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Issue #8 demonstrates why this journal has been hailed as the figurehead publication for absurd and surreal literature. Throughout these pages readers will find a man with an endless supply of money in his pockets and a nun who finds teeth in her ice cream cone. Readers will also find the apocalypse as experienced by the cast of Friends and a race of chickens that enslaves Issue #8 demonstrates why this journal has been hailed as the figurehead publication for absurd and surreal literature. Throughout these pages readers will find a man with an endless supply of money in his pockets and a nun who finds teeth in her ice cream cone. Readers will also find the apocalypse as experienced by the cast of Friends and a race of chickens that enslaves a man and forces him to eat the last egg ever to be eaten. No one theme or tone dominates this issue. Some stories feature mindless violence or irreal nonsense. Others display sharp cultural satire or brain-tingling wordplay. At a time when most fiction serves up the standard fare of realism and common sense, issue #8 offers a zany feast for the ravenous imagination. Includes stories by Sam Pink, Blake Butler, Rhys Hughes, Ofelia Hunt, Cameron Pierce, Mike Young, Matthew Simmons, Darby Larson, Aaron Sitze, and Adam Breckenridge. Contains book reviews of Duncan Barlow's Super Cell Anemia and Jeremy C. Shipp's Sheep and Wolves.


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Issue #8 demonstrates why this journal has been hailed as the figurehead publication for absurd and surreal literature. Throughout these pages readers will find a man with an endless supply of money in his pockets and a nun who finds teeth in her ice cream cone. Readers will also find the apocalypse as experienced by the cast of Friends and a race of chickens that enslaves Issue #8 demonstrates why this journal has been hailed as the figurehead publication for absurd and surreal literature. Throughout these pages readers will find a man with an endless supply of money in his pockets and a nun who finds teeth in her ice cream cone. Readers will also find the apocalypse as experienced by the cast of Friends and a race of chickens that enslaves a man and forces him to eat the last egg ever to be eaten. No one theme or tone dominates this issue. Some stories feature mindless violence or irreal nonsense. Others display sharp cultural satire or brain-tingling wordplay. At a time when most fiction serves up the standard fare of realism and common sense, issue #8 offers a zany feast for the ravenous imagination. Includes stories by Sam Pink, Blake Butler, Rhys Hughes, Ofelia Hunt, Cameron Pierce, Mike Young, Matthew Simmons, Darby Larson, Aaron Sitze, and Adam Breckenridge. Contains book reviews of Duncan Barlow's Super Cell Anemia and Jeremy C. Shipp's Sheep and Wolves.

43 review for Bust Down The Door and Eat All The Chickens (issue 8)

  1. 4 out of 5

    karen

    like many short story collections, there were some i didnt connect with. but as ive said before, i just dont do short stories. however, that (always) being said, i really liked bang bang and car accident, and some of the other stories had truly memorable scenes. sir mykel hansen promised i would be terrified of the friends/apocalypse story, but while it was unsettling and disgusting in some of its descriptions, i still slept fine. dammit. so the open call to find me something terrifying continue like many short story collections, there were some i didnt connect with. but as ive said before, i just dont do short stories. however, that (always) being said, i really liked bang bang and car accident, and some of the other stories had truly memorable scenes. sir mykel hansen promised i would be terrified of the friends/apocalypse story, but while it was unsettling and disgusting in some of its descriptions, i still slept fine. dammit. so the open call to find me something terrifying continues, and thanks to all of you for playing thus far.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mykle

    Blake Butler's story in this issue is a genius work of horror! i haven't been so disturbed in ages. Adam Breckenridge's story "Bang Bang!" is hilarious and I really want to read it out loud to someone. What more do you want for five dollars? Blake Butler's story in this issue is a genius work of horror! i haven't been so disturbed in ages. Adam Breckenridge's story "Bang Bang!" is hilarious and I really want to read it out loud to someone. What more do you want for five dollars?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Issue #8 of Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens centers on no particular theme except the general theme of the absurd and surreal. The back cover says, “Some stories feature mindless violence or irreal nonsense. Others display sharp cultural satire or brain-tingling wordplay . . . issue #8 offers a zany feast for the ravenous imagination.” This is no exaggeration. Mike Young’s short-short entitled “Share This Too” starts things off with this opening line: “In the middle of the city park Issue #8 of Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens centers on no particular theme except the general theme of the absurd and surreal. The back cover says, “Some stories feature mindless violence or irreal nonsense. Others display sharp cultural satire or brain-tingling wordplay . . . issue #8 offers a zany feast for the ravenous imagination.” This is no exaggeration. Mike Young’s short-short entitled “Share This Too” starts things off with this opening line: “In the middle of the city park I found a nun crying because her ice cream cone was full of broken teeth.” The narrator’s obvious, logical solution, “Why don’t you just flick them out?” is, of course, too simple to escape the biblically-proportioned plague of broken teeth to follow. A couple pieces in the issue don’t give the reader much beyond the initial premise. However, I was really impressed with Ofelia Hunt’s story “Car Accident,” narrated by a person who seems to be responsible for the car accident in question and whatever other horror is connected to it. Using the movement of vague language, Hunt wrings the narrator’s trauma, disorientation, and disconnection as the authorities ask questions, and indirectly expresses the inexpressible. For example: “What’s your name?” “Something.” “I need your name for hospital records and insurance. How old are you? Where were you born?” “I think I’m me I think I’m something.” I move my head and my head hurts in a sharp and exact way, but distant somehow, as though my head’s a thing and I’m a thing and these things are different things with different nervous systems. I see another gurney and another human and the other human’s very red and black and crusted and hairless and maybe does not have enough skin, so I think about skin and how much skin’s enough skin and I think about my skin and how much skin I have and where this skin is and what if I were to lose this skin. I also enjoyed other stories by Blake Butler, Cameron Pierce, Darby Larson, Sam Pink, Matthew Simmons, and more. Closing out this slim but potent issue are book reviews of Duncan Barlow's Super Cell Anemia and Jeremy C. Shipp's Sheep and Wolves. I think the range of style and content in this issue of Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens provides something to suit as well as stretch the sensibilities of most readers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    P.D.

    This was a pretty good issue. Among my favorites were Share this too, Bang Bang, Holiday Sings the Egg Dilemma, Caramello Candy Bars and Yoohoo Chocolate Drinks, I am the Dictator and The Swashbuckling. Wait a minute, that's most of the stories in the issue. This Side of Ironside was another solid piece by D. Harlan Wilson. Castle Cesare is possibly the best piece in the issue. It is certainly the most polished, and the most mainstream. I was disappointed in We Witnessed the Advent of a New Apoca This was a pretty good issue. Among my favorites were Share this too, Bang Bang, Holiday Sings the Egg Dilemma, Caramello Candy Bars and Yoohoo Chocolate Drinks, I am the Dictator and The Swashbuckling. Wait a minute, that's most of the stories in the issue. This Side of Ironside was another solid piece by D. Harlan Wilson. Castle Cesare is possibly the best piece in the issue. It is certainly the most polished, and the most mainstream. I was disappointed in We Witnessed the Advent of a New Apocalypse in an Episode of Friends. This was a good story, but was marred by grammatical errors and awkward sentences. It's a shame the author didn't take more time to polish it. Car Accident was interesting. Baka is the Night wasn't bad either.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Sold out of the print issue, but now available on Amazon's Kindle. Sold out of the print issue, but now available on Amazon's Kindle.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

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