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SCUM OF THE EARTH (2019)

THEY CAME TO RAID… THEY STAYED TO GET LAID!

For centuries, alien drug-runners plundered the Earth, harvesting organs and freebasing fear. Few drugs could match the potency of humanity’s dysfunctional two-stroke brains, so the Intergalactic Enforcement Force burned it down.

Now, the last scattered, ragtag pockets of humanity strewn across a hundred backwater worlds are the most sought-after cash crop in the universe, and their only hope lies in the unsteady, oversexed hands of a pirate crew of intergalactic trash under the command of a devious cutthroat nymphomaniac known as Callista Chrome.

But to save the unworthy human race, Callista and her drug-hungry horde will have to go through conniving alien cartels, buzzkill narcs, priapic platypuses, polymorphic ex’s and bloodthirsty space-Vikings before facing the most devastating enemy in the worst place in the known universe… home.

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UNAMERICA (2019)

NEVER WORK, NEVER DIE

Buried half a mile beneath the desert sands of the US-Mexico border, exists a secret city that holds the promise of everything that draws refugees and immigrants to America––liberty, luxury and excess. . .

In this Terminal Autonomous Zone, two prophets will rise—one, a reckless seeker who believes the psychedelic mushrooms he’s discovered will spur a revolution in human consciousness; the other, a fire-and-brimstone preacher endowed by strange angels with a power that heals the sick and raises the dead—and as rival factions emerge around them, a march toward war begins . . .

“Unamerica is madness. Timely, familiar, brilliant—but most of all, terrifying—madness.” ROB HART, author of The Warehouse

“Goodfellow satirizes the excesses of capitalism, religion, and drug culture in this macabre dystopian fantasy... a wild, trippy journey through a horrifying nightmare version of America.”PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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ALL-MONSTER ACTION (2018)

HE RECKONED THE GODS MUST KNOW ALL KINDS OF STRANGE WAYS TO EAT A MAN.

‘80s vintage horror with a contemporary edge. An exemplary wordsmith, his prose sticks a needle in your brain and gives it a twist. This stuff is Lovecraft on acid. —LAIRD BARRON, author of The Imago Sequence & Other Stories

As far as Weird fiction goes, Cody lives it. Get into it, you goddamn mummy! —SKINNER

Genetic mutation, near-future extinction events, psychoactive abuse, interspecies sex and – yes – giant monsters . . . Subtle, it ain’t. It’s like gorging on an opulent feast, or watching the collected oeuvre of Stuart Gordon in one go. An acquired taste. But if you are like me and enjoy both Naked Lunch and Rick and Morty, then these gore-encrusted stories will make your day. Highly recommended. —CROWS N' BONES

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SLEAZELAND (2018)

From two-time Wonderland Book Award-winning author, Cody Goodfellow, described as “one of the best writers of our generation” by grandmaster of horror Brian Keene, and “the Ellroy of speculative fiction” by acclaimed cult author Jeremey Robert Johnson, comes a novel of desperation and degradation in the city of mutilated dreams.

From the empty LA River to an eternal, interdimensional A-list party, Charlie is running for his life, crashing through twisted alternate Hollywoods where the religious right rules all and bloodthirsty studio execs hunt the homeless for sport. On a quest to save the proverbial damsel in distress, he’ll have to pitch a dozen shit-hot movie ideas, slay the dragons of his problematic past and somehow overcome the temptation of the most dangerous addiction in the dirty business of dreams––true, unselfish love.

Sleazeland is one of Cody Goodfellow’s absolute best works of bizarro fiction. A parable for the harsh realities of surviving in one of the filthiest industries on Earth.

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STRATEGIES AGAINST NATURE (2017)

Aging punks recapture the greatest show of their youth through barbaric rituals. The lone survivor of a hellish Interstate pile-up follows an otherworldly sound to its source. A father desperate to cure his daughter’s condition uncovers a multinational corporation’s unspeakable plan for solving world hunger. In these eleven stories, Cody Goodfellow explores the bizarre and the deeply human, using the kaleidoscopic language only he is capable of.

“Brutal, breakneck, and brilliant—Strategies Against Nature grabs you by the throat and drags you under. Don’t even try to resist.”
—Daniel H. Wilson, author of ROBOPOCALYPSE

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THE SNAKE HANDLER <with J David Osborne> (2017)

Let he who is without sin… COME GET SOME. 

All his life, Reverend Clyde Hilburn has fought to protect his downtrodden flock in the tiny town of Palestine, West Virginia from the evils of the modern world. To that end, he has held a monopoly on not only their souls, but also their thriving drug addiction. 

