All The Wrong Dudes
is a 50,000-word novel by Johnny Lurg
about a series of unfortunate events (no, not those ones
) taking place in an Alternate Universe
where nearly all surnames are strange
, San Francisco
has produced three Republican US Presidents, and Hell and Earth are very closely intertwined. It's a Mind Screw
with Loads and Loads of Characters
and few official chapters
This novel provides examples of:
- All Guys Want Sorority Women: Kirk lusts after two blonde sorority women: Vanessa McQueen (who he loses to Melvin Steinem) and Jezebel (who he wins).
- Awesome McCoolname: Many. Some are puns (Lou Zirre, Dan Druff) and others have gibberish surnames (Walter Jid and the "troper namer" himself, Johnny Lurg)
- The Bechdel Test: Unless the dialogue-free sentence "Vanessa hollered at Melissa to pour her some more red wine" counts, it fails the test miserably.
- Black Comedy: Most of the novel consists of nothing but black comedy, which sometimes turns into dead baby comedy, especially where the Eunuch Colony and Jezebel's bizarre sexual fetishes are involved.
- Butch Lesbian: A trio of lesbians (admitted Expies of the trio from A Confederacy of Dunces) assist Jezebel in helping Keef escape from an insane asylum.
- Butt Monkey: Rod Niccolo, who over the course of the novel loses his relatives, his three children (although to be fair, one of them wasn't really his), and finally, his own life (though he eventually finds success in Hell).
- Cult: There are two rival cults: the Neo-Edsels, which are led by Maurice the Pimp and his henpecked sidekick Taggart, and the Worms, which originally consist of Rod Niccolo's family but due to deaths caused by the infamous North Beach firebombing, Rod desperately convinces the Eunuch Colony to join the Worms.
- Erudite Stoner: Keef "The Antichrist" Smite alternates between this and Nietzsche Wannabe when he's not Ax-Crazy.
- Nice Jewish Boy: Melvin Steinem, although he later becomes an evangelical Christian.
- Really Gets Around: Jezebel, Keef's alleged half-sister, and her "boy toy" Kirk "Scummbag" M'Caine exemplify this trope. You might think it's a good thing they found each other, but Kirk doesn't want Jezebel to be as promiscuous as he is.
- Shout-Out: Tons. For instance, at one point, Keef feels "uncomfortably numb," and Kirk is described throughout as having a potato-shaped head as an homage to the song "San Ber'dino" by Frank Zappa.
- Straight Gay: Rod Niccolo is gay, but is not at all stereotypical.
- Twofer Token Minority: William Jenkins, the token African-American character, was adopted by a single Jewish man, although there are a couple other Jewish characters, Melvin and Sherman Steinem.