August 30, 2011

Help David David Katzman publish his new novel!

I first met local surrealist author David David Katzman back in the '90s when I was still a creative writer myself, and I've been a big fan of his ever since reading his first novel Death by Zamboni, a sort of bizarro comedy that will remind astute readers of Mark Leyner quite a bit. And now David has a new novel ready to go, a much darker and stranger tale called A Greater Monster, about a sort of dickish business executive in Chicago who undergoes a nightmarish series of hallucinations that change his life, after ingesting a mysterious substance from a panhandler one night and hopping on a rapidly melting el train. And even more interesting, it's one of these new cutting-edge "crossmedia" releases; so not only does the book itself contain traditional illustrations as well as text-poetry ones (ala Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves), but there are songs and videos online that the characters in the book refer to, and that impart important information about the actual story that you wouldn't know just by reading the text.

Anyway, David's decided to forge ahead and put the book out himself, so has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the three thousand dollars needed to do the project in the way he envisions it; that video above explains a lot more about it all, as well as the book itself. Now, for disclosure's sake, let me admit that I was a paid editor on this manuscript in its pre-publication state, so am far from being a disinterested party in all this; but that said, I find the book quite remarkable, or else I would've never agreed to help work on it in the first place, and think it'll be right up the alley of anyone into the strange, abstract or experimental. I highly encourage you to stop by David's Kickstarter page and pre-purchase a copy of the book, which is essentially how he's raising the money to print the books in the first place, and to do your part to help support Chicago's always expanding and perpetually exciting literary community.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 9:54 AM, August 30, 2011. Filed under: Arts news | Chicago news | Literature | Profiles |