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“INVASION” (Book Review)

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Here’s a zesty little blast of futuristic, fetishistic nostalgia, for those who prefer their words made out of pictures instead. Patrick McPherson’s INVASION is a gorgeous hardcover coffee table book, representing this photographer’s eye-popping new exhibition, done in clear homage to the look and themes of 1950s-60s science fiction. Only with more transsexuals.

There’s been an invasion, I can tell you that! Creepy guys in gas masks and Hazmat-like suits are taking people away. But are they going to kill them, or is it for their own good?

You’d have to ask Dr. Milton Vincent of the Infinity Corporation, but he probably wouldn’t tell you, because he looks like the Devil banged Lex Luthor in the skull and left some weird circuitry imbedded. His army of shirtless elephant-masked stud men are pretty menacing, too. ROUGH TRADE, BABY!

Meanwhile, gorgeous women are either stalked and menaced, stylishly posed in death, or they themselves are aliens, robots, spies, femmes fatale. In every case, they are lit and presented with enormous flair, in drool-worthy colors, framed to kinky perfection. Somewhere between INVADERS FROM MARS, PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, BARBARELLA and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW on the John Waters-in-high-gloss end of the scale.

But why take it from me? Look at the pictures!

A live exhibit of the INVASION collection is taking place in downtown Los Angeles, one night only, taking over an L.A. event space called HPYNT this Saturday night. You can RSVP here, as well as visit their official website and check out their promo video. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

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John Skipp

John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author/editor/filmmaker, zombie godfather, compulsive collaborator, musical pornographer, black-humored optimist and all-around Renaissance mutant. His early novels from the 1980s and 90s pioneered the graphic, subversive, high-energy form known as splatterpunk. His anthology Book of the Dead was the beginning of modern post-Romero zombie literature. His work ranges from hardcore horror to whacked-out Bizarro to scathing social satire, all brought together with his trademark cinematic pace and intimate, unflinching, unmistakable voice. From young agitator to hilarious elder statesman, Skipp remains one of genre fiction’s most colorful characters. Visit him at Facebook, or on Twitter @YerPalSkipp

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