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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  43 reviews
He has a mouth in his gut. An obnoxious, toothy, foul-mouthed, pig of a mouth. Luckily, his girlfriend doesn't seem to mind. Marie, the one-legged stripper and cyber-prostitute love of his life is very accepting of it. And then a little too accepting. What would you do if your girlfriend cheated on you with the voracious yapper under your belly button? If you live in Gutmo ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Eraserhead Press
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Dan Schwent
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro, 2015
David Dedmon has a second mouth below his navel named Phillipe. How did David and Phillipe end up in the clink and, more importantly, will they be able to escape?

Gutmouth is another rendering of that age old tale of a woman becoming between two men. Only, in this case, it's actually between a man and his mutation, a second mouth with a nine inch tongue and a British accent. Yeah, Gutmouth is a bizarro book.

I periodically dip in and out of the bizarro genre. One of my complaints about the genre i
Janie C.
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a world run by MegaCorp, morals are ambiguous and consumerism is law. Body modification and mutations are rampant, and physical punishments are extreme. With the right drugs, pain is tantamount to pleasure. In this manically sordid world, those unlucky enough to be caught for not buying their quota of products or for growing their own food are incarcerated. Colossal oozing eyes watch prisoners while guards whip around tentacles and pungent odors. David is in prison for murdering his girlfrien ...more
Douglas Hackle
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this earlier in the summer so my thoughts on it are not super fresh, but it is what it is. Gutmouth tells the story of David “Gutmouth” Dedmon, a man cursed with a vulgar, perpetually hungry, yet intelligent mouth named Phillipe residing in his gut. In the bleak, dystopian, urban wasteland of this bizarro-noir story, body mutilation and mutation are pursued for both pleasure and punishment, and nearly everything is owned or controlled by a diabolical megacorporation appropriately named Me ...more
Leo Robertson
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A fast and fun bizarro read :) Definitely makes me excited to read more of Iglesias' work, which my friends rave about, and he seems like a cool guy too. (Which is not necessary to be a good author, but it couldn't hurt, okay? Just sayin' to all those authors reading this :P)

The only issues I had with it were with the bizarro genre itself.

Bizarro stories are often sold by mentioning a fraction of the zaniness that an author can expect.
"This one features an inside-out cat with organs that sing t
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
First of all, the author has a supremely awesome name. Next time you're doing housework or whatever, start muttering "GABINO IGLESIAS" to yourself. It will make you feel better about your chores, your day, and your life.

Secondly, if GUTMOUTH doesn't get the author a contract with Eraserhead Press, I'll be ultra-surprised. This book is ridiculously good. It contains witty repartee, delicious food metaphors and much cleverness and correct usage of big words. (It's not often in the Bizarro genre th
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This reads like a collaboration between Ralph Bakshi, Jim Henson, Philip K. Dick, and a young Peter Jackson. It’s completely off the wall insanity from cover to cover, and I loved every second of it. Read Gabino Iglesias!
Benoit Lelièvre
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Under this sensory onslaught of extreme body modification and futuristic deviant sex scenes that are both meant to shock you into cognition and as iconoclast banter, lies a very good and pertinent story about self-determination at the age of technological corporate takeover (which we're kind of in right now).

Gabino Iglesias has the natural storyteller gene that all-time greats such as Joe Lansdale and Lawrence Block share and GUTMOUTH, despite its incendiary style, tells and oddly beautiful tale
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the future! Consume!

Gutmouth by Gabino Iglesias takes place in a future where everything is run and mutated by Megacorp, a huge corporation that took over from the government by releasing a biological agent that created mutations and only they knew how to control them. Insert Monsanto joke here.

Our hero (as it were) has a particular mutation that caused him to grow an obnoxious talking mouth in his gut. Actually, the author seems to have put a lot of thought into how this could physio
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
It surprises me how many reviewers have categorized Gutmouth as Noir.

I have to admit that the cover page illustration does give the impression it is Noir but the story itself has no Noir characteristics.

