The 118-page novel is set Boston in the 1970s and tells the story of a relay team accidentally murders a demon named Fetch who, in turn, places a curse on them.
Littered with typos and grammatical errors, List of the Lost is getting slammed by critics, who have labeled it “an unpolished turd of a book” and a “bizarre, misogynistic ramble.”
But it’s the novels depiction of sex that seems to be getting the most attention.
Reviewer Michael Hann from The Guardian writes that Morrissey’s “attitudes towards sex remains odd: it is associated with death, for one thing. It seems to be predatory: older men feed upon the young.” Meanwhile, Jessica Winter over at Slate wonders: “Has Morrissey ever had sex?”
Here’s the passage they are referring to:
Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza’s breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra’s howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza’s body except for the otherwise central zone.
Twitter hasn’t been kind to Morrissey’s first foray into fiction either. Here’s what people have been saying there:
“Hello? Morrissey? Right, well… I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that EVERYONE’S talking about your book…”
— Pete Paphides (@petepaphides) September 24, 2015
The more I think about it, “bulbous salutation” is actually brilliant. I’m going to introduce it to the day’s otherwise central zone. — Sten (@earthboundboy) September 24, 2015
This is precisely why I stopped sexting with Morrissey. #BulbousSalutation
— David Jack (@DamJef) September 24, 2015