This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, April 19 2019 8:26 PM UTC +00:00.
Don't Read This Book: A Novel about a Book You Should Not Read
Thank you for helping me launch my fourth novel, Don't Read This Book! Sometimes people ask me, "Which of your books is your favorite?" I always say, "My next one." It's a bit of a cliche, but I'm trying to improve as a writer, and I hope my next book is always better than the last. For this novel, I had an idea that was so ambitious, I knew I wasn't capable of pulling it off ... so I wrote a book about someone who could. At its heart, Don’t Read This Book is a rumination on the theory that a Black, Latinx, gay woman, by virtue of surviving generations of systemic oppression, might be capable of weathering a reflection on our mortality which a white, cis, straight guy couldn’t endure. The gag, of course, is that the book is written by a cis, straight, white guy who can’t actually tell the story she could tell, so he’s layered it under a patina of vampires and werewolves and car chases out of his own fragility. Essentially, I’m not half the writer my protagonist is, so I’m telling the story of her attempt to protect her manuscript because I can’t write the book she can write. It’s fun and funny on the surface and challenging underneath, and I hope that makes it accessible to lots of readers but particularly meaningful to some smaller percentage.
So far, the reception has been amazing. Check out these blurbs:
“Don't Read This Book is a whimsical, fast-paced, delight; snappily written, deliciously funny and smart, and full of affection for its characters. Benjamin Gorman may be the coolest high school English teacher ever. Just reading this book taught me how to write better dialogue.”
- New York Times bestseller Chelsea Cain,
author of Heartsick, Mockingbird, and Gone
“This romp of a novel takes a strong female protagonist and puts her through rambunctious trials including kidnapping and encounters with werewolves and vampires, yet ultimately reveals itself to be a contemporary commentary on culture, oppression and the very nature of survival. Read this book twice—once for the fantastical tale and once for the deeper observations.”
-Kim Cooper Findling
author of The Sixth Storm and Day Trips from Portland
"At once hilarious and heartbreaking, fantastical and ripped-from-the-internet real. DO read this book, if you dare!"
author of Daughter of Magic and The Gospel According to St. Rage
"Do not read this book! I implore you. You, who doesn't like fast-paced, hard hitting action, tight dialogue, and supernatural mysteries. You, who hates being entertained and the idea of underground societies and international intrigue. You, who hates being thrilled and chilled. Do. Not Read. This. Book."
author of A Song for Charlie: A Johnny Scotch Adventure
“Witty, sinister, and smart as hell. You’ve got werewolves, necromancers, and vampires with feeding mechanisms never seen before. You’ve got mansplaining good guys and quotes by Wittgenstein. Cloud-like creatures that will tell you what pronoun they use. A spell that turns people into instant novelists. This is the world of Benjamin Gorman, a hot, bloody, socially conscious riot with a Black, Latinx, lesbian, atheist protagonist at the heart of it and a book within itself that may eat your mind. Which is exactly why you should ignore the author and read Don’t Read This Book!”
-Charles Austin Muir
author of This is a Horror Book
"Ignore the title and read this book! In best tradition of Christopher Moore, Gorman uses mind twisting satire to point a finger at many of the beliefs that are woven too tightly into our society. I found myself chuckling to the point of tears at the not-so-subtle representations of a cult of personality used to subvert those eager to follow a belief, any belief. But the most compelling character, Lena, spoke to my heart and soul about finding one's own truth. So, yes, ignore the title and read this book if you want an assist along the road to finding your own truth."
author of the The Supernormal Legacy trilogy
"... smart, determined, and filled with really stunning prose ... maybe one of the best books I've read!"
author of Pagetown, editor of Strongly Worded Women
Risks and challenges
The novel is complete. The editing is complete. The cover is complete. Now the challenge is to get this book into readers' hands. That's where you come in, friends! You support, by backing this Kickstarter, by posting ratings and reviews on sites like Goodreads and Amazon, by tweeting and posting about the novel, and by recommending it to friends, will make all the difference in getting this book to readers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter