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Horror Hospital Unplugged: A Graphic Novel PDF, ePub eBook In Horror Hospital Unplugged, well-known cutting-edge author Dennis Cooper and notorious artist Keith Mayerson collaborate to bring us the dark but hilarious story of Trevor Machine: a twenty-something, gay-but-sexually-confused lead singer of an L.A. indy band on its way to fame and fortune.

30 review for Horror Hospital Unplugged: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    This is a graphic novel, which is a fancy term for a great big, expensive comic book with a more sturdy cover. However, do not be deceived - it is nothing like a Batman comic (well, except perhaps in the homoeroticism) or even a Betty and Veronica issue (ditto, and add the same brilliant campiness too). Dennis Cooper wrote the text, based on a short story of his which inspired the comic. Keith Mayerson is the graphic artist behind this project - and such drawings they are! This book is dizzying This is a graphic novel, which is a fancy term for a great big, expensive comic book with a more sturdy cover. However, do not be deceived - it is nothing like a Batman comic (well, except perhaps in the homoeroticism) or even a Betty and Veronica issue (ditto, and add the same brilliant campiness too). Dennis Cooper wrote the text, based on a short story of his which inspired the comic. Keith Mayerson is the graphic artist behind this project - and such drawings they are! This book is dizzying in its scope, references and drawing styles and techniques. Some pages might take you twenty minutes to appreciate all the tiny comments and drawings and subtle critiques/observations. The basic storyline concerns itself with a predominantly queer punk band called HORROR HOSPITAL - in particular, its lead singer, Trevor Machine. It follows the group through its adventures and misadventures with record company executives (such as David Geffen), interviewers and various hangers-on. Along the way, Trevor falls in love with a boy named Tim (understandable - we're an adorable nomenclature...), but cannot bring himself to say it until very near the end, by which point it is, of course, too late, as Tim gets killed in a car accident. I am not sure that I could convey how mind-blowingly stunning this book is. It is, however - and the ending made me cry, which does not happen to me often in reaction to something written or illustrated.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Larry-bob Roberts

    I wasn't initially drawn to Mayerson's "trippy" style, but it's only one of his styles upon styles, and when he draws a room full of celebs as dogs in the Viper Club and they actually are recognizable I was convinced. There a lot of wit here in the music industry satire in this story of a rock band with a young and doomed lead singer. Cooper's books are usually pretty dialog-heavy (even if it is mostly Ums and Uhs.) But the narrative voice here is replaced by Mayerson's drawings. Mayerson goes t I wasn't initially drawn to Mayerson's "trippy" style, but it's only one of his styles upon styles, and when he draws a room full of celebs as dogs in the Viper Club and they actually are recognizable I was convinced. There a lot of wit here in the music industry satire in this story of a rock band with a young and doomed lead singer. Cooper's books are usually pretty dialog-heavy (even if it is mostly Ums and Uhs.) But the narrative voice here is replaced by Mayerson's drawings. Mayerson goes through a number of styles which change throughout the book. Especially appropriate is the big-eyed manga style used for the romantic bits.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Trinie

    I just got this out again and I have to say I adore it every few years. It is so twisted and bizarre, really cerebral, morphine-ish, so hospital style. Disturbing psychologically and a pleasure to think of these two talents collaborating. Where are the great collabs of today?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamespc

    A wonderful graphic novel about ambiguous and difficult to define sexuality, 20-somethings lost in music and drugs, media obsession and the ever-present audience. One of the best studies of lost youth and a doomed musician I've ever read. The main character, Trevor Machine, is presented as a newer, rawer Jim Morrison, a gay(ish) follow-up to Kurt Cobain. Real life celebrities parade through the book, including Tom Cruise, Courtney Love and Johnny Depp. The late River Phoenix also appears as a gu A wonderful graphic novel about ambiguous and difficult to define sexuality, 20-somethings lost in music and drugs, media obsession and the ever-present audience. One of the best studies of lost youth and a doomed musician I've ever read. The main character, Trevor Machine, is presented as a newer, rawer Jim Morrison, a gay(ish) follow-up to Kurt Cobain. Real life celebrities parade through the book, including Tom Cruise, Courtney Love and Johnny Depp. The late River Phoenix also appears as a guide to Trevor. Includes several surreal drug and sex related scenes which are drawn in such a way as to expose and conceal what's going on.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    one of greatest graphic novels of 20th century! on body, sex, desire, anxiety, campiness, sexuality, violence, celebrities, drawing, references, comics, youth, and punk. Dash Shaw's writing on the book is good: https://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&... Publisher's Weekly's review is also good: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lukas

    I found this book by accident - didn't know about Dennis Cooper yet...and it totally blew me away. The drawing style was hard to get into at first, but when I started to get drawn in it was like falling in the rabbit hole. One day I found an extra copy in some junk pile and saved it - later I was able to pass it along to someone else who really likes comics and who hadn't read this.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Heartbreaking and beautiful. The art was wonderfully grotesque. If you liked this, make sure to follow me on Goodreads for more reviews!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Richard Chiem

    one of my favorite graphic novels

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    What a hideous and repugnant Trainwreck. I don't care if this was a pioneering graphic novel, it's absolute garbage.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    Horror Hospital is an LA punk band leaded by Trevor. Hes gay but not really. Totally sexually confused. Hes in love but cant say it. Love is a lie. His band just so happens to talk Courtney Love to sing on a song they were recording. Geffen records are intrigued. In more ways than one. Sex, gay sex and craziness, it all happens here. River Phoenix visits Trevor in a dream/bad trip. Tells him in days, he will end up like him. Overdosin and dead. Cooper is a disturbing genius. Knows exactly how to d Horror Hospital is an LA punk band leaded by Trevor. Hes gay but not really. Totally sexually confused. Hes in love but cant say it. Love is a lie. His band just so happens to talk Courtney Love to sing on a song they were recording. Geffen records are intrigued. In more ways than one. Sex, gay sex and craziness, it all happens here. River Phoenix visits Trevor in a dream/bad trip. Tells him in days, he will end up like him. Overdosin and dead. Cooper is a disturbing genius. Knows exactly how to draw you in and keep you entertained from front to back. The art is outrageous and sometimes confusing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gord

    Let me say first and foremost , the toilet/gore humor wasn't my cup of tea hence my poor grade. However I always strongly advise to check out the books yourself , maybe you'll laugh and enjoy it. Also what played a factor in my poor grade was my disappointment because I felt let down based on the cover. The cover was haunting and intriguing with this unconscious kid in a pool of blood. I thought this might be a "Silent Hill" type of story but it's a dark twisted comedy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    This reread of a classical ReSearch illustrated novel was the perfect companion for my long Memorial Day holiday weekend of remembrance. It outlines the meteoric rise and fall of a wanna by indy band in Los Angeles cerca 1993. It is darkly comical with a pantheon of a cast you would consider important from the musical time capsule of those days. Brilliant, biting, and voraciously humorous. Check it out if it is your cup of tea.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Peever

    A great choice for insomniacs. Getting lost in the details was fun, and the end was stellar - perfect - but as a whole... meh. I liked it, did not love it. I have a deep affinity for the time-frame and music and struggling bands as well as all the socioeconomic/sexual angles mixed into this so I guess I wanted something deeper. Worth collecting, that is for sure.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Justin

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rogerthecabinboy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Jackson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Haila

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ray

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Todd Wallin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Scott Robins

  28. 5 out of 5

    Richard Blankman

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paige

  30. 5 out of 5

    BrianB

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