First off, we will be holding our Grope Free Zen Retreat™ at Mount Baldy Zen Center this weekend from Friday through Sunday. There is still space available so sign up now! All the info you need is on this webpage. Do it! You know you want to!
Also I’ve got a new article up on the Suicide Girls Safe For Work Blog. It’s called Buddhists Can Be Assholes Too.
Next up, after much delay, my novel Gill Women of the Prehistoric Planet is now available for sale in both print and ebook formats. Here is the description:
Joe Nofziger knows the horrifying truth. Aliens from Planet X in the Zeta Reticuli System have taken over Johnny Teagle’s HyperMart in Akron, Ohio and are using the prizes in specially marked boxes of Goofy Feet cereal to control the minds of the unknowing populace. The only thing that stands in the way of their total domination of the planet Earth is Ben I. Goldman’s “lost” trash science fiction masterpiece Gill Women of the Prehistoric Planet, the last remaining copy of which is stashed in Joe’s basement. More MADNESS than than a Three Stooges bake sale! More PANIC than a Philip K. Dick nightmare! More CHEEZINESS than an Edward D. Wood motion picture! More TRUTH than the Great Heart of Wisdom Sutra! Unstoppable, unbeatable, unquenchably unquenchable! GILL WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET!
The book also features punk rock, paranoia, lesbianism, religious fanaticism and exploding dirigibles. What more could anyone possibly want in a book?
This is NOT my next Zen book, by the way. My next Zen book is called There Is No God And He Is Always With You. That will be released by New World Library in June.
Gill Women of the Prehistoric Planet is a novel I originally wrote way back in 1998 when I was living in Japan and working for Tsuburaya productions. It was one of three novels I completed before I wrote Hardcore Zen. It is far and away the best of those. I still like it a whole lot. It’s kind of like Alex Cox’s Repo Man in that it’s a weird black comedy with a point to it. It’s a really fun book with a lot of Zen in it.
At the time I thought it was not really my calling to write straight ahead Zen books. If you saw the books that filled the Eastern Spirituality shelves in bookstores before Hardcore Zen came out and spawned a hundred and fifty wanna-be imitations, you’d know what I mean. Zen books were dry and scholarly or deep and serious. Some were good. Some were awful. But none of them had anything to do with punk rock or pop culture in general. So I figured I’d disguise my Zen book as a science fiction novel in the style of Philip K Dick or Kurt Vonnegut. That is to say, not really sci-fi in the sense of rocket ships and tentacled monstrosities from Venus, but science fiction-y enough to get it accepted into that genre.
The book is also about life in Akron, Ohio during those years after punk rock came and went. It’s about my friends who shared the many run-down houses I lived in during those days. It’s about the scene we tried to build against tremendous opposition from everybody, including ourselves.
It’s also a book about trash science fiction movies and the geeks that adore them. Ben I. Goldman, one of the book’s central characters, is based on Bert I. Gordon, Roger Corman, William Castle, Ed Wood and all those other outrageous characters that made those mad movies.
Just read it! OK?
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I won’t make much on a book like this, so your donations hep. Thanks!