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Category Archive: Lit

Sarah Gerard Talks About Sunshine State

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“These stories get under your skin.”

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Show Me Your Shelves: Mike McCrary

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“The F word is used three times in the first three sentences.”

Wet Hot American Summers: Justin Grimbol

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“There was the summer my friends and I saw this kid pee on his parent’s car.”

GET LIT WITH JOANNA C. VALENTE & MICHAEL J. SEIDLINGER

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“I think I was smoking a cigar.”

Super Serious Internet Interview with Max Booth III

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“You have been very critical of anthologies paying in signed photographs. Why do you hate photography, Max?”

A Surprise New Jeremy Robert Johnson Novella

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An intensely moving tale of survival and madness along the river’s edge.

Eight Ways in Which Trump Destroyed my Childhood

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“Now we finally get our own supervillain.”

Butt Plugs, Shit Golems and Living Castles: Graphic Novels for Summer Reading

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“The panels ooze with demented sexuality, brutality and, uh, eyeball licking.”

Violence Dave: Heartless by Konstantine Paradias is Badass Fun

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“I think of the times I’ve cragged my legless body across razorwire, skin sloughing off as the napalm digs into me.”

Jason Vooreesberg Hangs with Justin Grimbol

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CLASH correspondent, art critic/therapy practitioner, and meek serial killer interviews cult writer Justin Grimbol.

Get Witchy With Lisa Marie Basile

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“Your father has a devil inside him.”

I BROKE A TOILET SEAT WITH MY FACE: An Interview with Constance Ann Fitzgerald  

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“How cool would it be if you actually got Cher to do a poetry zine for one of the Ladybox releases?”

Ten Types of Authors Who Can Go Fuck Themselves

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“If you think every other author out there is your enemy, you can go fuck yourself.”

Noah Cicero is a Bipolar Cowboy

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“Come to Vegas and we can go to karaoke.”

Serious Internet Interview with Author/Drummer Nathan Carson

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You were published this past year by Lazy Fascist Press. What was it like working with the alt-right?

Sigils & Poetry & Elle Nash

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“10/10 would chat again”

FLESH PUZZLE (A XICANA WATCHES SLASHER FILMS AND PONDERS DIVINATION) by MONIQUE QUINTANA

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“We’re a bunch of slanted-eyed brown girls watching wide-eyed white girls being chased by a killer.”

Entropy in Bloom by Jeremy Robert Johnson Blew my Mind

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“A man lives with a parasite in him.”

Pigs, Poetry & Witchcraft With Cooper Wilhelm

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“It felt much more like a conversation than a sort of performance of me-ness.”

PEOPLE SCARE ME: A FAILED RESEARCH PROJECT BY ANTISOCIAL SLACKER B. DIEHL

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“Actually, I’m a Pisces. A sad, aging emo boy in a sad, aging emo world.”

Boarding School Reunion Adventures: Justin Grimbol

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“We all smelled bad and dressed sloppy acted like we hated the place.”

Get Heathenish With Kelby Losack

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“My friends were all hood rats.”

The Bruja Visions of Wendy C. Ortiz

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“Dreams are often a strange equalizer.”

The Death Metal Lit of Dean Swinford

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Take a trip to the METAL side of LIT

Quit Making the Talentless Rich With Your Terrible Taste and B. Diehl

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“Being on this podcast made me feel like I fell into some weird Loony Tunes wormhole.”

Nothing is Fair in the Apocalypse: It Comes at Night

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There is no such thing as fair during times like this.”

Anxiety and Ativan: The Homesick Minivan by Justin Grimbol

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“I felt okay about being charmless. I was going to eat ice-cream.”

New Horror Releases!

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When horror authors get big press distribution, it always exciting news. Two books are out today and both of them look awesome. 

YOU CAN CATCH SADNESS AND DEATH LIKE A FEVER: An Interview with Scott McClanahan

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“I was a religious little boy and thought Guns N’ Roses were nothing but sinners and going to hell.”

Writers Remember Denis Johnson

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“Genre or Literary Fiction, NYC or MFA, Indie or Mainstream, Denis Johnson was beloved. “

ALL HAIL TRANS WITCHES: AN INTERVIEW WITH LIVING SEA-WITCH, MOSS ANGEL: BY LARISSA GLASSER

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“I can’t untangle my queerness from my politics or my magickal practice.”

YOU AND I WILL ONE DAY FEEL THE JOY OF DESTROYING AN ENTIRE BATHROOM WITH OUR BARE HANDS: An Interview with Benjamin DeVos

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“Bet it feels good to smash up a toilet.”

