Amerikan Krazy by Henry James Korn

Henry James Korn's debut novel Amerikan Krazy
Henry James Korn’s debut novel Amerikan Krazy

The novel the shattered American psyche has been waiting for.

To shoot or not to shoot?
To make pressure cooker bombs, or not make pressure cooker bombs?
To embrace or spurn a blond beauty who might blow their cover if they let her into the leadership of the Central Committee?

These are the questions that haunt the savage soldiers that comprise the San Diego 3, a trio of PTSD-scarred, love-starved Vietnam veterans who are on the trail of President Kennedy’s killers while serving as East Asia Veterans Against Violence activists and founders of a commune in Mexico.

Despite escaping neo-fascist “Amerika” to remote reaches south of the border, Herbert Horn, a wounded Marine vet, cannot escape his lifelong preoccupation with the personal meaning of JFK’s brutal public execution and why he failed to sabotage an evil empire by assassinating the Presidential candidate Senator Honus T. Rhinelander Junior at Founding Father Land Theme Park when he had a golden opportunity. As the years pass, Horn’s guilt deepens as he ponders the human suffering that would have been averted had he found the courage to fend off his fair-haired lady friend’s pleas and get off a kill shot. With every egregious occurrence such as the Rhinelander financed rape of Costa Rica; the Rhinelander-enabled Taliban takeover of Kyrgyzstan; a Rhinelander presidential successor installed by fiat of the Supreme Court; and redistribution of America’s wealth to a trans-national corporate cabal, Herb Horn’s remorse regarding his cowardice at the moment of truth escalates in an explosive manner.

Amerikan Krazy interprets the meaning of power in post modern Amerika.  By turning political writing into art, Henry James Korn begins where Jules Verne, George Orwell and Edward Abbey left off.

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Amerikan Krazy by Henry James Korn

Henry James Korn‘s debut novel is available in hardcover on Febrary 22, 2016.

“Korn’s Amerikan Krazy is a zany, hard-charging, and tasty concoction laced with substantial doses of passionate and legitimate rage regarding the maddening features of contemporary American life combining darkness and hilarity in the manner of David Lynch and Tim Burton.”
-Dr. Spencer C. Olin, Professor Emeritus, History, University of California, Irvine

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“I am amazed. Not only is Proceedings of the National Academy of the Avant Garde the only funny example of experimental fiction I have ever laid eyes on, it is the only example of experimental art in any form that I’ve seen in years that I thought was really good.  Give us more, Mr. Korn and mark my words they won’t be calling you experimental for long.”
-P.J. O’Rourke

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The Pontoon Manifesto, a digital edition

According to Richard Kostelanetz, critic, curator, editor, and visual poet, Henry James Korn‘s The Pontoon Manifesto is a pioneering modular fiction.  This late 1960’s literary experiment anticipated major themes, characters, and plot points in Korn’s 2016 debut novel Amerikan KrazyThe Pontoon Manifesto was initially floated in a pair of early 1970’s paperback offshoots of New American Review.

Forty-five years on, we present a new unlimited edition electronic Pontoon powered by an automatic randomizer which reorders the paragraphs at the click of a button.

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Exact Change: Short Fiction by Henry James Korn

For the first time ever, Exact Change is now available in e-book format.

“New approaches to fiction include Henry James Korn’s Exact Change. An opener will indicate his sardonic style: ‘King Kong is a great cook. Not just competent, or a good cook, though this would itself be remarkable considering his great girth and unopposable thumb, but a truly wonderful chef.’”
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Brief Reviews

Amerikan Krazy delivers a fearless, wildly creative, and rollicking ride through an absurd yet painfully familiar landscape of American culture from post-WW II to a not-too-distant future. The novel’s vibrant historical context features the illusions and disillusions of a PTSD-stricken protagonist who vows to tilt at all available windmills, giving us laugh-out-loud moments as well as those of wincing recognition of our culture’s corporate capture. Fueled by passion and driven by a playful rage, the novel smacks ruling-class bastards right proper.”

Dr. Patricia Hartz, Writing Program Director Emeritus,
Department of Humanities, UC Irvine


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