Very Fine People
Release Date: October 2, 2020
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.
Release date: September 4, 2020
“This is a very unruly book, in the best sense of the word, and it only coincides with the breakdown of literary standards we are witnessing now . . . [This] book will not have an easy life, but rather a long one, as the anger in it is part of the mood of our times.”—Werner Herzog, Director of Fitzcarraldo and Grizzly Man
“This book is trash.”—Joel Potrykus, Director of Buzzard, The Alchemist Cookbook, and Relaxer
“Moby Dick in 21st century Texas . . . fragments—some grimly realistic, some grimly absurd, some grimly satirical, some downright disgusting—skillfully capture the essence of a trashy Texas town. Nothing at all like Winesburg, Ohio, this collage text reveals things you probably already knew but wish you didn’t. Somewhere between Eraserhead and [Linklater’s] Slacker, Heck, Texas pursues the white whale of post-apocalyptic mediocrity, and Tex Gresham has just the right kind of deadpan dark humor to make the story he’s not quite telling work brilliantly. What’s it like to suffer from reality sickness? Read this book and find out.”—Stephen-Paul Martin, Author of Changing the Subject and The Ace of Lightning
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.
Along the Path of Torment
Release date: August 28th, 2020
“Chandler Morrison is one of the most visceral and uncompromising writers of his generation . . .”
—Donald Ray Pollock, Author of The Devil All the Time
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 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.
Advance Praise for Along the Path of Torment
“Along the Path of Torment is a brutal, stylish, and compelling book, with moments of surprising tenderness. Morrison dials up the noir and writes his characters with careful attention to what haunts them. Like a Bret Easton Ellis novel that refuses to fetishize the toxic glamor of LA and its shadow worlds, Along the Path of Torment is memorable and intriguing.”
—Lindsay Lerman, Author of I’m From Nowhere
“Chandler Morrison’s most disturbing book yet (and that’s saying something!), packed with loathsome characters, cancerous truths, and all-too-plausible Hollywood sleaze.”
—Christine Morgan, Author of Lakehouse Infernal
Along the Path of Torment is a masterful odyssey of Hollywood decadence and depravity, an unflinching and often morbidly hilarious plunge into the void as Chandler Morrison explores the harsh truths of power in an increasingly soulless and decaying world.
—Ryan Harding, author of Genital Grinder
“Lyrical and ethereal and full of literary allusions, The Joyful Mysteries probes mental health and identity and the ways in which we make and remake ourselves.”—Tomas Moniz, author of Big Familia, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel and the Lambda Award
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.
“A small tasty novel whose events bend language into thrilling shapes . . .”
—Ed Garland, author of Earwitness
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.
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?
No Music and Other Stories
This book has stories. The stories are about friendship. They are about turtles and beached whales and demonic GPS systems and making out . . . hard.
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?
This book is about a town called Sag Harbor on the east end of Long Island. This book is also about drinking, tall bros, curvy girlfriends, and driving 95 miles per hour on the way home.
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.