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The Orange Eats Creeps

a novel by
Grace Krilanovich


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The Orange Eat Creeps is being adapted to film!
"American Psycho director Mary Harron updates on new project Orange Eat Creeps"

"...The project is being developed and produced through New York’s Greencard Pictures and marks the latest collaboration between Harron and Turner after American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page and Charlie Says..."


*National Book Foundation '5 Under 35' Award
*A Best Book of 2010 —NPR, Amazon, Shelf Unbound
*The Believer Book Award, Finalist
*Indie Bookseller's Choice Awards, Finalist


Synopsis
A girl with drug-induced ESP and an eerie connection to Patty Reed (a young member of the Donner Party who credited her survival to her relationship with a hidden wooden doll), searches for her disappeared foster sister along “The Highway That Eats People,” stalked by a conflation of Twin Peaks’ “Bob” and the Green River Killer, known as Dactyl.


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"Grace Krilanovich: What it's like being one of 5 under 35"
Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2010



The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich =

The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich = Kathy Acker + William Burroughs + Vampires

* In most cases, none of these writers endorse this book. Our math formulas are supposed to be amusing anecdotes, similar to shelf-talkers in bookstores that say "If you like X, you might enjoy Y," or "This Book is like Cormac McCarthy writing an episode of Saved by the Bell with a soundtrack by Philip Glass."

Reviews

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The Orange Eats Creeps was selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year (2010) in the category of Science Fiction & Fantasy. (November 7, 2010)

Grace Krilanovich was recognized by the National Book Foundation as a "5 under 35" honoree in 2010. In 2006, the National Book Foundation established the 5 Under 35 prize to recognize young, debut fiction writers whose work promised to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. 

"I remember reading this novel when it came out in 2010, and gasping audibly at the audacity of its rule-breaking: this was a novel unlike any I had read before, and boy was it fun, and weird, and gross, and punk. I never hear people talking about it these days, but they should be: it’s a careening, side-elbowing nightmare of a book that you should definitely read if you liked Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream."
—Emily Temple, Lit Hub
"The 50 Best Contemporary Novels Under 200 Pages"

"The degree of 'speculativeness' in Grace Krilanovich’s beautifully bewildering debut novel, The Orange Eats Creeps, is a matter of opinion—are Krilanovich’s drug-addled teenagers wandering the Pacific northwest in the nineties really vampires, or is their 'vampireness' more a metaphor for a profoundly deranged inner state? ... In The Orange Eats Creeps, the quest for answers is a viciously thrilling one.
—Laura van den Berg, Tor.com "That Was Awesome! Writers on Writing":
"Ambiguous Vampirism: The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich"

"Rimbaud, Huysmans, Kiernan, Brite–they’re all in there, along with a very dark, almost malevolent sense of humor. Luckily, the author doesn’t hamstring the text by trying to pull back, trying to make the narrator seem nice at any point or non-judgmental, or even the text itself... The excitement and originality of this novel are created by the reader’s explorations of it along the way, through the narrator’s unique perspective–her way of seeing (and not seeing) things, and the language, which continues to surprise and challenge long after you’ve finished the book."
—Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy
(Read the full review of The Orange Eats Creeps)

"Yes, Krilanovich's debut novel, The Orange Eats Creeps, is about vampires—but it is about as far from Twilight as one can get. The novel is more of a horror story in free verse, with bloodthirsty teen punks roaming around the Pacific Northwest of the 1990s, drugging and boozing and taking in basement rock shows. The book feels written in a fever; it is breathless, scary and like nothing I've ever read before... Krilanovich's work will make you believe that new ways of storytelling are still emerging from the margins."
—Rachel Syme, NPR
(Read the full review on NPR)

