Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Robert, the Architect
Andrew Wallace Chamings
The Piano Lesson
The Night Brides
The Amnesia Academy
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Peter D. Kramer
The Name of the Helper
Reprint in Memoriam:
When You Heard
D. Quentin Miller
3 x 2
Temple of Zuul
Ousmane Would Like to Go Nightclubbing with Cadiatu
Donna D. Vitucci
Monday, December 20, 2010
Small Press Holiday Recommendations: On the Eve of Winter Solstice
Today’s small press picks come from New York, Louisville, and Chicago. Long before making her acquaintance, I remember poet Maggie Balistreri’s brilliant chapbook The Evasion-English Dictionary (since picked up by Melville House) from the consignment shelf at St. Mark’s Bookshop. Later I was thrilled when I heard she was going to library school, and again when she got a job as a librarian at the Poets House, now located in Battery Park City. Fiction writer Jason Jordan was the Beard Guy I used to see at all the New Yinzer literary events, but I finally met him officially when Amy Guth came into Pittsburgh for a reading. I remember seeing Amy talking to Jason at ModernFormations: Realizing how well she knew Beard Guy from cyberspace was one of the first moments I understood the extent of the online small press community. Jason has since left Pittsburgh and I miss seeing him around. I met the always-hilarious Ben Tanzer when Scott McClanahan suggested I arrange a reading for him in December 2009: Ben (a fiction writer based in Chicago) was coming through Pittsburgh en route to a reading in West Virginia. I got Savannah Schroll Guz involved, and the resulting reading launched the Seasonal Shorts reading series, now held four times a year in Pittsburgh (and run by Savannah). Thanks to Maggie, Jason, and Ben for sharing their Small Press Picks today:
READ THE PICKS HERE
Monday, December 13, 2010
Another excellent issue. I'd start with the fiction and work my way from there. PRICK OF THE SPINDLE 4.3
April E. Bacon
When the Sun is Glorious
Kimberly Long Cockroft
Trip to Kamalganj
Mother Alice Laughing
A Companion to Minnow Lake: A Novelette
The Landscape and Mrs. Patel
What Bubba Saw
Kevin P. Keating
When You Heard
What is Written, Sweet Sister?
Every Creeping Thing
Kathryn Megan Starks
When You Hear This Sound
“The Comfort of Dead Whales” – Harper Hull (Fashionable Fiction Winner)
Harper's majestic, yet eerie story about a man, his wife, a secluded island, and the mesmerizing remnants of a whale carcass, has been crowned Issue #1's Fashionable Fiction Winner. Kristian Woodmansee, of Elusive Designs, did a wonderful job creating the shirt to accompany the fiction piece. Kristian's design captures a sense of simplicity and subtle darkness that we feel pairs nicely with Harper's work, and of course is just plain cool to look at and wear. Shirts are limited, but they are for sale ($12) at Elusive Designs. All profit derived from shirt sales will act as a donation to FIX IT BROKEN, so that we can maintain our goal of bringing you quality fiction and fashionable t-shirts.
“Beware the Carousel” – Matthew Dexter
“There Ain’t No Sin and There Ain’t No Virtue” – Zoe Alexandra
“Meat” – Neil Richter
“The Comet Train” – Robert Vaughan
“Salamonster, During D.C.’s Destruction” – Sean Lyman Frasier
“The Lunatic and the Tiger Shark” – Crystal Beran
“I Became an Old Couple” – Greg Gerke
“Her Heart is a Screen Door, Too.”- Ryder Collins
Two Collaborative Pieces by Barry Graham and Peter Schwartz
Special Thanks to John Dermot Woods for the wonderful cover art, and Elusive Designs for helping create a great first t-shirt. Thanks to everyone who has supported FIX IT BROKEN. We hope you enjoy the first Issue.
READ ISSUE 1 HERE
Thursday, December 9, 2010
If anyone is interested in reviewing the book, I would greatly appreciate it. It's a quick 120-ish page read. I'll send you a PDF now and then a hardcopy when it's released. Please and thanks. If so, please email: email@example.com
Nothing or Next to Nothing
a novella by
Cover price: $9.95
Projected release date: May 31, 2011. The Advance Discount price of $5.50 will be available until May 17, 2011.
