Hey, y’all. I have some good news and some “not-so-good?” news. How about the good news first?
About two weeks ago, I published my fifth book, a whacko-absurdo-horror-comedy novel called Zoltergeist the Poltergeist. At about 55,000 words, it’s the longest book I’ve written to date.
From the back cover:
Jimmy Green is a middle-aged limousine driver and a devoted fan of the insane TV sitcom Zoltergeist the Poltergeist. Once when he was a boy, Jimmy had an impure thought about the lead singer of The Bangles.
After confessing his sin to a drunken priest thirty-five years later, Jimmy is sentenced to six months’ penance in an old, isolated house—dubbed Penance House—in the middle of nowhere in rural Ohio. There, sequestered from civilization, Jimmy must repent for his sinful nature or else endure the Everlasting Fires of Hell.
As if Penance House weren’t creepy, whack, and janked-up enough, Jimmy is forbidden to enter the room at the end of the upstairs hallway. Does something sinister lurk beyond its closed door? And what about that leprechaun he keeps seeing skulking around in the woods?
Lucky for Jimmy, he has all forty-nine seasons of Zoltergeist the Poltergeist saved to his laptop to distract himself from his unsettling surroundings. Toward that end, probably the only thing better than rewatching old Zoltergeist episodes would be a visit from the show’s enigmatic, titular star itself…
“The head honcho of the absurd, the governor of wackiness, the top dog of insanity is back! Intelligent and imbecilic, Douglas Hackle is one of the most unique voices in bizarro fiction. Watch out, ’cause Hackle’s brain tissue is coming to town in a sleigh carved out of mad puppets and pulled by alcoholic poltergeists. Dare to see what Douglasgeist Hacklegeist leaves in your socks!”
—Zoltán Komor, author of Flamingos in the Ashtray
“Zoltergeist the Poltergeist had me laughing, tittering, chortling, and popping out guffaws like nobody’s business. It even had me dancing for some reason—like I was listening to the hottest new bizarro track out this summer. Your kids are going to love it and so are you.”
—Luke Kondor, author of The Run Fantastic
Now for the “not-so-good?” news: I’ve decided to hang up the Douglas Hackle pen name (yes, it is a pen name) and cease writing and self-publishing bizarro books.
In practical terms, that means Zoltergeist the Poltergeist will likely be the final Douglas Hackle short novel. I also have a nearly completed bizarro short story collection—my third one—on my hands. I had hoped to publish the collection at the same time as Zoltergeist the Poltergeist, but wasn’t able to make that happen. I intend to publish it in a few months. For posterity’s sake, the collection will include a newly revised version of my out-of-print novelette “The Ballad of TERROR TINY TIM,” along with several new short stories. I expect this collection to be the final Douglas Hackle book.
So that will make six Douglas Hackle books in total. Not a bad little run, huh, BIG SAM?
I’m not quitting writing, but I am stepping away from it for a bit. Not sure when I’ll hop back in the writer’s seat, but when I do, it will likely be to try my hand at some other genres or styles while taking up a new pen name.
Nothing wrong with a little change, right? KnowwhutI’msayin’, BIG SNOOP?
To those of you who have enjoyed and supported my bizarro stuff over the years, I hope you’ll check out Zoltergeist the Poltergeist and the final collection.