Dennis Cooper and Keith Mayerson's groundbreaking black comedy follows the misadventures of Trevor Machine - the twenty-something, sexually confused lead singer for L.A.'s Horror Hospital, an indie rock band on its way to fame and fortune - as he struggles with love, lust, drugs, fame, and carnally charged visits from the ghost of River Phoenix. A coming-out tale as well as a coming-of-age story, "Horror Hospital Unplugged" is a heady distillation of Generation X's most piercing insights into creativity, sexuality, and stardom. It's perfect for readers who walked a similar road to Trevor's in the mid-1990s as part of the West Coats' burgeoning indie rock scene, and ideal for younger readers who identify with modern America's strongly resurgent punk subculture. Building upon a rich visual and textual foundation of cultural, artistic, and literary allusions, "Horror Hospital Unplugged" erects a towering commentary on the ineffectual detachment of the art world, the stagnancy of Hollywood, and - most centrally - the stifling superficiality of the music industry. Keith Mayerson's eye-popping artwork, which "The Los Angeles Times" praised as post-slacker surrealism, is the perfect partner to Dennis Cooper's cerebral plotting and deeply nuanced characters. "Horror Hospital Unplugged's" first printing earned a listing in "Publishers Weekly's" Best Books of 1996, and this gorgeously packed reissue is sure to appeal to the multitude of graphic novel fans that have entered the market in the last fifteen years.
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Pub Date: 2011-06-28 Pages: 240 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today. winning virtually every major award in the genre The. author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels. Lippman now turns her attention to short stories-and reveals another level of mastery. Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology. Hardly Knew Her. in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore. from downtown to its affluent suburbs. where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings. while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives But Lippman is. also unafraid to travel-to New Orleans. to an unname...From the Back Cover:
Sexually confused and more than a little lost, Trevor Machine, teenage front man for up-and-coming indie rockers Horror Hospital, walks a rocky road toward fame and fortune. But making it to the top may mean gambling away every last trace of his integrity, and Trevor's soul hangs in the balance as he discovers the dark side of success.
A groundbreaking cult classic, adapted from Dennis Cooper's story "Horror Hospital" from the collection Wrong, Horror Hospital Unplugged is now available for the next generation of graphic novel readers. Keith Mayerson's eye-popping artwork and Dennis Cooper's brutal text combine for cutting satire. Horror Hospital Unplugged is a black comedy for the ages and a remarkable collaborative achievement.
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