The Joyful Mysteries by Pam Jones

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The Joyful Mysteries
Pam Jones
216 pages
ISBN: 978-1-941918-76-0
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Fiction/Literature

ET leaves a state hospital without name or address, moved by a distinct notion, or idea, or feeling, or delusion, or revelation. Her latest comes to her in a dream, wherein she is told she is with child. With two fellow hospital discharges, she follows vague perceptions that appear to be from on high, leading her to a dilapidated flop-house, where her notion is made flesh. Enter Enda, a thirteen-year-old runaway who is destined to have an audience. He observes and remembers and makes stories of what he sees and learns in a comedic career that comes to posthumous fruition.

Distant Hills by Lydia Unsworth

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Distant Hills
Lydia Unsworth
154 pages
ISBN: 978-1-941918-73-9
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Fiction/Literature/Poetry/Travel

Leaving behind the familiar hills of England, X makes for Europe with just her 75-litre backpack. She’s determined to find loneliness. And she does, sublimely on a new hilltop or painfully in a tone of disconnection. But she also finds companionship and separations. It is by committing herself to new people, new wilds, and new homes that X explores inner expanses. This is reflected in Unsworth’s outward-looking prose, which captures both fibrous detail and planetary speeds and motions. Unsworth’s debut novel is a testament to the versatility of language and of the human spirit.

Murder House by C.V. Hunt

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Murder House
C.V. Hunt
128 pages
ISBN: 978-1-941918-67-8
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Fiction/Literature/Horror

It’s not the house you should be afraid of, it’s the people who live there.

Laura’s boyfriend, Brent, is an author and he’s writing a true crime book about the Hallows’ Eve Massacre. The publisher has given Brent a tight deadline and the opportunity to stay in the house where the massacre took place. But the basement creeps Laura out and she’s left questioning her sanity after she sees things that may or may not be there. When Brent begins to act strange, Laura writes it off to the pressure of his deadline. Is Laura really losing her mind or is there something in the house that’s changing the couple?

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Elaine
Ben Arzate
110 pages
ISBN: 978-1941918586
Released February 7, 2020
Fiction/Literature/Horror

Record store owner Chris leaves his shop in the hands of a good friend while he heads to Elaine, a small town in upper Michigan, to meet his girlfriend, Agnes, for her recently deceased mother’s funeral.

Strangely, a single train is the only way into town. Even stranger, Agnes is nowhere to be found there. As Chris searches for her, more and more questions come up. Why is he suddenly having recurring nightmares? What’s the deal with the fire-and-brimstone preacher on the local TV station? Why is almost every woman in town named Elaine?

And why can’t he leave?

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No Music and Other Stories
Justin Grimbol
220 pages
ISBN: 978-1941918654
Released April 7, 2020
Fiction/Literature/Poetry/Humor

This book has stories. The stories are about friendship. They are about turtles and beached whales and demonic GPS systems and making out . . . hard.

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Murder House
C.V. Hunt
128 pages
ISBN: 978-1-941918-67-8
Expected release date: May 29, 2020
Fiction/Literature/Horror

It’s not the house you should be afraid of, it’s the people who live there.

Laura’s boyfriend, Brent, is an author and he’s writing a true crime book about the Hallows’ Eve Massacre. The publisher has given Brent a tight deadline and the opportunity to stay in the house where the massacre took place. But the basement creeps Laura out and she’s left questioning her sanity after she sees things that may or may not be there. When Brent begins to act strange, Laura writes it off to the pressure of his deadline. Is Laura really losing her mind or is there something in the house that’s changing the couple?

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Distant Hills
Lydia Unsworth
154 pages
ISBN: 978-1-941918-73-9
Expected release date: June 26th, 2020
Fiction/Literature/Poetry/Travel

Leaving behind the familiar hills of England, X makes for Europe with just her 75-litre backpack. She’s determined to find loneliness. And she does, sublimely on a new hilltop or painfully in a tone of disconnection. But she also finds companionship and separations. It is by committing herself to new people, new wilds, and new homes that X explores inner expanses. This is reflected in Unsworth’s outward-looking prose, which captures both fibrous detail and planetary speeds and motions. Unsworth’s debut novel is a testament to the versatility of language and of the human spirit.

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The Joyful Mysteries
Pam Jones
216 pages
ISBN: 978-1-941918-76-0
Expected release date: July 31, 2020
Fiction/Literature

ET leaves a state hospital without name or address, moved by a distinct notion, or idea, or feeling, or delusion, or revelation. Her latest comes to her in a dream, wherein she is told she is with child. With two fellow hospital discharges, she follows vague perceptions that appear to be from on high, leading her to a dilapidated flop-house, where her notion is made flesh. Enter Enda, a thirteen-year-old runaway who is destined to have an audience. He observes and remembers and makes stories of what he sees and learns in a comedic career that comes to posthumous fruition.

