The Show That SmellseBook - 2011
"McCormack begins his quirky Tod Browning-inspired tale with a disclaimer: "This book is a work of fiction. It is a parody. It is a phantasmagoria ... Elsa Schiaparelli was never a vampire. Shocking! by Schiaparelli never contained blood." The work of Schiaparelli, a 1930s Italian fashion designer, was influenced by Surrealist Salvador Dali, and the same spirit permeates The Show that Smells, which is set in a maze of mirrors. Schiaparelli dresses introduced playfulness to the fashion industry and a sense of "anything goes." She branched into perfume and became designer to a number of film stars. In addition to Schiaparelli, this tale is about Jimmie Rodgers, a country music singer dying of tuberculosis, and his wife, Carrie, who tries to save him by selling her soul to a devil who designs haute couture clothing. Starring a host of Hollywood's brightest stars, including Schiaparelli's real-life rival Coco Chanel, character actor Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford, and the Carter Family (as red state vampire hunters, no less), The Show that Smells is a thrilling tale of hillbillies, high fashion, and horror. An invitation to adults to make-believe, it is sure to please fashion connoisseurs, fans of classic and cult cinema, and freaks everywhere. In McCormack's world, the power of death can be bottled and sold, and it certainly smells."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY, USA : Akashic Books, 2011
Characteristics: 1 online resource (120 pages) data file