A Room in Dodge City 2: The Blut Branson Era by David Leo Rice

A Room in Dodge City 2: The Blut Branson Era by David Leo Rice

A Room in Dodge City 2: The Blut Branson Era
A Novel-in-Vignettes by David Leo Rice


“Dodge City 2 is the Künstlerroman on acid, a heady investigation of creation, originality, and collapse.”
—Brian Evenson,
Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of
Song for the Unraveling of the World



Sequel to A Room in Dodge City.

ARCs are now available.

A Bildungsroman couched in a tale of folk horror and cosmic paranoia. An elegy for the declining art of cinema.

The first in the Room in Dodge City trilogy brought us a nameless drifter arriving in a bizarre Western town that might encompass all of reality. In this sequel, our drifter considers what happens when drifting on is no longer an option. Focusing on the mysterious workings of The Dodge City Film Industry and the personality cult surrounding Blut Branson, its most legendary director, Volume 2 asks hard questions about the nature of art, fame, competition and, ultimately, the ongoing struggle to be born. Combining dark humor, horror, and mystical inquiry into the sacred and the profane, A Room in Dodge City: Volume 2 expands the universe of the first volume, while exploring yet-stranger territory and laying the foundation for the trilogy’s apocalyptic finale.

Trigger Warnings: hanging, suicide, asphyxiation, masturbation, abortion, fetuses, animal cruelty, drug use, violence, murder, torture, pedophilia, mental instability, child murder, cannibalism, incest (all very satirical and bizarro).

PREORDER: Ships on January 26, 2021
Perfectbound Trade Paperback $14.99


Praise for A Room in Dodge City 2


“David Leo Rice’s Dodge City 2 is psychedelic, epistemological: it upholds and extends traditions as vital as Lynchian body horror and Barthelme-style slapstick, but its elegant and startling figurations are all its own. Does America contain Dodge City or vice versa? How many David Cronenbergs do we need? Rice fans out these—and other, subtler questions—with a master’s hand, and delivers a book that is at once hilarious and profound. He’s the real deal.”
—Matthew Specktor,
author of American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound



Dodge City 2 is the Künstlerroman on acid, a heady investigation of creation, originality, and collapse. At once a parody of and tribute to film culture, it reads like what might happen if William S. Burroughs got loaded and did a cut-up using issues of Cahiers du Cinéma from an alternate dimension.”
—Brian Evenson,
Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Song for the Unraveling of the World



“Reading David Leo Rice’s Dodge City 2 is like walking through the desert on peyote, a hallucinatory dream full of surprises and gifts. It’s as absurd and haunting and funny as anything I’ve read in a long time. Rice’s baroque style and voice is fantastic. You won’t be able to put it down.”
—Brandon Hobson,
National Book Award finalist and author of The Removed



“I am in a film noir affair with David Leo Rice’s A Room in Dodge City Volume 2: I could go back to my normal life, I could embrace everything that is safe and bland and supposedly real, I could even watch a movie that bears no resemblance to any directed by Blut Branson (he of the vertiginous backstory). But why would I do that when I can have the glorious chaos, the darkly absurd humor, the mind-bending trippiness found in The Blut Branson Era. Maybe the banal’s for you; it ain’t for me. And anyway, if I have questions, I can always ask the Official Spokesperson for What’s Really Going On Here.”
—Andrew Farkas,
author of The Big Red Herring, Sunsphere, and Self-Titled Debut



“Go deep enough into certain cinematic subcultures and the term ‘cult film’ begins to take on an unsettling new significance. In A Room in Dodge City Volume 2: The Blut Branson Era, David Leo Rice ventures into the legacy of a filmmaker who may very well transcend the concept of identity itself. Add some memorably bizarre settings to the mix, plus a touch of body horror, and you have a narrative perfectly made to captivate cinephiles and devotees of the Weird in equal measure.”
—Tobias Carroll,
author of Reel, Transitory, and Political Sign, and editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn

About A Room in Dodge City 2

• Novel-in-Vignettes
• Sequel to A Room in Dodge City
• Published by Alternating Current Press
• 5” x 8” Perfectbound Trade Paperback
• Cream Paper, 202 Pages
• Print ISBN-13: 978-1-946580-21-4
• First Edition: January 26, 2021
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About David Leo Rice

DAVID LEO RICE is a writer and animator living in New York City. He’s also the author of the novels A Room in Dodge City, The PornME Trinity, and Angel House, one of Dennis Cooper’s favorite books of 2019. David’s debut short-story collection, Drifter, is forthcoming in mid-2021. He’s online at raviddice.com.

About interior artist Hosho McCreesh

HOSHO McCREESH is currently writing and painting in the gypsum and caliche badlands of the American Southwest. His work has appeared widely in print, in audio, and online.






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