Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen." is an incredibly special one for us. Hatched in a NYC club during BEA week, this feature requires more work of the author than any of the ones that have come before. And that makes it all the more sweeter when you see, or rather, hear them read excerpts from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.
Today, Craig Wallwork reads an excerpt from his bizarro chapbook Gory Hole: A Horror Triple Bill. At the age of 10 years old, all Craig Wallwork wanted to be was a zombie. Spending most of his time shuffling from room to room, hiding in closets, and petrifying his neighbours, one sunny afternoon in 1982 Craig decided to consume 5lbs of raw mince meat and a bag of chopped liver from his parent's refrigerator. Two hours later it became apparent that he did not have the stomach for the zombie lifestyle, nor the money to pay for a new bathroom carpet. In this volume of short stories, Craig returns to his dream of living within a world inhabited by zombies, where normal people can consume meat without fear of contracting E. coli, and surviving the night means having a loaded gun and a stomach for the grotesque. Craig Wallwork is the author of the novels, The Sound of Loneliness, To Die Upon a Kiss and the short story collection, Quintessence of Dust.
Click on the Soundcloud link to experience Human Tenderloin from the Gory Hole chapbook, as read by author Craig Wallwork:
The word on Gory Hole:
GORY HOLE is a triple feature of grindhouse-esque short fiction by Craig Wallwork. Billing includes: "Revenge of the Zombie Pussy Eaters", "Human Tenderloin", and "Sicko".
“Like a grindhouse version of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Wallwork’s fiction is smart, innovative, and a hell of a lot of fun.” —Carlton Mellick III
“There’s a place where intelligence and weirdness meet, and Wallwork’s prose is comfortably nestled there, feeding off both with the keenness of a crazed tapeworm. Sharp, nasty, and bizarre, GORY HOLE is a perfect treat for those who like their fiction unique and with heaping sides of humor and gore.” —Gabino Iglesias
“When your laughter turns to tears, saline to bloody rivulets, you have found GORY HOLE by Craig Wallwork. A master storyteller, this trio of black comedy is lyrical prose dipped in deviant lust dusted with violent retribution—for the horror fan in us all.” - Richard Thomas, author of Staring Into the Abyss.
*lifted with love from goodreads