Is it because a scorned man seeks revenge on his ex-girlfriend for betraying him?
Is it because he is in jail for breaking the law?
Is it because the setting is a bleak dystopian wasteland of a city?

I really do not know *scratches head*

If anyone says 'yes' to the above then a great majority of crim
Shamus McCarty
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
I read an early version of this book, not the final edit. If we’re going to be totally honest, the version I read was about a 3.5. However I’ve heard excellent things about Gabino’s editor, so I’m going to assume he added at least .5 stars to the book.

Ok, now that the honesty statement is out of the way I’ll continue with my review of the early version of this book. It was a few years ago so my memory has faded, but one thing burns in my mind. “Gut” (I forgot his Christian name) was awesome. He
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a tale of love and loss, but not in the way that you’d expect after reading the epigraph. The is a story of self love, or one self loving another self encapsulated in a single body, or perhaps the love/hate relationship existing between id and super-ego. In the case of this story our protagonist’s id is imbued with a frightening level of intelligence. In many instances, the sentient mouth growing out of our protagonist’s stomach is smarter than the actual protagonist.

In little time, it
Matthew Vaughn
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro, 2013, reviewed
So the New Bizarro Series Authors are in full effect again for this year. I’m a big fan of this series; I always try to read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately I usually don’t end up reading as many as I would like. So I have read my first, and hopefully not last, of this year’s bunch and I couldn’t have picked a better one to start with.

Much like the title will tell you this book is about a guy with a mouth for a stomach. He goes by the name of David, his friend’s call him Gut, and the mou
Anita Dalton
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, fiction, bizarro
You can read my entire discussion here.

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In this novel, Iglesias creates a perverse dystopia that can best be described as 1984 with extreme body modifications and mutations. Extreme pain is pleasure, pleasure is demented and everyone is amoral and marginally insane. There is a Church of Albert Fish, Carlton Mellick V is writing brutal fiction, people can genetically cross themselves with salamanders and a body modification expert deconstructs his ex-girlfriend into a motorcycle.
Hatchet Mouth
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gutmouth is a nice place to visit... Wait, no it isn't... Let's try this again... Gutmouth is a horrible place to visit AND I wouldn't want to live there!

In the future, Megacorp has consolidated everything, every street corner, every brand name. They've replaced streetlights with asses ready to take a shit on rioters who are miserable with the conditions incurred by Megacorp. Drugs of every variety are available, some black market and some Megacorp endorsed, like the endorphinated beers and Algo
Ross Lockhart
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gabino Iglesias's NBAS debut GUTMOUTH is gritty mutant noir, filled with desperation, murder, and a guy with a mouth in his gut. A company enforcer, driven to violence by the lecherous, foul-mouthed parasite Philippe, Gutmouth Dedmon languishes in a fleshy pink jail cell, watched by giant eyeballs and guarded by a squid. Gutmouth's world is one of gruff brutality, genital mutilation centers, amputee prostitutes, and kleptomaniac roaches, all struggling to make it day-to-day in a city shattered b ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love how this has such a convincing detective noir feel (without much detection) at the same time that it's completely off the wall weirdness. It's disgusting, it's revolting, and that's the really good stuff. There is a wonderful amount of cohesion in the strangeness, an order to the freakshow. Iglesias has a hell of an imagination as well, and I dig it. It comes together really well and I dig it a lot. ...more
Melanie Catchpole
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A few little typos which gets very distracting for me. (I never know if I should point out any possible errors to the author or not, I think I'd want to know, maybe i'll start doing that from now Apart from that a really good story. Really did enjoy this and it has weird shit throughout the whole story. A good example of Bizarro. Would recommend! ...more
The Grim Reader
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great NBAS read

This book provides the perfect mix of horror and bizzaro. It is dark and dirty, just the way I like it. I started and finished reading it in one sitting, the pages just flew by. That is when you know you are on to something good. Gabino certainly has a wonderfully twisted imagination. I hope he will be writing more stories such as Gutmouth. Superb.
Raegan Butcher
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
If William Burroughs and Raymond Chandler had a baby, the little mutant would have written something like "Gutmouth." There is more humor and imagination on display here than in a whole year's worth of "normal" books.