About the Author
Barry Graham received his MFA from Rutgers University, where he currently teaches writing. He is the author of The National Virginity Pledge, which was a finalist for the NGI Book Award for Short Story Fiction. One of the stories therein was awarded the 2009 Jumpmettle Award for Excellence in Fiction, and two other stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Graham is the flash fiction editor for DOGZPLOT.
After finding their mother dead at the breakfast table and subsequently being abandoned by their father, half-brother and sister, Derek and Daisy Kehoe are left to fend for themselves. Their relationship quickly suffers from patterned violence, abuse, and neglect, until Daisy herself disappears under curious circumstances. Derek slowly gets his life in order, finding stability through college, a steady relationship, and money he inherits through a series of botched armed robberies. But of course, nothing stays stable for long. Everything and everyone in Derek’s life has an ulterior motive, reasons for embracing him and reasons for throwing him away.
In a world in which nothing or next to nothing matters anymore, Barry Graham's hero Derek is doomed because he hasn't erased his last shred of decency yet. He suffers abuse, heartbreak, beatings, and ultimately the loss of the only person he ever cared for, because he can't believe in a world where a McDonald's restaurant might be the last church, and an okay BigMac our last prayer. Graham's book is an elegy to something we've lost without noticing or caring. It's a mean punch to the chin; it floors you, and still you'll be glad you took it.
Read the prologue in its entirety HERE
Any orders would be very very much appreciated. Please and thanks.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
1. DOGZPLOT FLASH FICTION has been recently redesigned and we will be posting new flashes any day now.
2. DOGZPLOT LITERARY JOURNAL is currently down until further notice. After the MAGIC ISSUE (which is coming soon), we will be flash fiction only and will post new flashes as soon as we accept them.
3. THIRD FACE is a new lit blog featuring some pretty great contributors. www.thirdface.com
4. FOX FORCE 5 will be shipping soon.
5. If you send anything to a dogzplot.com email address it will bounce back. Use firstname.lastname@example.org for any and all things.
6. ACHILLES CHAPBOOKS are still going strong. PETER SCHWARTZ and NICOLLE ELIZABETH have recently released chapbooks. Check them out here: www.achilleschapbook.blogspot.com
7. Chapbooks from BEN TANZER and KENDRA GRANT MALONE coming soon.
Thanks for your continued patience and friendship. Word.
Friday, May 21, 2010
"We go to the farmers market and he makes shadow puppets for six little kids from a beam of nine am sunlight."
Read the rest here:
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Congrats to a few DOGZPLOT contributors for their inclusion in the TOP 50 and the LONG SHORT LIST.
IN THE WHITE HOUR
SINGLE MALT AND SHE'S BUYING
Thanks again and congrats to everyne involved. Go check this shit out for yourself.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
The Drunk Sonnets are obsessed with breathing and love and loneliness and Daniel’s inability to think and feel and function properly in the absence of a friend or a beer or a good woman. The poems are claustrophobic, an oxygen tank set to its highest setting while the man on the other end has embraced his demise, drunk, alone, but for memories of lost love; and for Bailey there is only one; she is everything and nothing and beautiful and careless:
I’M GLAD THAT YOU’RE SILL ALIVE AND DOING WELL
I’D HATE TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE YOU DON’T EXIST
I CAN SAY THAT HONESTLY, AND I’M GLAD I DON’T HAVE TO LIE
IF YOU KNOW ME, AND I THINK YOU DO, YOU KNOW I’M NOT A LIAR
EXCEPT FOR WHEN EVERYTHING GOES WRONG IN MY LIFE
AND I HAVE TO BACK AWAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE
INTO ANOTHER CORNER OF LIFE WHERE I’LL SAY ANYTHING
TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE ME RIGHT NOW
I can’t remember reading an alcoholism this tender this vulnerable and heartbroken and incapable:
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE WANT LIFE TO MEAN SOMETHING
I WISH I WERE THE MOSS ON THE TREE STUMP IN ANOTHER STATE
AND WE NEVER ENDED UP SEEING EACH OTHER
