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United States
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ISBN-10: 1-55404-048-5
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Genre: Dark Fantasy
eBook Length: 270 Pages
Published: April 2003
OUT OF PRINT

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From the Pushcart-nominated author of "Szmonhfu", comes another grim tale of personal humiliation and social disease. "United States" was written in the late 1980's in the north of England when Goths ruled the world, parties were the only reason to go on drawing dole and this yet-to-be author clearly should have known better. The novel is split down the middle like a pickled brain.

Part One: The Founding Fathers is an inexcusable effrontery, exploring contemporary attitudes towards personal space and the role of chemical enhancement on the group ethos; a desperate yearning for the way of old flesh.

Part Two: The Bill Of Rights is a probing interrogation dealing with physical simulations of personal identity in a future terrorised by biochemical liberty and blind to the travesty of human traffic; a begrudging acceptance of the global terror to come.


Reviews and Awards

REVIEW OF THE HERTZAN CHIMERA NOVEL "UNITED STATES"


"What do you do when you get a manuscript through the post that is an act of terrorism? I don't mean your white powder masquerading as anthrax wimp out act of terrorism but a fucked-up work of fiction that's been spewed from a printer that's broken down a quarter of the way through the job? I mean a work of fiction that's been stuck in a drawer by its author for years because he himself shat his pants on reading it? Do you stick the mss on the top of your computer and leave it to gather dust? I did.

But tonight I've taken it down and finally got around to reading the bastard. Since I know the author, one Hertzie Chimera, and I know the kind of sick fuck he is, and the sort of mind-screwing prose he likes to fashion, I confess: it was a daunting proposition.

In a work whose characters are named after the states of the final superpower, in a world where the certainties of Cold War M.A.D. have given way to James Bond villains like Saddam and Bin Laden, do we hail Hertzie as a prophet or a madman? Perhaps a prophet masquerading as a madman? Maybe even vice versa..

"Do you expect me to review?"

"No, I expect you to die Mr Samuels".

Now it's true that this reviewer has done his fair share of drugs, aspired to be a burnt-out De Quincey with a hard on, a remote control and a copy of "Buffy Goes to Strap-On Manor", but nothing prepared him for the mental gang rape and snuff ecstasy that is Hertzie's UNITED STATES. Anything before this book is a waste of your time. Even life. Because (and weren't you taught at school not to start a sentence with "because"?) life is a poor imitation of, no not art, but drugs. That's right. But in the UNITED STATES you don't need cash. The American Dream is right here. You can let those little ol' glands fire up some free serotonin or adrenaline or sperm. Whatever.

Enlightenment. Or Damnation. It's up to you. Choose your side. I know I have."

- Mark Samuels, author, bon viveur.


Reading the writings of psycho erotic horror author Hertzan Chimera is a lot like being shot up with a potent mixture of morphine and ecstasy. It was almost as if I were feverish and in the middle of a nightmare, trying to break free from it while thrashing around in sweat soaked sheets. And no, this isn't a bad thing. Chimera's second novel United States is an incredible, grim look into the sick reality which is life, sex and mid-eighties insanity.

It starts off with the first half, The Founding Fathers, which is filled with a variety of characters all sharing last names taken from the US' fifty states. In between the sexy, pain packed paragraphs, an evil plan is in action resulting in the murders of innocent and not so innocent people, the disappearance and deaths of infants, and strange sexual encounters leaving some people dead and others physically changed like pleasurably prodded guinea pigs.

The Bill of Rights finishes off the 80,000 word novel with a bizarre, first person ride through the dream-like world and life of an insane man who has no sex organs or thumbs. Like the first half of the book, it is crammed full of sexual horrors, but is painted with science fiction and shape-shifting monsters.

United States is definitely a mad mans' crack; the kind of book you could find yourself addicted too, but have to be crazy to stomach, or not very timid. Chimera's words are relentless, bold and if he wasn't so damn intelligent some people would call the book disgusting trash because they don't know how to separate their reality from their fiction. I don't suggest ordering this book for your teenage children or your weak hearted grandmother. But if you like them sick, have a set of tough guts and want a page to page high that will make your stomach twist and every part of your body, including your fingertips, perspire, I suggest you get high on Hertzan.

reviewer: Stephanie Simpson Woods



United States (Excerpt)


REVIEW OF THE HERTZAN CHIMERA NOVEL "UNITED STATES"


"What do you do when you get a manuscript through the post that is an act of terrorism? I don't mean your white powder masquerading as anthrax wimp out act of terrorism but a fucked-up work of fiction that's been spewed from a printer that's broken down a quarter of the way through the job? I mean a work of fiction that's been stuck in a drawer by its author for years because he himself shat his pants on reading it? Do you stick the mss on the top of your computer and leave it to gather dust? I did.

But tonight I've taken it down and finally got around to reading the bastard. Since I know the author, one Hertzie Chimera, and I know the kind of sick fuck he is, and the sort of mind-screwing prose he likes to fashion, I confess: it was a daunting proposition.

In a work whose characters are named after the states of the final superpower, in a world where the certainties of Cold War M.A.D. have given way to James Bond villains like Saddam and Bin Laden, do we hail Hertzie as a prophet or a madman? Perhaps a prophet masquerading as a madman? Maybe even vice versa..

"Do you expect me to review?"

"No, I expect you to die Mr Samuels".

Now it's true that this reviewer has done his fair share of drugs, aspired to be a burnt-out De Quincey with a hard on, a remote control and a copy of "Buffy Goes to Strap-On Manor", but nothing prepared him for the mental gang rape and snuff ecstasy that is Hertzie's UNITED STATES. Anything before this book is a waste of your time. Even life. Because (and weren't you taught at school not to start a sentence with "because"?) life is a poor imitation of, no not art, but drugs. That's right. But in the UNITED STATES you don't need cash. The American Dream is right here. You can let those little ol' glands fire up some free serotonin or adrenaline or sperm. Whatever.

Enlightenment. Or Damnation. It's up to you. Choose your side. I know I have."

- Mark Samuels, author, bon viveur.