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After a reality bomb goes off at the first ever ShatnerCon, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner. Featuring: Captain Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane, Priceline Shatner, Cartoon Kirk, Rescue 9-1-1 Shatner, singer Shatner, and many more. No costumed con-goer will be ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Eraserhead Press
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A priceless premise but without exploiting its full potential.


I was really excited to read this crazy story with a fantastic premise...

In the middle of a fan convention dedicated exclusively to William Shatner, the chaos explodes and all the characters, that he ever performed in his acting career, come to life menacing his own existence.

Ah?! That was brilliant!!!...

...Or at least it sounded so brilliant that I expected a really bizarre tale full of humor and horror.

Dan Schwent
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
A miserable William Shatner is attending ShatnerCon when Campbellians attempt to set off a Reality Bomb to erase his work from existence for the glory of almighty Bruce. The bomb malfunctions and various characters portrayed by William Shatner come to life, bent on killing Shatner, letting nothing stand in their way. Can William Shatner survive?

ShatnerQuake is awesome, no two ways about it. From William Shatner looking down on his fans to Denny Crane, Priceline Shatner, Rescue 911 Shatner, and C
Bill Kerwin
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it

During a giant ShatnerCon, a group of Campbellians (terrorist devotees of actor Bruce Campbell all named Bruce, and each lacking a hand) explode a "fiction bomb" that backfires, unleashing a multiplicity of Shatners on an unsuspecting world.

As a consequence, the Real William Shatner is forced to do battle with Captain Kirk, "Boston Legal" Shatner, Black-and-White "Twlight Zone" Shatner, "Priceline" Shatner, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" Shatner. T.J. Hooker, Esperanto Shatner (!?) and others.
HOLY SHATNER you are not going to believe this SHAT. Stuffed and crammedberried within the bizarro pages of this "mini-me" novella/novelette is not only THE William Shatner, but also Captain James T. Kirk… DENNY CRANE!... T.J. Hooker… Rescue 911 Shatner… Shatner… Evil Bill Shatner (from SNL)… Twilight Zone Shatner… and even Esperanto Shatner (from 1965 film Incubus)...I SHAT YOU NOT ON THIS!!!

This is basically a 75 page mind-blowing, ego stroking, SHATNERGASTIC "love me fest" that
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Fans of Bruce Campbell decide to erase William Shatner from history with a reality bomb because they are jealous of his success. They place the bomb at the ShatnerCon (Of course Shatner must have his own convention). But something goes wrong and suddenly every William Shatner character (T.J Hooker, James T Kirk, Danny Crane and so on) comes to life and they are all out to kill the real William Shatner.

This is a crazy book, it’s over the top, it’s violent and it’s absolutely hilarious! I loved
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
The only thing I liked about this book was "Cartoon Kirk", which is a shame because Bruce Campbell and William Shatner have long been favorites of mine. ...more
Garrett Cook
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor not a postmodernist!"
I'm not much of a Trek fan. There, I said it. Draw me, quarter me, tar me, feather me. I'm not much of a Trek fan, but William Shatner is one of the most bizarre and intriguing personages in media history. From Kirk to a bizarre musical career to his numerous appearances in an eclectic array of commercials, I've found Shatner incredibly fascinating. Now in Shatnerquake, Jeff Burk explores the ins and outs of Shatnerdom, sci fi mania and the Jungian
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
My all-time favorite William Shatner project is his 2004 album Has Been.

If you haven't listened to it, YOU GOTTA! This was the pinnacle of his cultural zeitgeist; the culmination of so much of his career. A tongue-in-cheek caricature of himself as a celebrity, and a rumination on all the tribulation that brings. It was heartfelt and odd and funny and original. A true work of art.

Thing is, Shatner has been doing the meta-modernist thing long before Shia Labeouf or Miley Cyrus came onto the scene.
Wil Wheaton
Jun 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
It's like Lloyd Kaufman and Sam Rami's mutant offspring wrote a book. It's very funny, and doesn't try to be anything other than what it is: The William Shatner locked in surreal and hyperreal mortal combat with every character he's ever played, from the Priceline guy to Kirk.

I would have rated it higher, but it desperately needed to go to a copy editor, especially for the last two chapters.

