Happy Mutant Baby Pills: A Novel (Paperback)
Lloyd has a particular set of skills. He writes the small print for prescription drugs, marital aids, and incontinence products. The clients present him with a list of possible side effects. His job is "to recite and minimize"—sometimes by just saying them really fast and other times by finding the language that can render them acceptable. The results are ingenious. The methods diabolical.
Lloyd has a habit, too. He cops smack during coffee breaks at his new job writing copy for Christian Swingles, an online dating service for the faithful. He finds a precarious balance between hackwork and heroin until he encounters Nora, a mysterious and troubled young woman, a Sylvia Plath with tattoos and implants, who asks for his help.
Lloyd falls swiftly in love, but Nora bestows her affections at a cost. Before Lloyd clears his head from the fog of romance, he finds himself complicit in Nora's grand scheme to horrify the world and exact revenge on those who poison the populace in order to sell them the cure.
“Jerry Stahl is one of our last defenders against the darkness and Happy Mutant Baby Pills is a deeply funny and devastating warning label for the world we live in, a world that is ultimately, as Stahl brilliantly demonstrates, one giant side effect.”
“A dope-fueled hellride to the black heart of New Weird America. Stahl turns his satirical scalpel on Big Pharma, environmental contamination, conspiracy theorists, the Occupy movement, CSI, Christian swingles, and adult babies, eviscerating our silly/scary society in search of its soul. Profoundly disturbing, profoundly funny, and profoundly moving.”
“No one can make me laugh while kicking me down the dark tunnel of self like Jerry Stahl.”
“Jerry Stahl squirts forth another brutal and hilarious masterpiece of literary burlesque. Happy Mutant Baby Pills is so good it hurts.” ”
“Every copy of this book should come with a box of Depends® because the reader will be wetting himself laughing. If there is such a thing as truth, Jerry Stahl has it hostage.”
“A better-than-Burroughs virtuoso.”
“Stahl’s brilliantly demented riffs deserve to be read--or screamed--aloud.”
“If you happen to have a deeply twisted sense of what’s funny, Stahl will tickle.”
“Jerry Stahl’s work fills the gap in American literature left void since the death of the late, great Terry Southern.”
“Jerry Stahl is the American hipster bard.”
“Jerry Stahl should either get the Pulitzer Prize or be shot down in the street like a dog.”
“Jerry Stahl is truly twisted, truly gifted.”
“It is one thing, fine and rare, to write from the heart. It is another thing, finer and rarer, to write from the secret unutterable chambers of the heart. Jerry Stahl, whose words are as cool and deadly striking as a cottonmouth, does just that.
“Jerry Stahl’s writing will flip you—flip you for real.”
“With read-aloud quality prose and characters we can’t look away from, Happy Mutant Baby Pills is a deeply disturbing, deeply funny look at a society desperately in need of assistance.”