Anxiety, Meditation & Reading Bukowski: Justin Grimbol

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“I picture myself as Lena Dunham with a beard.”

This Super Cool Thing Where Everything Gives Me Anxiety: Constance Ann Fitzgerald

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“When I finally decided to quit drinking I had anxiety about being alone.”

Christine Stoddard Makes Shit Happen

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“I want to make shit happen.”

IT’S MY STORY AND I WILL WRITE IT SENSATIONAL IF I WANT TO: MONIQUE QUINTANA

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“No vampires, werewolves, and certainly no witches.”

SKIN STORIES FEATURING KELBY LOSACK

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“I’m still the heathen it represents, but now I’m a sober, happy heathen.”

DEATH METAL EPIC: GOAT SONG SACRIFICE BY DEAN SWINFORD

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“Saw Nunslaughter cut open a dead deer, dump buckets of blood, and throw a pig’s head off the stage for the audience to kick around in the mosh pit.”

MONSTER IN A DRESS SHOP: A FEMINIST PHOTO PROJECT BY CHRISTINE STODDARD

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“I fought so long to plant a flag in something that never should have been disputed territory.”

Dude, You Can Summon Ancient Spirits Anywhere: An Interview with Elle Nash

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MAGIC HAPPENS EVERY DAY

Alexander Boldizar, Chaos, Harvard, and The Ugly

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“I have a firm belief that sacred cows make the best hamburgers.”

David W. Barbee: Bacon Fried Bastard

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“Every human being gets addicted to something.’

The Homesick Minivan With Justin Grimbol: Dog Story

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“Once he jumped on me while I was humping my pillow.”

Memoirs of a Professional Weirdo: Yellow Army Woman

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“You can just imagine all those Chinese like a little army of yellow ants crawling over it, can’t you?”

Skin Stories: Constance Ann Fitzgerald

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“Kathleen Hanna never stops. She can’t be kept down.”

Adventures in Wendyland: Bruja, by Wendy C. Ortiz

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“BRUJA is a fluid, non-linear, and organic experience.”

The Homesick Minivan With Justin Grimbol: Angry Old Men

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“I visit old people in their homes and help them with daily tasks, like cooking and cleaning and bathing.”

Have Hipsters Ruined the Mustache?

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“When I think of people with mustaches, I think of my dad, Burt Reynolds, and cowboys.”

Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath TOC

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“Tragedy Queens is an anthology that brings together two powerful muses.”

Unicorns are Evil and Brian Alan Ellis: Get Lit With Leza Podcast

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“My heart is a dumpster fire.”

Author Alexander Boldizar Interviewed by Christoph Paul

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One of the earliest reviews I received said, “A full on satire of contemporary law as mesmerizing and complex as something lost from David Foster Wallace, yet as light in tone as A Confederacy of Dunces.” First I was flattered, thrilled, and then I thought, wait, didn’t both those guys kill themselves?

Starr Creek by Nathan Carson is a Literary Acid Trip

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“You can probably read the book faster than an acid trip lasts .”

Like Lovecraft In Brooklyn: Battering the Stem by Bob Freville

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“Spring Breakers and Gummo specifically pop to mind.”

Monsters, Myths, and Madmen, with Jerry Drake at AWP

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“I am compelled to tell stories.”

IF I WAS SMART I WOULD EITHER KILL MYSELF OR IMMEDIATELY BECOME A RECLUSE: An Interview with Elizabeth Ellen

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“Basically, Elizabeth Ellen should win the Pulitzer Prize and then immediately be beaten to death with it because she’s so good, so human, so completely fucked.”

Hate From The Sky By Sean M. Thompson

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“My personal favorite character is a talking bathroom that literally fucks Kyle.”

John Edward Lawson Talks Books at AWP

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“Bizarro is the Chaos Magick of literature.”

Spooks and Books with Cathy T. Colborn

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“I dreamt about Lola at night.”

Skin Stories: Tiffany Scandal

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“There are also realistic portraits of my cats, a sheep in wolves clothing, and ton of book references.”

That Scrap Book

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“If you ever bring a black man home, I’m throwing you through that window.”

THE HOMESICK MINIVAN

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“We loved Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues and Enzo wanted to read the whole book out loud. It took a long time because we got very drunk.”

It Was Supposed To Be A Satire. It Turned Out To Be A Prophecy

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“You made all of this happen with your book,” one Twitter user scolded me.”

