The Rib From Which I Remake the World
What begins with a gruesome and impossible murder soon spirals into hallucinatory waking nightmares for hotel house detective Jojo in World War II Arkansas. Black magic and a terrifying Luciferian carnival boil up to a surreal finale for the town of Litchfield, and Jojo Walker is forced to face his own identity in ways he could never have imagined.
- Paperback | 350 pages
- 153 x 229 x 30.48mm | 327g
- 13 Sep 2016
- Chizine Publications
- Toronto, Canada
Back cover copy
In a small, rural Arkansas town in the midst of World War II, hotel house detective George "Jojo" Walker wearily maintains the status quo in the wake of personal devastation. That status quo is disrupted when a "hygiene picture" roadshow rolls into town with a controversial program on display and curious motives in mind. What begins with a gruesome and impossible murder soon spirals into hallucinatory waking nightmares for Jojo--nightmares that converge with his reality and dredge up his painful, secret past. Black magic and a terrifying Luciferian carnival boil up to a surreal finale for the town of Litchfield, when truth itself unfurls and Jojo Walker is forced to face his own identity in ways he could never have expected.
"Ed Kurtz writes with a strong voice and imagination befitting the calling... Come one, come all, this show is vivid, textured, colorful and worth the price of admission. It's fun, strange and quick to engage." --Unnerving Magazine "Ed Kurtz proved to me that not all horror novels have to be blood and guts and gore. Don't get me wrong, those elements are in THE RIB FROM WHICH I REMAKE THE WORLD, but Kurtz balances them with engaging characters and a captivating story." --Crimespree Magazine "Ingenious and disorienting." --Teleread "The Rib From Which I Remake The World starts out as a smart and literate hardcore noir, before gradually descending into a bleak supernatural nightmare, which explodes in the final act into a maelstrom of violence and horror." --Ginger Nuts of Horror "The Rib from which I Remake the World' is a mix-up of noir and horror that works very, very well, thanks in part to Kurtz' smooth, easy writing style and some great characters and settings... Kurtz has produced an excellent book, one that I believe will feature in a number of top read lists come the end of the year." --The Grim Reader "[The Rib From Which I Remake the World] is a smart, deep, black magic carnie noir existential bloodbath." --Gemma Files, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Experimental Film
About Ed Kurtz
Ed Kurtz: Ed Kurtz is the author of A Wind of Knives, The Forty-Two, and Angel of the Abyss, among other novels and novellas. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies like Thuglit, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Shotgun Honey, and Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane, and he was selected to appear in The Best American Mystery Stories 2014. Kurtz lives in Texas where he is at work on his next project. Feel free to drop him a line at email@example.com.