The basement on Biella is a poetry collection that emanates from a blue-collar town in Massachusetts, then travels to New Hampshire, the Midwest, Nova Scotia, and finally to Toronto. Bill Garvey’s poetry captures moments along that journey which celebrate the wonder of familial relationships, chronicle the attempt to find solace in death, and explore the struggle to understand the torment of mental illness. The basement on Biella is a chronicle of Garvey’s experiences that resonates beyond his personal world into the greater human consciousness.
The Dogcatcher by Sean Patrick Carlin
Sean Patrick Carlin’s debut novel, an occult horror/dark comedy in the spirit of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, begins with a trio of college students savagely mauled on a hiking trail coming home from the bar. The next night, a pair of high-school sweethearts is stalked and massacred at a state park. Something monstrous lurks in the woods of Upstate New York, setting the idyllic Finger Lakes community of Cornault on edge. Investigating the wildlife attacks is beleaguered Animal Control Officer Frank Antony. Misunderstood by his father, the mayor of Cornault, mistreated by his brother, chief of staff at City Hall, and mischaracterized as “the dogcatcher” by the newspaper’s op-ed columnist, Frank commands no one’s respect. Even his earnestly loyal sidekick, Animal Care Technician Steve “Waff” Pollywaffle, is too hopelessly irresponsible to ever be counted on. Aided by world-weary forensic veterinarian Jessie Bartendale, Frank and Waff soon suspect the creature menacing their town is something far more horrifying than an ordinary wild animal... and the underestimated “dogcatcher” and his team might be the only ones who can stop it.
Twenty-Four-Hour Shift by Cecilia Kennedy
Something lurks in the shadows at work, and it has a way of following us home, keeping us up late at night. The thoughts that accompany them go beyond worrying about the tasks left undone, the tense email sent right before 5:00 p.m. They creep past the barriers, slipping through the curtains: What was that shape on the wall that kept moving? What was really beneath the surface of the water that the lifeguard watched on shift? The twenty-four stories gathered here tell tales of not just work-related haunts and happenings, but also the roles that characters play at home as parents, friends, distant relatives—roles that come with all-night expectations and terrifying consequences. Indeed, the work never ends. These stories range from the truly sinister, such as a tale about a human vending machine restaurant, to horror-comedy, including a photoshoot with possessed bunnies. The shift, here, is more than a time-period, a punch in or out of the clock. It’s the portrait that seems to stretch and move—the lenticular view, that from just the right angle, reveals a pair of glowing eyes in the dark.
In the Lair of the Kraken by Christopher Butt
What lies in the Lair of the Kraken? Darkness. The kind that fills our hearts, that we embrace, run from, challenge, triumph over, or surrender to. The kind that leads to tragedy, loneliness, bad decisions, narcissism, and good intentions. Christopher Butt’s debut collection of nineteen stories delves into this madness and reveals monsters, both human and not, and cautions us to remember that when you gaze into the lair, the Kraken’s all-seeing eye stares back. Tread carefully.
New Release! Where Sands Run Finest by Vikki C.
Where Sands Run Finest is a lyrical tribute to the liminal landscapes of time, memory, reveries, spirituality and the human condition. Foregrounding the author's life experiences through an aesthetic and defamiliarized lens, the collection serves as an artistic awakening to themes of identity, heritage, generational trauma, motherhood, love, loss and existential querying. From life's transient moments through to the metaphysical, Vikki C.’s poetry captures the lexicon of time's delicate rhythms both within the "temporal hourglass" and across "otherworlds" born of cosmic, esoteric and subconscious realms.
New Release--The Roach Family and Other Stories!
In this new collection of short fiction, the characters in The Roach Family and Other Stories share one thing in common: they strive to fit in. The Roach Family and Other Stories features richly drawn characters at odds with the conventions of society who seek unique and surprising ways to take charge of destiny.