Brand New Cherry Flavor
Book Topics
Todd Grimson
Zombies
Macabre
Boro
Tattoos
Curses
Horror
Satire
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Brand New Cherry Flavor : A Novel of the Occult

BRAND NEW CHERRY FLAVOR marks the welcome and timely return to print of an overlooked paranormal thriller and literary classic. Set in the sex, drugs and film world of Los Angeles in the late 1990's, this novel is a brilliant pastiche of horror, noir and magic realism in which a young actress and aspiring director, Lisa Nova, seeking vengeance on a manipulative producer, turns to a mysterious leader of a ghoulish band of bikers, named Boro and gets more than she bargains for. First there are the strange tattoos that he has marked her with, then the dreams and visitations from ancient cults, hallucinatory visions of white jaguars and cannibalistic demons rising from the grave, and Lisa finds herself trapped in a nightmare that she has unwittingly created. Todd Grimson is the author of two other novels, WITHIN NORMAL LIMITS (Vintage Contemporaries) and STAINLESS, due out from Schaffner Press in February, 2012. A former student of Paul Bowles, Grimson spent many years in Europe, New York, and Los Angeles before resettling in his native Portland, where he is currently at work on a new novel.
Book Topics
Todd Grimson
Zombies
Macabre
Boro
Tattoos
Curses
Horror
Satire

Reviews and Comments

  • "When Lisa Nova seeks revenge, she discovers her own amazing powers, turns smoldering rage into a stunning creative force, and reveals herself as one of the great characters of literature. Brand New Cherry Flavor is a modern classic - brutal and funny, gorgeous and profound."
    author of Geek Love
  • "Droll without ever being boring, perfectly poised on the edge that separates humor from horror, , this novel furthers Grimson's reputation as one of the more inventive new writers probing the dark side of contemporary America."
  • "Brand New Cherry Flavor is, hands down, one of the most spectacular novelistic events of the '90's!"
  • "Cool and funny, visceral and paradoxically detached, Brand New Cherry Flavor seizes its subject matter and does it justice. With a vengeance. Lisa Nova's the sexiest, most striking new heroine in dark fantasy since Sonja Blue. Or anti-heroine."
  • "Avant-garde horror writer Grimson... leaves one thrilled if feeling rather unclean."
  • "Witheringly funny in its satire against cinema, stardom and celebrity, Grimson's novel performs a gleeful demolition job on the mindlessness of American 'slasher' movies. Working within the tradition of John Updike's 'The Witches of Eastwick,' the book blends subject matter and a realistic technique to explore what one of its characters calls 'the metaphysical strangeness of existence.'"
    UK
  • "A hectic pursuit of narrative force by any means is allied to verbal wit and ingenious games in Brand New Cherry Flavor, Todd Grimson's spectacular novel of Hollywood and the occult... a foul-mouthed, extravagant novel, combining a strong sense of the demonic with some snappy one-liners. Grimson... has produced a novel of vitality and promise."
  • "A gang of zombie bikers, ancient Aztecs, designer drugs and bucketloads of horror movie glamour take Brand New Cherry Flavor on a hallucinogenic, Hollywood trip. One highly hip, extremely bizarre and darkly humorous read-buy it!"
    UK