But times have changed, and forces larger than him have moved in to take control of both the church and the flow of narcotics. 

When he suffers a lethal bite from a rattlesnake someone placed in his mailbox, a dying, venom-addicted Clyde has only hours to undo a lifetime of sin, avenge his own murder and save his godforsaken town from the human monsters he’s unleashed. 

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THE POLITE ONES (2016)

THE POLITE ONES is a dark fantasy from the mycoid-blasted brain of Cody Goodfellow (RAPTURE OF THE DEEP, STRATEGIES AGAINST NATURE, REPO SHARK). Cody’s psychedelic evocation of a subterranean society of decaying clans and their fearsome rulers is brought to vivid life in the illustrations of Marcelo Gallegos. A thrilling and claustrophobic alkaloid nightmare.

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MYSTERY MEAT (2016)

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH NUMEAT

Devised in the corporate labs at Speers Meats, it represents a breakthrough in food science, and the end of slaughterhouses, environmental stress from farming, diseases like mad cow and global warming from cow farts. Grown in a vat, it is genetically engineered to be nutritious, delicious, cheap and self-replicating, so it could mean the end of hunger itself.

The good people at Speers Meats are so sure they're right that every citizen, from the lowest trailer park to the lone, high house on the hill. Everyone in Speerburg is eating nuMeat...or nothing at all.

But something has gone very wrong at the old packing plant, and no flesh will be spared when someone discovers what nuMeat really is...and what it will do to survive.

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RAPTURE OF THE DEEP AND OTHER LOVECRAFTIAN TALES (2016)

RAPTURE OF THE DEEP AND OTHER LOVECRAFTIAN TALES (2016)

reading by :morgan scorpion:

Cody Goodfellow has emerged as one of the most dynamic writers of neo-Lovecraftian fiction in recent years. This volume gathers the many provocative tales he has written over the past decade or more, including several novellas that lavishly expand upon core Lovecraftian themes and motifs. Chief among these, perhaps, is "In the Shadow of Swords," strikingly set in Iraq, where American soldiers during the Iraq War encounter entities far more baleful than the terrorists of the Taliban. A similar setting is used in "Archons," which features a denouement both horrific and poignant.


Other stories play imaginative riffs on other Lovecraftian ideas. "The Anatomy Lesson," set in the 19th century, is an ingenious take-off of "Pickman's Model." "To Skin a Corpse" transmutes the central idea of "Herbert West—Reanimator" into a gritty 1930s hard-boiled idiom. The key Lovecraftian notion of dreams is the basis of the pensive story "Broken Sleep." And a spectacular and previously unpublished story, "Swinging," employs "The Shadow out of Time" as the springboard for an extraordinary excursion into space and time.

Goodfellow is gifted with a prose style of exceptional lyricism and evocativeness, and his narratives are infused with all the compelling readability and cumulative terror that distinguish Lovecraft's own. Vibrantly contemporary in setting and expression, they nonetheless constitute a fitting homage of the dreamer from Providence.

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SKYRIZER <WITH PHILIP BUCHANON> (2015)

Pushed to the brink by a dumb, desperate mistake, seventeen-year-old Mason McCoy is ready to end it all. In his short life, he's never known anything but harsh circumstances, and he's grown tired of living hard in the shadow of his messed-up parents. Now that he's coming up quickly on adulthood, he's not liking the look of the man he's about to become, and he has no intention of turning out like his dead felon father. But just when he's at his most desperate hour, Mason is struck by a powerful force--a mass of shooting stars raining down on the city. His shocking survival is the first clue that something out of the ordinary has happened, and when an all-out manhunt begins for not one, but two super-powered humans in the wake of the shooting stars, Mason knows there's something else out there who can do the same, incredible things he is now capable of. It doesn't take long to learn that his counterpart, however, is on a power trip of a different kind.

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THE ELECTRIC EYE (2014)

SAN FRANCISCO, 1927––In a ramshackle garret workshop on the wrong side of town, a self-educated young inventor toils late into the rainy night on a mysterious invention he hopes will one day change the world. But what Philo Farnsworth and his enigmatic protector see on the world's first television receiver will instead propel them into the shadows of a nightmarish underworld of blind assassins and alien brainwashers... for, as they will soon learn, television was already changing the world long before humans "invented" it.

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REPO SHARK (2014)

Ace Vegas repo man Zef DeGroot is sent to Hawaii to collect a vintage Harley-Davidson from a legendary dope-dealer and karaoke killer the locals call Donny Punani. But an easy snatch for a ninja of Zef's mad sklils becomes a nightmarish farce when he finds monstrous crooks, crooked cops and the lust-mad gods of paradise are all conspiring to push his shit in.

