Friday, October 12, 2012
Jeff Thomas, Simon Strantzas, and Hellbound Times have this to say
PUNKTOWN creator and fan favorite, Jeff Thomas, has this to say about this Pulver fellow.
“As I study the bookstore shelves these days, I grow increasingly discouraged by the repetitive trends, the unimaginative prose voices, the general lack of literary adventurousness. That’s why I become increasingly appreciative of a writer like Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., who I think grows more important as a writer by the minute. But don’t get me wrong; the man isn't about hipper-than-thou airs, either. This is art with a capital Fun. Imagine a roller coaster ride through the Louvre, and you may get some sense of the rich and giddy rush of reading a story by Joe Pulver. So hang on tight, and enjoy the dizzying view.”-- Jeffrey Thomas, author of Punktown
Here's what the endlessly-talented, Simon Strantzas, has to say--
"Fearless. Daring. Poetic prose for the unhinged. Each tale in Portraits of Ruin packs the sort of mental wallop that leaves the reader reeling. From the scorched deserts to the highest foreign towers, across plains of reality and beneath burning suns, this is no volume for the weak, for the conventional. It is a wake-up call from one of the genre's most visionary masters. A book for those who see differently, for those not afraid to know the truth no matter how terrible the cost. I envy anyone about to experience Pulver's horrors for the first time." --Simon Strantzas, author of Nightingale Songs
And Walt Hicks at "Hellbound Times" has the following to say about my new Hippocampus Press collection, Portraits of Ruin.
"I don't think I've ever read an author who is capable of blending/bending his influences quite like Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. As impacting as a violent train wreck, the resultant explosion of mellifluous ethereality onto the page is something so totally different that it's almost a completely new art form. Sure, you've got your Lovecraft, Robert W. Chambers, Ramsey Campbell, William Burroughs, Richard Brautigan, Raymond Chandler—even T. S. Eliot—but jam them all together into Pulver's psychotic centrifuge, and the resulting velvet-swathed, running-the-guts spatter pattern ends up as a collection like Portraits of Ruin." –Walt Hicks, author of Exit the Light
You can read the whole rave review at this link
PoR is out now and you can get a copy here