'NARAKA - The Ultimate Human Breeeding'
My first novel translated in English is available at Amazon.
Translation by Daniele Bonfanti; English Editing by Michael Bailey and Daniele Bonfanti. Front cover art by Wendy Saber Core, rear cover artwork and internal illustrations by Stefano Cardoselli.
Welcome to New Belmarsh Penitentiary, a space farm of human meat, where Slicers dispatch fleeing captives and organs are mechanically excised from the flesh and kept alive. Torture and death in a thousand variations await the dying and the damned. After the impact of radioactive, disease-bringing meteorite Uxor77 (presenting a new Year 0), a slow but unrelenting apocalypse is triggered. Earth is poisoned, agriculture compromised. In an already over-exploited environment, this leads to a global food crisis. Only the rich can afford what little vegetables and meat remain clean. Cannibalism is just around the corner.
In the year 41 post-Uxor, countries like New France are heavily militarized and entire districts out of control, such as South Paris 5, governed by the criminal boss Big Blue, an “artist” who collects sadistic human installations. The wealthy dine at illegal cannibalistic restaurants like Le Sphinx Tatoué, where they can have sadistic sex and unorthodox meals with “disposable” prostitutes, while mutated rats compete with human wretches on the streets for scraps of food.
New Moon Corporation is making a profit out of this mess, experimenting with new drugs and breeding humans to produce meat for the rich. To this end, NARAKA, aka New Belmarsh Penitentiary, is built on the Moon, a way to control the spreading criminality by removing from the planet the worst scum of Earth. This includes Kiki Léger, former South Paris 5 prostitute turned professional assassin. In Naraka, inmates are slaughtered, packaged, and delivered to Earth in cans, while a lunatic pedophile priest makes up a new heretic religion. Even worse things happen in the lower layers of the underground, hive-like structure …
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Praise for NARAKA
"Alessandro Manzetti’s NARAKA is a dark, frightening and heartbreaking novel that takes an unflinching look at evil and courage. Highly recommended!”
--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of GLIMPSE and V-WARS
“I am unable to think of a more original novel in any genre. Each paragraph is a delectable new treat in what you should think of as a diabolical Whitman’s Sampler from Hell. I’ve never taken LSD and now I don’t have to; after finishing NARAKA, its hideous, chimeral imagery raced ceaseless Tartarean circles in my brain, like a spew of appalling living things, and I was helpless to stop it. This book is a must-read for fans of any type of heavy-weight non-mainstream fiction, an unparalleled literary carpet-bombing that will warp your mind for some time to come.”
--Edward Lee, author of THE BIGHEAD and WHITE TRASH GOTHIC
"Alessandro Manzetti’s NARAKA is a wildly original tour de force, a feverish and fascinating nightmare of a novel that gets under your skin and nests there in an alarmingly unsettling way. Many works deal with the darker sides of existence and what it means to be alive, to be human, or something other than human—anything but human—but I have honestly never read anything that does it quite the way Manzetti does it in NARAKA. Raw and deeply disturbing, I can guarantee you NARAKA is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Not to be missed”
–Greg F. Gifune, author of SAVAGE and A WINTER SLEEP
"Welcome to New Belmarsh, Naraka, a space farm of human meat where Slicers dispatch fleeing captives, organs are mechanically excised from the flesh and kept alive, and torture and death in a thousand variations await the dying and damned who reside here. A gut punch of a novel that brings to mind–and then exceeds–the hellscapes of Dante and Bosch, read NARAKA at your own risk: its images will infiltrate your being and take root in your mind. You cant unvisit Naraka or unsee its unholy delving into what author Alessandro Manzetti so aptly calls “the unaware bestiality of the human race.”
–Lucy Taylor, author of THE SAFETY OF UNKNOWN CITIES
"A stark, brutal vision of a future shrouded in darkness and steeped in blood. This is sharp-edged science fiction that claws deeper into your brain with every word you read."