"This is the story of a girl with 'drug-induced ESP' who is searching for her lost foster sister, a surreal vision of her lost life, a narrative that is disjointed, fragmented, and surprisingly touching. I have to admit that I struggled with this book at first, until I realized that I had to let go what I thought a book should be, what a story should be, and just let the book take me over. This book has been compared to such challenging and visionary voices as William Burroughs, William Blake, Céline and Henry Rollins, and reading the blurbs by Steve Erickson and Brian Evenson, I was immediately reminded of their work as well. It’s a wild ride, and this book is not for everyone."
—Richard Thomas, The Nervous Breakdown
"A Conversation About The Orange Eats Creeps with Richard Thomas and
Blake Butler"

"This, line by line, worked. Every line from beginning on was placed there by a wise, surprising hand... I know this will be a book I read again and again over the years; it will not be artifice on my shelf, it will be a space."
Blake Butler, The Nervous Breakdown
"A Conversation About The Orange Eats Creeps with Richard Thomas and
Blake Butler"

"The most stunning transitions in The Orange Eats Creeps do seem conjured, perhaps supernatural."
—Gabriel Blackwell, Hobart
AN INTERVIEW WITH GRACE KRILANOVICH (October 1, 2010)

"In many ways, Orange is a novel about the horror of physical experience; about the organic and psychic detritus of an alienated world; about eating the self and shitting it out; about consumption, apocalypse, and fear... It’s a novel that teaches new ways of reading, and points towards a poetic fiction meshing genre, form, image and psyche into a tangled, hallucinatory, beautiful mess."
—Vicky Osterweil, The New Inquiry
"Adolescence of the Undead"

"One of 2010's small-press triumphs."
The Week
"Novel of the week: The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich"

"Grace Krilanovich’s first book is a steamy cesspool of language that stews psychoneurosis and viscera into a horrific new organismthe sort of muck in which Burroughs, Bataille, and Kathy Acker loved to writhe."
The Believer 

"This is the number one book I have purchased for friends and family, have recommended, have quoted, have furiously dog-eared, underlined, and marked up. This is a book with a heart that pulses, and while you’re not going to get a sense of arc or resolution, that’s the pointthat’s the horror. Krilanovich leaves you stranded in a ghostly ocean of beautiful, yet alienating, lyrical syntax."
—Kia Groom, Quaint Magazine

"Rimbaud, Huysmans, Kiernanthey're all in there, along with a very dark and satisfyingly malevolent sense of humor... The real and the phantasmagorical combine in a chemical reaction."
Omnivoracious

"A relentless existential nightmare as baffling as it is brilliant. Krilanovich dispenses with so many writing norms that the reader is required to figure out a new way to read. It's a thrilling ride."
Shelf Unbound Magazine
Top 10 Books for 2010

"The Orange Eats Creeps is a relentless existentialist nightmare told from the point of view of a nameless female hobo vampire junkie."
Shelf Unbound Magazine
"Interview: Grace Krilanovich Author of The Orange Eats Creeps" (AUG 10, 2015)

"This one is a must read."
Black Book

"In [Krilanovich's] impressively weird surreal-horror novel The Orange Eats Creeps, 'vampire hobo junkies' rampage around Portland and its burbs. Think Twilight on the urban growth boundaryexcept actually interesting."
Portland Monthly Magazine

"One of the more interesting literary experiences in recent times. The Orange Eats Creeps is sure to make an impression."
The Cult

"Potent and entirely original."
Powell's Review-a-Day

"This time the awesome comes in the form of Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich. Hobo vampire junkies, Robitussin and Twin Peaks references equal intrigue in a smash of the high and low... Grace was nice enough to tell us what she's been reading lately..."
—Josh Spilker, Impose Magazine
"5 RECENT READS WITH GRACE KRILANOVICH"

"The Orange Eats Creeps contains the hallucinatory, disjointed, plotless, yet bizarrely charming ravings of a young refugee from foster care who now belongs to a pack of teenage hobo vampires that rove convenience stores and supermarkets high on Robitussin and mop buckets of coffee. These feral, trashed-out bloodsuckers have nothing to do with the Twilight crowd, devoid as they are of sex appeal or commercial potential."
Newsday