I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT WHAT I DRINK EVERY NIGHT CAN MAKE ME FEEL
ANY DIFFERENT, AND I THINK WE’LL BE GONE FOREVER RIGHT NOW
I AM GONE AND YOU ARE GONE AND THAT IS IT
Ultimately, I’m not convinced that Daniel will make it. Reminiscent of the best parts of Plath’s Bell Jar, these sonnets are mad and hopeless. They offer no solutions, no redemption, just a human being stripped to blood and tiny fragments of muscle tissue who is just as uncertain of his escape as I am:
I CAN’T TALK RIGHT NOW WITH MY MOUTH FULL OF SAND
IF YOU WANT TO TALK LEAVE A MESSAGE AND I WILL RESPOND
AT A BETTER TIME I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND
BUT I UNDERSTAND IF YOU NEVER DO
AND IF I NEVER DO
AND IF WHAT WAS GOOD WAS NOT REALLY GOOD
BUT WE WERE TRYING TOO HARD TO BE GOOD
God bless you Daniel Bailey.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Read a little piece here:
"The anesthetized man rose from the surgery table and grabbed the young nurse around the waist. The last time a man surprised her like that she was dancing at a biker bar in a copper ghost town."
"These pieces are story distilled to the very core and are almost too personal for narrative, too close to the surface to shape with illusions of form and structure. What we’re left with is a powerful rawness and urgency that only grow with each subsequent reading. Only then is the reader finally able to grasp the emotional gravitas at play."
Read the rest here:
Thanks to MARC SCHUSTER at the SMALL PRESS REVIEWS for his excellent review of PETER SCHWARTZ's, OLD MEN, GIRLS, AND MONSTERS. Here's a brain teaser:
"The monsters named in the title of this slim volume are humans — or, at the very least, what humans become when we let our demons get the better of us. Throughout the proceedings, Schwartz presents a host of lonely, psychologically damaged characters, all of whom seek comfort in the company of others yet, tragically, lack the capacity to connect in a meaningful way."
Read the rest here:
Both Salvatore and Marc pretty much nailed these reviews. Good shit guys. Thanks for your friendship and support.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Donna D. Vitucci
VERY SHORT FICTION
Laura Ellen Scott
The End of the World
And then the Phoenix
Yet, I Kneel. I Tie.
and other good shit from other good people...
Monday, March 8, 2010
Is America ready for the Truth?
Glen Tate didn't ask to be thrust into the heart of political upheaval. He has enough problems of his own--a love life adrift, his crew of disturbed schoolchildren, the lingering ghost of his dead brother... Yet these immediate worries are overshadowed when he survives a horrific accident which claims the son of Arthur Lyndon, the billionaire firebrand determined to forge a new America defined by his vision of the truth. Millions hail Lyndon as a modern messiah, and only Glen and his handful of misfit friends know the real truth.
In Truth or Something Like It, Curtis Smith examines friendship and love, society's penchant for cultish hysteria, and the power of one man to make a difference. By turns humorous, tender, and violent, Smith renders a world both fantastic and as disturbingly real as today's headlines.
"In Truth or Something Like It, Curtis Smith taps the full range of experience--joy, grief, humor, despair--with a keen ear for the subtleties of language and a compassionate eye for the complexities of human nature. His prose is simultaneously robust and impressively precise. This is a surprising, generous writer, one who cares about his craft, and so will you." - Elise Juska, author of One for Sorrow, Two for Joy
"Truth or Something Like It is a thoroughly engrossing novel--rich with unforgettable characters, vibrant prose, and strength of voice. Curtis Smith is a major talent, and this novel is a work to savor and celebrate." - Laura van den Berg, author of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
For addition info including how to order, click here:
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of thirteen previous poetry chapbooks, including Death of the Frog Prince (2004) and Heartland (2007), both from FootHills Publishing. He has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize and five times for the Best of the Net anthology. His first full-length collection of poetry, Lovesick, was released in 2009 by The Poetry Press/Press Americana.