--Tim Waggoner, author of THE MOUTH OF THE DARK
“Naraka” is a term in Hindu and Buddhist cosmology generally translated as “hell.” Naraka, the novel, is a brutal, vivid, hi-tech portrait of a future world where life is cheap, food is scarce, and cannibalism has become the order of the day. One of the major strengths of Naraka lies in its language, which whirlwinds forward with a kind manic intensity that sweeps the reader along with it. Manzetti is a gifted poet, and many of the prose passages here could stand alone as poetry. Highly recommended for literary aficionados of dark and explicit horror."
--Bruce Boston, SFPA Grandmaster, author of DARK ROADS
"This is a wild ride through a new kind of hell. Visceral. Reminiscent of Clive Barker. I don't know how else to describe it."
--Michael Bailey, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author
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Hot News ITA
Disponibile in libreria, per Cut Up Publishing, e su Amazon, la mia 'Guida ai Migliori 150 Libri Horror (1986-2020)'
Hot News ENG
HWA Announced the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot; two of my works have been nominated: HER LIFE MATTERS (Graphic Novel) and WHITECHAPEL RHAPSODY (poetry collection)
My poems Bloody Rhapsody (form Whitechapel Rhapsody collection) will be reprinted in Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year Vol 13 (Night Shade Books)
Released the graphic novel HER LIFE MATTERS, written by Stefano Cardoselli and me, for sale at Amazon
My poetry collection Whitechapel Rhapsody has been nominated for the 2021 SFPA Elgin Award (Best Book category)
Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year Volume 12: Honorable Mention to 'The Place of Broken Things'
My dark poetry collection THE PLACE OF BROKEN THINGS, written in collaboration wih Linda D. Addison, has won the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards.
My poetry collection WAR (Crystal Lake Publishing), written in collaboration with Marge Simon, has won the 2019 SFPA Elgin Award.
Ultime Uscite (ITA)
Disponibile in libreria e su Amazon, per Cut Up Publishing', 'Guida ai Migliori 150 Libri Horror' (1986-2020)
Disponibile sullo Store Independent Legions la mia nuova raccolta di poesie dark Rapsodia Whitechapel.
Disponibile sullo Store Independent Legions la graphic novel L'ORRORE A RED HOOK, da me sceneggiata, e illustrata da Stefano Cardoselli
Disponibile sullo Store Independent Legions la nuova edizione ampliata (Extended Edition) del breve romanzo KIKI THE BEGINNING,
Disponibile in libreria e su Amazon, per Cut Up Pubishing, il nuovo romanzo dark thriller IL CUSTODE DI CHERNOBYL
Disponibile sullo Store dell'editore e su Amazon (in digitale) la Graphic Novel CALCUTTA HORROR, tratta da un racconto di Poppy Z. Brite, scritta e sceneggiata da me, illustrata da Stefano Cardoselli.
Latest Releases (ENG)
For sale at Amazon my new short story collection in English THE RADIOACTIVE BRIDE (Necro Publications)
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Released by Omnium Gatherum my new dark thriller/Sci-Fi novella in English THE KEEPER OF CHERNOBYL. The book is for sale at Amazon
Released by Crystal Lake Publishing my new dark poetry collection THE PLACE OF BROKEN THINGS, written in collaborations with Linda D. Addison. Available at Amazon
Opere in uscita preordinabili (ITA)
Preordinabile a prezzo speciale, sullo Store Independent Legions, il mio nuovo saggio HORROR GURU - Guida Essenziale alla Letteratura Moderna e Contemporanea (Luglio 2021)
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la Graphic Novel L'ABITATORE DEL LAGO, in uscita a Agosto 2021
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la graphic novel KIND OF RED, in uscita a Ottobre 2021
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions il romanzo NARAKA 2, sequel diretto di Naraka, in uscita a Novembre 2021
Forthcoming Books (ENG)
Coming in July 2021 from Crystal Lake Publishing '150 Exquisite Horror Books - Essential Guide to the Best 150 Books of Modern and Comtemporary Horror Fiction'
Latest Reviews (in English)
NARAKA Bizzarre Video Review by B.L.U.R.B.
Ultime Recensioni (Italiano)
David Cowen interviewed Linda D. Addison and me, on Horror Writers Association Website, about our collab poetry collection The Place of Broken Things.
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