Author Interview: Douglas Hackle

Hey, yo, foolz. Writer/reader/bizarro fiction enthusiast Zé Burns interviewed me for his blog. We talk about my writing style/philosophy, “honesty” in writing, what I have coming down the pike, and that place in France where the naked ladies dance. Check it out maybe:

https://zeburns.com/2020/05/16/dougla…

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Tales of What!?

I had the honor of providing the featured short story (“TERROR SARDINES in TERROR SAUCE”) for the inaugural episode of Tales of What!? Produced by modern Renaissance man Luke Kondor, Tales of What!? is a high production value podcast devoted to bizarro short stories. As far as I know, it’s the only podcast of its kind at the moment. As such, it’s something to be excited about if you’re a longtime reader or writer of bizarro fiction. And if you’re new to bizarro fiction or curious about it, the podcast should prove to be a great way to sample the varied styles of writers working in the genre.

iTunes – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast…
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/0CPanYw…

“TERROR SARDINES in TERROR SAUCE” is included in my latest short story collection, Is Winona Ryder Still with the Dude from Soul Asylum? and Other LURID Tales of TERROR and DOOM!!!

Early Reviews of TERROR MANNEQUIN

‘Sup, y’all? Hey, have you picked up a copy of my new novel, TERROR MANNEQUIN, yet? No? Well, if you’re on the fence about getting it, maybe one of the reviews cited and linked below can persuade you to drop down to the side of the fence that’s a lot more fun than the other.

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Livius Nedin, who has interviewed the likes of Mark Z. Danielewski and David Duchovny (yeah, as in Mulder!), and guest host Frank Edler got together and reviewed TERROR MANNEQUIN for the 467th episode of Booked. Podcast:

“Batshit craziness!…Genuinely funny in the most ridiculous way. I really enjoyed [TERROR MANNEQUIN], and I honestly think that if you’ve never read a bizarro book, this might be the one you should grab.” –Livius Nedin, host of Booked. Podcast.

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BookTuber Kevin Whitten, aka “Well Read Beard,” gave TERROR MANNEQUIN 5 stars, calling it “laugh-out-loud hilarious” and a great pallet cleanser for any horror fans who might occasionally find themselves all “horror-ed” out. Check out his video review of the book and maybe subscribe to his YT channel: 

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“To say that Terror Mannequin is a comedy would be to downplay the nihilistic tragedy of it all. To call it a satire of office culture—and Thomas Ligotti’s weird tales of same—is to minimize the often-gruesome horror at play…Yet, for all that bizarro fiction is often not my thing—and Terror Mannequin is often no exception—there are moments that are genuinely brilliant.” –From Orrin Grey’s review of TERROR MANNEQUIN at Signal Horizon:

https://signalhorizon.com/book-review-the-absurd-horrific-tragicomedy-of-terror-mannequin/

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 “Hackle isn’t afraid to get you clutching your seat with fear only to have you giggling in the next sentence, and vice versa. And because what you’re reading is so unapologetically peculiar, none of it feels out of place…In all, Terror Mannequin was an unexpected treat. Well worth a look (only don’t look at the jack-in-the-box…)” –From Ben Walker’s review of TERROR MANNEQUIN at Kendall Reviews:

http://kendallreviews.com/book-review-terror-mannequin-douglas-hackle/

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“…Terror Mannequin is weird, bizarre, humorous and very often horrifying, and despite the plot going to some incredibly strange and uncomfortable places, I enjoyed it immensely…All of the key elements of the [bizarro] subgenre are to be found within Terror Mannequin, but Hackle deploys them in a deft and sure manner, building up the weird and horrific elements slowly but surely until it reaches a gore-stained and near-incomprehensible crescendo that you can’t escape – and don’t want to regardless – because of just how damn good it is.” Click on the link for the full review. –From Adam Selby-Martin’s review of TERROR MANNEQUIN at The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer:

https://scifiandfantasyreviewer.wordpress.com/2019/11/11/terror-mannequin-douglas-hackle-review/

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And here’s TERROR MANNEQUIN’s Goodreads page, where more reviews can be found:

TERROR MANNEQUIN on Goodreads

TERROR MANNEQUIN Is Now Out!

Greetings, my TINY LITTLE HALLOWEEN BATS! It appears Tabitha King broke into my house, fished this out of my trash can, and published it. Thanks for believing in me, Tabby!

TERROR MANNEQUIN

An absurd horror-comedy, TERROR MANNEQUIN is my fourth book and second short novel. From the back cover:

Forty-year-old Glont Lamont is a longtime employee of Fun 4-Life Corporation, where he gets paid good money to play videos games, watch TV, get drunk, get high, devour pizza, ride the company roller coaster, take long-ass naps, and toss off like a madman in an insane asylum. There’s only one problem: Glont’s sick of his job! Nowadays, all he really wants to do is work long, grueling shifts 7-days-a-week doing any sort of awful, backbreaking, tedious, demoralizing, soul-crushing, severely undercompensated labor.

