"Zac's Control Panel" is a collection of famed experimental author Dennis Cooper's short, transmutational works employing and 'misplacing' animated gifs. As in his highly acclaimed and popular novel "Zac's Haunted House", Cooper uses the gif as a language-like material to reposition, in the case of these new works, forms considered literary (the short story, flash fiction, the poem) and nondenominational (the documentary, the reenactment) into complex, poetic, claptrap visual literary mediums.
28-page, A4-sized zine, printed at the local photocopy joint.
* Also available as a special edition, which comes with an additional 20-page, A5-sized zine, 'Teenage Satanists in Oklahoma - Supplement'. Only 25 copies of this zine will be available and each is hand-numbered.
"The Goners" is a suite of interconnected stories about death and loss. Written in his characteristically succinct yet vivid style, Mark Gluth presents a series of meticulously crafted disappearing acts, where characters morph, stumble and bear the unbearable. The narratives mirror each other, as motifs ebb, flow and cycle. Moody, evocative and compressed with emotion, "The Goners" shuffles across a limited landscape, a narrow and dark stripe stretched across a darker and wider world.
In his tenth novel, Dennis Cooper has turned his characteristic inventiveness on the animated gif, employing gifs’ tightly wound, looping visual possibilities, nervous rhythms, tiny storylines, and their status as dismembered, twitching eye candy to compose a work of unexpected complexity, strangeness, poetry, and comedy. "Zac’s Haunted House" is as fun and eerie to explore as its namesake attraction, and a deep and fraught fiction puzzle.