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poo-tee-weet is reading A.M.Holmes' End of Alice November 24, 2011 - 5:34pm

Hey,

Am looking to expand my horizons in the area of American grotesque-satire-transgressive fiction.

I've made my way through the 'classics' (Shelby Jn-Bukowski-Palahniuk-Ellis-Rhinehart-Burroughs etc)

And am looking for some work that isn't as well known (or maybe has only just been written), any suggestions? I particullarly like first person narratives.

Thanks

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. November 24, 2011 - 6:01pm

I'm not sure they are regarded as 'classics' by any literary cannon but they are classics to me. Try Nik Korpon, Brandon Tietz, Craig Clevenger, Baer, basically everyone over at http://welcometothevelvet.com/forums/

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 24, 2011 - 7:00pm

Ryu Murakami's In the Miso Soup and Audition.

Douglas Coupland

Arthur Nersesian's The Fuck Up and Dogrun.

Not sure how Transgressive Nick Hornby is, but High Fidelity, How to be Good and A Long Way Down are all great reads. His new one is very good too, Juliet, Naked.

Jay McInerny's Bright Lights, Big City.

JG Ballard

Candy: A Story of Love and Addiction by Luke Davies.

Although I didn't like them, the Dexter series is popular.

On the Road by Kerouac could be considered Transgressive for its time.

You could throw Lolita and Valley of the Dolls in there for shits and giggles.

Some say The Catcher in the Rye and Crime and Punishment fit in the Transgressive genre.

 

 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 24, 2011 - 7:00pm

Oh, and David Foster Wallace.

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. November 24, 2011 - 7:39pm

I second JG Ballard. Cocaine Nights was a good Noir story. Crash was mind-blowing.

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jl85 from originally East Tennessee now Southern California is reading everything I can November 25, 2011 - 2:14pm

Not sure if everyone would agree that he's transgressive but Donald Ray Pollock is excellent

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 25, 2011 - 2:37pm

"Valley of the Dolls in there for shits and giggles"

I love that book.  For reals.  In fact - it's wehre I got my twitter name from (little red doll)

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 25, 2011 - 3:15pm

@Avery... Love it too. Read it for the first time last year and blew through it. You ever read Dolores? I have it, but havn't read it yet. Wondering if it's any good.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 25, 2011 - 6:15pm

I haven't.  I never read any of her stuff past Valley of the Dolls.  now I kind of want to though.

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor November 26, 2011 - 2:21am

Hubert Selby Jr.

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor November 26, 2011 - 2:22am

Some Vollmann stuff is also transgressive.

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor November 26, 2011 - 2:27am

Oh, I got a recommendation for you. Try Irvine Welsh's Filth.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 26, 2011 - 10:40am

@Avery... Dolores is much shorter than Valley. When I read it, I'll let you know if it's any good.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 26, 2011 - 10:43am

Buffalo Soldiers by Robert O'Connor is decent. Made into a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs November 26, 2011 - 3:48pm

Nearly every novel by Dennis Cooper is great, but The Sluts is of particular interest. Also, I would recommend Matthew Stokoe's Cows, which is somewhat stomach-churning. His second novel, High Life, may be of more interest if you're into noir or books that are a bit less nausea-inducing than Cows.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break November 28, 2011 - 7:47pm

Try The Delivery Man if you're looking for something like Ellis.  This book has a Less Than Zero in Vegas feel to it.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 26, 2011 - 4:48pm

@Brandon: The Delivery Man was good. 

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spence from planet is reading Books November 26, 2011 - 5:09pm

It was boring

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon November 28, 2011 - 5:49pm

I didn't think The Delivery Man was boring at all.  I loved that book.  I think I read it last year and it was one of my favorite books I read that year. 

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break November 28, 2011 - 7:39pm

Don't worry about ol' Spence.  He's been trolling this place for quite a while. 

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon November 28, 2011 - 9:17pm

Oh yeah, Earthworm Jim - is speculatively that one guy we all love.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 28, 2011 - 9:19pm

2brandon, probably the wrong thread, but I'm wondering what your thougths are on the K.C. Pittsburgh game. I went to high school with Tyler.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 28, 2011 - 9:59pm

Spence needs a hug.  Or maybe a snuggie.

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spence from planet is reading Books November 29, 2011 - 6:29am

No, The Delivery Man sucks. The whole self-destructive, doesn't know what to do with women, gets beat up, hangs out with strippers and prostitutes in morally questionable activities, doesn't know what to do with his life thing is so predictable and overdone. Self destruction has become boring but i guess that's what 'transgressive' (ie this thread) is all about so i'll leave it at that.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break November 29, 2011 - 6:52am

@Moon

Nah, I skipped it this week because I didn't think it was going to be any good after his last performance.

@Alien

It's all about these now.

Love how they're tailgating in retard pajamas.

@Spence

Good on you for at least explaining why you thought it was boring.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 29, 2011 - 7:10am

I love how they don't show a single obese person wearing them, even though that is clearly their target demographic. 

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor November 29, 2011 - 4:15pm

Haha. I went back and read Filth again. Love that book. Just nasty.

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor November 29, 2011 - 4:22pm

"I love how they don't show a single obese person wearing them, even though that is clearly their target demographic. "

Hey. Slovenly people have their good points ya know. Especially for a fiction writer. Haha

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 29, 2011 - 6:52pm

Yeah, not all fat people are lazy. They just have eating disorders and thyroid problems. I know I'm fat but once you have gained it, its really hard to lose. Gaining weight can come from depression too. I know its hard for women to lose weight after pregnancy.

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Dan from Santa Monica, CA is reading Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk November 30, 2011 - 11:47am

Chemical Pink by Katie Arnoldi

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MisterPasscod3 December 8, 2012 - 11:21pm

I consider Jack Ketchum, C. W. Schultz and Irvine Welsh transgressive fiction authors.

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ReaderatNYC February 13, 2013 - 9:50am

Try this one: Loisaida -- A New York Story by Marion Stein

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J.J.Shurte November 17, 2013 - 5:05pm

Blatant self plug here, I just got a book published through Amazon, it's called Cerberus Nurtured. If you're still looking for some Transgressive Ficiton, then give it a go and I'd love to hear back from you about it.

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Pops March 3, 2014 - 3:23pm

Hi Poo-tee,

 

I read Space Games by Dean Lombardo and it is not so much science fiction as it is satire, dark comedy and pulp. It's about a futuristic battle of the sexes reality TV show aboard a space station and it is pretty intense. Good luck finding what you're looking for.

 

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BStar April 14, 2016 - 2:46pm

We have a selection of transgressive fiction stories from independent authors at our website:

http://www.bstarkittypress.com

Read sample chapters on the website, all books available on Kindle and some, if not all in paperback.