With a little bit of clean up, though, this could become an underground sensation.
Dec 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, bizarro
First, Marvin, thank you reading this and then letting me borrow it. The book was a wonderful bit of fun. :)

My first thoughts before reading this book involved a slight worry that I was not versed enough in Shatner's career to catch all of the jokes. I was afraid the book would rely on inside-humor too much. Thankfully, this did not happen and I'm fairly certain I caught all of the funny bits. Before I started the actual book, I was already laughing due to Burk's request for Shatner's considerat
Anthony Chavez
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
Oh what a load of Shat, I mean literally LOADS of Shatner's everywhere!

I'm going to breeze through the summary just as the book breezed by me, not in a bad way, in a couldn't stop reading way. Shatner shows up at his first Shatner-Con, some Bruce Campbell'ians set off a reality bomb that goes sideways sending all of Shatner's characters he has ever played to life. Then it becomes all out chaos as the real William Shatner tries to escape the convention with his life!

I really really enjoyed the co
Sep 12, 2009 rated it liked it
ARRRRGH!!!! I had a great review typed and it got lost when I tried to save. I'll try again.

I couldn't resist Shatnerquake when it came up on my Amazon recommendations. It was as funny as the title and the main character promised. It's pretty gory, but a lot of fun. Burk does a great job of capturing Shatner's speech patterns in print.

The only reason this book gets 3 stars instead of 4 is that it's too darn short. It only took 45 minutes to read. But, it was one of the most entertaining 45 minut
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
This book is one of those that's been floating around for the last couple months and it finally arrived on my doorstep the other day. It is also one of the reasons I'm so glad I'm a Goodreads member, I never would have known about it otherwise.

I can't do a better synopsis than this:
"After a reality bomb goes off at the first ever ShatnerCon, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner. Feat
David Raffin
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shatner on Shatner Action

Jeff Burk's Shatnerquake is the finest story ever told containing multiple William Shatners. Lesser authors have been shackled before now with writing only one role for Shatner. This is understandable, in the field of television and film, for logistical reasons. However, this has never been the case in the literary realm and Burk has led the way here with both great panache and bloodletting.

Unsatisfied with a single Shatner, Burk here provides a wall of Shatners. A smor
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
I downloaded this short book to my Kindle this morning, finished it in less than a hour, and still had time to write this review before going to work. Some reviewers have stated that there are a lot of typos in the book but I was too busy laughing to notice. The basic premise is that the real William Shatner, through a plot gimmick that is too silly to repeat involving evil Bruce Campellians, is attacked by all the other Shatners; Captain Kirk Shatner, TJ Hooker Shatner, Priceline ...more
May 24, 2009 rated it liked it
In the introduction to this book, the author states that he truly admires William Shatner - he states that Shatner is a man who has made a career out of caricaturing himself, remaking himself over and over again with no looking back, no shame and - as far as we know - no regrets. He finishes by kindly asking William Shatner not to sue him.

I don't think he has too much to worry about, really. This book is a quick, fun read that, while not necessarily painting William Shatner in the best of lights
Steve Lowe
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
I'm a slow reader, even for 80-to-90-page novellas, but I consumed this one in less than 24 hours. The premise gets an A+ - a so-called reality bomb, planted by Campbellians (devotees of actor Bruce Campbell) goes off at the first ShatnerCon, causing fictional Shatner characters to come to life and wreak havoc at the convention.

The plot is great and rips along at breakneck speed. Almost too quickly for my tastes, really. There's very little set up before the reality bomb goes off, 11 pages to be
Nick Cato
May 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
William Shatner is the guest of honor at "Shatnercon," a convention dedicated to everything Shatner; from his classic Twilight Zone episode, to Star Trek, through his TV roles on TJ Hooker and Rescue 9-1-1, right up to his role as a super-lawyer on Boston Legal. As Shatner signs autographs for an endless line of maniacal fans, a Campellian (those who worship actor Bruce Campbell and feel Shatner is a false messiah) sets off a "fiction bomb," a sedlom-used terrorist device that has the ability to ...more
Jason Parent
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy
Shatnerquake is a gimmick. Like putting a ton of old action stars together in one movie and calling it The Expendables without a care in the word for plot, dialogue, or general coherency, Shatnerquake places all of William Shatner's iconic characters in one book in a scenario that couldn't possibly be anything but ridiculous. Like the Expendables, none of that matters, because fans of the actors will see the movie and love it for its novelty, just as fans of Shatner will read this book and love ...more
Ross Lockhart
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
A good Bizarro book is like a good punk rock record: fast paced, aggressive, and passionate enough that you’re compelled to look past rough edges and the occasional sour note. Jeff Burk’s Shatnerquake is not a good Bizarro book; it’s a great Bizarro book. From it’s geek-tastic premise (William Shatner is trapped at a convention, besieged by the many characters he’s played) to its other-side-of-strange setting (Burk knows his SF conventions… not to mention his Shatners) to its gleeful sense of vi ...more
Nov 28, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Couldn't resist. But I think I may live to regret it!

