SHIT SHOW #3, $4.99, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 26 pgs.

Mar 28, 2018

Ah, the power of pulp. This zine edited by John Borges and Matt Pagourg is boasts a stamp for winning the 2016 Bloody Typewriter Award… but the first paragraph of the first story really does not show this excellence. Using “pore” instead of “pour,” and missing words are only the beginning of this tragedy of a story. It’s so rushed and sloppy, and it honestly made me so angry for finishing it. There’s so much to say about this one, but there’s no time. Thankfully, this zine was saved by a highly entertaining second story that proves that trash can be poetic, and I thank it for actually having an interesting story, with great writing and wit. There are two other stories here as well, but one is a second part and I have not read the first, and the last one is a bad attempt at political dark comedy. This collection of modern trash pulp may be fifty-fifty but it has some great, weird artwork and centerfolds. I have hope it could be saved in other issues, as we need more pulp in this world. –Iggy Nicklbottum (