Music is Over! is out from Malarkey Books today. You can order it directly from Malarkey Books, from major online retailers, or you can special order it from your local bookstore. Take a look at what others are saying about it.
cross-dressing noise musician and a young woman with facial scars walk
into a bar. This isn't a joke. It's Ben Arzate's new book "Music Is
Over," a transgressive subway ride through a soot-blasted, violent,
sexually deviant, urban, nightmare. Everything down this rabbit hole is
dilapidated, bruised, rusted and torn, from the trains and buildings, to
the hearts and souls of its inhabitants. Like a reverse Alice in
Wonderland, where instead of finding a land of wonders, our heroes fall
into a grimy, post-industrial world of brutality and late-stage
capitalism gone awry. Toto, we're not in Tokyo anymore, and the way back
definitely isn't clear. Arzate is going to make his readers feel
filthy, and it's going to be real hard to get the blood and dirt out
from under their fingernails."
- Michael Allen Rose, author of Jurassichrist and Rock And Roll Death Patrol
"If I could describe this here’s how I would: imagine Arzate has a painters palate with all different, vibrant colors. But those colors are literary genres. He uses absurdism, bizarro, just the smalllllest hint of splatterpunk, a lot of suspense, some Japanese folklore, a little play on The Wizard of Oz, and a whole lot of literary fiction. It’s the most beautifully refreshing book I have read in years. It’s dark and depressing, but has that glimmer of hope, dangled like a carrot at the end of the string."
- Christina Pfeiffer, Mothers of Mayhem: An Extreme Horror Podcast
"Every book is an invitation. Music is Over! is no different. It is a delicate, meticulously curated and balanced mixture of the banal as well as the fantastical… in an almost blink-and-you-might-miss-it sort of way. The Japan you didn’t know existed, as imagined by Arzate! You quickly become ensorcelled, without even realizing that what is happening is actually happening. This is a world in flux, forever transmogrifying… like a cult film you accidentally stumble upon, late at night, long after the final sign-off. There is an obvious mastery of the craft. An invisible and very intense layer of magic. A world-building that makes the illusion that much more grandiose. Once more, every book is an invitation. Make sure to not miss this one!"
- Mike Kleine, author of Third World Magicks and Lonely Men Club