"This novel is like notorious punk-rocker GG Allin showing up at a Green Day concert. Krilanovich build[s] characters that most other first-time novelists wouldn't dare attempt, and she writes it all in unrestrained profane language that you wouldn't expect from someone garnering serious mainstream praise. [The Orange Eats Creeps is a] nervy novel. This is fiction defined by its distaste for moderation."
The Dominion

"Forget about trite vampire books. In Grace Krilanovich's bold debut novel, The Orange Eats Creeps, her undead protagonists are "immoral shithead" junkies, thirsty for blood and cough syrup."
Nylon

"Beautiful and deranged. [Krilanovich] nails the shaky worldview of a supernatural teen narco-insomniac... Being undead, here, is the defining paradox of the teenage female experience: to be both immortal and rapidly aging."
—Adam Wilson, 
Bookforum
(Read the full review of The Orange Eats Creeps)

"Grace Krilanovich's The Orange Eats Creeps rewrites both the vampire novel and fiction in general. Come[s] close to performing a lobotomy on the reader. Screams with a post-punk adrenaline, like Nightwood on really bad acid."
—Ashley Crawford, 
21c Magazine

"If Black Hole is a mythology of adolescence in Seattle in the 1970s, then Krilanovich's book picks up the reins twenty years later, only slightly to the south in central Oregon. By the end, Krilanovich's narrator has encountered and embraced her own personal form of hell, which in its horror also contains a great beauty."
—Anne K. Yoder, 
The Millions
"Vampires, Inner Demons, and a Desirable Form of Hell in Grace Krilanovich’s The Orange Eats Creeps"
(Read the full review of The Orange Eats Creeps)

"[The Orange Eats Creeps is] raw and seething. It snatches up the reader and doesn't let go until the surprising twist at the end, which is perhaps the most frightening part of the book. The result is a creepy uneasiness and an impulse to look over your shoulder."
—Samantha Ecker Angerame, 
The Brooklyn Rail
(Read the full review of The Orange Eats Creeps)

"Excellent. It is a slippery novel. It will never lay still and compromising in your hands. Language charges this book. It provides regular reward from one sentence to the next."
—Darby M. Dixon III, 
The Collagist
(Read the full review of The Orange Eats Creeps)

"A hallucinatory deluge, a place where the present and the past are in constant flux, where the mundane and the fantastic bleed into one another. Like Brian Evenson, Krilanovich borrows certain tropes from horror fiction, but the terror she's after is a much more elemental one: the loss of self, the question of identity, and the demolition of what could be considered real."
Flavorwire

"The stream-of-consciousness writing is to die for: I love the way Krilanovich employs crass, quotidian words (slutty, shitty) in a way that makes her sentences feel fresh. I love the nightmarish quality created by the narrator’s alternating between descriptions of memories and observations of the present. And I love the whole crusty culture, forever and always."
—Anna McConnell, Rookie
"Thrilling Tales: Stories that will put a tingle in your spine."

"[Krilanovich's] novel shares a disorienting quality with... Brian Evenson's The Open Curtain. And in the end, the most resonant pit-of-your-stomach dread doesn't come from a roadside killer or fangs poised above a neck. Instead, its a much simpler scene, something rooted in mundane indifference that brings this novel to its unexpectedly domestic and achingly painful conclusion."
—Tobias Carroll, 
Vol. 1 Brooklyn
(Read the full review of The Orange Eats Creeps)

"Amazing. Truly lives up to its hype: it's enormous and insane and magic."
Blake Butler, HTML Giant

"The year's most horrifying novel. This postmodern gem is both intense and surreal, and one of the most spectacular debuts I have read in a long time."
Largehearted Boy
"Book Notes - Grace Krilanovich - In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book."

