Hello Devilfish! is a Manglish-spiced, first-person (or first-fish) account of a giant blue Japanese movie monster (kaiju) stingray’s attack on contemporary Tokyo and his tragic morph into human form. HD is soon pursued by Squidra, a love-struck Kaiju giant squid. She demands love. He refuses. In an epic waterfront battle, she traps HD in a human-growth hormone bath that changes him into a puny human—-a reverse metamorphosis-—monster to man. HD refuses to accept his humanity, and acts like his former giant stingray self while trying to find food, shelter, romance—and avoiding the destructive rampage of his stalker squid love interest. Epic waterfront battles! Shock-pop! Destructive rampages! And under it all, a stinging critique of contemporary culture and mainstream literature told by master of satire Ron Dakron, whose previous books, infra, Newt, Hammers and Mantids, run the gamut from surrealism to sci-fi pastiche. Hello Devilfish!, his first Three Rooms Press book, confirms that Dakron has invented a genre all his own, and one well worth exploring.
Hello Devilfish! A Novel by Ron Dakron
ISBN: 978-0-989512-56-5 Trade Paperback; ISBN: 978-1-941110-01-0 ebook
148 pages; $15.95
Publication date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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Praise for Ron Dakron and Hello Devilfish!
“The anarchist as social monster, scoffing at bourgeois values, is supersized into a 90-ft. ‘gigantor’ blue stingray in this rapid-fire stomp through pop culture and Japanese monster movies…. Dakron (Mantids) tosses out a stream of cultural criticisms warped as puns (‘You gotta fight for your Reich to party’), even as he admits there’s no point in trying to upset our all-absorbing entertainment-industrial complex (‘Nazi jokes are so 20th century’). Resistance may be futile, but this book at least makes it fun.” —Publishers Weekly
“For readers with a high tolerance of the unconventional, this is an audacious, laugh-out-loud novel that is brilliantly committed to its conceit. . . Recommended for fans of absurdist fiction authors such as Patrick Wensink and Carlton Mellick III.” —Kirkus Reviews
“I was sucked into Ron Dakron’s prose and the world he created. I read the rest of the book in one sitting because he had created a world I found interesting.” —410media.com
“Dakron draws from many sources in order to provide his readers with a side-splitting adventure that’ll give anyone the much needed laugh they deserve in life. A must for humor readers seeking something with a twist.” Midwest Book Review
About Ron Dakron
Ron Dakron is the author of the novels Hello, Devilfish!, infra, Newt, Hammers, and Mantids. His work runs the gamut from surrealism to sci-fi pastiche, with a prose style that he describes as “haplessly Chicagoan and influenced by working class whites, African American slang and Yiddish comedy.” His novels explore differing styles of poetic prose, from Romaticism, to cubism, B-movie satire to mangled Japanese translation. Point No Point tagged his novels as “a cross between jive bullshit, hip-hop Henny Youngman, and full-tilt Rimbaudian street-smartass sublimity.” Raven Chronicles judged him “as sinister as a thirteen-year-old with a lighter and a keg of butane.” Publishers Weekly deemed him “a writer with a fine ear and plenty of gusto.” Born in Chicago, Dakron majored in English at Elmhurst College and Lawrence University before moving to Seattle where he worked as a street violinist and house painter, and developed a confrontational poetic performance style “drenched in faux punkery.” He began writing novels in his late 20s, and considers himself “a proud working-class novelist who dreams up Big Lit.” He lives in Seattle, WA.