Recent and Upcoming Publications
The Gymnasium (Mark Malamud) — A Hellenistic god who can’t escape his past. A rock band whose music is so bad it paralyzes from the waist down. A black-market vegetable genetically-modified for self-abuse. These are just a few of the stories of melancholy and wonder inside The Gymnasium, an exercise in “literary taxidermy” by the author of Float the Pooch. By “re-stuffing” what goes in-between the opening and closing lines of classic works by Milan Kundera, Philip K. Dick, Thomas Wolfe, Ian Fleming, and others, the author has crafted 19 new and wholly-original fictions. ☆ “The Gymnasium demonstrates re-sampling isn’t just for music.” (re/ART) ☆ “At turns funny, sad, serious, and surreal – none of these stories will let you down.” (Robert Kramer) ☆ “Imagine taking the opening and closing sentences of Lord of the Flies, Casino Royale, or Vanity Fair, and then crafting your own narrative between their unique starting and ending points. The Gymnasium is an exercise in literary what-if, an alternate reality in which the surprisingly original emerges from the hauntingly familiar." (Henry Beecham) ☆ “So many possibilities — fascinating!” (The Mackidockie Review) ☆ “A roller-coaster of styles and voices, all anchored to the simple but powerful idea of re-imagining someone else's words as your own.” (Storybook) ★ Available Now.
A Pocketful of Fish (Choo 3t Fish) — An omnibus collection from North America's "most redoubtable poet," including Swimming through the Darkness (1974), Roe Roe Roe Your Boat (1978), and Will You Hold My Breath (1994). Credited with coining the phrase "iambic rentameter" (originally to describe his own work), Choo 3T Fish is in top form in each of these iconic volumes. Swimming through the Darkness, recipient of numerous accolades including the National Poetry Award in 1974, is the poet's break-through work, the first to see the poet embrace fully the "piscatorial slant" that would become his hallmark. His follow-up collection Roe Roe Roe Your Boat contains what many consider to be his most "salty" work, including “borne on a ripple” and “call me fish meal.” Finally, Will You Hold My Breath offers the reader an example of the poet in his later years, a tender collection of love poems. A lesser-known collection, but a powerful and often-overlooked return to classical form. Many of the poems were a revelation to readers whose familiarity had never strayed beyond the poet’s traditional canon. ☆ “You cannot understand the arc of the arts in the last-half of the 20th Century without a thorough grounding in the poetry of Choo 3T Fish. Grab this collection immediately!" (Trevor LeClerc, Poetry Now!) ☆ [Available in Early 2018]
Float the Pooch (Mark Malamud) — Disco Rigido, charismatic kingpin of black-market libidinal software, spreads mayhem throughout the world for the benefit of an ancient extraterrestrial intelligence that uses life on Earth as a substrate for procreation; while Doctor Memory, a back-alley neurosurgeon dressed as a rabbi, tries to save what's left of humanity. Seamlessly interweaving elements of an all-too-real future with mind-bending inventions and hallucinogenic flourishes, Float the Pooch is mesmerizing, hilarious, and utterly original, a novel that twists and turns and folds back on itself. ☆ "Part science-fiction, part technological thriller, and part hard-boiled Yiddish theatre, Float the Pooch pits sex against life, life against meaning, and – incredibly – David Bowie against Stanley Kubrick." (Tatyana Wjekeslava) ☆ "In the not-too-distant future, America is a corporate state whose cities are crumbling from the inside out, Disney is a religion whose adherents are as likely to wear Mouse ears as they are to terror-bomb Nike stores, and sex – thanks to a new drug of extraterrestrial origin – is the death of us all." (Dean Bonello) ☆ "The Millennium's first pan-galactic dystopian creation myth!" (Loup) ☆ "Arch and wry, Float the Pooch reads like a kind of Alien of La Mancha, a quixotic journey of imagination, ambition, and deceit." (Adeline Brown) ★ Available Now.
A Terrible Memory (Mark Malamud) — After suffering a nervous breakdown, software developer Richard Bledsoe finds himself alone and living on the streets. Ten years later, still living rough, he's unexpectedly drawn back into the quotidian world when his former boss and mentor, software tycoon Nicholas Stanton, reappears and urges him to help find his missing teenage daughter, Alibi. What follows is a gripping mystery set in the technoir milieu of modern-day Seattle, and an introduction to the world's first homeless detective. A Terrible Memory is the first book in The Flesh Blanket trilogy, three novels set during the early years of the Memory Plague. It is followed by the novels Read Me and The Rectangular Ruins. ☆ "He told me that toward 1886 he had devised a new system of enumeration and that in a very few days he had gone beyond twenty-four thousand. He had not written it down, for what he once meditated would not be erased. The first stimulus to his work, I believe, had been his discontent with the fact that 'thirty-three Uruguayans' required two symbols and three words, rather than a single word and a single symbol." — Jorge Luis Borges, "Funes el memorioso." ☆ [Coming in 2019]
Read Me (Mark Malamud) — Dr. Ireneo Funes, an epidemiologist sent to the Pacific Northwest by the CDC to study the outbreak of a novel disease – one that affects memory – is stymied by the fact that her patients keep disappearing. When chance pairs her with a homeless man (who claims to be a detective), she finds herself on the trail of the disease's first victim, its "Typhoid Mary," Alibi Stanton. Together Funes and Bledsoe uncover the startling origin of the Memory Plague in the high-tech world of Seattle's AI community. What started as a high-tech mystery becomes a science fiction thriller – and a race against time as the disease called Anamnesia spreads across the state. Read Me is the second book in The Flesh Blanket trilogy, three novels set during the early years of the Memory Plague. It is preceded by the novel A Terrible Memory and followed by The Rectangular Ruins. ☆ "Later he applied his extravagant principle to the other numbers. In place of seven thousand thirteen, he would say (for example) Máximo Perez; in place of seven thousand fourteen, The Train; other numbers were Luis Melián Lafinur, Olimar, Brimstone, Clubs, The Whale, Gas, The Cauldron, Napoleon, Agustín de Vedia. In lieu of five hundred, he would say nine." — Jorge Luis Borges, "Funes el memorioso." ☆ [Coming in 2020]
The Rectangular Ruins (Mark Malamud) — The Memory Plague has spread across the United States, completely reshaping the nation. After a terrifying road trip across the midwestern states, Bledsoe and Funes end up in New York City, living in a small encampment in Central Park, surrounded by hundreds of mysterious black boxes – what some call “the mind hives” – that may (or may not) serve as repository of the consciousnesses of all those who have gone missing. The Rectangular Ruins is the third and final book in The Flesh Blanket trilogy, three novels set during the early years of the Memory Plague. It is preceded by A Terrible Memory and Read Me. ☆ "Each word had a particular sign, a species of mark; the last were very complicated…I attempted to explain that this rhapsody of unconnected terms was precisely the contrary of a system of enumeration. I said that to say three hundred and sixty-five was to say three hundreds, six tens, five units: an analysis which does not exist in such numbers as The Negro Timoteo or The Flesh Blanket. Funes did not understand me, or did not wish to understand me." — Jorge Luis Borges, "Funes el memorioso." ☆ [Coming in 2020]