Zeroville by Steve Erickson

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In an alternate Los Angeles, a young man uncovers a life-changing cinematic secret
Hailed as one of Erickson’s finest and most daring novels, Zeroville is a unique love letter to film. It centers on the story of Vikar, a young architecture student so enthralled with the movies that his friends call him “cinéautistic.” With an intensely religious childhood behind him, and tattoos of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on his head, he arrives in Hollywood where he’s mistaken for a member of the Charles Manson “family” and eventually scores a job as a film editor. Vikar discovers the frames of a secret film within the reels of every movie ever made, and sets about splicing them together—an undertaking that takes on frightening theological dimensions. Electrifying and darkly comic, Zeroville dives into the renegade American cinema of the ’70s and ’80s and emerges into an era for which we have no name.

About Steve Erickson

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Stephen Michael Erickson was born in 1950. He lives in Los Angeles. He is a novelist, essayist and critic. His novels escape traditional classifications; no literary category describes them adequately. They are usually placed on the borders of surrealism or magical realism.
Published April 30, 2013 by Open Road Media. 300 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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We mark time in the novel by cultural events (Vikar briefly finds himself accused of the Sharon Tate murders when he’s holed up in a cave in Laurel Canyon) and by cinematic experiences, both films being released in the ’70’s (e.g., The Long Goodbye, Apocalypse Now) and classic movies (especially ...

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It’s hard to read the scene in which Vikar ties up a burglar who’s broken into his apartment, then sits with him for hours arguing about the ’40s studio system and dissecting Bette Davis’s performance in “Now, Voyager,” without thinking of Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs.” When Viking Man sum...

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Vikar Jerome, whose almost deranged film fixation manifests itself in the images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift tattooed on his bald head, wanders around Hollywood, where he gets mistaken for a perp in the Charles Manson murders and is robbed by a man who turns out to be a fellow film b...

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Entertainment Weekly

L.A., 1969: Another kid hops off the bus with dreams of Hollywood glamour in his head.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Zeroville, his eighth novel, seems poised for commercial success: although intelligent and playful, Zeroville is more straightforward and accessible than his earlier novels.

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