LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY, the new novel from Wonderland Award Winning author J. David Osborne, is now available!
“It’s about meth, fishing, trash American culture and young adult despair. Imagine a Raymond Carver or Jim Thompson for the text message age and that would only begin to get it.”–KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of Reverend America
Trapped in a rural Oklahoma town fueled by meth and doused in codeine, Arlo Clancy has made it his life’s goal to keep his troubled younger brother, Sepp, out of prison. Poverty and the lure of easy drug money were pressure enough, before a gruesome discovery beneath the waters of their favorite fishing hole sent their lives into a tailspin.
Torn by cowardice and conscience, the brothers make a fateful decision which will bring them ever-closer to Danny Ames–a vicious enforcer for the local meth trade–and a nightmare world where their only chance of escape might be…
LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY
“Sometimes mysterious, sometimes vicious, and always engaging, LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY is a unique take on the crime novel that will satisfy readers who like their fiction as murky as a river after heavy rains. Here’s a good way to describe J. David Osborne: Daniel Woodrell, James Ellroy, and Cormac McCarthy all wrapped into one, stripped to the bones, and given a new voice.”–OUT OF THE GUTTER
“A gritty tapestry of subversive drama the likes of which I’d compare to Harmony Korine’s Gummo packed in with the terse lines of Bukowski.”–MICHAEL J. SEIDLINGER, author of My Pet Serial Killer and The Sky Conducting
“If you’re looking for something more than just blood and guns and meth, you need to get this book immediately. Osborne has an innate talent more dangerous than a trunk full of C4. To give some sort of visual, take one of James Sallis’ Spartan scenes, lock in it a single-wide with a bag of crystal and a light bulb then rip out the air conditioner and check back in a week. LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY creates sensations that haunt you long after you’ve started your next book.”–SPINETINGLER
“LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY is working class fiction at its best. It reeks of desperation, busted dreams, and hard times. But mostly, it reeks of literary talent. Whatever J. David Osborne writes, I’m reading. And you’d better too.”–BENJAMIN WHITMER, author of Pike and co-author of Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers
“J. David Osborne holds a literary style distinctive enough to raise his work above the waterline of contemporary fiction. LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY challenges and hurts and mystifies its readers. The weave of characters is stunning. Intricate storylines cross and worm through each other to form a dense and powerful mystery.”–MANARCHY MAGAZINE
“In LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY, Osborne reaches out into the scabrous hinterlands of landlocked nowhere to unveil an intertwined collection of reluctant dreamers and three time losers, all trying to get by while navigating rusted out acres of convenience store ice heads, run down bars, and greasy doublewides. Strange, brutal, yet disturbingly familiar, this is the sort of story you can taste on the back of your tongue, and makes you appreciate every last clean and hopeful thing you have in your life.”–DARK INTENT
“A highly talented new author. Osborne is one to watch.”–BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM
Dig the excerpt at MANARCHY.
Also, if any Portland readers are interested, Powell’s should have copies of LDDRE by the end of this week.
And for people on the East coast, J. David will be doing a reading from LDDRE this Monday, March 11th, in New York, along with Sam Pink, Scott McClanahan, and Cameron Pierce. Here are the details at TIME OUT NEW YORK.
POWELL’S READING: This Monday, March 18th, 2013 I’ll be reading at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside as part of their annual SMALLPRESSAPALOOZA event. Since my readings tend to run “blue” I’ve got the late night spot at 9:45pm. Should be great fun.
ANGEL DUST APOCALYPSE is now available as light radiation from your Kindle screen!
This hi-def transfer of the cult classic has been fully revised and updated and features 20,000 words of new digital-only content including:
-And new section “The Fallout: Bonus Material of Suspect Value” which contains early, entirely out-of-control interviews with CEMETERY DANCE magazine and THE MEAT SOCKET, as well as “JUST THE WORST THING EVER: A TERRIBLE STORY YOU SHOULDN’T READ (WITH WRITER’S COMMENTARY)” and “A REAL BATCH OF NETWORK PITCHES FOR SHOWS WHICH YOU WILL PROBABLY NOT BE SEEING ANYTIME SOON.”
It’s priced crazy cheap ($2.99) for the holidays and to say thanks for all the support and love the book has received in the past.
LitReactor, the net’s premier site for literary news, discussion, and writer’s workshops, has chosen Jeremy Robert Johnson’s WE LIVE INSIDE YOU as its May ’12 Book Club Selection. The discussion will run for the entire month and Jeremy will be participating (i.e. drinking heavily and posting nude manatee pics).
So, if you’ve already read one of Bizarro’s most popular and critically acclaimed titles and want to join the discussion, feel free to jump in!
It’s time to sign up for this year’s Ultimate Bizarro Showdown! I need 14 more competitors, as a very brave man known as William Box has already thrown his hat in the ring.
If you’ve already bought your tickets for this year’s Bizarrocon (emphasis mine- Q: Who signs up for an event at a con they haven’t yet bought tickets to? A: Crazy, delusional people. Every year.) and would like to take part in the most exciting, hilarious part of the entire weekend, please shoot me an “I’m In!” at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t respond here- Only entries sent to my site email will be logged.
Here Are The Rules:
1) Costumes and props aren’t only allowed, they are encouraged. (Be careful with full masks as they tend to inhibit the ability of the mic to pick up your voice.)
2) You only have 3 minutes. If you go over the time limit people will give you a thumbs up or a thumbs down. If you get a thumbs up you will be allowed to finish. If you get a thumbs down you will be removed by the winds of steel and forever denied entrance to Valhalla.
3) Nothing too physically messy (though psychically “messy” is cool). We’re having the event in a gorgeous renovated historical ballroom. Any damage or mess, even minor, could hurt the lovely rapport we’ve built with the Edgefield. Years ago my volleys of silly string almost earned us a cleaning fee until Team Bizarro helped gather it up like a bunch of crackheads picking up carpet fuzz under the black-light.
4) Judges will vote for the winner based on presentation, weirdness, crowd response, and PH balance of stomach acid. Seriously magical prizes will be awarded.
1) Write something specific for this event. After all the standard readings preceding the event, cracking open an existing book might get some groans.
2) It helps if you make the story so weird that it’s funny (comical Bizarro is what people want). Think Andy Kaufman Mighty Mouse more than Andy Kaufman Reading the Entirety of The Great Gatsby. Annoying people is only funny in retrospect (Trust Me; I’m the guy who tried to plumb a River Phoenix GHB joke three times with ever-diminishing results). And attempting to shock is likely to get you booted after the three minutes, too.
3) Focus on entertaining the audience, not just showing off your writing skills.
3.5) If you time the piece out to three minutes you get to do the whole bit regardless of audience thumb orientation.
4) Go over-the-top, Stallone-style!
5) Dress to impress (in a Bizarro way, Stallone-style!).
6) Don’t be nervous: You’re guaranteed the most gregarious batch of drunken weirdoes as an audience. This event is all about having a great time. Garrett Cook arrived the first year, unknown to most, and won the showdown with a piece about a man trying to have sex with a duck. Carlton Mellick III took the prize the second year for his portrayal of a viking whose embarrassingly large nipples hid a secret power. Andrew Goldfarb won last year dressed as a massive musical flamingo that used a heavy steel chain for percussion. Do bring something awesome to battle, but don’t take it too seriously.
7) If you fuck up, Kevin Donihe will bite you. Have fun!
Any questions, just let me know.