Governor of the Homeless

Governor of the Homeless

G. Arthur Brown Sarah Kushwara / Feb 24, 2020

Governor of the Homeless Do you like your crime fiction hard boiled Soft boiled Not boiled at all Meet Wilson He s on trial for killing the Governor of the Homeless But everyone knows that the man he killed was not the Govern

  • Title: Governor of the Homeless
  • Author: G. Arthur Brown Sarah Kushwara
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Do you like your crime fiction hard boiled Soft boiled Not boiled at all Meet Wilson He s on trial for killing the Governor of the Homeless But everyone knows that the man he killed was not the Governor With the help of the pulp paperback Abortionstein, the gambler Chinese Charlie, an old film about Robin Hood and or King Arthur, a dream about a female brewer, and thDo you like your crime fiction hard boiled Soft boiled Not boiled at all Meet Wilson He s on trial for killing the Governor of the Homeless But everyone knows that the man he killed was not the Governor With the help of the pulp paperback Abortionstein, the gambler Chinese Charlie, an old film about Robin Hood and or King Arthur, a dream about a female brewer, and the ramblings of the accused himself, our paranoid narrator must unravel a reverse mystery to uncover the meaning of this kangaroo court Who is the real Governor and how is he related to these alleged reverse abortion procedures In Governor of the Homeless, G Arthur Brown turns dystopian sci fi, noir, and horror on their heads to pervert previous conceptions of history, science, conspiracy theories, and politics through a hallucinatory lens Get ready for your brain to be burned G Arthur Brown is at the forefront of a new generation of writers One of my favorites Brian Keene, best selling author of The Complex and The Rising G Arthur Brown already respected as a syntactically immaculate weaver of tales both comical and absurd now ventures into the darkness to deliver us the strange and unsettling horrors of Governor of the Homeless Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City

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      • G. Arthur Brown Sarah Kushwara

        G Arthur Brown, when not sleeping, writes absurd and irreal Bizarro fiction, especially in rest rooms His first book, Kitten, was released by Eraserhead Press as part of their 2012 New Bizarro Author Series The flash fiction collection I Like Turtles earned a Wonderland nomination for Best Collection of 2014 Governor of the Homeless, his second novella and first horror offering, was released in 2016 by Psychedelic Horror Press His fourth book, The Long Night of the Eternal Korean War was released by Rooster Republic Press in fall of 2017.


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    1. In Bum Town there are more reasons to keep your distance than just the stench, because everything stinks pretty equally. That's just a trick. A trick of the nose to keep you smell-blind to the real soul-sharks, perched delicately on the psychic shoreline, exactly where ether meets the meat.There's been a killing in Bum Town, and that means a trial. Luckily, Scalia's back from Hell and lookin' for work.The judge agreed to put a nickel into the Injustice Jar, an old plastic mayonnaise container th [...]


    2. To me, this novella has a theatrical aura.  Perhaps it's due to the mention of John Wilkes Booth.  More likely, it is the layering of plot, characters and costumes which brings to mind the stage.  Bum Town is a colorful setting, though the colors are peeling and soiled.  The Governor is a difficult character to pin down, and theories behind his existence extend into regions of evolution and science fiction.  The residents of Bum Town display a brazen sense of humor that defines their nature [...]


    3. G. Arthur Brown writes with the chittering sing-song staccato of a filthy street urchin in an accent that might be Cock-knee but actually it's something else you should probably recognize but don't due to the plastic dry-cleaning bag over his head. He tells you all the dark, dirty things you already unconsciously knew and he provokes all the feelings you already subconsciously felt from the very bottom of your vagina. Go smoke a CHEMTRAIL and suck me sideways six ways from Saturnalia, but this m [...]


    4. G. Arthur Brown nails it with this one. The cover of the book is amazing. The story is weird. The prose is swift and colorful, yet reads effortlessly. There is humor in here, but it’s subtle, instead focusing in on the paranoia of the narrator as he tries to piece together the mystery of who killed the Governor of the Homeless, if indeed, the Governor of the Homeless is dead. We’re in Bum Town, a fully realized cartoonish dystopia the likes of which you’d find in a Terry Gilliam film, and [...]


    5. Weird stories are told within stories within a noir, absurdist birth canal, developing a deep and deeply bizarre mythology; we’re presented with Arboghasts, with The Problem of Archaeopteryx, with “Abortionstein”, which I will leave for you to discover yourself; you’ll find cool, crazy illustrations like these both here and perhaps in dark allies left behind by clue-fancying or clue-less serial killers, and basically nowhere else, and thus Governor of the Homeless is for fans of the grea [...]


