Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 1st, 2009
Title: Ass Goblins of Auschwitz
Written By: Cameron Pierce
Published by: Eraserhead Press
87 pages, Copyright 2009.
ISBN 978-1933929934 (US – $9.95)
This book’s provocative title “Ass Goblins of Auschwitz”, immediately had me intrigued. The story which lies within more than lives up and in many ways exceeds this book’s subversive title. Right off the bat, the book incorporates into its plot two things that are bound to offend some readers. Nazi like ‘bad guys’ referred to in the book as ‘Ass Goblins’ and their prison camp Auschwitz, which also happens to be the name of the most notorious Nazi death during World War 2. Despite this book’s title and twist on two touchy subjects, the overall tone of the subject matter and the way in which it is approached are far from offensive.
So what is “Ass Goblins of Auschwitz” about? The story is told via a first person narrative in which one half of a conjoined twin leads us through a grotesque labyrinth of atrocities. The nemesis of the story, are disfigured entities referred to as ‘Ass Goblins’ and their leader ‘Adolf’ who is temporary away on a sex odyssey. The occupants of the ‘Ass Goblins’ prison camp Auschwitz, are children who have been taken away from the serenity of kid land and they are slowly being transformed via experiments into ‘Ass Goblins’. The ‘Ass Goblins’ are a vile race of beings that fly in apple-shaped space ships, they make apple cider from fermented children’s flesh and they make bicycles and sex toys out of the body parts of dead children. These are just a few of the despicable acts that are perpetrated by the ‘Ass Goblins’.
As vile as the ‘Ass Goblins’ are in this book, they are portrayed in such an absurd way that makes them all the more easier to digest. From the opening chapter up until the poetic melancholy coda, this book is a relentless journey. At the core of this book, is a story about the shift from childhood to adulthood and the loss of one’s innocence. Without a doubt the most enjoyable and strongest asset of this book is its author’s fluid, descriptive, prose and his limitless imagination.