March 14th, 2009

As Fate Would Have It (or why I love/hate Michael Louis Calvillo)

Michael Louis Calvillo's second novel, AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT, is now shipping. It's been published in hardback by Bad Moon Books. In the interest of full disclosure, I will state herewith that I provided the afterword for this book, as I am an unrepentant Calvillo fan. To me, Calvillo's fiction fulfills the promises other writers make but can't follow through with. I find Palahniuk, for example, to be obviously gifted but ultimately too gimmicky to be truly successful.

Which means that I don't get why Calvillo isn't as well known. Maybe it's because his work is genuinely disturbing, not in any sort of hipper-than-thou way that never removes Mr. Gen X Reader from his comfort zone. You can read a Palahniuk novel and sit back and smile and think, Wow, these people are effed up. But when you read Calvillo's work, you have to think, Wow...I'm effed up.

Bad Moon Books has done a magnificent job with the physical production of AS FATE WILL HAVE IT. Peter Mihaichuk has provided splendid art, and Cesar Puch's layout and design is stunning, right down to the little embossed colophon on the front board. John R. Little has provided an excellent introduction, and I've blathered away at the end.

Do yourself a favor and check this one out. I'm making it easy and even giving you the link:

Grab this beautiful edition before the wider publishing world wakes up to Calvillo. It surely won't be long.