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We won’t give too much away, but we will say Clifford Meth‘s work has never been more emotional or on-target—and Gene Colan‘s illustrations are simply breathtaking—and it’s wrapped in a cover painted by Jeff Amano, which is truly a work of art. Steve Gerber introduces the book.

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We won’t give too much away, but we will say Clifford Meth‘s work has never been more emotional or on-target—and Gene Colan‘s illustrations are simply breathtaking—and it’s wrapped in a cover painted by Jeff Amano, which is truly a work of art. Steve Gerber introduces the book.

Only 2100 of these special first-prints were printed. Order directly from Aardwolf and we’ll get Clifford Meth to personalize your book (let us know who it should be signed to).

If you aren’t already a Meth reader, this is a great place to start—see why he was listed in the 9th Annual Year’s Best Horror & Fantasy Collection, and why he was spotlighted in the prestigious international journal The Literary Review.

Speaking of reviews, Perverts has gotten its share. See below to read them for yourself and find out why Meth is called “dark fiction’s best kept secret.”

Perverts, Pedophiles & Other Theologians is available in Trade Paperback and Limited Bookplate editions.


“Perverts” promises to make you laugh and cry.

“This book isn’t for the timid,” warns Clifford Meth of Perverts, Pedophiles & Other Theologians. “We’ve created something that’s emotionally stirring for readers prepared to venture outside the confines of traditional comics and prose.”

Indeed, the latest book from Aardwolf unites a pair of industry icons with two of the field’s most talented rising stars. Author Clifford Meth (recipient of two Honorable Mentions in last year’s Best Horror & Fantasy Collection) and Gene Colan (Silver-age legend whose credits include Daredevil and Tomb of Dracula) first began working on the project early in 1996. Agreeing that that wanted something daring and over-the-top, they recruited Gene’s long-time partner Steve Gerber (creator/author of Howard the Duck) and Jeff Amano (whose computer-painted series TaoLand has gained him a loyal cult following). The result: A startling, 100-page trade paperback that’s quite unlike anything fans have seen before.

“Perverts is about real-life issues–tales of ordinary madness,” says Meth. “The title is more a reflection of my worldview than the work inside, and I couldn’t have had a better partner–Gene Colan is one of the industry’s all-time greatest illustrators; the absolute master of mood.”

“The poetic way Cliff writes is beautiful,” says Colan. “He takes heroes or anti-heroes outside the realm of comics and really dissects their motivation. It’s very emotional writing, which calls for sensitive illustrations. When I get into the artwork, I look for the most dramatic part of a story and take it from there. I try to be there, like I’m witnessing it. That’s very easy with Cliff’s work, so Perverts was a great pleasure for me. I really hope a whole new audience gets a chance to see this book. Cliff is really on his way.”

“Gene Colan has been one of my favorite comicbook artists for decades,” says Steve Gerber. “I consider it a privilege to write the introduction to any book that he’s illustrating—particularly when the author is as fresh and innovate as Clifford Meth.”


For several years now, Clifford Lawrence Meth has slowly but surely built up a loyal cult following for his short stories. As brief as they are brutal, Meth’s stories tackle such everyday horrors as domestic abuse, child molestation, sexism, racism and just about any other dark aspect of human nature that we encounter in life. Some of his tales flirt with the supernatural or science-fiction aspects, while others are told as purely realistic fiction. Either way, a story by Meth is like shaving: you often don’t realize you’ve been cut until you’re completely through and you see the blood.

A quick glance at the contents of his new collection, PERVERTS, PEDOPHILES & OTHER THEOLOGIANS, will support that statement. The volume opens with “Deep Kimchee,” a story about two everyday guys driving around with a corpse in the back of their truck. The story is very familiar of Joe R. Lansdale’s writing in its casual portrayal of violence. Also delightfully morbid is “A Day in the Death of Martin Peel” which follows a lowlife whose committing suicide proves to be the high point of his day. And the tale “What They Don’t Know” is 100% Meth — disturbing and ultimately thought-provoking.

Meth offers some shorter pieces that are a little more experimental in nature, deliberately blurring the line between fiction and non-fiction. Among these is a satisfying vignette entitled “Another Joe Story” which humorously examines the ritual of authors using real-life acquaintances in their writing. Meth also tries his hand at poetry. Die-hard Meth fans may wish he had used the space for more stories, but those readers willing to give the poetry a chance will be pleased. The author manages to develop more character and story in a 500 word poem than many authors do in 5,000 words. Meth is at his best when he’s either outright cynical, as in the poem “Cripples”, or quietly pensive mixed with a dash of good humor, such as in “By Request.”

The stories don’t fall into a particular genre, and those looking for what’s traditionally considered to be “horror” may be disappointed. But those readers looking to try fiction that sharply and unrelentingly holds up a magnifying glass to the dark side of human nature will be pleasantly surprised and eagerly awaiting further collections by Clifford Lawrence Meth — one of dark fiction’s best-kept secrets.

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