Ports of Hell
135mm x 184mm
A picaresque story that borrows from all the pulps, including crime, sci-fi, fantasy, adventure and horror.
PORTS OF HELL tells the story of Jamie Coates, a young man who falls in with Elias who claims to be from Lemuria. On Elias’ instructions, Coates travels to Thailand and Mexico, and later Hawaii and Sri Lanka, acquiring brutal enemies and caught in a struggle that threatens his sanity and life. Conspiracy themes and the picaresque are in play throughout.
A writer first and foremost Johnny Strike is a founding member of the seminal US Punk band Crime.
“Just got around to reading the pages you sent and was agreeably surprised… These are real maps of real places. That is what marks the artist, he has been there and brought it back”
William S. Burroughs
"I sometimes despair of finding good new writers, then along comes someone like Johnny Strike"
Geoff Nicholson, prose editor of Ambit
"Johnny Strike's novel shows us a writer with a future, part of the confluence of underground and genre influences that makes American fiction exciting"
John Shirley, author of Black Butterflies and screenwriter on The Crow
"In the tradition of the finest of pulp, Johnny Strike spins out a yarn that explores a dreamlike underworld inhabited by uber-criminals and agents of control. Borrowing from genres as diverse as sci-fi, crime fiction, and horror, he delivers an allegory that, all at once, operates as satire and expose of the darker side of modern life"
CITY LIGHTS Recommended list, Peter Marveilis