The Orange Eats Creeps

by Grace Krilanovich
Release date: August 29, 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, horror

"A 'vampire' novel as Céline might have written, with dashes of Blake and Burroughs: hallucinatory, poetic, passionate, excessive, sexually charged, hardcore in all the best senses of the word. Twilight this is not." — Steve Erickson

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.

updated 2010-09-07

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