ROSE O’KEEFE’S “12 REASONS I LOVE BEING A BOOK PUBLISHER”

I wanted to talk today about the value of creative joy in your life: finding something you love to do, or be, or simply have around you as much as possible. And then I went, “Shit! Rose wrote one of those a month ago, and I don’t think I can top it!”

So here’s a beautiful message from Rose O’Keefe, CEO of Eraserhead Press, the flagship of the Bizarro armada wreaking jolly havoc on the cultural coastline of your choice. Fungasm is an imprint of Eraserhead, as are Jeff Burk’s Deadite and Cameron Pierce’s Lazy Fascist; and the creative community spinning out from that hub is the warmest and wildest I’ve ever known. TAKE IT AWAY, ROSE!!!

12 Reasons I Love Being a Book Publisher

THE ART OF THE BOOK TRAILER, FUNGASM-STYLE!!!

In a culture so bombarded and oversaturated with media that drowning in it is a full-time hazard, the only way for a plucky little small press publisher to get any attention is to BOMBARD IT SOME MORE!!! Only classy, ya know?

It is in that intrepid spirit that we present the first Fungasm Press book trailers. They’re designed to very quickly induce the suggestible viewer to go, “Oh, I wanna read THAT book!”

This morning, we released this mini-movie for Devora Gray’s HUMAN FURNITURE (AND THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT WOMAN). In it, Scarlett (played by Devora herself) has a “Secret Spy session” in a swanky hotel with indie filmmaker Charles Pinion, who also edited the flick. I wrote, directed, scored, and performed the music with Marc Levinthal (who also engineered), Gavin Templeton on sax, and Laura Lee Bahr. It was a total blast to make, and captures the crazy-fun sense of danger and excitement you can get from having a fantasy fulfilled.

 

Just a few days earlier, Patrick McPheron directed this wonderful piece for Laura Lee Bahr’s LONG-FORM RELIGIOUS PORN. It’s a perfect way to distill the  wild, kaleidoscopic  threads (Hollywood, sex crimes, vampires, Jesus) of Laura’s book into one minute of mordant, witty, compelling eye candy.

Finally, on the DIY tip, comes this hilarious instructional video from Danger Slater. It’s not a book trailer, exactly, but it sure makes me happy! Danger stars, and I believe his loving accomplice Lisa LeStrange shot the whole thing on her phone. Which shows what you can do with a great idea, a little ingenuity, and objects found around the home!

 

We’ll be making more of these for every release, and adding extra cool video doodads along the way. JUST KEEPIN’ IT FUNGASMIC! And hope that you enjoy!