I Will Rot Without You was its desperate, bordering on inexcusable need for a thorough copy edit.
Gary
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let me think--how to put this…. Here goes: Danger Slater’s latest offering, I Will Rot Without You, grabs you by the boo-boo and doesn’t let go until the last bit of fetid flesh implodes into oblivion (sort of). Even by bizarro standards, this is a bizarre tale of love and betrayal--bizarre in the best sense, that is. I Will Rot Without You conjures metaphysical images that must certainly have Donne (yes, the John Donne) rolling in his grave. These are conceits that the mind almost refuses to co ...more
Katie
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disgusting and weird but thoroughly entertaining.
Nicholaus Patnaude
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A poetic homage to the threat of cockroaches? A series of surreally humorous observations? A New Jersey blood brother of Dostoyevsky's underground man?

The encounter with a neighbor (Dee) in the hall, offers a haunted glimpse into what is surely a major theme in this book: morbid devotion. And then we get a weird blend of Basket Case 80s horror and Notes from the Underground when she reveals amputated pieces of her boyfriend sewn to her chest.

Between scenes that could be straight out of the end
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Andrew Stone
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have a confession: I don't think I like body horror all that much. Simply put, it grosses me out. It makes me feel uncomfortable. And this book is fucking disgusting.

But, I must say, this book is also hilarious! I never realized how much I wanted The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, or a commentary on carefully construed metaphors in the midst of danger, brought up in the middle of a novel. In I Will Rot Without You, Slater does both of these things, and they are both fantastic!

I Will Ro
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Jeremy Maddux
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having Danger as a first name carries many obligations. To carry Danger as a first name (or middle name, for that matter) means having to be able to satisfy a cadre of women no matter how fluid-depleted you are. It requires one to be quick witted and given to improvisation so that when podcast hosts ask you to return for an ongoing saga extolling the virtues of proper phone etiquette, you're capable of delivering where the show's own host cannot. Being called Danger means being able to pay the b ...more
P.T.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Danger Slater has managed to pull off three seemingly impossible tasks:

One: It is a bizarro novel through and through, but avoids the lack of coherence that the genre can devolve into. While there are plenty of left turns into increasingly odd territory, the whole journey is held together by an emotional core that is grounded in reality. I found it supremely relatable, as will the many people who have spent time in a fungusy apartment with a broken heart.

Two: Most of it takes place in said apart
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William M.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
This book is a great example of what a Bizarro story can be. All the great elements of what roughly defines Bizarro can be found in I Will Rot Without You. Besides Carlton Mellick, Danger Slater is probably the best writer I have discovered that can handle this genre with complete command and make it look easy. Anyone interested in giving this weird fiction style a chance would do well to start with this book. Slater takes the common themes of pain, regret, and loneliness of life after a difficu ...more
Lisa LeStrange
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Danger Slater writes words.
He puts them together in beautiful patterns scrolling across his computer screen.
He is good at it.
I don't even like love stories. I remember skipping over my library's romance section as a curious young adult in search of something more. I wanted my books to be filled with suspense and horror, lust and perversions not courtships and helpless heroines.
Like whiskey and night swimming, Danger somehow combines things you might not expect to fit together into a hell of a g
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Rick
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! I really loved Cross, what an awesome character even with no dialogue; the character concept was really intriguing. Ernie was definitely interesting, his progression was surely bizarro. I can safely say that I did not see any of the events coming, not in the least which made the story that much more enjoyable. I am very glad that I kicked in for the Fungasm Press campaign on IndieGoGo to get this book.
Spencer Hughes
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The book has its flaws, but is a fun ride on the whole. It helps that Danger Slater is funny as hell. This isn't the kind of straight-faced bizarro-fiction that I despise, this is a very different breed of monster. It's self-aware. It's fun. It tempers its extended metaphor by peppering its pages with punchlines. Its absurdity reaches hilarious proportions. This level of surreality requires a sense of humor, and Danger Slater's got humor in spades.
Vince Kramer
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I Will Rot Without You is like the Guinea Pig series meets a chick flick - horrific yet oddly satisfying.
Tanya
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, bizarro
This was so gross and fun with a beautiful ending
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