Anomalies is a 28 page hand-stitched chapbook - $8.00
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Sisters Are From Mars, Sisters Are From Vegas
Take the Hit
How to Learn a Language
Whatsoever A Man Soweth (Bloody Mary)
When in Rome
A Gulp of Air
Anne Leigh Parrish
Pinny And The Fat Girl
What You'd Expect
The Carnivore Restaurant
KEVIN O' CUINN
Sheldon Lee Compton, Jerome Edwards, S. H. Gall, Brad Green, Kevin Kaiser, Robert Kaye, xTx
Jude Dillon, Britt Gambino, KJ Hays, Karen Neuberg, Amy Oakley, Lynne Procope, Peter Richter, Jacob Russell, Daniel Wheatley
Prose. Poems. a Novel. by Jamie Iredell
Friday, February 26, 2010
The Taste of Penny: Stories Jeff Parker. Dzanc (Consortium, dist.), $16.95 paper (144p) ISBN 978-0-9825204-4-4
Ten dark, suspenseful, and tightly wound stories teeter on the edge of catastrophe and the surreal piecing-back-together of life afterwards. Parker (Ovenman) tosses his characters into some form of peril, whether physical—like the narrator of “Our Cause,” who loses the tip of his tongue—or emotional, like the jingoistic American in “The Boy and the Colgante,” who erects a giant illuminated American flag in front of his house in the heart of “French redneck” Quebec. Parker's characters are disfigured or pitiable—one weathers guilt and emotional torture while paralyzed in a wheelchair, one gnaws at his fingers and attempts to excrete a swallowed penny, one stands in line outside the house where his ex-girlfriend is interviewing potential new boyfriends. Parker's prose is concise and quirky, packed with unexpected turns (“It's like yak butter or meat jelly,” says one character. “You don't know exactly what it is but you know it's there”), and aside from the few moments when Parker gets too clever for his own good (as with the unnecessarily obscure “The Briefcase of the Pregnant Spylady”), these stories are haunting and constantly surprising. (Apr.)
Thursday, February 11, 2010
BLUE PRINT REVIEW
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
February marks the official two year anniversary of Orange Alert Press. It was two years ago this month that Ben Tanzer approached my with his second novel Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine. To celebrate that spark of genius and to clear my closet of the 60+ copies I have left I am announcing a FIRE SALE! For the month of February I will be selling copies of Ben's book for just $6 (plus $3 shipping). They will be available on-line, but also at a few select events this month including The Torn Pages Event on Feb. 13th and the Orange Alert Reading on Feb 21st at The Whistler. Also, the first person to name six writers in the above video will receive a free book (put your guesses in the comments section).
"Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine is an honest, funny book whose depiction of dating angst in the nineties will ring true for those of us who were there, and likely win plenty of new converts for this talented Chicago author." - Matt Staggs (Enter The Octopus)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
THE ORCHARD’S MEMORY
THE KNIFE ACT
ROBERT SWARTWOOD vs. NARRATIVE MAGAZINE
Monday, January 4, 2010
"Our second .pdf ebook is here and ready to be consumed. We’ll let the awesomeness speak for itself, so here’s J.A. Tyler’s When We Make Our Dinosaur"
Friday, January 1, 2010
Stretch more. Learn sign language. Go to the dentist.
I will spend less time talking about writing and more time writing.
I resolve to stop googling Jon and Kate Gosselin.
I resolve, in the year 2010, to finish my novel.
Procrastinate less, write more, and don't get screwed (in the negative sense of the word).
I have a long-standing resolution to not make any NY Resolutions.
My resolution is to have my bikini body come summer!
I think I will resolve to stop doing stupid things, but the more I try to do that, the more stupider I seem to get.
I resolve to drink more often, but less at a time.
My New Year's Resolution is to do everything in my power to get my Distribution money back
I resolve to never skip out on motel bills/damage again (while on Ambien or on Tuesdays) and leave you in that uncomfortable/awkward situation, Sara.
Every year for many years, my resolution has been to finish writing the first draft of my novel. This year, my resolution is to finish revising the first draft of my novel and start querying agents by March.
