Now, Voyager (2004)
A novella by Jay Russell
Introduction by Paul McAuley
Afterword by Jay Russell
Art by J.K. Potter
Angeles. Criminy. He's still only in Los Angeles.
Marty Burns - once-upon-a-time child star, occasional detective,
eternal wise-ass and grudging voyager into the weirdest nooks and
crannies of the Great Googly-Moogly - is back on the supernatural
beat. With a full moon above him and a naked lady below, accompanied
by a man who thinks he is a dog and a woman of great power who is
nuttier than an elephant's
breath, Marty embarks on a savage journey up the Los Angeles River
without a paddle. It's okay, though: the river is dry.
But, lordy mama, there's a mighty storm a'coming.
Lost Boys, hairy girls, centuries-old shamans, cigar store Indians,
birthday bikers, and a baby with very big teeth are just some of
the perils Marty will have to survive as he and his companions wend
their way into the heart of darkness and the darkness of the heart.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll thank all that's holy and otherwise
that you don't live in L.A.
And you'll never get out of the freakin' boat.
An original novella by Jay Russell, with an Introduction by Paul
McAuley, an Afterword by Russell, and art by J. K. Potter.
Available in two states:
|400 numbered, perfectbound softcovers, signed
|15 lettered, handmade, slipcased hardcovers,
signed by Russell, McAuley, and Potter
"Outrageously funny and genuinely touching, it's worth looking
Paula Guran, CINEFANTASTIQUE
"Welcome to the demented romanticism
of Marty Burns' Hollywood. This time out, Marty gets caught up in
the weirdest boat ride since Willard went upriver to do lunch with
Col. Kurtz. Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny."
The Alien Online
"Starts out weird and goes from there.
Fans of Lucius Shephard or F. Paul Wilson (Repairman Jack) should
find it engaging. The whole thing kind of gets under your skin,
but that's a good thing."
"Wow! Jay Russell's new Hollywood mini-epic
is a bleakly comic blend of romance and dark weirdness about which
one can imagine Bette Davis, Nathaniel West, Col. Kurtz, and Dave
Eggers sitting around a trash-can bonfire arguing, laughing, and
knocking back shots of cheap cognac. Russell's got a top-of-the-line
sensibility for both art and entertainment that duplicates no one
else in modern literature. He's a national treasure - no matter
which nation he calls home!"
"Jay Russell's APOCALYPSE NOW, VOYAGER is a surreal, acid-trip
nightmare, a roller-coaster ride through a gritty urban Hell populated
by dog-men and street-dwelling soothsayers and dark worlds beyond
the one we know. Like Joe R. Lansdale after a bag o' 'shrooms and
a really bad night in the big city, this is the type of story that
will get under your skin, it
might just keep you awake at night . . . yet at the same time you'll
find yourself laughing throughout it all. Don't miss Russell's latest
'Marty Burns' adventure! I'm glad I didn't."
"Jay Russell is horror's finest comic
stylist. Funny, touching, and weird. And so is his work. Make sure
you've got time to finish APOCALYPSE NOW, VOYAGER in one sitting,
because you will *not* be putting it down."
Michael Marshall Smith
"A new chapter in the life of Marty
Burns is always good news, and this one is a superlative addition
to the canon. It may not be a novel, but it still packs in a novel's
worth of invention, mystery, satire, and humor. Drawing on one of
the all-time great films for his model, Russell sends our Marty
on an only-in-L.A. trip upriver that leads straight into love's
heart of darkness, full of great characters, countless forms of
weirdness, and the most irresistible first line I've come across
in maybe forever."
"Marty Burns is back in an outlandish
tale of love, courage, and canine and feline strangeness. Hilarious,
surprising, and ultimately uplifting."
"You know something is working right
in the universe when Joe Santos gets a semi-regular role on The
Sopranos and there's a new Jay Russell-Marty Burns out there...
that it's as good as APOCALYPSE NOW, VOYAGER is pretty much proof
that reality ought to be recommissioned for another series."
"Jay Russell's new book is a fantastical quest through a mythical
Los Angeles in search of redemption, resurrection, and love the
holy grails of any truly memorable epic herewith bundled into
a tight, exceptionally well-written novella. Count on Earthling
to continue bringing us original, thought-provoking material."
Brian A. Hopkins
"Bikers, babes, and a trans-specied dog boy... Ex-Hollywood
heart-throb Marty Burns goes down streets that most heroes don't
even know exist and he travels with style, balls, and some very
weird friends. His creator, Jay Russell, is a writer I've long admired."
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
"Russell is a major new talent."