GOOD HUMOR MAN, THE
by Andrew Fox
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and eBooks
In this satiric romp inspired by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, set in 2041, government-sanctioned vigilantes—the Good Humor Men—ruthlessly patrol the streets, immolating all fattening food products as illegal contraband. A pound of real chocolate is worth more on the black market than a kilo of cocaine. Evil “nutraceutical” company MannaSantos controls the food market with genetically modified products, such as “Leanie Lean” meats. But the craze for svelte healthfulness has reached a critical turning point, as a mysterious wasting plague threatens to starve all of humanity.
A lone ex-plastic surgeon and founding Good Humor Man, whose father performed a secret liposuction surgery on Elvis Presley, holds the key to humanity’s future. In a mad dash to retrieve his family heirloom—the mortal remains of the King’s belly fat—Dr. Louis Shmalzberg becomes entangled with a civil servant of questionable motives, an acquisitive assassin from a wealthy Caliphate, a power-mad preacher evangelizing anorexia, a beautiful young woman addicted to liposuction, and a homicidal clone from a MannaSantos experiment gone terribly wrong.
Can Elvis save the world sixty-four years after his death?
Andrew Fox is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Fat White Vampire Blues, described as “Ann Rice meets A Confederacy of Dunces.” Fox has been employed as a mime, public-safety advocate, playwright, and, after Hurricane Katrina, a part of FEMA’s Gulf Coast Recovery Office. His influences include Marvel Comics, Planet of the Apes movies, and Ray Bradbury novels.
Praise for Andrew Fox
“Another writer on my turn-the-phone-off list is relative newcomer Andrew Fox…. Watch this guy; his regional landscape and portraits rival some of Mark Twain’s best, and he has the same eye for human folly without the bitterness.”
—Green Man Review
“The unique and charming characters he has created are one of Fox’s strongest and most admirable traits….”
Praise for Fat White Vampire Blues and Bride of the Fat White Vampire
“Poor Jules Duchon. It isn’t easy being a vampire in New Orleans. Potential victims’ blood is filled with fat from the rich local cuisine, and so Jules is a whopping 463 pounds…. [R]eaders of vampire fiction will delight in this droll parody of the genre.”
—Booklist, starred review
“There’s a great tradition of New Orleans vampire novels, of course: Anne Rice, Barbara Hambly, Nancy Collins, Poppy Z. Brite, who, line for line, word for word, remains one of the finest writers working today. In this very, very funny first novel, Andrew Fox bears the standard high.”
—Fantasy & Science Fiction
“Fat White Vampire Blues, Andrew Fox’s first novel, is a relentlessly entertaining romp through New Orleans’s supernatural underworld. It’s the best vampire comedy since Christopher Moore’s sardonic ode to San Francisco, the classic Bloodsucking Fiends.”
“Who says vampires can’t be funny?… An equally entertaining sequel, Bride of the Fat White Vampire brings Jules’s story to a happily-ever-after conclusion.”
“Fat White Vampire Blues by first-time novelist Andrew Fox reads like a combination of Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole…. an involving yarn full of strong local color, delightfully askew humor, and memorable….”
—San Francisco Chronicle
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“Fox unveils more all-too-plausible bits of the future and has us laughing to keep from crying.”
“The Good Humor Man is an intensely interesting, wild ride through a wickedly accurate depiction of the American psyche…a witty, incisive satire all on its own. By turns heartbreaking and mesmerizingly grotesque, The Good Humor Man is well worth the read.”
“The Good Humor Man is hilarious, trenchant, important, and the story of Dr. Louis Schmalzberg’s search for the jar of liposuctioned Elvis fat that may save America is impossible to put down. Andrew Fox writes like a combination of Kurt Vonnegut, Dave Barry, and Molly Ivins….”
“A Fahrenheit 451 for the post-millennium, told with Fox’s magnificent evocation of place and twisted humor. Wonderful!”
—Kage Baker, author of The Company of Thieves
“…keeps the pages turning…. I’d suggest playing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and grabbing a bag of chips for ambiance.”