I resolve to spend more time with Barry and less time with the governor.
I resolve to work harder, write harder, love harder.
I'm going to resolve to send out more work more frequently. Because I think I'm really lazy about that.
I will use whiskey only for gargling. I will argue that dogs are U.S. citizens, too. I will compare work to a strip search. I will stare at you as if you were someone else. I will call it war rather than armed conflict, and in my head, I will see myself spiraling down in orange flames. I will admire the dainty feet of a hugely fat woman. I will place birds like commas around the yard.
My New Year's resolutions for the year 2010 are to: Work out like I'm in prison because who knows, someday I might be. Finally listen to my OBGYN's advice and really live "in the moment.” Enjoy and appreciate my time in Philly. Force people to publish me. Defeat Evil.
I'm going to smile more and take up boxing.
Michael J. Bible
My resolution is to ignore the thoughts I have during the first 30 minutes after I wake up.
Simon A. Smith
My new years res is to lose some of my petty anger and find more happiness in small things, even in places where it has no damn business being.
Eat Carrots, Write Poems, Listen to Slayer. Stay Fly. Read until my eyes fall out. Write until I have no hands then keep writing. Quote Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure: "Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!"
I resolve to not make convulsive and guttural noises when remembering embarrassing moments from my past.
I resolve to fight for world peace, well that and finally achieve a 7-hour tantric orgasm like my hero and mentor Sting.
My resolution is to finish my book of essays in 2010, and only staying a little insane in the process. I'd also like to round out my list of abilities by perfecting a cherry pie recipe, if I can learn to bake first.
I resolve to take more pleasure where I find it--and look harder for its murmurs where I don't, and to attempt to find the good points about every person I meet and/or have to be near--because we all have bad traits, this much is true--but why waste my time on recognizing those?
This year I'd like to learn to pole dance. The way strippers grab the pole and swing around upside down and almost land on their heads. That's what I want to do, but with clothes on and maybe an extra sweater. I'm going to need someone to buy me that sweater though, since I don't own one.
A long time ago, I gave up on making resolutions, because I don't do well under pressure and because the disappointment in myself at never coming close to actually living out any of my resolutions was crushing. And yet, on New Year's Eve and Day, I live even more keenly with those things I try to live with every day- a supreme sense of awe and gratitude for the mystery which is our existence on this earth, and with a humble hope that I can show some kindness to my fellow souls, love my family with the love they deserve and fight off the despair which accompanies the knoweldge of our mortality that haunts us all.
I'm going to read more. Spend less time goofing around on the computer. And I'm going to crack open some cookbooks and learn some new recipes. Yeah! 2010!
Ryan W. Bradley
In years past I have resolved to have no resolutions, but I decided against douchebaggery, and hereby resolve to DO BETTER. If I do it, whatever it is, I want to do it better in 2010. From brushing my teeth, to writing stories, to massaging my wife's back. It's all going to be done better.
Donna D. Vitucci
Lessen the grieving, amp up the dreaming, and not let it all matter so much.
To stop allowing college to interfere with the day's writing.
To actually start, if not finish, writing a novel in 2010.
Be in control of my mind, body & spirit at all times. Better balance of all aspects of my life. Become a more active reader and listener. Sell more books!!!
My New Year's resolution is to get a passport and get the hell out of the country.
Laura Ellen Scott
My resolution is very boring--gonna finish writing a collection of spooky vsf, and see if anyone wants to read it!
INSERT CLEVER, WITTY OR SOMEWHAT PROFOUND STATEMENT FOR AN ARBITRARY DAY IN AN ARBITRARY YEAR IN AN ARBITRARY EXISTENCE HERE.
Treat people with more respect. Wake up earlier in the morning. Stop complaining about money. Compliment the people I admire. Defend myself
My resolution: to judge myself less.
My resolutions are to floss every day, apply lotion every night before bed, finish my novel by spring, let's see, try not to be a bitch.
I will try to write every day. I will try to support more indie publishers and magazines. I will try at least once a month to read a book by an author I've never read before.