People Live Still in Cashtown Corners

Bob Clark owns the Self Serve in Cashtown Corners. It’s the only business there and Bob is the only resident. He’s never been comfortable around other people. Until he starts to kill them. And murder, Bob soon discovers, is magic. People Live Still in Cashtown Corners is Bob’s account of a tragedy we all thought was senseless.

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People Still Live in Cashtown Corners is the product of a literary mind that regularly licks at 12 volt batteries charged with pure insanity.
People Live Still in Cashtown Corners is a vibrant example of PsychoLit, a novel that deserves to take its place alongside such classic works as Ellis’ American Psycho and Oates’ Zombie.
Burgess brings something original and fresh to the psycho-noir tradition . . . . With books like Waste, Bloody Women, The Disassembled Man and short stories like 'Hold You,' 'Pillow Talk' and 'Carpaccio' it looks like the psycho-noir is experiencing a bit of a renaissance for those readers willing to seek them out and People Live Still in Cashtown Corners is a worthy addition. Recommended.
Bob Clark . . . is clearly unhinged. Yet it is his voice, with its plain-spoken common sense, that draws us into the story and is so convincing that we almost don't question the peculiarity of his perspective. Until the murders begin to multiply, of course . . . a most disturbing read.
Burgess’s newest novel is perhaps one of the cleverest works of fiction readers will encounter, in any genre . . . . Even the best horror novels seldom get this weird, and they rarely approach this kind of taboo . . . all the while being erudite, smart, and technically brilliant.
—Tony Fonseca, Dead Reckonings
Cashtown Corners is dark and demented and kind of awesome. Part of the awesomeness? I spent the whole book a little creeped out because I had no idea if it was based on a true story or not. Why? Because, in the middle of the book, there were black and white photos of the town, the killer and his victims.I will say no more.
—Mitch Adams, Broken Pencil
After finishing People Live Still in Cashtown Corners, you won’t know whether to applaud Burgess’ impressively large literary cohones or arrange to have him committed to the nearest mental health facility.
Burgess uses the conventions of horror fiction to craft a deeply serious fable about human connection and the discordant consequences that can result from an inability to successfully integrate into the conventions of polite society. In this regard, Burgess numbers Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner among his literary progenitors.
A quick read, this compact book . . . is unnerving and unforgettable. Loved it for what it accomplishes in such a brief block of time and space.
The book tells the story of gas station clerk Bob Clark’s apparently unprovoked killing spree in rural Cashtown Corners, culminating with Clark barricaded in the home of a family he’s murdered. Sounds grim? It is! But it’s also smart, tricky, brainy, entrancing. I was hooked by the first two paragraphs, which read like Robbe-Grillet doing a Thomas Bernhard impression. I’m a sucker for Robbe Grillet and Bernhand so mashing them up? Mr. Burgess, where may I subscribe to your newsletter?
—Matthew Cavnar, The Vook Blog
Tony Burgess combines lyricism with graphic, cinematic violence.
Quill & Quire
There isn't an action in People Live Still in Cashtown Corners that isn't unsettling. Gross. Barbaric. But that's why it works.
Kudos to the author for taking a fictional story and making it seem incredibly real.
[A] stunning achievement . . . an unforgettable and profoundly unsettling experience. You get that dirty, guilt-ridden thrill you get when rubber-necking an accident scene . . . Burgess makes sure you realize that the act of looking might just change you and show you something about others (and, of course, yourself) you didn't want to know.
While it does have quiet parts and revolting parts, the storytelling is where [Cashtown Corners] grabs you by the throat . . .

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Author Info

Tony Burgess’s first novel, The Hellmouths of Bewdley, received universal critical praise and hailed the arrival of Canada’s “splatter punk Stephen King.” He was shortlisted for the Trillium award for his novel, Idaho Winter. He is also the author of the infamous zombie epic, Pontypool Changes Everything, which was named Best Book of 1998 by Now Magazine (made into the film Pontypool). His story collection, Fiction for Lovers won the Relit Prize for best Canadian short fiction.