KUTTER’s Sold Out!

And that’s it for the super-limited edition of KUTTER. Thanks to everybody who bought a copy, and thanks to everybody who shared the news! You all rock!

KUTTER Available NOW!

The super-duper-ultra-limited deluxe collector’s edition of KUTTER is now available for pre-order. Demented cover and interior artwork by Tom Moran. They’re only makin’ 85 of ’em, so it’s gonna be one rare frickin’ edition. Have at it, investment-savvy folks!

https://www.horror-mall.com/KUTTER-by-Jeff-Strand-Limited-Edition-p-19461.html

Charlie Stanlon is a serial killer. A ghastly, vicious sociopath who chains women to a table in his basement and tortures them to death. He has no friends. He has no family. He despises his co-workers. His only pleasure in life is to cause pain and terror.

Until the day he finds an adorable Boston Terrier and takes it home…

Coming Soon…KUTTER

Sometime within the next 24 hours, the collector’s edition of my “serial killer gets a Boston Terrier” novella KUTTER will go up for pre-order from Cargo Cult Press, with the book set to ship this December.

Now, when I say “collector’s edition,” I frickin’ mean it. The print run is crazy-low (only 85 copies!) and the price is crazy-high (I’m not even going to mention it here—you can see for yourself when pre-orders begin). There’ll be a civilian edition at some point, I promise, but this will be the first edition and my rarest limited edition book, and when the economy swings back and PRESSURE: The Movie makes $850 million domestically at the box office, I think it’ll have been a good investment.

A little about KUTTER…

In my novella DISPOSAL, the narrator is an absolute scumbag. Frank is reprehensible, unredeemable, and happy to be that way. It was a lot of fun to write an entire story from his point of view, and plenty of readers commented on how Frank was strangely likable, despite being a complete prick. He’s entertaining. He’s funny. He’s shameless. You wouldn’t him to move in with you, but he’s charismatic. Similarly, Darren Rust, the villain of my novel PRESSURE, is a horrible, horrible human being, but it’s easy to see why he and Alex Fletcher become friends. He’s a nice guy, when he’s not using his knife…

With KUTTER, I wanted to challenge myself. Honestly, it’s not that hard to make a serial killer into a likable character. But what if he was inarticulate, uncharismatic, and just flat-out pathetic? Charlie Stanlon isn’t just the kind of guy who locks women in his basement and tortures them to death–he’s the weasel at work who goes straight to the boss when you make a mistake. He’s not a villain you love to hate, he’s a mopey creep with nothing much to like about him.

The challenge? Go as far with that character as I could, and then dig him out of the hole, courtesy of an adorable Boston Terrier named Kutter.

This led to other challenges, because I couldn’t dig into my usual bag of tools. Charlie can’t speak in witty repartee or one-liners. He doesn’t see the world in clever turns of phrase. The book is written in third person, but it’s entirely from Charlie’s point-of-view, so the use of actual “jokes” was inappropriate. In many ways, KUTTER is the opposite of my usual approach, which is to take an unfunny premise and infuse it with wacky humor. KUTTER takes the silly “serial killer gets a doggie” premise and treats with bleak realism.

It’s still a dark comedy, but it’s definitely closer to PRESSURE than, say, BENJAMIN’S PARASITE.

Here’s a partial transcript from the July 30th Diabolical Radio podcast (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/diabolicalradio):

“Very, very dark book…for anyone who’s read PRESSURE, which is his Leisure debut, I’m not gonna say it’s darker than PRESSURE, but it’s pretty close…..It basically shows that even the sickest person has a soft spot for something…The stuff that happens throughout is damn amazing, and Jeff Strand is gonna be a freakin’ Name, like Brian Keene, who starts rising and rising and rising…”

Right after I finished the book I sent it to some fellow authors for their thoughts. Adrienne Jones, author of BRINE and GYPSIES STOLE MY TEQUILA, said:

“I can’t stop thinking about this now, because I’m realizing that this book is making me more uncomfy than a regular thriller BECAUSE the concept is cute. But this is what you do differently than anyone else–you ease us in with the cuteness, trick us into thinking the character is redeemable, then [spoiler deleted]. When you do your usual humor books, it makes the extremity of it really funny, no question. BUT, although KUTTER is conceptually funny, without your usual rapier wit, this is really some DARK s**t.”