"A pretty incredible read."
The Rumpus

"A posse of ravenous teenagers rampages through Krilanovich's slyly arch debut, devouring and destroying everything unfortunate enough to be in its path... Krilanovich's postmodern mashup is refreshlingly piquant and playful, reminiscent of postmodern Euro fiction and full of poison pill observations."
Publishers Weekly
(Read the full review of The Orange Eats Creeps)

"It’s a riot grrrl novel, a psychobilly novel, a crustgoth novel. It’s a fragmented, ugly, revolting mess and I loved it... The Orange Eats Creeps is a survey of consciousness in crisis—the crisis of late capitalism, with vampires making their way through a gig economy, addicted, transient, desperate, enthralled to a particularly Western weirdness."
—Edwin Turner, Biblioklept
(Read the full review of The Orange Eats Creeps)

"It is completely visceral and utterly unsettling. Over and over the reader’s orientation is subverted by the affected use of metaphor, the prime example being vampires... To say it is unlike anything else I have ever read would be false. There are traces of William S. Burroughs, Kathy Acker, and even Walt Whitman. Although it can be figured as a young-adult book, it is dangerous enough to be held by any age. It reminds us how violent a word can be. If you’ve ever been called alt, hipster, anarchist, punk, or any other sub-culture this book is for you."
—Brian Folan, Square Pop
(Read the full review of The Orange Eats Creeps)

"For some the intensity and boldness may be a shock, for the rest of us the exhilaration of such a novel is nearly beyond calculation. If a new literature is at hand then it might as well begin here."
Steve Erickson
, author of Zeroville, These Dreams of You, Shadowbahn, and more 

"Like something you read on the underside of a freeway overpass in a fever dream. The Orange Eats Creeps is visionary, pervy, unhinged. It will mess you up."
Shelley Jackson, author of Patchwork Girl and Half Life

"Wandering back and forth between the waste spaces of the Northwest and the dark recesses of its narrator's mind, The Orange Eat Creeps reads like the foster child of Charles Burns' Black Hole and William Burroughs'Soft Machine. A deeply strange and deeply successful debut."
Brian Evenson, author of The Open Curtain, A Collapse of Horses, and more

"I’m not the first writer to reference Bigelow’s Near Dark and Grace Krilanovich’s debut novel The Orange Eats Creeps in the same grave-corrupted breath... Just like Near Dark, The Orange Eats Creeps revels in the flickering menace of quintessentially American roadside spaces after the circuits have gone on the fritz and normal folk are safe in bed."
—Adrian Van Young, Electric Literature
"MEDIA FRANKENSTEIN: Halloween Special"

"Perplexing and mystifying, frenetic and endlessly engaging, The Orange Eats Creeps is a rare sort of book, the kind that's hard to compare... The prose is such a pleasure, constantly surprising, constantly reinventing. It's a book that teaches you how to read it by pushing you in the deep end... My favorite book of 2010: A true original."
—Edward J. Rathke, Lit Pub
(Read the full review of The Orange Eats Creeps)

"Wrapped up in this festering novel is a coming of age story about a former foster child that gets entangled in the Hobo Vampire lifestyle. What remains unsettling about Orange is that readers cannot know if the characters are real vampires—or teenagers who have smoked too much meth. Dark, disturbing, and angry, Krilanovich will pull you into a world you want no part of, but you will not be able to put the book down."
—Devon Roberts, Grand Central Magazine
"Top Five Books of the Drug Culture"

Author

Author Grace Krilanovich

Grace Krilanovich is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, where she received her MFA. She has been a finalist for the Starcherone Prize, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, published in Black Clock, and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. Her first book, The Orange Eats Creeps was an instant cult classic upon its release in 2010.

Steve Erickson (Introduction) is the author of eight novels: Days Between Stations (1985), Rubicon Beach (1986), Tours of the Black Clock (1989), Arc d'X (1993), Amnesiascope (1996), The Sea Came in at Midnight (1999), Our Ecstatic Days (2005) and Zeroville (2007).

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PAPERBACK (Gatefold and deckle edge was used on the 1st printing only)
LIST PRICE: $16.00
PAGES: 192
PRINT ISBN: 9780982015186
DIGITAL ISBN: 978-0-9826848-6-3
RELEASE DATE: 9/1/2010
SIZE: 5.5" x 7.5"
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