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Spike Marlowe

Like lipstick and napalm, with a literary twist of dreamlike magic. Smart, sexy and ass-kickingly transgressive.

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“A quiet but fierce yin to the raging animuses around her, Spike’s work wafts off the page, sensually engaging fingernails raked across your heart.” – Garrett Cook, author of Jimmy Plush, Teddy Bear Detective and Archelon Ranch, and editor of The Imperial Youth Review

“Marlowe’s work is weird and hilarious, but that’s just the surface. Underneath the entertaining strangeness lies a world full of intelligent, compassionate, poignant storytelling of the highest caliber. If you’re looking for beautiful bizarro, look no further.” – Gabino Iglesias, book reviewer for HorrorTalk and Verbicide

“Spike Marlowe has a big heart and an even bigger imagination. Her talent for combining raw sexuality, playful humor and delightfully strange genre fiction cannot be denied.”- Michael Allen Rose, musician, actor and author of Party Wolves in Your Skull

“Reading Spike Marlowe is like being stabbed in the brain by some sort of marvelous enchanted narwhal from the boiling seas of Bizarroland.” – Harrison Geillor, author of The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten and The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten

“Spike Marlowe is an intergalactic spy.” – Simon Would

“Spike Marlowe is an intimidating author. I like to think of her as a female Ray Bradbury. But she gets raunchier. Which I love. Her writing is funny as hell, scary at times, warm, and earthy without having to take place on Earth.” – Justin Grimbol, author of The Crud Masters


Spike Marlowe’s Weird Romanticism brand of bizarro pulls the reader into her strange worlds with lush, sensorial detail, evocative emotion and a love of humanity. The love child of  Kathy Acker, Ray Bradbury and Angela Carter, Spike and her stories are replete with wonder and awe, magic, eroticism and hard-edged sexuality.

Spike’s readers describe her as “enigmatic,” “effervescent and saucy,”  “intensely vivacious,” and a “vigilante of lush, kiss-on-the eyelids bizarro fiction.”  She’s also known for using her art to fight political battles and her tendency to busk on every available street corner.

In addition to those mentioned above, Spike was influenced by a wide variety of artists and artistic movements. A short list of influences include T. S. Eliot, Hitchcock, Burton, Kurosawa, Del Toro, Edgar Alan Poe, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Carlton Mellick III, Warren Ellis, Steven Millhauser, Jonathan Carroll, Chuck Palahniuk, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Moore, Franz Kafka, Lewis Carroll, Shirley Jackson, Kurt Vonnegut, fairy tales, King Kong (1933), Ghost in the Shell, Blade Runner, Fantastic Planet, Kate Bush, Radiohead, David Bowie, Amanda Palmer, the impressionists and post-impressionists, cabarets, dark carnivals and Cat Woman.

Her first novel, Placenta of Love, has been described as having a soft, smoky humanity with the scent of a coconut cigarillo.

At night she fights crime.




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