TENTACLE HEAD (Bear Creek Press, 2022 – out of print)
“Tentacle Head is like if the Garbage Pail Kids got their own moon and then made you feel sorry for them. It’s weird, wild, gross, funny, and strangely moving -- a story about survival among things that aren’t supposed to survive.”
-Amber Sparks, author of And I Do Not Forgive You
"Like The Little Prince reimagined by David Cronenberg, Tentacle Head is a weird and wild beast. It's full of goo and gore, but beneath the ooze beats a great big human heart."
- Lincoln Michel, author of The Body Scout
"Equal parts grotesque and poignant, TENTACLE HEAD is a twisted story of family and friendship in a fungus-strewn nightmare world."
- Erica L. Satifka, author of How to Get to Apocalypse and Other Disasters
'A child’s imagination can be far more cruel and gloom-ridden than most would like to admit. In his nightmarish children’s book for adults, Claypool spins juvenile phantasmagoria into a parable with no moral; a striking and wholly unique tale of apocalypse and survivor’s guilt."
- B.R. Yeager, author of Negative Space
Words by Rick Claypool, illustrations by Sarah Allen Reed
THE MOLD FARMER (Six Gallery Press, 2020), available from Bookshop.org and everywhere books are sold.
"Fantastic" ... ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Grimdark Magazine (full review)
"deeply moving and empathetic ... an imaginative and gracious voice writing and struggling with the contradictions of our times. Long live The Mold Farmer in our pantheon of sci-fi horror classics."
-Vol. 1 Brooklyn (full review)
"A wonderfully odd novella with a profoundly human core."
-Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World and The Warren
"a voice that held me in its grip ... fascinating, frightening"
-Aliya Whiteley, author of The Loosening Skin and The Beauty
LEECH GIRL LIVES (Spaceboy Books, 2017), available from Bookshop.org and everywhere books are sold.
"A maximalist revolution in minimalist prose—if China Miéville wrote Saturday-morning cartoons."
– Nick Mamatas, author of The People's Republic of Everything
“Wild and strange and endlessly entertaining; an epic post-apocalyptic cartoon dream-satire — like an Adult Swim version of Logan’s Run meets The Matrix in the world of Thundarr the Barbarian. One of a kind!”
– Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying
"a deeply weird book and one that delights in its weirdness. It’s part old-school pulp and part new-school post-modernist playground"
-Locus Magazine (full review)
"Art world conspiracies at the warped twilight of civilization! Think Jonathan Lethem and Douglas Adams at a dinner party thrown by Judy Chicago. Leech Girl Lives offers an amped up vision of the reckless future."
-Tom Sweterlitsch, author of The Gone World
"a romp through B movie territory in the best way, full of sci-fi and horror and a nice throwback sensibility, too."
- Amber Sparks, author of The Unfinished World