When you're desperate for money, searching for a little adventure, and aren't the most responsible person in the world, you can end up doing some outrageous things. Which is how Andrew Mayhem, an extremely married father of two, ends up accepting $20,000 to find a key ... a key buried with a body in a shallow grave.
When the body turns out to not only be still alive, but armed and dangerous, he realizes that he should have held out for more money. His simple evening of morally questionable manual labor becomes a bizarre game of wits and courage played with an unseen killer with a twisted sense of humor. It's a game that will bring him to a group of filmmakers known as Ghoulish Delights, who are hiding a secret that will test every last bit of Andrew's nerve to discover.
And it's impossible to find a babysitter.
Jeff Strand is a funny, deeply disturbed individual.
—Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season and The Girl Next Door
Jeff Strand's bio used to mention his cat, but every author mentions a cat in their bio, so he's decided to quit doing it. Fight the power.
He's been writing ever since he was old enough to throw screaming fits in crowded supermarkets, though the quality of his work from that era is questionable. "How to Rescue a Dead Princess" is his silliest book.
If you're looking for something less silly, although not exactly high literature, you may want to try his Andrew Mayhem series: "Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary)," "Single White Psychopath Seeks Same," and "Casket For Sale (Only Used Once)." Also available is his obligatory 'giant ants attack the world' novel, "Mandibles."
Cemetery Dance magazine said that "No author working today comes close to Jeff Strand's perfect mixture of comedy and terror." They weren't talking about "How to Rescue a Dead Princess."
He checks his e-mail every forty-six seconds, and receiving e-mail from his readers makes him positively giddy. It's almost a little creepy. Write him at your own risk at JeffStrand@aol.com.
Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary)...will have you laughing with glee and screaming with terror—often at the same time! In this comedy horror-thriller, lovable loser Andrew Mayhem and his not-quite-bright sidekick, Roger, are out to make a few bucks, and they've entered the graverobbing trade for a $20,000.00 payoff. Seems easy enough, right? Dig up a body buried in a shallow grave and extract a key from the corpse, no big deal. But when the body turns out to be very much alive and armed to the teeth with firepower, Andrew realizes that $20,000.00 is a lot less than he should have settled for... Wildly absurd, horrifying and amusing antics ensue. This is a delightfully screwball horror novel that defies classification, so don't even try. Just read it. You'll love it. Highly recommended.J. L. Comeau, The Tomb of Dark Delights
I read. I chuckled. I giggled, snorted, guffawed my way through Jeff Strand's incredibly funny, incredibly dark, incredibly mysterious debut novel. If GRAVEROBBERS WANTED (No Experience Necessary) reflects his wealth of talent, then Mr. Strand will soon have a fan club clamoring for his next release. I intend to be right there clamoring with the rest. A well-written mystery, told in the first person, GRAVEROBBERS WANTED (No Experience Necessary) should be on every mystery lover's list of favorites, especially if the odd and unusual tickles the imagination.Crescent Blues
A hilarious murder mystery that will keep the reader guessing, laughing, and cringing with each turn of the page. Not a run of the mill mystery, not when the reader has to grab a tissue to wipe tears of laughter out of their eyes. Unquestionably a man with a demented mind, Mr. Strand is one author the readers should look for again and again!Rhapsody Magazine
This was the most totally engrossing and grossing-out book I've read in a long time. I was immediately caught up in the zaniness of the story and its off-beat humor...Jeff Strand is a consummate storyteller, and I hope we see a lot more of his work soon.Word Museum
More twists and turns than a computer maze game. One keeps waiting for the plot to suffer its inevitable middle-chapter predictability, for the pace to succumb to the usual pre-conclusion slowdown, for the humor to lose its freshness--but they never do. A damn enjoyable read. It's a five-star book in any catalogue.Midnight Scribe Reviews
Horror-filled yet hilarious adventures. The mystery plot is intricate and the solution satisfying. Bring on another Andrew Mayhem mystery soon. Please! Highly recommended.RunningRiver Reader
Five good croaks
GRAVEROBBERS WANTED is deliciously dark humor blended together with a nice thriller/mystery. This story introduces us to a "hero" named Andrew Mayhem, and the last name is prophetic. He is a guy trying desperately to find himself, and failing miserably. His adventures teach him what he is not - namely- any kind of superhero. Definitely a good read for any who like dark humor and solid writing. Very Highly recommended. Jeff Strand is one seriously warped character, and this is a good thing."Celtic Frog Reviews
Dark humor isn't easy to carry off and the author has done a fine job of it. The mystery is developed at a nice pace that keeps tightening the suspense, finally upping the odds to a nearly unbearable level. It builds steadily to a nail-biting climax and a surprising and satisfying resolution. Probably the funniest and cleverest story I've read in some time.Karen McCullough (author of A Question of Fire and The Rainbow Bridge)
If the members of Monty Python got together with Rod Serling to write a book, this might be the result! Jeff Strand has penned a witty, hilarious yet macabre tale of murder and mayhem. Don't miss Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary). It's a fiendish delight!Elizabeth Delisi (author of Since All is Passing)
One word: WOW!!! A horrific blend of tongue-in-cheek humor with edge-of-your-seat suspense. Graverobbers Wanted is not for the faint of heart, but if you like your thrills at a visceral level, Mr. Strand delivers them with every page.Jackie Kramer (author of Broken Pledge)
Nonstop thrills, chills, and chuckles! This book is a must read for thriller and comedy readers alike. I picked this book up and couldn't put it down. Jeff Strand has witty prose and smart dialouge—it's been a long time since I've had such an entertaining read. I can't wait for the next Andrew Mayhem book and look forward to more great reads from this very talented author.Patricia A. Rasey
The compulsively readable narrative provides consistent surprises and delights. [Andrew] Mayhem is a thoroughly charming and lovable hero. Strand has "cult author" written all over him and you owe it to yourself to check him out.Hellnotes
It takes great talent to mix serious horror fiction with comedy, yet Jeff Strand seems to pull it off effortlessly. This is one of the most unique and entertaining books I've read this year.Midwest Literary Review
One of the most refreshing books I have read in a while. A special blend of horror and comedy that really works.Blood Moon Rising
Graverobbers Wanted is my kind of book. Witty, original, funny, scary, and I didn't know who the killer was until Mr. Strand decided to tell me.Blackmask Online
A twisted, fast, and addicting novel that will keep you guessing and laughing.b-independent.com
Strand flips his readers from the ghoulish to the hilarious, reminding us not to take anything too seriously. I strongly recommend this story to adults with a sense of humor and people who delight in extremes.Inscriptions Magazine
Salute! Mr. Strand! Salute!M. Kenyon Charboneaux, February 28, 2003 (reprinted with permission)