Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron (2004)
by Daniel Clowes
Featuring: Twelve shades of crazy.
The Gist: Clay Loudermilk stumbles into a porn theatre where he’s shocked to see himself pop up in a hardcore S&M/potential snuff movie. He follows the huge line of guys queuing for the bathroom and goes into the wise Indian oracle’s toilet cubicle. He gives Loudermilk the address of the company that produced the film; he then borrows his friend’s car to drive out to the place. Oh, did I mention the friend has some kind of infection in his eyes so they had to be taken out and replaced by sea creatures for a few days? I always forget that part.
And then what happens?: Too much to mention. Clowes also wrote Ghost World and Art School Confidential so a cynical outlook on the world was to be expected, but in all honesty this is the most relentlessly weird and scary and creepy thing I’ve read or seen or had nightmares about for quite some time. If David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Guy Maddin all got together and had a Who’s Weirder? contest, this would beat all of them to death with it’s mutated flippers.
Read it for: The part where Tina the drunk mutant sea creature seduces Loudermilk.
Level of Crazy: 10. There’s about one shudder per page.