Brotherhood of Mutilation (2003)
A novella by Brian Evenson
Cover and interior art by Chris Nurse
Introduction by Paul Di Filippo
losing a hand in a sting operation, Kline, a detective, finds himself
unwillingly dragged into a secret amputation cult, recruited into
a strange world in order to solve a crime whose details the self-mutilated
members of the cult are strangely reluctant to discuss. As he struggles
to unravel the nightmarish dynamics of the society and figure out
the crime, he accidentally violates caste laws and begins to realize
that he is profoundly threatened. Without question, this novella
is one of the most original and disturbing takes on the detective
story in recent years.
Brian Evenson's work has been called "resplendently unsettling"
(Rain Taxi) and "Garcia Marquez on really, really bad acid"
(New York Press). Evenson is the recipient of the O. Henry Award
and a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, has published six books and
over two dozen stories, and holds a double Ph.D. in literature and
critical theory. Formerly a professor at Brigham Young University,
he resigned after being threatened by the faculty to temper his
fiction or face dismissal. Currently he teaches at Brown University
and is a senior editor at Conjunctions Magazine.
Available in two limited edition states:
|300 numbered softcover chapbooks, signed
|15 lettered, traycased hardcovers, signed
by Evenson, Paul Di Filippo, and Chris Nurse (at right)
"Precision plotting is brought to life with thought provoking,
albiet occasionally demented, beliefs and musings of whether it's
your choices or the actions of others that affects your fate. Five
out of five stars."
"Brian Evenson has cooked up a hauntingly twisted midnight
steak seared on the outside with black humor. When you slice into
it be prepared for a rare taste of a society out of control. A bloody
tribute to obsessions."
Del Howison, Dark Delicacies
"Evenson's new masterpiece ... an astonishing work."
Paul Di Filippo, from the Introduction
"Wickedly brilliant. A superb thriller that's a darker shade
of noir. Brian's writing is scalpel sharp."
"[It] is thoughtful Grand Guignol - a story that triggers
the gag reflex and disturbs notions of morality without losing sight
of the need to entertain ... a piece of horror fiction that hurts."
William P. Simmons
Congrats to contest winner Scott Wilson
who won a set of various bound galleys for BROTHERHOOD!