Having just discussed the potty-humor-filled extravaganza Dark Jesters, it was ironic that the next book for review was How to Eat Fried Furries by Nicole Cushing, which begins with a tale involving excrement on an epic scale. I’d have to create a spreadsheet and compare the projects side-by-side to determine which one has more poop jokes (I have no immediate plans to do so) but I think the opening tale in How to Eat Fried Furries may defeat Dark Jesters in quantity if not in level of detail.
Also ironic is that for my birthday I got the entire series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus on DVD, which I’ve been watching over dinner for the past couple of weeks. How to Eat Fried Furries also bills itself as a “flying circus,” and the feeling is indeed similar–bizarro stories with sort of a common theme (furries) that are connected by surreal bits of Terry Gilliam animation. No, wait–instead of being connected by Terry Gilliam animation they’re connected by pseudo non-fiction bits on the subject of furries (y’know, squirrels, ferrets, bunnies, etc.). Much like an episode of Monty Python, you won’t find coherent plots or much of anything resembling traditional story structure, but rather a barrage of amusing weirdness.
Actually, one of the stories doesn’t have any furries in it that I could find–just cows and pigs. And not real cows and pigs, but children forced into cow and pig suits and forced to live like…uh, you get that this isn’t a normal book, right? It’s half-LOL and half-WTF?
Obviously, this is not a book destined for Wal-Mart distribution. I’m not sure I can even say “If you would buy a book called How to Eat Fried Furries, you’ll love it!” because I can see somebody saying “Ha ha! That sounds like a clever and amusing lark!” and not being prepared for the level of sheer weird that lurks within. Personally, I enjoyed every f***ed-up page of it. Will YOU like it? To test this, you’ll need to visit the publisher’s website, Eraserhead Press. I think you will discover very quickly if you are the target audience for this kind of fiction, or if you wish for it to be never spoken of again.
How to Eat Fried Furries isn’t available for pre-order yet, but you can follow Nicole Cushing (and see a picture of her in a cow suit) at http://nicolecushing.wordpress.com/.