Jarboe's debut collection named one of the Best Books of 2020 by Publishers Weekly!
"Jarboe’s debut collection careens from tongue-in-cheek body horror to incisive science fiction populated by characters on the margins of society and ranging in tone from the incandescently furious to the devotional. Featuring emotional climate apocalypses, playful riffs on Kafka, and tenderly imagined space colonies, this collection is an outstanding showcase of an exciting new voice in genre fiction."
A November release!
by Laura Argiri
Small dreams can damn as much as full-blown nightmares, as proven in the short stories Laura Argiri has written in her debut collection, Guilty Parties. Small town life can host the bitterest gossip, and and small-minded folk can offer the cruelest taunts and regrettable deeds. A mother dwells on how broken her only daughter is, and whether her grandchild is all the crueler for it. A man's obsession with bettering his lot in life to impress a woman develops a fascination instead for poisonous snakes. A young wife is confronted by her husband's former boarding school roommate, a demented man whose misogyny has convinced him that she tore a rightful pairing apart. Guilt is the mortar between these enthralling tales.
Paperback, 198 pages
“A scintillating walk on the dark side." – Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin
“Guilty Parties features a cast of characters worthy of Twin Peaks—a stalker, a hoarder, a teenage ghost, a Swedish shaman, high-end male prostitutes, Goebbels’s favorite daughter, a madam for a pedophile ring, space aliens living undisturbed for generations in a quaint English village. The touching, disturbing, and often amusing struggles of this uncanny circus of saints and sinners are brought vividly to life by Laura Argiri’s gift for gripping prose and riveting storytelling. Anyone who thinks that fiction is a dying art form needs to read this stunning collection. I couldn’t wait to see what outrage would happen next!” – Lisa Alther, author of Swan Song and Washed in the Blood
“Laura Argiri’s stories gambol about like charming baby velociraptors that suddenly grow up, and proceed to eat you alive.” – Lewis Gannett, author of The Living One
Jesus and John is a Weird re-imagining of the New Testament as a novel of allegorical horror. John, a fisherman from the rural village of Bethsaida in Galilee, is tasked with protecting the risen body of Yeshua, who was crucified at Golgotha for disrupting Roman order in the city of Jerusalem. The body, having miraculously emerged from its cave-like tomb, refuses to speak and walks in a dream-like silence, disrupting the clear-cut message of the Apostle Peter and eventually leading John on a dangerous pilgrimage to a mysterious mansion in Rome known as the Gray Palace. There, the few inhabitants promise a celebration that may be a sacrifice John is unwilling to make.Incorporating Christian Gnosticism, Pagan dreams, and a contemporary will toward queer disruption, Adam McOmber's new novel tells a powerful story of devotion.
Adam McOmber is the author of My House Gathers Desires, The White Forest and This New & Poisonous Air. His stories have appeared recently in Kenyon Review, Conjunctions and Fairy Tale Review. He is a faculty member in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts as well as an instructor in the Writing Program at the University of California Los Angeles.
Paperback, 236 pages
by Charles Lloyd
A marvelous new rendition of an ancient story written with fascinating insights into Sparta's martial culture and its use of the agoge, the institution that raised young men to be elite warriors often amid the exchange of amorous same-sex experiences. But outside forces encroach even here and the king must consider the threats of Thebes, as well as intrigue at home. Agesilaos was Sparta's most famous and most influential ruler. He assumed power at the apex of the city-state’s prosperity and military domination. Eros between men fascinates this king—his own lover puts him on the throne. But the king finds himself tempted by the young men in orbit around the throne, from a striking Persian boy to a protégé, the most beautiful man of his generation, who wages war nude versus awe-struck Thebans. Perhaps the walls of Sparta are not as high as the ones surrounding the king's heart.
Charles Lloyd is a retired University Professor at Marshall University's Classics Department. This is his debut novel.
Paperback, 394 pages
by Jeff Mann
Jeff Mann is a defiant voice in Appalachian literature. His poems, provocative and beloved, are grounded in West Virginia's mountains, his adoration for the region's culture, and the frisson of passion between men. Redneck Bouquet, his new collection, has the poet seeking out sweet donuts and bringing home a lonely man, shucking flannels and boots. In another poem, Mann dwells on the discovery of the scent of someone else in a lover's moustache. These sumptuous verses reflect the commonplace and concupiscent joys of rural America.
"Every word of this title richly resonates throughout Mann's terrific collection. Redneck clichés are both celebrated and brought down a notch or two. And there are abundant bouquets of men and music, food and flowers. I can't remember when I've read poems that so delight the palate whether it's chow-chow with brown beans and cornbread to Clos du Bois or a fine Moselle with camembert. Mann is, as well, dependably honest in his portrayal of homoerotic love. These are seriously gay poems, yet poems deeply rooted in Appalachia. Would that more of the poems I read exhibit such orneriness-what a breath of fresh air are these marvelous and ornery poems!" - Marc Harshman, Poet Laureate of West Virginia, and author of Woman in Red Anorak