From Michael McBride, author of BLOODLETTING and REMAINS:

“It might not be exactly like your past comedies, but as far as dark comedies go, I thought it was excellent. Like I said before, it reminded me of The DARK BACKWARD, which I thought at the time was absolutely brilliant. You maintained the dreary atmosphere throughout and made Charlie into a likeable character. That was no small feat!”

From Greg Lamberson, author of PERSONAL DEMONS and director of the upcoming motion picture extravaganza SLIME CITY MASSACRE:

“Hey, KUTTER is reminding me (in a good way) of the original WILLARD. [Different e-mail, after he’s finished it.] As moving a serial killer story as has ever been told. It went off in several directions I didn’t expect.”

Then I got an e-mail from a reader named Robyn Miles, who loved PRESSURE and had a link to the Humane Society as her signature line. She took me up on my offer to read KUTTER, and said:

“I read KUTTER this morning. You must be a true animal lover as only somebody who has had a close relationship with an animal could write those words. [Lots of spoilers deleted.] I love the story and it’s written extremely well.”

Keep watching this spot for the official notice when KUTTER goes up for pre-order. If you’re all like “Only 85 copies? What if I miss out? WHAT IF I MISS OUT???” send me an e-mail at gleefullymacabre@gmail.com and I’ll send you a notice before I even update my website/blog/newsletter. This doesn’t obligate you to order a copy, and I won’t keep bugging you about it.

Diabolical Kutting

The episode of Diabolical Radio with my interview hasn’t been posted yet, but if you follow this link you can hear great interviews with authors such as Joe Lansdale, Edward Lee, JA Konrath, and of course Greg Lamberson, Sephera Giron, and some other whack-jobs involved with the movie SLIME CITY MASSACRE. 

And, hey, if you check out the episode with John Saul, there’s a review of my not-yet-for-sale book KUTTER. It’s an hour and nine minutes into the episode, but don’t skip ahead, because that would be inconsiderate and you’ll miss a very entertaining interview. 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/diabolicalradio

SEVERED NOSE On My Doorstep!

No, not my new book from Morning Star Publishing…an actual severed nose on my doormat! 

AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Writers Workshop of Horror

When you think of people you’d want to take writing advice from, I probably rank somewhere between “That drunken guy urinating in his own coffee mug” and “Nobody–I’ll destroy my career on my own, thank you very much.” Nevertheless, the new book WRITERS WORKSHOP OF HORROR contains an essay by me on “Adding Humor To Your Horror.” 

You know who else is in this book? Joe R. Lansdale. F. Paul Wilson. Ramsey Campbell. Thomas F. Monteleone. Deborah LeBlanc. Gary A. Braunbeck. Brian Keene. Elizabeth Massie. Tom Piccirilli. Jonathan Maberry. Tim Waggoner. Mort Castle. G. Cameron Fuller. Rick Hautala. Scott Nicholson. Michael A. Arnzen. J.F. Gonzalez. Michael Laimo. Lucy A. Snyder. Lisa Morton. Jack Haringa. Gary Frank. Jason Sizemore. Robert N. Lee. Tim Deal. Brian Yount. Michael Knost. And there’s an interview with Clive Barker. I know, I know, you’re spazzing out right there in your chair as you read this.

Fangoria magazine, the issue with Megan Fox as a vampire on the cover,  calls the book “truly inspiring” and says that it packs “more knowledge and sound advice than four years’ worth of college courses.” 

And, holy crap, my “Adding Humor To Your Horror” is mentioned as one of three standout essays. Sweeeeet!

For lots more information and my own special royalties-boosting ordering link, visit:

http://www.writersworkshopofhorror.com/strand

Also, THE SEVERED NOSE is in the mail. Is it on its way to YOU???

Jeff Strand’s Taste of Hideous Foulness

A lot of you read my books and think “He’s a way-cool author, but can he cook?”

The answer is: no. Of course not. Do I LOOK like I can cook? But that didn’t stop me from saying “Uh, okay, I guess so” when I was asked to contribute to Writers and Recipes. So follow this link for my recipe for Jeff Strand’s Taste of Hideous Foulness.

http://www.natalieduvall.com/writersandrecipes

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