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The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone
By MP Johnson
Bizarro Pulp Press
Reviewed by Karl Wolff
Daryl just wants his beloved pig back. That's the premise that drives the action in The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone, by MP Johnson. Bizarro Pulp Press turns the gore and ultraviolence up to eleven in this short little love letter to Green Bay, Wisconsin. After Daryl's beloved pet pig Pork Knuckles gets slaughtered by his pa, he hitch-hikes to Green Bay. After escaping the clutches of a cannibal hippie, he bunks up with his relatives, Uncle Shard and Aunt Sheila. There's also run-ins with Neo-Nazi flies, mutant drag queens, and naked Mantis cultists. The textbook definition for bizarro literature is the bookstore equivalent of the cult movie section of your local video store. (Do video stores still exist?) Anyhow, The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone is less cult movie (Ed Wood, John Waters, etc.) than the literary equivalent of a Troma movie. Like a Troma movie, MP Johnson combines bloody gooey gore, comic ultraviolence, and outre offensiveness with a bent childhood innocence. Daryl's innocent yearnings to take care of his dear Pork Knuckles, misguided as they are, gently tug the heart strings. That said, The After-Life of Pork Knuckles Malone is an, um, acquired taste.
Out of 10/8.9; not for everybody, but for fans of bizarro lit and Troma movies, Pork Knuckles Malone is some pig!
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