From the twisted tourist traps of Honolulu to the savage tropical backwaters of Hana, Zef DeGroot will have to run, fight, and pillbug for his life through an aloha gauntlet of cannibal thugs and date-rape drugs, of psycho TV shrinks and surfing leper hijinx. And that's just to find the bike...to get away with it and go home, he's going to have to go through the ghost-god son of the King of All Sharks.

MAHALO.

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BLACK WIND (2013)

1910. White Mountain Apache Reservation, New Mexico.

The West has finally been tamed, but when a rancher's child goes missing, white vigilantes ride out to exact bloody justice from the neighboring Apache reservation. Only an aging half-breed bounty hunter knows where the boy has gone, and he must race to deliver him from a primordial evil that reaches from the center of the earth to rake the stars from the sky.

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THE LAST GODDAM HOLLYWOOD MOVIE (2013)


SIX MONTHS AGO, AMERICA DIED. IS IT TOO SOON TO MAKE THE MOVIE?

A massive nuclear attack has destroyed the major cities. Untold millions are dead. The survivors are starving savages.

But where others see only tragedy, one man sees opportunity.

Enter Julian Harvey: an A-list producer with a hot project, a private army and a vision for America that will give her back her soul. It's the last Hollywood film crew, making the last Hollywood movie, in the radioactive crater formerly known as Los Angeles.

Spreading hope the only way they know how...through total bullshit.

And like it or not, you're along for the ride.

"Fasten your blast goggles for the mutant offspring of Dr. Strangelove and The Player." - Richard Stanley, writer/director of Hardware

"Humor, heart, and wit so sharp you don't even know you're bleeding until after you've finished. I could not and did not put it down." - Sarah Langan, author of Aubrey's Door

"Packs a hell of a punch. Hilarious, savage and moving."- Peter Tennant, Black Static

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PERFECT UNION (2010)

THE FAMILY 

When Drew married Laura, he also married into the Kowalski family. But on a trip with his twin brothers-in-law into the backwoods of northern California to find their abusive, estranged mother, buried secrets will be revealed, threatening his fragile marriage and his sanity. 

THE COLONY 

Mom has joined a new family: Leviathan-- a utopian colony that has taken the communist ideal to radical biological extremes, using the mutagenic honey from genetically tweaked bees to make ideal workers and flawless warriors. But the once-human hive is divided by a strike and brutal internecine war, and its tyrannical Chairman is eagerly recruiting scabs. 

With the Kowalski twins taking opposing sides in the colony's bitter feud, Drew is forced into a world where nothing is taboo and survival is the only law, where he must negotiate between the insane collective mind and the savage refugees, even as the battling forces of the commune work to reshape him into a tool to complete their... 

PERFECT UNION

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SPORE <WITH JOHN SKIPP> (2010)

Something is growing beneath Los Angeles, an awful intelligence born of decay, whose spores infest the human brain and take root, turning their hosts into homicidal maniacs.

“Skipp and Goodfellow are two singularly powerful forces that make one dynamic, masterful combination.”  —Brian Keene

“Skipp and Goodfellow deliver a blood-soaked powerhouse, one that rockets from the first page through the last with many a gut-punch in between.”  —SFRevu on Jake’s Wake

 “Goodfellow is one of those writers whose voice sweeps you away like the undertow of a tsunami, and once you’re in, he’s got you pinned.”   –Michael A. Arnzen, author of Play Dead

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SILENT WEAPONS FOR QUIET WARS (2009)

In the brutal zero-sum game of the new future, every meal is a murder, and every act of love is a declaration of genocidal war. To survive it, you will have to make alliances with the sleeping demons in your blood; learn to wear new names and faces, and shed your soul; feed your inner child to the machine, before it eats you alive; build and defend your own heaven; and become one of the sacred, secret tools with which nature reinvents itself. To win this game, you will have to change into everything that you are not. To play you need only open this book and arm yourself with... Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars.

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JAKE’S WAKE <WITH JOHN SKIPP> (2009)

Pastor Jake promised his followers everlasting life…he just didn’t say what kind.

So when the small-town televangelist and con man climbs out of his coffin at his own wake, it becomes Judgment Day for everyone gathered to mourn—or celebrate—his death. Jake is back, in the rotting flesh, filled with anger and vengeance. And accompanied by demons even more frightening than himself. What follows is a long night of endless terror, a blood-drenched rampage by the man not even death could stop.

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