Crime Rave (2015)
Women, survivors, warriors—the hardcore ensemble from Sezín Koehler’s debut novel “American Monsters” survive the worst act of domestic terrorism ever to occur on American soil when 35,000 ravers are murdered in cold blood.
Regathered, and regrown from their remaining body parts, they must work with the LAPD detectives Atticus Red Feather and Synthia Günn to put together the pieces of this monstrous act and face new horrors.
The science experiments of an elite underground lab team, led by Colonel Ripper Ransom—of My Lai massacre fame—want out, and the smog goddess Kaleanathi wants more souls to devour.
What will happen if the survivors fail? The world is full of monsters, but the worst are yet to come.
In the long-awaited follow-up to her first novel “American Monsters”, Sezin Koehler has surfed a genre shift in “Crime Rave” from postmodern feminist horror to a crime and urban fantasy crossover with an all-monsters-in approach to satiate even the most hardened horror fan.
Vampires, werewolves, feminist zombies, aliens, hybrids, mutants, serial killers, war criminals, an evil countess, and more: There’s something for everyone in this fresh take on a supernatural noir story.
Picking up right where “American Monsters” left off—and written with first readers in mind—Koehler weaves us into her tapestry of an alternate universe in which goddesses have free reign over humans, trauma goes hand in hand with superpowers, and Marilyn Monroe lives, in this unique tale of destruction, survival, and redemption for some.
If you’re a new reader, welcome.
If you’re an old reader, welcome back. The scenery has changed some.
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American Monsters (2011)
An important work of post-modern feminist horror, American Monsters is a poignant, angry volume about predation, the corruption of the rave scene, and empowerment through trauma-related super-abilities.
The first section of American Monsters is The Succubi Sideshow. This is a series of darkly compelling vignettes introducing a wide range of characters. You’ll find no happy, well-balanced individuals in this disturbing gallery. These are the origins of the monstrous denizens of the book. There are good monsters, yes, but there are some very bad ones too.
In the second section, The Phantastic Carnival, the Monsters are brought together through the murderous designs of an ancient, soul-hungry goddess. What could be a better lure for a big haul of youthful life-force than a spectacular Halloween party in a peculiar hill-top mansion? This section is presented as a film script and, like the previous piece, is illustrated with gorgeous watercolour paintings from artist Rose Deniz.
Non-Fiction, the third and final section of American Monsters, is a collection of moving and insightful essays. This includes a series of authoritative feminist analyses of horror, ethnography and rave culture. The heart of this section however is The Night The Sky Opened Up, a heart-rending account of the night when the author’s best friend was executed in front of her by a crazed gang-member.
Packed with horror homages both oblique and obvious, American Monsters is a book for adventurous readers – ones who are not scared of non-traditional narratives, of evil smog-goddesses, or of women turning the tables.
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Eclectopedia Volume One (2016)
After almost a decade publishing essays, reviews, cultural commentary, feminist discourse, and sociological analyses around the Internet, Sezin Koehler’s eclectic catalog of writings are now available in one collection. Koehler’s bylines include The Huffington Post, Wear Your Voice Magazine, The Mary Sue, Sociological Images, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, Transitions Abroad, and more.
From her viral takedown of Robin Thicke’s rape anthem “Blurred Lines” to her frank treatise about choosing to remain childfree, Koehler’s essays are thoughtful, insightful, and have a simultaneously personal and global appeal. Her sociological reviews of film, television, and books offer alternative readings from the often-marginalized outsider perspective of a half Sri Lankan, half American, Third Culture Kid, who has lived in 13 countries and 18 cities around the world. Koehler also tackles issues of PTSD, rape, and trauma with open and honest candor, approaching these difficult issues with empathy and eloquence. Her love of the horror genre is also another unique current that runs through this dynamic carnival of words.
This wide-ranging body of work represents Koehler’s own social and cultural diversity, as well as an always-developing and enriching intersectional feminist consciousness.
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