Monday, June 13, 2016
How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers - by Max Booth III - As bizarre as this story is, it is all completely possible. Loved it.
Max Booth III is a writer I've been meaning to read for some time now. Ever since the publication of Toxicity a couple of years ago.
The title of his newest novel, How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers, just reached out and grabbed me. When I read the book's description on it's Amazon page, it was decided. Here, take my money.
The description that made be spend my hard earned money...
1. Do not respond to bad reviews.
2. If you must respond to bad reviews, please do not kidnap the reviewer.
3. If you must kidnap the reviewer, do not kidnap him in a public area.
4. If there are witnesses, do not also kidnap them.
5. If you also kidnap the witnesses, consider quitting crystal meth.
6. If you find yourself surrounded by hostages, purchase extra duct tape.
7. Do not let the hostages take their own hostages.
8. Invest in better coffee.
9. Don’t forget: dildo crucifixes have more than one use.
10. And, most importantly: do not engage the severed heads in conversation.
The opening line is inspired. "All Harlan Anderson wanted was a doughnut." Every story has to start somewhere and from this simple beginning the reader is rocketed into a great adventure.
How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers is a bit stream of consciousness, a touch of bizarro fiction, and somewhat convoluted, with lots of drugs, and a little sex. All-in-all, a crazy mixed-up tale that was fun to read from start to finish.
If you are offended by foul language, you might want to steer clear, but for me, I laughed, I was horrified...and I learned a thing or two. The most amazing part of How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers is that despite the lunacy, it's all completely within the realm of possibility. At one point I thought this would make a very cool movie, especially if we could get Quentin Tarantino to direct.
Published by Bizarro Pulp Press, a JournalStone imprint, How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers is available in both paperback and e-book formats.
Only for the most adventurous readers, but if that's you, you don't want to miss this book.
Max Booth III is the Editor-in Chief or Perpetual Motion machine Publishing, an editor for Dark Moon Digest, and a columnist for LitReactor.com. He is the author of Toxicity, The Mind is a Razorblade, and now How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers. Raised in Northern Indiana, Max currently works as a hotel night auditor in San Antonio.