Contagion and other stories By Brian EvensonFiction. CONTAGION AND OTHER STORIES is one of Brian Evenson's most sought after and lauded collections of fiction. It has been out of print for nearly a decade. With short stories like the O. Henry Award winning "Two Brothers," Evenson takes his readers into a world that is at once apocalyptic, dark, observant, and grotesque without ever dipping into static genre conventions.
The Botanical Garden By Ellen WelckerA book that is at times political but is always artistic, THE BOTANICAL GARDEN is a sea voyage through borders, boundaries, countries, anatomies, and species. It undoes the markers human kind has set and replaces them with new taxonomies, while always engaging the reader in beautiful poetics.
In Downstream from Trout Fishing in America: A Memoir of Richard Brautigan, Keith Abbott paints a portrait of Richard Brautigan as a lovable and whimsical friend. Abbott explains the writer’s dedication to the art of fiction and his quest to break beyond the pop culture, hippie label that haunted him until his suicide in 1984. Brautigan’s tight prose inspired authors such as Haruki Murakami and his experimentation with the line won him accolades from authors like Ishmael Reed, Raymond Carver, and Michael McClure. His work is highly influential and Abbott draws a clear connection between Brautigan’s life and his writing. This book is essential for anyone who is interested in the work of Richard Brautigan. Raymond Carver writes, "Truly the best thing I've ever seen written of the man."
The Procession of Mollusks By Eric OlsonIf Fletch took Lovecraft to see a movie and it turned out to be a double feature—'Slugs: muerte viscosa' and 'The Monster that Challenged the World'--this post-genre romp is what might have been extracted from their post-movie dreams. This is a smart, funny, and (most importantly) irreverently weird book.
—Brian Evenson, author of The Open Curtain and The Wavering Knife.
Sleepers' Republic By David GruberIn David Gruber’s Sleepers’ Republic nature is dreaming, and we are its dreams. Time is slowed down or speeded up: “suddenly, the sun / gives way to stars.” And: “What we knew moves sudden / without warning / throwing us to the ground / an emptiness in the sea / The air above us filled with fruit.” It may be that love “offers the opposite of a kiss,” yet Gruber’s upended universe is nonetheless an exhilarating medium in which the reader can both swim and breathe.
— John Ashbery author of Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror and Notes from the Air