But with Halloween just a few days away, Glont has more important things to worry about than his workplace woes. Namely, he must take his two “freak” nephews out reverse trick-or-treating, which is a form of annual ritualistic tribute whereby the cruel townspeople force his nephews to walk door-to-door on Halloween night to hand out candy to people instead of receiving candy themselves.

And this year, the last stop on the trio’s reverse trick-or-treating itinerary is Fallingwater—built on a natural waterfall, Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous architectural masterpiece is now closed to the public and allegedly haunted by an evil supernatural entity known as TERROR MANNEQUIN

“Hackle may be the best absurdist story writer working today.” –Bradley Sands, author of Dodgeball High

“…the best bizarro absurdist in the business.” –Amy M. Vaughn, author of Skull Nuggets

Grab a copy here:

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Is Winona Ryder Still with the Dude from Soul Asylum? and Other LURID Tales of TERROR and DOOM!!!

My new short story collection, Is Winona Ryder Still with the Dude from Soul Asylum? and Other LURID Tales of TERROR and DOOM!!!, is now available. Consisting of twenty bizarro-whacko-absurdo stories, including a dozen never-before-published pieces, this is my third book and my second short story collection—a spiritual sequel of sorts to Clown Tear Junkies. Among the reprints included in ‘Winona’ are three critically acclaimed stories I wrote specifically for The Bizarro Starter Kit (Red).

(Alright, so maybe that “critical acclaim” came courtesy of a pissed-off Hungarian-Egyptian lobster-saxophonist who likes to carve Chicken McNuggets into tiny busts of Antonio Salieri. But, hey, a strugglin’-ass mofo will take what a strugglin’-ass mofo can get, no??)

From the back cover: Continue reading “Is Winona Ryder Still with the Dude from Soul Asylum? and Other LURID Tales of TERROR and DOOM!!!”

THE HOTTEST GAY MAN EVER KILLED IN A SHARK ATTACK is Now Out…

Whew! Like 87 years ago or something, my first book, Clown Tear Junkies, saw its publication. After sundry delays, and for better or worse, my second book, The Hottest Gay Man Ever Killed in a Shark Attack, is now a thing in the world.

Click on the cover image for the Amazon link.

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Clown Tear Junkies is Now Available

My short story collection and first published book, Clown Tear Junkies, is now available for purchase on Amazon.com. Consisting of mostly unpublished material, the collection contains over 25 of my absurdist/bizarro stories. It is published by Rooster Republic Press.

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From the back cover:

“Hackle may be the best absurdist story writer working today.”

—Bradley Sands, author of TV Snorted My Brain

Within the whacked-out worlds of these twisted tales, only one thing remains the same:

Everything is better when laced with the tears of a clown…

When a sexually adventurous couple decides to spice things up by bringing bees into the mix, they learn it’s never wise to dial 811 in case of an emergency. A deadbeat dad gains employment as a lady-in-waiting in a fairytale bromance where every character looks exactly like someone else from John Carpenter’s The Thing. The unknowing victim of a cruel prank, a simpleton spends his entire life waiting on a park bench for the hottest girl in school. Using only his twenty-sided die and good old-fashioned D&D magic, a man must continually resurrect the neighborhood kid regularly murdered on his own front lawn. An aging slaughterhouse worker and the iconic figure from Edvard Munch’s The Scream hit the clubs every weekend in a vain attempt to get laid.

These and many more absurdities await in Clown Tear Junkies, the debut collection from Douglas Hackle.

“The Scream, My Dog” @ Bizarrocast

My short story “The Scream, My Dog” is the featured story in Episode 25 of Bizarrocast, which is now available.

The protag in this one is a creepy, douchebag slaughterhouse worker who gets high off the bottled tears of clowns and mimes. Every Friday night after shift, this dude somehow magically drives his clunker car into Edvard Munch’s iconic painting The Scream in order to pick up his wingman—the Famous Screaming Guy—so that the two of ’em can drive downtown and attempt to pick up “hoes” at the nightclubs.  Yes, in this story, the Famous Screaming Guy is a bit of a douche too.

The Scream

Bizarrocast is a podcast devoted to bizarro fiction. Check ’em out at:

http://bizarrocast.blogspot.com/

Oh, and Happy Springtime!

Tall Tales with Short Cocks – Vol. 3

TALL TALES WITH SHORT COCKS – Vol. 3, the latest anthology of weird fiction from Rooster Republic Press (formerly Bizarro Press), is now available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. The book includes my bizarro story “The Fabulist, the Senior Engineer, and Da Paypaclip Hustla.” This was the tale I discussed as a work-in-progress in my last blog post, “The Next Big Thing.”

TALL TALES WITH SHORT COCKS – Vol. 3 also include stories from Tom Bordonaro, Lance Carbuncle, Ran Cartwright, Etienne DeForest, Patrick D’Orazio, Arthur Graham, Matt Hlinak, Alex S. Johnson, Kirk Jones, Jon Konrath, Adam Millard, D.F. Noble, Vincent Sakowski, Ben John Smith, Kevin Strange, Nathaniel Tower, and D. Harlan Wilson.

Vive la short cock!

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