When I described the basics of the story (various Shatner characters/guises trying to kill the real Shatner) my partner said "Good. I hope they succeed!" Now that's not very nice ;-D.
Feb 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Well, that was ridiculously Shatner-tastic!
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
How does one review a book like Shatnerquake? Is it art? No. Is it a heck of a lot of fun? You bet your life. This book had more Shatners than you can shake a stick at! Its premise is hilarious and moments made me laugh out loud. I'm not going to spoil it, but my favorite part has to be with TJ Hooker. I'm knocking off 1 star because I didn't like the ending. Otherwise, it's a fun read. ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great little one sitting piece of bizarro reading.
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
The premise is simple: Insane fans who worship Bruce Campbell use unexplained technology to destroy William Shatner while he's hosting a convention, but instead it pulls many/most of his characters into our world and seals off the convention and pits the characters against "Real" Shatner in a battle to the death.

When you put it that way, how could it fail?

On the plus side: It's a novella, so the joke doesn't have time to fall too flat. It treats the "Real" Shatner kindly. Great running gags abou
Feb 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
The main thing you have to remember with bizarro fiction is not to get your hopes up. It is a genre that rewards form over function, style over substance. A lot of the time it’s a complete crapshoot whether what you read is going to be as cool in execution as it is in concept, or a lump of lazy shovel-lit churned out to cash in as quickly as possible. But some of the best writing in the genre, even if it’s not Shakespearean, is still subtle and well developed enough to at least be subversive, su ...more
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro-fiction

William Shatner. No other name in popular culture pulls so many emotions from the consciousness of the media-consuming public. Alternately reviled and respected, loved and hated, the man and the myth surrounding him have been inseparable since his first utterance of Shakespeare. He has become a self-perpetuating in-joke, and his fans love him for it.

No fan, I think, has expressed this love in quite the same way as Jeff Burk has with his 2009 Eraserhead Press release Shatnerquake. This one-hundre

Jan 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
It's a gimmick book, so I knew it would be bad, but this transcended whatever foolish notions I had of what "bad" really means. And it's a shame, too, because Burk actually has a lot of good ideas. Captain Kirk with a light saber? I can't believe it hasn't been done already. Shatner dodging assassination attempts from obsessive fans of Bruce Campbell (who naturally, have already taken out Adam West, and, equally naturally, have all cut off one of their hands)? Inspired. And of course, there's th ...more
Craig Rettig
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Aside from a few nerdgasmic moments introduced by the author, the book consisted primarily of jumping from plot point to plot point to plot point with little room for anything else to transpire.

I'm not a huge fan of long, drawn-out descriptions (Herman Melville, you are evil), but I had a difficult time trying to follow the action at times. You could tell Burk had a picture in his mind of what was happening, but he didn't describe it well enough to convey the events to the reader in order to ach
Set at Shatnercon - A huge convention honoring all things Shatner. A group of terrorists who worship Bruce Campbell set off a bomb that ends up bringing all of Shatner's characters to life. And all of them want to kill the "Real" William Shatner. For him, an ordinary convention, turns into a nightmare. It is a very funny book and I loved the appearances of various Shatners throughout. THough I have to say, rescue 911 Shatner was VERY annoying. And the ending came as a surprise to me. Lots of fun ...more
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Jeff Burk lives in Portland, OR where he edits the Magazine of Bizarro Fiction. He writes Bizarro fiction and is the author of Shatnerquake.

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