Eight Days of Splendor: Day Three

By Victor David Giron

Nothing says "happy holidays" like a story with a dead mother appearing to her daughter in dreams and a lake that haunts an entire town. 

With just three days left before Christmas, we bring you one of two titles coming this spring from our new imprint, Dark House Press.

EIGHT DAYS OF SPLENDOR: DAY THREE
ECHO LAKE
by Letitia Trent
May 2014

Echo Lake by Letitia Trent

Thirty-something Emily Collins inherits her recently murdered aunt's house, deciding to move to Heartshorne, Oklahoma, to claim it and confront her family's dark past after her dead mother begins speaking to her in dreams, propelling this gothic, neo-noir thriller toward terrifying revelations of murderous small-town justice when a horrible community secret is revealed through the supernatural pull of Echo Lake.
Letitia Trent grew up in Vermont and Oklahoma and spent her teenage years traveling with her flea-marketing parents. She received her MFA in poetry from Ohio State University. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Denver Quarterly, Fence, and the Black Warrior Review.

 
Eight Days of Splendor: Day Four

By Naomi Huffman

FOUR MORE DAYS.

Perhaps by now you're on your way to wherever it is that you celebrate this season. Maybe you're with friends, or with family, but whomever you spend the holiday with, I hope it's filled with laughter and love, and the kinds of experiences worth re-telling later. Memories. 

Of course, if we're talking about stories, we have to talk about Megan Stielstra, who tells the most powerful stories you've heard...

EIGHT DAYS OF SPLENDOR: DAY FOUR
ONCE I WAS COOL
by Megan Stielstra
May 2014

Once I Was Cool by Megan Stielstra

 

These insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays explore the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligence, and biting humor, tackling topics ranging from beating postpartum depression through stalking to a surprising run-in with an old lover at the symphony while on ecstasy.

Megan Stielstra is the author of Everyone Remain Calm and the Literary Director of the 2nd Story storytelling series. She’s told stories for all sorts of theaters, festivals, and bars including The Goodman, The Steppenwolf, and The Museum of Contemporary Art. Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.

 
Eight Days of Splendor: Day Five

By Naomi Huffman

Is there anything like the holidays to remind us how much we love beautiful things? It's a time of year dedicated to decorating, to dressing up, to glamour. 

This spring, we're bringing you one of the most beautifully designed books we've ever published (designed by the ridiculously talented Zach Dodson): Tim Kinsella's novel Let Go and Go On and On.  

EIGHT DAYS OF SPLENDOR: DAY FIVE
LET GO AND GO ON AND ON

By Tim Kinsella
April 2014

Let Go and Go On and On by Tim Kinsella

 

The story of obscure actress Laurie Bird is told in a second-person narrative, blurring what little is known of her actual biography with her roles as a drifter in Two Lane Blacktop, a champion's wife in Cockfighter, and an aging rock star's Hollywood girlfriend in Annie Hall. Her story unravels in a bathtub where she commits suicide at the age of 26. Let Go And Go On And On draws on this very American story to explore our endless fascination with the Hollywood machine and the weirdness that is celebrity culture.

Tim Kinsella’s first novel The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense was named among the Best Chicago Books of 2011 by CBS Chicago, and listed on Flavorpill’s Most Exciting New Books. Kinsella has an MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since forming in 1996, Kinsella’s band Joan of Arc and its related projects have released more than thirty records.

 

Laurie Bird’s story unravels in a bathtub where she commits suicide at the age of 26, and
Let’s Go And Go On And On draws on this very American story to explore our endless 
fascination with the Hollywood machine and the weirdness that is celebrity culture.

 


 
Wannabe - 38

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 38

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
Eight Days of Splendor: Day Six

By Naomi Huffman

Six more days until Christmas, folks. 

Six more days of frantic holiday shoppers and horrifying renditions of Christmas music played in every public establishment and people attempting to make red and green work together and sticky-sweet holiday cocktail specials and office parties and gift exchanges and wondering who to buy gifts for and who won't notice if you don't buy them anything. 

But that means there are still six wonderful titles to tell you about! Like Lauren Becker's If I Would Leave Myself Behind. 

EIGHT DAYS OF SPLENDOR: DAY SIX
IF I WOULD LEAVE MYSELF BEHIND

by Lauren Becker
June 2014

If I Would Leave Myself Behind by Lauren Becker

 

These flash fiction stories from one of today’s emerging literary stars grasp to determine whether life can "come with fewer qualifications and be less equivocal,” a world where friendships are negotiated, love is one-sided, imagined, absent, or discovered, and where “going crazy is more subtle than you'd think."
Lauren Becker lives in Oakland, California. She has worked as an attorney, a health care policy analyst and advocate, a freelance writer, and a disability specialist. Her fiction has appeared at Tin House online, Hobart, the Los Angeles Review, Pedestal Magazine, Wigleaf, [PANK], and NANO Fiction. Her non-fiction has been featured on The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown. She is editor of the online literary journal, Corium Magazine.

These flash fiction stories from one of today’s emerging literary stars grasp to determine whether life can "come with fewer qualifications and be less equivocal,” a world where friendships are negotiated, love is one-sided, imagined, absent, or discovered, and where “going crazy is more subtle than you'd think."

Lauren Becker lives in Oakland, California. She has worked as an attorney, a health care policy analyst and advocate, a freelance writer, and a disability specialist.

 


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