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the garden of good and evil pancakes

THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL PANCAKES
by David S. Atkinson

Don’t you hate it when you may (or may not) be trapped endlessly in a Village Inn with your ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, coincidentally your ex-best friend? That’s the kind of day Cassandra is having. In a homogenized world that is left mostly empty so everyone can feel comfortable, The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes explores the fictions we tell ourselves and the fictions we tell ourselves about the fictions we tell ourselves.

 great divide

GREAT DIVIDE
by Emily Kiernan

Great Divide
is a novel about memory, the power of the past to shape and subsume the present, and the pressing, terrible need to escape the drowning force of history. The reader inhabits the conflicted and mercurial interior of Jane, a young woman fleeing from years of abuse in her Oregon seacoast home to an uncertain freedom with her boyfriend in the landlocked new world of the Kansas plains.

beyond folly

BEYOND FOLLY by Emil DeAndreis
Welcome to the wonderful world of public education, as seen through the eyes of seasoned substitute teacher, Horton Hagardy. It’s a time you might recall with great fondness if you were a student—a day to escape the oppressive existence of your everyday tormentors. If you’re a substitute, however, these dark, funny, and often poignant stories, take you to a very real place. In Emil DeAndreis’s new book, Beyond Folly, we are on the front lines of the education system, in the trenches, so to speak, of what it feels like to face the everyday challenges of being a teacher on call. These thoughtful and insightful linked-together tales give the reader a behind-the-scenes peek into the life and mind of a substitute teacher, an isolated, underpaid, and underappreciated.

desmond kon book

THE ARBITRARY SIGN
by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
Reviewed as “charming and lively” by Darian Leader, The Arbitrary Sign is a playful stab at the quintessential alphabet book, asking questions about meaning through the gaze of the continental philosopher. You’ll encounter Lacan, Derrida and Deleuze, all placed in conversation with each other. The age-old format is elevated into something more esoteric—the connoisseur’s poetic aperitif, if you may. Bryan Borland writes of this book: “These poems are confessional in the most unique of ways, beyond the public, underneath the personal. They tap into a universal vein, the voice that comes when we allow ourselves to observe ourselves. The result is transcendent.”

a breach in death

A BREACH IN DEATH
by Matt Thomas

Arc is a new grim reaper, and his first day on the job doesn’t go according to plan. Arc dies. He still had a debt to pay and this was to be his penance. Soon though, Arc and his fellow reaper Lucy, a guide on his journey into the underworld, learn that something—or someone—has upset the balance between life and death in a way that threatens us all.

 the tuxedoed corpse

THE TUXEDOED CORPSE by Henry F. Tonn
Chief detective Bumpy Morris of the Wilmington, North Carolina Police Department is called early in the morning to inspect a shallow grave that has been discovered at a local park. It contains an elderly-looking man with long, gray hair wearing a dark tuxedo and clutching a German Luger in his lap. The man’s right arm is held stiffly upward with the index finger pointing straight into the air.


best fiction

THE BEST FICTION & NONFICTION OF 2012
This book collects most of the fiction and nonfiction work published on our site during 2012. A great selection from very talented writers.


best poetry

THE BEST POETRY OF 2012
A collection of the best poetry work published on our site during 2012. Some amazing new work from some very talented people. Don’t miss it.

anthology2

THE WRITING DISORDER ANTHOLOGY
Volume II

This book collects most of the fiction, poetry, and nonfiction work published on our site during 2011. A great selection of work from some very talented writers. Don’t miss out.

burns

WHERE YOU ARE
by Michael Burns

“I can’t take it anymore. Love, L” writes Paul Embry’s wife of less than a year on the envelope of an electric bill. Thus begins the late summer and fall of Paul’s discontent as he struggles to come to grips.

thomas

RESETTING THE ARMAGEDDON CLOCK
by Matt Thomas

In a bid to impress a woman, a scientist unwittingly pushes the world to the brink of destruction when he sets the Armageddon clock at one-minute to midnight.

hall

THE PHYSICS OF IMAGINARY OBJECTS
by Tina May Hall

This enigmatic collection by Hall comprises curious musings on the convergence of the natural and human worlds. Many of these selections have quirky titles that deliver atmospheric, dreamlike stories.

catchher

CATCH HER IN THE RYE
by Wodke Hawkinson

Catch Her in the Rye
offers a cross-genre reading experience with its variety of tales, each different in tone and subject matter, and all entertaining.

mayor

MAYOR OF THE ROSES by Marianne Villanueva
“Marianne Villanueva is a gifted story-teller with an unflinching eye. Her elegant stories take us on a powerful journey from the harsh realities of life in the Philippines to another kind of harsh reality in urban America.”

crazies

WAR OF THE CRAZIES
by John Oliver Hodges

A young woman from Florida joins a commune in upstate New York, and finds herself smack dab in the middle of a host of crazies.

blunder

THE BLUNDERby Joe Kilgore
Within every smart man, a stupid one lies in wait. An aging advertising man loses his perspective when an insensitive boss, years his junior, reassigns his major account.

votebooth

THE VOTING BOOTH AFTER DARK
by Vanessa Libertad Garci

A group of gay & lesbian Latino club kids plunge deep into the agonizing lows of anxiety and addiction throughout the 2008 presidential elections.

ginseng

GINSENG & OTHER TALES FROM MANILA by Marianne Villanueva
Villanueva’s debut collection of probing, dreamlike tales about the Philippines during Ferdinand Marcos’s dictatorship provides a haunting image of the landscape & a glimpse into the minds & hearts of its people.

buddha

BUDDHA BOX
by Gretchn Mattox

“…Zen-supple, hungrily-burning collection of poems.”
—Carol Muske-Dukes

“As subversive in its simplicity as any truly American Buddhism, or as any truly feminine anything…”
—Gail Wronsky

Winner of the 2003 Green Rose Prize

sleephotel

THE SLEEP HOTEL
by Amy Newlove Schroeder

The harsh lines and sentence fragments in Schroeder’s hard-to-forget debut create collisions between the libidinal and the numinous: Struggling to get out/ from under the hood of the world, the poet compares her unsatisfied desire to Sailboats asleep in their slips, declaring I love you the way the ground loves the flame. Those phrases may begin to show the seriousness with which these taut poems take their goals: compressed yet raw, alert to the weights of words yet focused on emotion.

yuhan

WE GROW OLD
by Yu-Han Chao

Yu-Han Chao writes with delicacy and power. Her poems speak on many levels about life, relationships and personal nightmares. Her work flows from a mix of traditional Chinese culture, contemporary Taiwan and post-modern America. The resulting poems contain beauty and wisdom. Many are worth reading over and over again. —Joe Farley

sevennotes

THERE ARE SEVEN NOTES
by Sudha Balagopal
Can music really communicate emotions better than words? Is a person born with music embedded in his DNA? Could two souls bound by music ever find a connection outside of it? The seven stories in There are Seven Notes reveal the pervasiveness of classical music in Indian culture: an attempt once again to fathom the distance between life and art.

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