PHOTOGRAPHS OF MADNESS: INSIDE OUT by Alec Ivan Fugate
There exists an apartment that omits a warm, comfortable smell. Many have lived in it. Many have gone missing. PHOTOGRAPHS OF MADNESS: INSIDE OUT is a flash fiction collection detailing the experiences of four unique characters as they come to live in that wicked place with each character building on the experiences of the last. Using an abstract writing style, Fugate accurately showcases rapid mental decline and surreal imagery in this emotionally provocative and unnerving work.
“It’s the kind of text that is imbued with all of the best stuff: hidden meanings, implied silences and phantasmagorical imagery. The use of repetition here is fastidious and honestly, astounding. This is real work— work that reads like it was translated meticulously, without losing or sacrificing any of the heart.” – Mike Kleine, author of Kanley Stubrick and Lonely Men Club
“In Photographs of Madness: Inside Out, all sense and senses are ravaged. This a beautifully vivid and ridiculously poetic read.” – Arielle Tipa, Founding Editor of Occulum and author of Daughter-Seed
I COULD BE YOUR NEIGHBOR, ISN’T THAT HORRIFYING? by Cavin Gonzalez
These are the confessions of a depraved man seeking solace from his invasive thoughts and the Floridian-Hellscape. Short stories. Poems. Some are real. Some are not. You can decide what you want to believe as you take a tour around a neighborhood plagued by the presence of a college graduate struggling with a gas station hotdog diet, an evil twin, poverty, and the ever present whispers from inside his noggin.
“’I COULD BE YOUR NEIGHBOR’ is like a fun-house mirror. You’ll recognize yourself in it but you may not like the reflection.” – Hannah Gordon, literary angel and CHEAP POP managing editor
“Cavin Gonzalez could be John Barth’s long lost secret step baby. With an appetite for disaster and experimental fiction, Gonzalez is a writer to watch. ‘I Could be Your Neighbor Isn’t That Horrifying’ is one young man’s reckoning that includes puppies, honey chipotle chicken crispers and all kinds of heart.” – Michael Graves, author of Parade and Dirty One
“I read Cavin’s flash collection then I shaved my head and drove on the wrong side of the highway, ran naked through Target.” – Mike Andrelczyk, author of The Iguana Green City & Other Poems“Cavin Gonzalez is a Floridian Rimbaud, with eyes that see the world more clearly than we do. I Could Be Your Neighbor…, a hybrid of prose and poetry, not really comfortable being either, reminds me of the newly-discovered purple octopi roaming the ocean floor – weird, funny, lovable, unexpected, and with more than a touch of menace. Gonzalez’ words are open, yet opaque, horrific and horrifically funny.” – James Nulick, author of Haunted Girlfriend
by Neil Clark
A love story spanning 65 million years. A kid with a skyscraper growing on his head. The fate of a note sitting in a jacket pocket for decades. A rumour of a black hole hiding in the ocean. In Neil Clark’s stunning debut collection, the cosmic and the mundane collide, drawing the reader through breathless twists of fate and exposing the poignant truths hidden where you least expect them. Clark’s succinct and imaginative prose glints like old starlight on a new diamond ring.
by No Glykon
Numbskull is a cat-type thing. It’s a safe word for having serious conversations. It’s graffiti scrawled on a broken speaker. Framed by No Glykon’s fine-tuned minimalism, Numbskull is a hazy shot tracking youth in decay: four fuckheads flickering through basement noise shows, the gun aisle in Walmart, internships out in Endless Summer, and trepidatious texts about maybe getting some drinks tomorrow night. Everything in Numbskull is a little blurry or out of focus or whatever. So go ahead and tear up your clothes for fashion. Grow some golden antlers. Put an apple on your head and let Numbskull pull the trigger.
“It’s a book about young people doing typical young people things, like going to parties and playing shows, but it is also something that is uniquely itself—dark, tender, magical, and weird.” — Juliet Escoria, author of Juliet the Maniac
“Numbskull is like the dream you have after getting high and staring at the sun for too long, a dream you don’t want to wake up from. It’s populated by people you know and people you want to. Its images slot into the folds of your brain and stay there… You will want to read Numbskull on an endless loop, like leaving a song on repeat until it becomes part of the texture of your life.” — Cassandra de Alba, author of Ugly/Sad