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Here’s a look at the full wrap for Andrew J. Stone’s (ALL HAIL THE HOUSE GODS and THE MORTUARY MONSTER) newest book, THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR DANCE-OFF, coming next month from Journalstone and Bizarro Pulp Press.
Check it oooooout:
This book is at once far lighter fare than either HOUSE GODS or MORTUARY MONSTER, while also retaining the deep melancholia that permeates both of those previous titles, and continues Stone’s streak of male antagonists (you could call them protagonists, but I find that Stone’s characters are often their own worst enemy) who question their place in the world and whether or not love is really, truly an achievable goal. DANCE-OFF sees Stone really swinging for the fences as far as what’s permissible, even in a Bizarro title, and we look forward to reader reactions. He’s written a very singular narrative, as evidenced by the following two blurbs:
“Andrew Stone’s THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR DANCE-OFF has one of the strangest premises ever put on paper—a universe of ancient animals on shifting planes of existence whose driving force is getting footloose and a showdown of epic proportions in an otherworldly, apocalyptic discotheque. It’s a lot of madness to hang together, but Stone keeps the action hopping along at a boogaloo pace, and the story’s weird trappings are rooted in the emotional longing at its core.
‘The strangest love story ever told’ was the tagline of the 1931 film of Dracula, but it’s better applied here, as Stone generates real romantic sparks between two of his characters, only one of which is human. The overall effect is more lighthearted than most other Bizarro I’ve read, as the story mostly avoids violence and instead strikes a tone of humorous adventure—an uplifting read in these strange times we live in, which don’t seem so strange when compared to this book.” – Andrew Goldfarb, author of Midnight Earwig Buffet and the lone member of the psychedelic rock band The Slow Poisoner
“THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR DANCE-OFF is a cavalcade of daft, enjoyable fun. When the whole planet is drowning in seriousness sometimes it’s necessary to escape into a world of Tyrannosaurus Task Forces, deadly dance moves, and anal parrots.” – Madeleine Swann, author of Fortune Box
Not gonna lie, it took an awful lot of discipline to not edit Madeleine’s blurb down to “…anal parrots.” And then stick that on top of the cover, front and center. I’m still considering it.
At any rate, I sincerely hope you’re looking forward to Stone’s latest offering. The book was fun to work on, and clearly a labor of love for its author. Check it out on September 28th!