Codorus Poets Series No. 1
by Insley Smullen
cclaimed poet Insley Smullen emerges from the wilds to deliver a
focused collection that plays with the line, if one even exists, between
beast and man. Dirt Gods
is a sustained prayer to the small things that might really be the greater of us all.
Praise for Dirt Gods
Insley Smullen is a feral child. In Dirt Gods
, she navigates her
way through the human world using the wild language of the earth that
raised her. The fearless address these poems assume reminds us of the
ecstatic play that we never truly lost only lost touch with. And with a
series of howls Insley reminds us that magic will happen / the way it
always / does."
-- Janaka Stucky, founder of Black Ocean Press, author of
The World Will Deny It for You
Insley Smullen offers up
lowercase prayers to a series of household deities, fallible idols who
feed and bleed and sometimes talk back. Rooted in an American landscape,
Smullen uses an idiom wholly her own to pair the sacred with the
-- Jehanne Dubrow, author of Red Army Red
Also available for shipping May 1: Two limited editions of
Dirt Gods featuring special negative (reverse) covers.
* Signed and numbered edition of 20 copies: $20
* Signed and lettered edition of 26 copies with a special, original piece of linocut artwork by the author mounted on the inside back cover: $30
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Literary Genre Fiction
The Freak Foundation Operative's Report
By Tom Joyce
asked worshippers of a bloodthirsty, ancient god -- calling themselves
The Slain -- have the Central Pennsylvania city of Batley under siege.
Between slugs of rotgut, a skeptical operative must use wits and bare
knuckles to connect a part-time faerie queen, the sordid history of a
carnival and a reclusive cult leader who may have unleashed unearthly
The Freak Foundation Operative's Report is a shell game of a
novel that combines elements of hardboiled mysteries, occult thrillers
and dark social satire. It's H.P. Lovecraft meets Elmore Leonard by way
of the Marx Brothers.
Praise for The Freak Foundation Operative's Report:
"Quirky humor punctuates this mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a
pseudo-supernatural story with a soft nougat center. Joyce's uncanny
ability to write in different voices and points of view puts me in mind
of reading Max Brooks' World War Z
... only without the zombies. And
without the Brad Pitt movie. Yet...."
-- Michael S. Katz, author of Shalom
on the Range and The Silver Lady
"Tom Joyce's novel The Freak Foundation Operative's Report
drew me in
from the first sentence as the mind-altering mystery of The Slain
unfolds through his exceptional writing. Each character was so real that
I found myself forgetting this was fiction. It's impossible to believe
this is a first novel. I can't wait to read the next work from this
highly inventive author."
-- Linda D. Addison, Bram Stoker Award-winning
author of How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend
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