99 Erics: A Kat Cataclysm Faux Novel
Kat Cataclysm is an ethically non-monogamous bisexual woman and absurdist short fiction writer. 99 Erics is a humorous account of Kat’s experiences writing a book called 99 Erics, which is about her experiences dating ninety-nine different people named Eric. It is more surreal than slutty. Not that there is anything wrong with slutty.
The book is largely comprised of humorous anecdotes from Kat’s dates with various Erics; satirical takes on relationships, sexual conventions, language, the writing process, book publishing, online media, and tech culture; and Kat’s smart yet silly digressions on a variety of topics, including the distorted nature of memories, hipsters, sex toys, sabermetrics, YA dystopian fiction, trendy restaurants, Freudian slips, banana slug mating practices, lucid dreaming, agnosticism, the internet of things, and Prince lyrics, to name but a few. These more fanciful passages are seamlessly interwoven with more serious and mundane matters, such as navigating the world as a woman and sexual minority, being an outcast who doesn’t really fit in, struggling to make ends meet, and reconciling one’s past with the present. The end result is a fun and fast read that tackles meaty subjects and contemporary issues along the way.
99 Erics is the winner of the Publishing Triangle's 2021 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and an Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) 2021 silver medalist in LGBT+ Fiction.
"I've been a fan of Julia's forever, and this book has all of her warmth and humor and insight, but also tons of surreal silliness."
--Charlie Jane Anders, author of The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky
"Whip-smart, drop-dead-funny metafiction by Oakland trans-bi activist writer Julia Serano."
--Jan Steckel, author of Like Flesh Covers Bone and The Horizontal Poet
"99 Erics by Julia Serano is fantastic and one of the most fun reading experiences I've had in recent memory!"
--J.E. Sumerau, author of Via Chicago and America through Transgender Eyes
"This meta-fictional satire in which a woman dates 99 Erics will please readers who favor pointed absurdity over emotion. Great for fans of: Daniel M. Lavery's Something That May Shock And Discredit You, Spike Milligan's Puckoon."
"The result is a lovable composite of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1966) and a less murder-y version of Marvel's Deadpool, using absurdism and humor to break down the fourth wall and the very idea of "normal," with all its silly little boxes and prejudices . . . Knocks down literary conventions, sexual stereotypes, the fourth wall, and more in enthusiastic defense of the weird."