Meat Puppet Cabaret [A Baroque Novel]

Meat Puppet Cabaret [A Baroque Novel]

by Steve Beard
     
 

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Meat Puppet Cabaret is a dark fantasy novel that restores the perverse sex, bad drugs and violent rock 'n' roll to contemporary folklore. It starts from a weird idea: what if Jack the Ripper were a demon summoned by the black magician John Dee to steal Princess Diana's baby Allegra from the scene of the car crash in Paris? What if Allegra were hidden in a children's… See more details below

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Meat Puppet Cabaret is a dark fantasy novel that restores the perverse sex, bad drugs and violent rock 'n' roll to contemporary folklore. It starts from a weird idea: what if Jack the Ripper were a demon summoned by the black magician John Dee to steal Princess Diana's baby Allegra from the scene of the car crash in Paris? What if Allegra were hidden in a children's home in East London, but then 14 years later escaped? The novel follows Allegra's adventures as she quests to discover her true identity in a nightmare alternate England. She encounters King Charles in orbital exile, Stalinist bioplasma engineer Natasha Supanova, the conspiratorial Osiris Club, drug alchemist Eddie Boy Krishna, ex-DJ and reality TV showman Mark 23 and gangland queens the Karma Twins along the way before finally confronting John Dee in his hideout beneath Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath. This is a novel that takes the legacy of H. P. Lovecraft and updates it for a mediamatic technopagan world.

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Editorial Reviews

Author of the Elric Sequence - Michael Moorcock
I’ve been reading Beard for some time and enjoying his brand of fiction along with other discerning readers with a taste for the visionary. My guess is that Meat Puppet Cabaret is going to be his big breakthrough novel...it’s as irreverent as hell, as relevant as the latest health scare. He adapts techniques from across the media web—from modernist fiction to movies to vid games—it’s all grist to his imaginative mill.
Pop Matters - Book Reviews Editor
Avant-garde science fiction on the order of William Burroughs, Steve Beard crafts a tale from inside a near-future British Interzone, one as lurid and discomforting as any Beat junkie dystopia.
69 Things to do with a Dead Princess - Stewart Home
Beard brilliantly jettisons notions of literary depth for more stimulating forms of intellectual complexity. His book puts all the conpiracy theories about Princess Diana's death through the most psychedelic blender this side of a Merry Prankster Acid Test. Super phat and groovy!
Journal of Experimental Fiction - Eckhard Gerdes
Meat Puppet Cabaret is a symphony of neologisms and linguistic explosions that one cannot help reading aloud. Simply put, it's the type of lock-the-kids-in-the-gym-while-the-whole-town-loses-it type of stuff we need more of. Beware: do not read this book on the train or the bus you will put people off with your squeals of delight as the words tumble past and the confounded story tickles you into snorts of guffaws.
Somebody Dies - Craig Stewart
...there is a deep underlying plot beneath all the bells and whistles—a completely fascinating storyline (peppered with astonishing revelations) that reaches a wholly satisfying conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000120446
Publisher:
Raw Dog Screaming Press
Publication date:
08/15/2005
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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