Cutting-edge cult underground publisher Clinicality Press have redoubled their attempts to assault the world’s literary frontiers by publishing a selection of titles as Amazon Kindle editions. Beginning with the twin blast of their latest title, ‘Hack’ by first-time author James Wells, coupled with Bill Thunder’s brutal pulp novel ‘The Bastardizer.’
Rob Price is a music journalist. He’s a hard-drinking hack who’s frustrated, skint and cynical, and he’s drowning in a pile of CDs to review that he simply doesn’t have the time to listen to. He’s not only got money issues, but girlfriend issues, flatmate issues, personal hygiene issues and a rampant libido he’s incapable of keeping in check after a few pints.
‘Hack’ follows Rob round endless seedy dive venues as he finds himself at odds with the people he meets in an industry teeming with hangers on, wannabes, maybes and no-hopers, as he sneers, snorts, tokes and spews his way through a succession of sordid encounters and dangerous liaisons in his quest for that ‘big’ story.
A graphic and darkly comic tale of misanthropy, music and misadventure, ‘Hack’ makes Lester Bangs seem positively straight edge in comparison to Price. This book is to music journalism what John Niven’s ‘Kill Your Friends’ is to A&R – only grimier, slimier and grittier. While some writers go for the jugular, James Wells just goes straight for the jugs.
Meanwhile, ‘The Bastardizer’ takes detective genre fiction on a journey straight to hell, as PI Bill Thunder ducks, dives, kicks and punches his way through the sordid underworld of Internet pornography in his quest to find a missing man.
With more titles to follow before the end of the year, Clinicality Press look set to leave their mark – a bloodied stain – on 2011.