Hooray for Gabino Iglesias and his hard-boiled Bizarro tale! More please!
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2016
Corporate near-future dystopias and body horror. And the most unsettling use of a bicycle I've ever encountered in fiction. ...more
Robert Rojo
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book was a blast from start to finish. David is contemplating how he has managed to find himself in jail. He has a mouth Phillipe, that resides just under his belly button that speaks in an English accent and that's just the beginning of this wild and weird adventure. Love the ideas and imaginative way the characters are portrayed and most of all the klepto roaches 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. This is not a book for the faint hearted as there is plenty of sex and blood and grossness. After all it is a bizz ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing read!
Alex Khlopenko
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Up there with Marques, Kafka, and Cronenberg's filmography. Modern classic. ...more
Sean Leonard
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Published in 2012 as part of the New Bizarro Author Series by Eraserhead Press, Gutmouth is author Gabino Iglesias’ first book. The New Bizarro Author Series has become known for birthing a number of sick and twisted new voices into the world, including Steve Lowe (Muscle Memory), Kirsten Alene (Love in the Time of Dinosaurs), Kevin Shamel (Rotten Little Animals), and Patrick Wensink (Sex Dungeon For Sale, and more recently Broken Piano For President), just to name a few. Well, the same independ ...more
J.W. Wargo
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Id Says:
Halitosis vomit!!! It's death row for the stomach mouthed, whore fucking murderer! MegaCorp doesn't appreciate it when their consumers are killed. They need everyone to keep buying useless shit all the time to keep this new economy of the future going.

Well this guy, this tummy toothed insubordinate, goes and woos himself a beautiful amputee hooker from his favorite cybersex club and then gets royally pissed off when she does a bit too much grinding on his belly, enjoying the mouth's tong
Michael Allen Rose
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for dystopian stories, tales of a future where science, love, and humanity have failed us and we have created a horrible, twisted world. In books like Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World, civilization has lost its empathy in addition to its capacity for pleasure, outside of government mandated diversions. In the cyberpunk worlds of Dick, advances in technology have turned our cities into crime-ridden, soulless nightmares of hedonistic anarchy. These stories have a common thre ...more
Vincenzo Bilof
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A body horror story asks readers to become hyper-aware of their flesh; we must become attuned to a variety of sensations that will make us feel uncomfortable and disgusting. Combine this philosophy with bizarro sensibilities and a Dystopian setting, and we have the ingredients of a book that languishes in the dismembered, reorganized, and reimagined structure of a human body. Iglesias gives us the consumer-Dystopian nightmare with a population that is obsessed with consuming itself; the body is ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Skipping into a nasty corporate-controlled future, I read Gutmouth by Gabino Iglesias. In a world in which Megacorp has overthrown all governments with bioweapons and now requires extreme consumerism of everyone (while encouraging every vice and body modification imaginable … for a stiff fee), David Dedmon is a sort of corporate enforcer, tracking down those who don’t pay into the corporate coffers. Dedmon falls in love with the amputee prostitute Marie Wilcox; shortly thereafter, a strange, cru ...more
William Pauley III
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
It’s Sunday night and I just cracked open my first beer of the evening. I need it – not because of the two baskets of dirty laundry staring at me from across the room, and no, not because I just finished a massive assignment for one of the four classes I am taking this semester (although both of those things are true and very real) – but because I feel I have just trudged through the soupiest swamp of a fleshy, living land I’ve ever experienced and somehow lived to tell the world about it. This ...more
J.D. Estrada
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's not every day you can read something as smart, nasty, twisted, crazy, convoluted and overloading as Gutmouth. At times, it's almost as if each sentence insists on upping the ante of how much you can take and it's delightful from start to finish.

Think of the Aristocrats joke and pass it through a cyberpunk neo noir bizarro filter with a future you DON'T want to live in, but can't help but stare at. Gabino Iglesias wants you to laugh and become nauseated in one sentence, and he achieves this
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