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Whatever Don't Drown Will Always Rise
Stories by Justin Lawrence Daugherty
Ten stories of myths and the roads that sprawl out from them. These are not the stories of Greek and Roman gods, but of the daily hurts and hopes people cling to in lieu of a simple other, the apparitions and rumors of science and tradition that can give or take away.
"Justin Lawrence Daugherty has not just a voice, but a hulking, goose-pimpling presence on the page - like something buried in the earth too long and about to burn its way out. He is an acute and devastatingly honest observer of the current human condition, and his characters limp and bayonet their way through Whatever Don’t Drown Will Always Rise like soldiers of some wounded new century." - Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies and co-author of The Desert Places with Robert Kloss
"Written in a rich and pungent lyricism, the brief stories of Justin Lawrence Daugherty’s Whatever Don’t Drown Will Always Rise are populated by a strange rough cast who in their pitched yearnings, their struggles and terrors, force us to recognize our own wild essential natures, the wolves howling from the bleak forests of our souls." - Robert Kloss, author of The Alligators of Abraham
Cover art by the incredible Matt Kish of One Drawing for Every Page of Moby Dick brilliance.
A Midwestern Story Cycle by Ryan Werner
Desperate, self-contained, and home. These five stories follow a young man from the summer after high school until age twenty-eight, documenting all the ennui and forced feelings along the way.
"The five stories in Ryan Werner's Murmuration, which are dedicated to the Midwest, bring me into the heart of a world where boys drive cars off cliffs and have least favorite strippers, where dreams must be revised into "necessary shapes" by playing guitar in the street at night. Ryan writes with authority, skill, and passion, not only about the Midwest, but about youth and what it means to be young." - Mary Miller, author of Big World and Less Shiny
Cover art by Mario Kolarić.
by Matthew Burnside
If There's Any Truth In a Northbound Train
by Ryan Werner
Eight short stories about the truth and if it matters, the places we sleep when our wooden teeth no longer fit our bodies, what we do with our life not quite all in one place. From the first story to the last, there is always something disappearing and a choice of what to worship: what is gone or the space it leaves behind.
"'You have to want something all the time,' I tell him. 'It's just human.'—Werner’s book is full of characters wanting something all the time. It makes me want. It makes me want to read this book over and over. Hilarious, witty, ghostly: people and body parts go missing and sometimes reappear. But the Truth, dammit, is elusive and pervasive at the same time. How does he do it? It makes me squirm." -Amy Temple Harper, author of Cramped Uptown
"There is an apocalyptic fervor to these tales of missing friends, missing limbs and tightly held truths ripped violently away. Werner is a master of articulating the particularly Middle American malaise of his beloved miscreants and misanthropic castaways—his grocery store clerks and meat packers living an inch from oblivion. With predictably electric prose and a freewheeling vernacular that rings deadly true, Werner takes us on a heavy metal hell-ride through lives lived without a net—banzai skydivers staring down the end of days and taking another bite of their goddamned candied apple." - Aaron Teel, author of Shampoo Horns