By Dennis Cooper
“[A] awesome, triumphantly lurid author in addition to a supremely proficient, based stylist whose prose is sensible and nervy. He may additionally be the final literary outlaw in mainstream American fiction.” —Bret Easton Ellis
Internationally acclaimed author Dennis Cooper maintains to review the fabric he is consistently explored truthfully, yet does so now—in stories—with a feeling of know-how and a satirical contact that exploits and winks at his mastery of this global. because it has performed for many years, Cooper’s taut, managed prose lays naked the compulsions and troubling vacancy of the human soul.
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Did I already say that? Mackerel: I’m deﬁnitely it, dude. The buck stops here. Well, more speciﬁcally, here. He gives his ass a playful slap. Mackerel: And, even more speciﬁcally, after heroin’s in my system, if you’re catching my drift. Josh’s boyfriend immediately pulls a big packet of nice looking dope out of his pocket. Josh’s boyfriend: Deal. I love hicks. Mackerel: So I heard. Josh’s boyfriend holds out the packet, then seems to have a realization of some sort, and pulls it back. Josh’s boyfriend: Wait, did you say Josh is dead?
Honestly. Josh’s boyfriend: Like blood. Not that I’m complaining. Mackerel was resigned to his fate as the world’s most extremely murdered boy until they reached Josh’s boyfriend’s front door. 33 THE ASH GR AY PROCL A M ATION Now he’s taken a nervous step backward, and his face is clouded over with thinking. Josh’s boyfriend: What now? Your death has so much baggage. Mackerel (ominously): I feel them. I don’t mean psychically. I mean whatchacallit, that humanistic word. Josh’s boyfriend: Go somewhere more speciﬁc with “them” ﬁrst.
Bondage, torture, videotape it, kill you when we’re done with you? Mackerel: Yes, yes, yes. Jesus Christ, are you deaf? Mackerel takes all your heroin and works, then runs away without keeping his part of the bargain. Because you exist in the rational 26 UGLY M A N world, you have to watch his perfect ass fade away into the background and form a disconsolate circle jerk. The sky over Arkansas picks up on your vibes and grows silvery dark like one-way glass. On the other side of it, God’s jerking off.
Ash Gray Proclamation by Dennis Cooper