Friday, November 20, 2020

Check It Out: The Parasite From Proto Space


The Parasite From Proto Space & Other Stories by Brett Petersen 

A parasite from Proto Space, summoning memory eaters, funeral machines eating teenagers, space rides to Pleroma, and a frog baby that transcends time and space. These are just some of the stories that will warp your sense of reality until you're living in Brett Petersen's mind and you won't want to leave.

5 out of 5 fairies

The Parasite From Proto Space is cheeky, hilarious and trippy. I knew from the first page I was going to love this book. I found Petersen's writing style to be a bit reminiscent of Douglas Adams and Mike Russel but with a unique twist. If you're a fan of strange fiction, or things that will make you wonder if you aren't actually on an acid trip, you're going to love this book. If you're not, it might not be your cup of tea, but might want to give it a try anyway.

Where to buy: Amazon
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"A Confusion Wave beaming in from the farthest-out Far Out, scrambling up to unscramble our partially-scrambled minds." --Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying

"Petersen's stories are an acid-drenched, kaleidoscopic blend of genres reminiscent of Dick and Burroughs, but with their own unique breed of genius. The experience of reading The Parasite from Proto-Space and Other Stories is not unlike ingesting a powerful psychedelic--one that will leave a lasting impression of your psyche." --Brendan Vidito, author of Nightmares in Ecstasy

"Reading The Parasite from Proto Space feels like you're on a footchase pursued by Mad Mr. Petersen himself. He's got a messenger bag full of creatures he spliced together in his basement workshop, and every time you think you're getting ahead, you turn around to check if he's still behind you and get smacked in the face by a 50-pound alien memory worm that needs you to validate its childhood trauma." --Charlene Elsby, author of Hexis

"If George Bataille and Ray Bradbury had a baby, and that baby was GG Allin, and that GG Allin baby read Ursula Le Guin and Charles Bukowski in equal measure, and that now grown-up baby watched Beavis and Butt-Head reruns on summer afternoons, then we might approach describing the phantasmagoric mise-en-scènes Brett Peterson has put together here in this collection. The contact high one gets is contagious." --Daniel Nester, author of How to Be Inappropriate

About the Author: Brett Petersen is a writer, musician and artist from Albany, New York, whose high-functioning autism only enhances his creativity. He earned his B.A. in English from the College of Saint Rose in 2011, and since then, his stories and poems have appeared in over a dozen print and online publications. "The Parasite From Proto Space & Other Stories" is his first book, and unless he is apprehended by the Trump Regime for being an outspoken autistic, will certainly not be his last. Academic critics should note that the subject matter of his stories and his taste in literature in general was heavily inspired by Japanese role-playing video games such as Xenogears, Chrono Trigger, and Shin Megami Tensei. Aside from his writing career, he is the rhythm guitarist and vocalist for sludge rock band Raziel’s Tree, a competent visual artist, Tarot reader, and would-be Kabbalist. All things Brett Petersen can be found at


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