Christopher Sartisohn's debut novel Gargoyle Hotel is terrifying, hilarious and surreal. This book will surely place Mr. Sartisohn as the logical heir to the legacy of William S. Burroughs.”
Hypnotic and haunting…Gargoyle Hotel reads like an experimental film script, filled with epic cinematic scenes.”
A revolutionary collection of mind-bending shorts unfolding like scenes in a hallucinogenic screenplay…the density of prose approaches poetic dimensions…a stunning debut!”
I was barely fifteen when I read William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch. I know, too soon. But I had just seen him with his entourage of pretty boys on St. Catherine Street and he had beckoned me and my friend closer. He made us understand during conversations later that day that he essentially wrote poetry.
Sartisohn coaxes the reader along a fine wire between the beautiful and the horrific; this wire locally zigzags according to mild algorithmic randomness, but tends to resolve with unexpected coherence at larger scales. Across his vignettes we visit the extraterrestrial, oceanic, far-east, near-west, a slew of mythic and biological aberrations…all generously distorted through the author's dream-lens. Gargoyle Hotel is a five star establishment.”
A book of shifting sand, each word a grain, and the wind constantly blowing.”
Post-modern gypsy-jazz literature; a virtuosic, sweeping, lyrical improvisation.”
Bohemian concrete poetry overtures are used to contextually enhance modular words with a Waits/ Burroughs/Beefheart vibe.”
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