The April issue of Fangoria, now available in stores, features two Underland Press books, Will Elliot’s novel The Pilo Family Circus and Brian Evenson’s dark horror noir Last Days.
Pilo Family Circus: “Audition or die.” Delivered by a trio of psychotic clowns, this ultimatum plunges Jamie into the horrible alternate universe that is the centuries-old Pilo Family Circus, a borderline world between hell and earth from which humankind’s greatest tragedies have originated. Yet, in this place-peopled by the gruesome, grotesque, and monstrous-where violence and savagery are the norm, Jamie finds that his worst enemy is himself. When he applies the white face paint, he is transformed into JJ, the most vicious clown of all. And JJ wants Jamie dead …
Fango reviewer Linda Marotta says, “The Pilo Family Circus is the saddest and scariest circus of all time. You will not escape unscarred. The violence ranges from slapstick to apocalyptic. One marvels that the same new publisher brings us both this and Brian Evenson’s Last Days. (Who is this Underland Press and what do they want from us?)”
Last Days: Intense and profoundly unsettling, Last Days is a down-the-rabbit-hole detective novel set in an underground religious cult. Still reeling from his brutal dismemberment, detective Kline is forcibly recruited to solve a murder inside a Fundamentalist society that takes literally the New Testament idea that you should cut of your hand if it offends you. Armed only with his gun, his wits, and a gift for self-preservation, Kline must navigate a gauntlet of lies, threats, and misinformation, discovering that the stakes are higher than he thought and that his survival depends on an act of sheer will.
Fango reviewer Linda Marotta says, “This witty, thoroughly enjoyable psycho-noir is such an irresistible page-turner, that you don’t even notice how artfully Evenson’s drawn you into his mad journey until it’s all one bloody raw wail of violence inside your own skull. Human? Inhuman? Identity? Reality? What ARE we? Now THAT’S writing!”
Both books are available through: Amazon.com