You may have noticed that I’ve been preoccupied over the last couple of months with horror, politics, allegorical satire and comedy.

There’s a reason for that.

I’ve been writing a novel-length book that incorporates all of those elements. It started off as a way to blow off some steam during the 2016 Presidential election

The genre I originally classified the book under was political horror which quickly became a dystopian thriller with comedic and horrific flourishes. It’s a wee bit of a departure from Manchot’s brand of titles thus far– the humor is more obscene and the level of violence runs from “slapstick” to “outrageously graphic.”

It’s been a lot of fun.

The book’s called The Least of 99 Evils. Here’s the current blurb on the back cover, subject to change:

My fellow Americans, In case you were unaware, Washington DC was razed to ground in 1974 and our President summarily executed. There was mania and violence in the streets before we found a solution–a lottery-based electoral system to maintain order. I was the first President of The New States of America, Clyde O’brien– former blues musician, failed writer, current Shakespeare enthusiast. My more recent accomplishments include establishing a prison state and stooging as a Machiavellian figure for the powers that be.

30 years later and things are still out of hand. The political parties are factionalized into roughly 100 different teams squaring off against each other like petty gangs. I’ll be your guide as we take a voyeuristic journey alongside Riley Owen, a member of The Dissent, who escapes the Inner Circle. We’ll also meet Clay, who learns of the Rat King philosophy of the Scum from his nihilistic new friend, Carly. And don’t think I forgot about Reeve and Xavier, a couple of unfortunate Frontmen grunts who always seem to get stuck with the worst missions possible. Strap in for a wild ride through an America you’ve never seen before. And if you want a little advice from a guy who knows what he’s talking about? Stay away from the unaligned and the Forgiveness.

And here’s a teaser for the cover (this was the rough draft. The current one cleaned up a bit, less complicated):

cover

It should be out in about two months, but you know ole Pierre– he ain’t good at deadlines. Follow me on Twitter for announcements for free ebook deals and the suchlike. In the meantime, let’s get back to philosophical essays on writing craft, shall we?

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