Sex and Drugs and Fisher-Price

The protagonist of hometown novelist James Gunn's new book, The Toy Collector, discovers that, yes, play's the thing

Like everything else Gunn has created, The Specials has plenty of sick humor, including a supervillain called the Anal Slug who enters "the flappy assholes of senior citizens and eats their insides."

The Specials has put Gunn in what he terms the fortunate but strange position of being the go-to guy for live-action superhero/comics-based movies being developed by Warner Bros. He is currently scripting live-action comedies based on the Scooby-Doo cartoon and the Spy vs. Spy comic from MAD magazine. His various other projects include composing a script for The Newlyweds, a "gritty" romantic comedy that he describes as "Preston Sturges meets Robert Altman."

In the meantime, we may enjoy the multitalented Gunn's book, which is emotionally captivating and rich with humor and decadence to boot (including oral sex).

James Gunn
James Gunn

James Gunn reads from and signs copies of The Toy Collector at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid. Call 314-367-6731 for more information.

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