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Along the Path of Torment
Chandler Morrison
254 pages
ISBN: 978-1-941918-69-2
Expected release date: August 28th, 2020
Fiction/Literature/Horror

*WARNING: Contains EXTREMELY graphic content.

Ty Seward is a sick man. Anorexic, sexually aberrant, and haunted by a ghostly apparition residing in his closet. Living in the shadow of an in-remission cancer he fully expects to return, Ty bitterly earns his meager living by working as an assistant to his uncle, a business-and-media mogul who runs a lucrative child prostitution ring catering to the Hollywood elite. When Ty’s line of work introduces him to a precocious teenage girl who seems to possess a shrewdly keen insight into his inner machinations, he is forced to confront his hidden demons and repressed trauma, embarking on a bleak and harrowing odyssey of self-discovery in the decomposing City of Angels.

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Heck, Texas
Tex Gresham
140 pages
ISBN: 978-1-941918-66-1
Expected release date: September 4, 2020
Fiction/Literature/Art

Somewhere deep in East Texas, the hunt is on, fueled by self-hate, cough syrup, white whales, massive zits, freakshows, madness, dead pets, lost children, killer coffee, rats, Satan, good times, bad people, vomit, dementia, diarrhea, sex, and clowns. Your favorite brand of disease is back in stock. Welcome to Heck, Texas.

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Very Fine People
Scott Gannis
308 pages
ISBN: 978-1-941918-75-3
Expected release date: October 2, 2020
Fiction/Literature/Politics

It’s Fall 2016 in flyover country and Jude Glick’s mother has just died after a long battle with cancer, leaving behind a house in foreclosure, tens of thousands in medical debt, and compounding psychological trauma. Already a struggling standup comic and museum security guard, Jude thinks his life can’t get any more humiliating. But poverty and institutional cruelty find new ways to grind him down—and beat him up—just as his childhood bully, Stephen Scheisskopf, becomes a household name as propaganda minister for a proto-fascist Presidential candidate. When this unnamed nominee improbably wins the election and Scheisskopf transforms the Glick family story into a partisan political symbol, Jude can’t take it anymore and finally inflicts himself on the people, and country, he hates. Alternating between raw emotionalism, cutting satire, and wild flights of imagination, Gannis’s brilliant debut novel builds to an unforeseen and shattering climax.

 

 

Elaine by Ben Arzate

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Elaine
Ben Arzate
110 pages
Paperback and Ebook
ISBN: 978-1941918586

Record store owner Chris leaves his shop in the hands of a good friend while he heads to Elaine, a small town in upper Michigan, to meet his girlfriend, Agnes, for her recently deceased mother’s funeral.

Strangely, a single train is the only way into town. Even stranger, Agnes is nowhere to be found there. As Chris searches for her, more and more questions come up. Why is he suddenly having recurring nightmares? What’s the deal with the fire-and-brimstone preacher on the local TV station? Why is almost every woman in town named Elaine?

And why can’t he leave?

Fuck Happiness by Kirk Jones

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Fuck Happiness
Kirk Jones
158 pages
Paperback and Ebook
ISBN: 978-1941918395

There is a non-corporeal parasite in your brain. It latches onto your thoughts, wriggles into the ears of passersby, and gestates in their minds. Any coherent idea is a new disease, so you weave small bytes of information together in non-sequitur patterns, creating data strain vaccines. You splice the data strains into VHS tapes from the local rental store. But the entire world is already infected, and the only antibody with any hope of destroying the disease is your misery. You know what you must do:

Befriend the Robitussin vulture. Join its cult.

Fall in love with a pock-faced Toyota Prius.

Shit your pants in front of your neighbor Mrs. Hendrick.

Give birth to a daycare facility.

Exude Schauss pink purity foam from every pore in your body.

Save the world, one puddle of purity foam at a time.

Giraffe Carcass by J. Peter W.

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Giraffe Carcass
J. Peter W.
176 Pages
Paperback and Ebook
ISBN: 978-1941918340

Lacey lost her mother to cancer. Now, Lacey and her father are just trying to survive the sadness overwhelming their house. Neither one is coping well. When it feels like things can’t get much worse, a dead giraffe appears in their backyard. They call the police to dispose of the carcass. The following day another giraffe appears, also dead. Every day, it’s another rotting giraffe.The police and neighbors all think the father, Richard, is to blame. He is, after all, walking around with his dead wife’s urn, talking to it like she can hear him. Lacey isn’t so sure. She knows her dad might be losing it, but thinks the weird, old lady who’s always warning about the zombie apocalypse could be involved. Together, Lacey and Richard need to figure out how to make this rain of giraffe carcasses stop before the strain of this surreal nightmare shatters whatever hope they have left.