Release date: September 4, 2020
“This is a very unruly book, in the best sense of the word, and it only coincides with the breakdown of literary standards we are witnessing now . . . [This] book will not have an easy life, but rather a long one, as the anger in it is part of the mood of our times.”—Werner Herzog, Director of Fitzcarraldo and Grizzly Man
“This book is trash.”—Joel Potrykus, Director of Buzzard, The Alchemist Cookbook, and Relaxer
“Moby Dick in 21st century Texas . . . fragments—some grimly realistic, some grimly absurd, some grimly satirical, some downright disgusting—skillfully capture the essence of a trashy Texas town. Nothing at all like Winesburg, Ohio, this collage text reveals things you probably already knew but wish you didn’t. Somewhere between Eraserhead and [Linklater’s] Slacker, Heck, Texas pursues the white whale of post-apocalyptic mediocrity, and Tex Gresham has just the right kind of deadpan dark humor to make the story he’s not quite telling work brilliantly. What’s it like to suffer from reality sickness? Read this book and find out.”—Stephen-Paul Martin, Author of Changing the Subject and The Ace of Lightning
Somewhere deep in East Texas, the hunt is on, fueled by self-hate, cough syrup, white whales, massive zits, freakshows, madness, dead pets, lost children, killer coffee, rats, Satan, good times, bad people, vomit, dementia, diarrhea, sex, and clowns. Your favorite brand of disease is back in stock. Welcome to Heck, Texas.
Lacey lost her mother to cancer. Now, Lacey and her father are just trying to survive the sadness overwhelming their house. Neither one is coping well. When it feels like things can’t get much worse, a dead giraffe appears in their backyard. They call the police to dispose of the carcass. The following day another giraffe appears, also dead. Every day, it’s another rotting giraffe.The police and neighbors all think the father, Richard, is to blame. He is, after all, walking around with his dead wife’s urn, talking to it like she can hear him. Lacey isn’t so sure. She knows her dad might be losing it, but thinks the weird, old lady who’s always warning about the zombie apocalypse could be involved. Together, Lacey and Richard need to figure out how to make this rain of giraffe carcasses stop before the strain of this surreal nightmare shatters whatever hope they have left.