WHEN YOU FIND US WE WILL BE GONE by Christopher Linforth
Christopher Linsforth has a new collection of stories titled after his story published in Phantom Drift, When You Find Us We Will Be Gone (Lamar University Press, 2014)
In these twelve stories, Christopher Linforth explores the complexities, difficulties, and troubling alienation of the modern world. This diverse, innovative collection spans the globe and includes elegant meditations on a failing relationship in post-Communist Croatia, a violin appraiser’s quest to auction a rare Stradivarius, a difficult and troubling father-son relationship in 1950s Levittown, a posse of cowboys hired to round-up feral cattle in Japan, and a post-modern novella charting the identity breakdown of a writer.
“Whether Christopher Linforth is writing about cowboys in Fukushima, once-famous Czech violinists, or insurance salesmen in Levittown, his fiction always exhibits the combination of intelligence and compassion that is the hallmark of the best writers. When You Find Us We Will Be Gone is an auspicious debut collection by an exciting young writer.” –Ed Falco, author of Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha: New and Selected Stories, and the New York Times Bestselling novel, The Family Corleone
“In When You Find Us We Will Be Gone, Christopher Linforth takes us on a multicultural trip around the globe. His stories can be gritty and realistic, absurdist and surrealistic, delectably post-modern or wryly traditional, deeply ironic or disarmingly romantic. But whatever the setting and whatever the point of view, Linforth’s powerful prose makes us care about ordinary people plagued by extraordinary yearnings.”–Lucinda Roy, author of Lady Moses and The Hotel Alleluia
SPECULATIONS by MV Montgomery
This speculative fiction collection includes traditional stories as well as highly imaginative pieces crafted out of scholarly essays, ersatz book and TV reviews, a glossary of lost cults, a self-guided museum tour, and even a nonsensical diet plan. M.V. Montgomery continues to spin fiction out of practically anything, and it is invariably the kind that makes you laugh and think, and then perhaps surf the net to see whether groups like the Verticists or Thecans ever existed . . . by which point, you’ll be wishing they did.
“One of the most thought-provoking and entertaining works of science fiction I have ever read. Funny, clever, and deeply philosophical throughout.” –Spencer Green, author of The Alliance
“The twenty-five short, sharp shocks in Speculations show M.V. Montgomery unafraid to tackle the Big Questions, but more than willing to articulate the complex absurdity of humanity’s answers. Call these remarkable stories conspiracy parables; place them in the classic tradition of Borges and Lem, and the contemporary practice of James Morrow and Ben Loory—but whatever you do, read them right now.” –F. Brett Cox, co-editor of Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic
“Rich with ideas . . . Speculations provides a hint of how far Montgomery’s imagination might take us.” –Jessica E. Thomas, author of The Quiet Tyranny
THE SEX LIVES OF MONSTERS by Helen Marshall
Helen Marshall’s poetry chapbook, The Sex Lives of Monsters, won the Elgin Chapbook Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Congratulations, Helen. Helen was a contributor to Phantom Drift 2: Valuable Estrangements.
In The Sex Lives of Monsters, award-winning poet Helen Marshall weaves together ancient myths and urban legends in a poignant exploration of what it means to be monstrous. These poems are peopled with gods, murderers and marvels, with Bigfoot and Billy the Kid. Gorgeous and disturbing, comically sly and colored with sadness, Marshall revels in our animal selves and their angel traces, in gum wrappers, subway ads, love letters and the crooked children left behind to sit through them.
“Helen Marshall goes to the heart of myth and gives us beautiful, mournful monsters, aching to feel whole.” –Linda D. Addison, How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend (2011 Bram Stoker Aware Winner)
“You will be transfixed.” –Marge Simon, Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls (2012 Bram Stoker Award Winner
Congratulations to Christopher, MV and Helen, and thanks for sharing the good news.