The Orange Eats Creeps

The Orange Eats Creeps

by Grace Krilanovich, Steve Erickson
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The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich

"The exhilaration of such a novel is nearly beyond calculation. If a new literature is at hand then it might as well begin here." —Steve Erickson, from his Introduction

"Like something you read on the underside of a freeway overpass in a fever dream. The Orange Eats Creeps is visionary, pervy, unhinged. It will mess you up." -Shelley Jackson

"Reads like the foster child of Charles Burns' Black Hole and William Burroughs' Soft Machine. A deeply strange and deeply successful debut." -Brian Evenson

Refreshingly piquant and playful, reminiscent of postmodern Euro fiction and full of poison pill observations." -Publishers Weekly

It's the '90s Pacific Northwest refracted through a dark mirror, where meth and madness hash it out in the woods. . . . A band of hobo vampire junkies roam the blighted landscape—trashing supermarket breakrooms, praying to the altar of Poison Idea and GG Allin at basement rock shows, crashing senior center pancake breakfasts—locked in the thrall of Robitussin trips and their own wild dreams.

A girl with drug-induced ESP and an eerie connection to Patty Reed (a young member of the Donner Party who credited her survival to her relationship with a hidden wooden doll), searches for her disappeared foster sister along "The Highway That Eats People," stalked by a conflation of Twin Peaks' "Bob" and the Green River Killer, known as Dactyl.

With a scathing voice and penetrating delivery, Grace Krilanovich's The Orange Eats Creeps is one of the most ferocious debut novels in memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982684863
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 613,965
File size: 835 KB

About the Author

Grace Krilanovich (Author): Grace Krilanovich is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, where she received her MFA. She has been a finalist for the Starcherone Prize, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, published in Black Clock, and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. The Orange Eats Creeps is her first novel.

Steve Erickson (Introduction): Steve Erickson is the author of eight novels: Days Between Stations (1985), Rubicon Beach (1986), Tours of the Black Clock (1989), Arc d'X (1993), Amnesiascope (1996), The Sea Came in at Midnight (1999), Our Ecstatic Days (2005) and Zeroville (2007).

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The Orange Eats Creeps 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Norm3 More than 1 year ago
WONDERFUL BEYOND DESCRIPTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 'Makes me sad that the Golden Age of Hollywood is so long past. This book would have made FANTASTIC source material for one of Vincent Minnellis' lavish MGM productions. 'Score by Arthur Freed, of course. I see the fabulous Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney and June Allison in the leads! George Kaufman, of course, would have written the screenplay. Well............... a fan can dream! :-)
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You have just got to get into this book and let it take you on the ride. Wow!
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Author_RichardThomas More than 1 year ago
Originally I gave this 4 stars, but after a long chat with Blake Butler I think I'm going to give it 5. The more it sits with me, the more I like it. The Orange Eats Creeps (Two Dollar Radio) by Grace Krilanovich has been getting a lot of attention. When Steve Erickson says about your book, ".if a new literature is at hand then it might as well begin here," you know that this is something different. Set in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s this is the story of a band of "hobo vampire junkies" who roam the woods strung out on meth, cruising underground rock concerts, in a hallucinatory daze. This is the story of a girl with "drug-induced ESP" who is searching for her lost foster sister, a surreal vision of her lost life, a narrative that is disjointed, fragmented, and surprisingly touching. I have to admit that I struggled with this book at first, until I realized that I had to let go what I thought a book should be, what a story should be, and just let the book take me over. This book has been compared to such challenging and visionary voices as William Burroughs, William Blake, Céline and Henry Rollins, and reading the blurbs by Steve Erickson and Brian Evenson, I was immediately reminded of their work as well. It's a wild ride, and this book is not for everyone. [continued at The Nervous Breakdown, where Blake Butler and I discuss this book at great length]
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Noviello More than 1 year ago
This brilliant novel is unlike any other you have ever read. It will haunt you the rest of your life.