The Beast That Was Max, a novel from
Leisure Books, July 2001
400 pages, $5.99 US, $6.99 Can
Leisure's web site is at www.dorchesterpub.com
for further information on their book club and publication
The Beast That Was Max, published by Leisure Books
in July 2001, should bring hope to writers that the small
press is not only vital to the development of craft and career,
but work produced in the small press can and should be professional,
and even commercially viable. Certainly there is no shame
in belonging on a list of authors with works first published
in the small press -- Barry Hoffman, Tom Piccirilli, Owl Goingback,
etc. -- which were later picked up by commercial publishers.
It just took a bit of time for the commercial publishing world
to catch up.
The second Max book, Road to Hell, originally published
in a small press limited edition by Necro Publications, will
be coming out from Leisure in the Fall of 2002. I am now working
on the third Max novel, bringing the nine "story" arc to an
end, because it certainly seems that, one way or another,
Max will find his way into print.
You'll be dazzled along the way by Houarner's distinctive
prose and unique blending of natural and supernatural elements.
I can guarantee you've never read anything like it before.
In a time when many writers merely try to reproduce the work
of more successful novelists, Houarner treads his own path.
You'll never mistake his work for someone else's.
Garrett Peck, Gauntlet Magazine, The Beast
That Was Max
His strength is in throwing out ideas at an alarming rate,
presuming an intelligence on the part of his readers thatıs
refreshing. Popping like a Rob Zombie version of the James
Bond theme, Houarnerıs imagination creates a tremendous
thrill ride. This is a rare chance to get in on the ground
floor of a new mover in the world of horror.
Thomas Deja, Fangoria 207, The Beast
That Was Max
....one of the most unusual horror novels of recent years.
A very intense, brutal, and bloody novel.
SF Chronicle, The Beast That Was Max
Back to Gerard Houarner's New Publications