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All My Colors by David Quantick


From Emmy-award winning author David Quantick, All My Colors is a darkly comic novel about a man who remembers a book that may not exist, with dire consequences. A bizarre, mind-bending story at the intersection of Richard Bachman, Charlie Kaufman and Franz Kafka.

It is March 1979 in DeKalb Illinois. Todd Milstead is a wannabe writer, a serial adulterer, and a jerk, only tolerated by his friends because he throws the best parties with the best booze. During one particular party, Todd is showing off his perfect recall, quoting poetry and literature word for word plucked from his eidetic memory. When he begins quoting from a book no one else seems to know, a novel called All My Colors, Todd is incredulous. He can quote it from cover to cover and yet it doesn’t seem to exist.

With a looming divorce and mounting financial worries, Todd finally tries to write a novel, with the vague idea of making money from his talent. The only problem is he can’t write. But the book – All My Colors – is there in his head. Todd makes a decision: he will “write” this book that nobody but him can remember. After all, if nobody’s heard of it, how can he get into trouble?

As the dire consequences of his actions come home to both Todd and his long-suffering friends, it becomes clear that there is a high – and painful – price to pay for his crime.


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Praise for All My Colors: 

“Really rich, funny, unsettling and just very alive. A brilliant premise executed with total confidence and authority.”
–John Niven

“Among the funniest, creepiest, truest books about writing I’ve ever read… It’d be a best-seller in The Twilight Zone, and ought to be in whichever Zone we live in too.”
–Kim Newman

“Quantick ably sketches an unappealing but interesting protagonist swiftly out of his depth, and the slowly unfolding literary menace will appeal to fans of Jonathan Carroll’s The Land of Laughs (1980) or of literary-themed horror in general.”
Booklist

All My Colors is by turns a supernatural revenge fantasy, a black comedy, and a self-abnegating parody. It is hysterical, shocking, and propulsive leave the lights on for its end.”
Foreword Magazine

“Wonderfully bizarre… As a twisty and fitfully funny episode of The Twilight Zone, it’s a blast. A caustic, unexpected comic horror story in which the villain, as always, thinks he’s the hero.”
Kirkus

“[A] twisting puzzle of a book.”
–Barnes & Noble SFF blog

PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR:

“David Quantick has a medical condition whereby he literally cannot be unfunny.”
–Caitlin Moran

“I will go back to reading David Quantick’s excellent Sparks now.”
–Neil Gaiman

“If you choose to only live in one alternative reality make sure it’s the one in which you read Sparks by David Quantick.”
–Ben Aaronovitch

“Ingenious, likeable, funny and entertaining.”
The Spectator


Review:

Starts with a Saturday night meeting of writers, struggling ones, and strange conversing on Norman Mailer and a story of a women and a case of wanting a finger sawn off.
Main protagonist Todd Milstead has a Jerk-off room.
Which writer has that?
There will be dark comedy in the narrative and I happen to be in need of a laugh or two.
Struggling writer to successfull published first novel, but at what cost and length of the road will this main character Todd partake upon?
Absurdities await the to be novelist of something that well you must discover but don’t take it all serious there is dark humour on the road of this authors writing life, one that is succumbed within that great or not so great pursuit of a published novel.



Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 13 April 2019