Sorry, Wrong Country: Author Q&A

Rooster Republic wanted to try something a little different, so when Konstantine Paradias approached us with Sorry, Wrong Country, his non-fiction memoir about life in modern Greece, it was a total no-brainer to pick it up and add it to this year’s roster of titles.

And what a book! We love this book. And we think you’ll love it, too. It’s already gotten a pretty great review from the folks over at Geek Nerdery. Here’s a little pull quote (click the quote to see the full review at their site):

“It was an absolute blast getting to know these strangers in their quick vignettes, and with what little time the reader gets to spend with each of them, Paradias deftly paints and precise picture of who these people are and where they place in the tapestry of human existence.”

Konstantine was a good sport and to help kick off this new release, we put a whole bunch of questions to him and got a whole bunch of answers (including his pizza crust preference) in return. Read on!

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Andrew Hook’s “Top 10” film list

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Andrew Hook’s RoosterVision title has been getting a lot of good press, including a shout out in Black Static magazine.

Here’s what they had to say about Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel: A Personal Analysis:

“The personal stories that he adds, showing how the film affected his writing and remembrances of catching it on late night terrestrial television (as did I myself, back in the day), all help to ground the work and illuminate why it is so important to the writer. It is this personal slant I feel that puts clear water between books like this and the more objective Auteur volumes. At the end, for anyone who has seen the film, their appreciation will almost certainly be deepened by the light Hook shines on unfamiliar corners of the screen, while those who have never encountered Buñuel’s work will probably be encouraged to seek it out, which is a big part of what books like this are really all about, but either way you will have been entertained and enlightened.”

Because he is such a good sport, Andrew has agreed to put together a personal top-10 movie list for Rooster Republic. This will (hopefully) be a recurring item as authors lend their work to the RoosterVision line of books.

Read on to find out what Andrew considers his personal top-10!

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RoosterVision is now live on Amazon!

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The first entry in our RoosterVision series is now live on Amazon in print and on Kindle.

Rooster is dipping into the world of non-fiction this year, and we hope you join us for this new endeavor. We’ve got some really cool titles lined up!

Andrew Hook (his website) takes a look at the surreal, 1962 masterpiece THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (an essential viewing for a professed film lover) and even if you’ve never seen the film before, perhaps Hook will convince you to give it a try.

Read on for a look at the cover!

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Bad Hotel is now live on Amazon!

Dustin Reade’s Bad Hotel is our first release in 2017, and it is a hell of a book to come out of the gate with. It’s now live on Amazon in both print and on Kindle.

Douglas Hackle (author of The Hottest Gay Man Ever Killed in a Shark Attack) had this to say about the book:
“If you ever wanted some haunted doughnuts with your cryptid worms, some Bigfoot with your temporally displaced interdimensional tourists, or even just a little porno-weed with your dead-yet-dreaming Cthulhu, don’t miss the campy, weird, fantastical, phantasmagoric treat that is Dustin Reade’s Bad Hotel.”
Here’s the link to the print
And Kindle

The state of ROOSTER REPUBLIC PRESS

You may have seen this announcement on our Facebook page (which was also shared by Strangehouse Books, our horror imprint), but G. Arthur Brown is no longer Head Editor for Rooster Republic Press.

Work continues at the press unimpeded, with duties being resumed by the owners.

We are still bringing you weird fiction, and we appreciate the fact that you let us do so. We look forward to the rest of this year, and we hope you do, too.

RoosterVision!

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A year ago, Chris Kelso and I started talking about working on something a little different for Rooster Republic. We spoke about a handful of projects, but the one that stuck with the both of us would be a non-fiction imprint that would specialize in film, specifically cult classics, the types of movies that one may even consider… Bizarro.

And it has been a busy year, but the project is finally coming to fruition.

RoosterVision will begin releasing titles in February 2017. Read on to see what Kelso has to say about the project:

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G. Arthur Brown Joins Rooster as Head Editor

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Art by Jarvis Chickpea

The proceeding is an interview with the supposed G. Arthur Brown. 


First, feel free to give a little background on yourself and your own written work.

I started writing absurd proto-Bizarro fiction long ago (c. 1996), before it had a name or I knew there was a market for it. This was also before I knew there were quasi-popular writers like Mark Leyner or Donald Barthelme or Thomas Pynchon who just didn’t give a rat’s ass about the conventions of popular fiction, and before I’d read any Kafka. So I gave up on writing for a long time, not picking it up again until about 2007, with the added advantage of having now read Borges, Burroughs, and Ionesco, as well as having seen many bizarre and highly inspirational films, such as Cemetery Man, Mulholland Drive, Schizopolis, Naked Lunch, and Dead Alive. Then, I stumbled upon the Bizarro community and the rest is history.

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Printers Row, or Being Weird in Broad Daylight

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From left to right: John Bruni, D.F. Noble, MP Johnson, Michael Allen Rose, and Sauda Namir.

It was a last minute kind of gig for us. Michael Allen Rose (we met in a bathroom at BizarroCon and quickly became friends shortly after) invited us up to this show in Chicago. Last year, several of the presses in the Bizarro community had teamed up to showcase their books at Printers Row, and since Nick and I were now carrying the torch for Rooster Republic Press, we figured it’d be a good idea to represent. Right there on the street. In broad daylight.

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