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Exquisite Fucking Desire by M. Kitchell
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Aug 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2011, stories, html-giant, new-ecriture
Recommended to Nate D by: early-morning sky orbs just behind me
Recommended for: disappeared 70s film stars

Now that Blake Butler's deservedly turning literary heads with his experimental horror aesthetics, what of rest of the vanguard grouped around his HTML-Giant lit blog? I've admittedly not read too many of that set yet, but I have been reading most everything I can from one of that number, M. Kitchell, who I actually have to thank for knowing anything about HTML-Giant or Butler in the first place.

Kitchell is also a new, younger writer with obvious inspiration from horror tropes, but aside from that, he's got his own agenda. At their best, Kitchell's stories are sleek and dense, advancing eerie philosophic/psychological ideas of death and desire with startling plot details and unexpected narrative formatting. Always with some well-formed conceptual core and never boring, despite the philosophizing, somewhere between Dennis Cooper and Thomas Ligotti.

This hand-stitched 120 pages collects a couple years of older M. Kitchell stories, early works of a still largely self-published author. As such, they not nearly so focused and distinctive as his recent novella in No Colony 3, (or presumably so focused and distinctive as everything he's got ahead of him). But a lot of the key ingredients he pulled together in the novella are already strongly present in these stories if in more diffuse form: obsessive film-history mysteries and porn in "The Bambi Woods Enigma", sensations of dread and the uncanny in "No Landing" and "Not Falling Down", interrogation of death in, well almost all of them in some form, but especially "Untitled" and "These Are the Colors of the End of the World". All of the above are especially memorable, in fact, which is probably more than half the total text. And the whole thing makes me terribly glad that self-publishing, even via nothing more than photocopier and string, is a totally viable option these days.
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message 1: by Bradley (new) - added it

Bradley Not that I have any extra money to really buy books, but how can I get my hands on it if I ever get some extra cash? From the author himself?

Joshua Nomen-Mutatio SOLD.

Nate D I got mine direct. Right here:

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Bradley Thanks.

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