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The Show That Smells

"Derek McCormack has written a mini-masterpiece that keeps swelling with invention long after you've put it down."--Guy Maddin, filmmaker

Starring a host of Hollywood's brightest stars, this is a thrilling tale of hillbillies, high fashion, and horror. It tells the story of Jimmie Rodgers, a country music singer dying of tuberculosis, and Carrie, his wife, who tries to save him by selling her soul to the devil.

Derek McCormack is the author of Grab Bag (Akashic Books) and The Haunted Hillbilly (Soft Skull Press), which was named a "Best Book of the Year" by both the Village Voice and the Globe and Mail, and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He writes fashion and arts articles for the National Post. He lives in Toronto.

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Derek McCormack is the author of Grab Bag (Akashic) and The Haunted Hillbilly (Soft Skull), which was named a 'best book of the year' by both the Village Voice and The Globe and Mail, and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He writes fashion and arts articles for the National Post. He lives in Toronto. Dennis Cooper is the author of 'The George Miles Cycle, ' an interconnected sequence of five novels published in the US by Grove Press and translated into fourteen languages. His most recent novel is God, Jr. (Grove, 2005). He lives in Los Angeles.


"The latest in Dennis Cooper's Little House on the Bowery series, [Derek] McCormack's slender little send-up is funny and frenetic as all get out. Puns ('Skin smokes. Seared hair. Seared skin. Seared seersucker. Stinks. Chaney No. 5') and one-liners ('She makes herself into a mist. Vampires, like perfumes, vaporize') abound. The only thing the characters don't do is break out in song or yodel...It all makes sense in a lost-in-the-fun-house-on-laughing-gas kind of way [and] it's never boring. Like a carny barker, McCormack promises thrills and chills, and The Show That Smells delivers grotesqueries galore."--Los Angeles Times

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