This is a novel that brings a fresh perspective on the whole Revelation theme. It’s not all unique, but Andre Duza has let his imagination go and also done a credible job at holding the novel’s structure together while allowing for many of the more standard elements of the novel—characters, background, plot—to develop naturally. Duza is a skillful writer even if this is Bizarro fiction.Continue reading “XFX: Jesus Freaks”
Somewhere back in the mists of time, around 1964, a revival of interest in Christianity, Jesus, and the last days, developed a movement of Jesus freaks. It is important to remember that in the ’60s “freak” was not a bad word but neutrally descriptive of a pervasive interest, like acid freak or tofu freak. But if we move forward into the current (literary) world of zombies and an interest in Christianity, Jesus, and the last days, the terminology begins to shift and we get Anthony Duza’s Bizarro novel, Jesus Freaks. Here is a summary:
For God so loved the world that he gave his only two begotten sons and a few million zombies, thugs, pushers, gangsters, rapists, murderers; Detective Philip Makane thought he’d seen it all until he awoke on the morning of Easter Sunday 2015, to a world filled with bleeding rain, ravenous zombies, a homicidal ghost, and the sudden arrival of two men with extraordinary powers who both claim to be Jesus Christ in the flesh.
Coming from Eraserhead Press, this novel automatically fits the definition of Experimental Literature. I haven’t read it yet but it should be a good one to read on a dark and stormy night. As with all these Bizarro books, the key to enjoyment is to have fun and not take them too seriously.