In Stephen W. Martin’s Dead Hearts, a pint-sized wannabe mortician meets the girl of his dreams: a blind kung fu aficionado who loves taxidermy. There’s also a werewolf biker gang, punk-rock fight scenes, some poignant heartbreak, a return from the grave, and some very droll narration.

There are lot of elements at play in Dead Hearts, but it’s also just the right balance of earnest and extremely weird—which means it all works in the end.