With all the trailers in theaters and previews out there, it can be overwhelming… or disappointing for a genre fan. There is, however, one movie project that's really got me excited. Rose: The Bizarro Zombie Musical written and directed by John Skipp. I'll be honest, I really like horror musicals (like Repo: The Genetic Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show) because they are usually a lot of fun. I don't know if there's been a "Zombie-Musical" before (well, maybe Michael Jackson's "Thriller"), but I'm all for it.
John Skipp just released the latest trailer for Rose: The Bizarro Zombie Musical, and it looks like a hoot! Watch it here.
NICE! From the look of the trailer, this is going to have some great zombie gut-munching, and Chase McKenna completes the quite, um, titillating package. I can't wait to hear the music!
John Skipp's got a lot on his plate right now, and he's giving his fans and new readers everything they can handle with both barrels and plenty of spare ammo. After recently reading his contribution to the Jeff Conner edited anthology Required Reading Remixed Volume 2 ("The Happiest Hell on Earth" co-written with Cody Goodfellow), I started scouring the Internet for what to read next by John Skipp. During this search, I ran across a press release that had the following to share:
First up is Demons: Encounters With the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed. This 640-page mammoth anthology features work ranging from Poe and Lovecraft to Neil Gaiman, Kim Harrison, and William Peter Blatty. It's a wild mix of classic and original tales, from sweet, subtle and funny to ferociously hardcore.
Demons is the third collection Skipp has edited for Black Dog and Leventhal (Zombies: Encounters With the Hungry Dead and Werewolves and Shapeshifters: Encounters With the Beast Within), as part of their "Supernatural" series. "I feel like I'm building monuments," he says, "with the best writers in the history of the field handing me the building blocks."
Next is the launch of Fungasm Press, Skipp's new publishing imprint under Eraserhead Press's Bizarro publishing empire. He's just released the first two titles: Laura Lee Bahr's debut novel, Haunt ("a tripping-balls L.A. noir/Bizarro hall of mirrors") and Violet LeVoit's incendiary short story collection I Am Genghis Cum. (Both Bahr and LeVoit also appear in Demons.)
Skipp says, "Fungasm books take place where mainstream and genre fiction collide with the totally fucking strange, right here on Earth. And these are two of my favorite new writers, doing work that's otherwise almost impossible to categorize. That's exciting. That's a Fungasm, for me."
Meanwhile, Skipp & Spector's 1987 splatterpunk classic The Cleanup returns, this time as an e-book from Crossroad Press. Perhaps the darkest and most personal of Skipp's early works, he calls this tale – of a supernatural vigilante who finds that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions – "sort of a ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Asshole.'"
With this release, all of Skipp & Spector's six novels are available as e-books: The Light at the End, The Scream, Dead Lines and Animals are also with Crossroad, while The Bridge remains with Dorchester Press.
Well, my shopping/reading list just got bigger, and with his Fungasm publishing imprint, it looks like John Skipp will be releasing other authors' works that his fans will appreciate. That is great news for a voracious reader like me. If you haven't read Skipp's work before, PLEASE do yourself a favor and pick up one of his eBooks or physical titles at your favorite local or online bookseller.
Robert Brouhard is a freelance writer and Assistant Editor. His poetry has appeared in Death in Common: Poems from Unlikely Victims edited by Rich Ristow, and he has additional poetry and short stories scheduled to appear in other anthologies in the future. You can catch him writing reviews at Mark Sieber's Horror Drive-In, and he also tries to keep a blog about (mostly children's) books going called Book ‘em Bob.