    6. A​ ​mysterious,​ ​dark​ ​and​ ​seedy​ ​trip.​ ​Initially,​ ​each​ ​small​ ​chapter​ ​feels​ ​like​ ​a​ ​random​ ​tangent,​ ​but adds​ ​a​ ​small​ ​piece​ ​to​ ​the​ ​puzzle.​ ​The​ ​paranoid​ ​narrator,​ ​Wilson,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Governor​ ​are​ ​all enigmas.​ ​The​ ​reader​ ​is​ ​left​ ​making​ ​connections​ ​even​ ​after​ ​reading​ ​the​ [...]


    7. Early on in Governor of the Homeless, we learn that a man named Wilson is on trial for killing the “Governor of the Homeless” in the dystopia known as Bum Town, despite the fact that the eponymous governor is alive and well, nay, seated in plain sight in the kangaroo courtroom where the trial takes place. “The trial was about something else entirely,” our narrator informs us, adding, “I’m writing this [book] to see if I can figure out what that was.” Thus we are invited to come alo [...]


    8. G Arthur Brown is a talented writer. He's clever, imaginative, and his prose is tight. He's put out a few chapbooks and a flash fiction collection since his debut, Kitten, but Governor of the Homeless is only his second book published in print.He reminds me of Kevin L Donihe in that I love his writing, but his books are few and far between. It's a blessing and a shame, really. I want there to be more, but I know authors like Brown and Donihe don't want to rush things and sacrifice quality for qu [...]


    9. Bizarro courtroom noir, reminiscent at times of Philip Jose Farmer's Burroughs vs. Burroughs pastiche "The Jungle-Rot Kid On the Nod," thanks to its rapid-fire turns of phrase and captivating strangeness, yet utter commitment to the form. Kaleidoscopic weirdness flows unabated, and the imagery washing past is disturbing and psychedelic. The text is experiential and striking, but lacking in concrete handholds beyond a few grotesque set pieces. Five minutes after finishing this book, and chuckling [...]



    10. The Governor that can be spoken is not the eternal Governor.Does that make sense? No? OK. Well, incognito ergo sum.Brown's bizarro Bum Town world has a logic (and justice) all its own.It's almost like your own subconscious has splattered all over the pavementand been scraped back together by the love child of Bukowski and H.P. Lovecraft.But don't worry Actually, on second thought--do worry.Suffice to say, there are easier paths to motherhood.My thanks to Psychedelic Horror Press for providing th [...]


    11. "The Governor of the Homeless" is the size of a tapas, but it's got striking flavors of big, bold tomes like "Infinite Jest" "1984" and "White Noise." This book is smart, sharp, cracked, crazy. It smells like the randoms in the alley behind my apartment building digging through the bins, it's ugly like bloody gums, and it's funny like the punchline to your favorite joke.G. Arthur Brown hits notes like Orwell, Dom DeLillo and David Foster Wallace, but he has a distinctive and unmistakable, beauti [...]


    12. I greatly enjoyed reading this one. It's a fast read, a real page turner for sure. If I had to classify the genre, I'd say: Garbage Noir or Tetanus Adventure. The prose is lyrical, and gritty. The dialogue humps the line between brilliant and absurdity. (the good kind) I used a (unopened) condom as a bookmark for this book. Treat yourself and pick it up for an extended gander.


    13. Myriad narratives spiral out from a central courtroom drama. The sum of the parts: a portal into the mind of the author, a kind of twisted dream diary, a nightmare of Baudrillard's simulacra, wrought with exquisite detail--an art museum with "Oscar-the-Grouch style trashcans forming elephant legs, pieces of car engines composing a startled simulation of a hi-fi, old pipe and wire bundled into the hair of pretty garbage ladies"--G. Arthur Brown wrestles with his own internal demons, seeking solac [...]


    14. G. Arthur Brown is the first author to use the word "chortled" in a sentence that hasn't made me want to throw the book through a window.Been a decent while since he debuted with the spectacular novella "Kitten", and this short novella does not disappoint as a follow up.If you ever wondered what a dystopian court room farce from Terry Gilliam would read like, this is it.


    15. Another G. Arthur Brown book, another 5 star rating. And frankly I tried to give this one 6 stars but some rules just aren't made to be broken apparently.



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