Angel Meat With Laura Lee Bar

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“I had the image of me eating my heart but it was cake instead of my actual heart.”

A SHADOW MAP: AN ANTHOLOGY BY SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

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“What does it mean to survive?”

Embry: Hard-Boiled—A Weird Little Egg Cooked Just Right

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“Imagine if Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett wrote about talking chickens and anthropomorphic eggs in muumuus.”

MY BLOOD IS BASICALLY MOLDY COFFEE AND DOG PISS: An Interview with Artist/Writer Michael Seymour Blake

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“I can already see the glazed over eyes of anyone who dares read this shit.”

CLASH Gets Spooky With Gina Ranalli

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“Titles such as Wall of Kiss, Mother Puncher, and Suicide Girls in the Afterlife grab your attention and make you wonder what kind of madness unfolds within those pages.”

ANGEL MEAT BY LAURA LEE BAHR IS LIKE A PSYCHEDELIC PRAYER

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“If you enjoy surrealistic Bizarro fiction with a heart too big to contain within its pages, then this is the collection for you.”

Beyond the Great, Bloody, Bruised, and Silent Veil of This World

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“Old gods lurk behind the stars, old loves linger on from Earth, and Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids.”

CLASH Podcast Does AWP With Justin Grimbol

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“Imagine watching your ten-year old drawing chainsaw dicks.”

A Horror Fan’s Guide to Love and Sex by Brendan Vidito

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“We live in a time that fetishizes 80s popular culture, so wouldn’t it be rad if you developed a vaginal opening on your stomach that supports Betamax tapes?”

Godzilla, Golden Showers, Voodoo and Writing Rituals, and Why Portland, Oregon is Doggie Heaven: CLASH Catches Up With Bizarro Author Garrett Cook

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“Godzilla helped give me my moral compass.”

I HAVE AN ANXIETY DISORDER: HERE IS WHAT MY WOMEN’S MARCH EXPERIENCE WAS LIKE

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“Somewhere in between Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants and his comments about pussy-grabbing, it became clear that public demonstrations and marches were going to become a regular part of my life.”

THE TRANSGRESSIVE ANTI-TRUMP BIZARRO ART OF JIM AGPALZA

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“I just chose the gutter to dwell in, and with what the world seems to be moving into, I think it’s a perfect place to assess and judge it.”

Fungasm Author Danger Slater Interview

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Danger Slater is a Bizarro writer who uses surrealism, dark humor, and a healthy dose of existential angst to create his stories.

Skin Stories: D. Foy

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“All of my tattoos are reflections, more or less, of visions.”

Inside a God of Haunted Walls: An Unconventional Interview with Garrett Cook

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“I do not control people’s boner.”

CLASH Podcast Interview With Constance Ann Fitzgerald

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CLASH Media catches up with Constance Ann Fitzgerald and talks about her new book, Glue.

Leza Cantoral Interviewed by Christoph Paul on Clash Media Podcast

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“I kinda wanna feel like I am being possessed by the ghost of Jackie O. I wanna feel like she’s talking to me and I wanna get kinda creeped out and tripped out about that.”

MY MOTHER’S CIRCUS/HAND-SEWN CARNIVAL

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“My grandmother made Christmas ornaments from dried apricots and sugar cookies that she baked with her own hands, a creation upon a creation. They were all tiny women, and she gave them dark hair like us, which felt like a gift to me.”

Blood Sausage, Cold Beer, and Reindeer: a Christmas Tale of Colonialism and Acceptance

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“Our abuelitas went to special masses and some of the nativity sets under our trees featured a baby Jesus that had slightly darker skin than the Jesus the gringos put under their tree.”

Skin Stories: Bracken MacLeod

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“Welcome to Skin Stories, where I ask some of the most exciting voices in fiction to tell us the stories behind their tattoos.”

The Last Time I Saw My Sister’s Children: A Tragic Christmas Tale

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“Myself and my two older sisters were never exactly Little Women but we did our best not to hate each other.”

CLASH XMAS SUBMISSIONS CALL

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“Entertain us with your Christmas traditions and recollections.”

AN AMERICAN SOAP OPERA IN FOUR PARTS, AS SEEN FROM “THE PORTLAND BUBBLE”

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“Our nation is a cracked mirror. You stare into the glass, hoping to find solace, but you are delivered more cracks.”

WATCH ME TWEET ABOUT BEING HUMAN GARBAGE AND CHILL?

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“How can Facebook expect me to share my Facebook memories when I can’t even handle my Facebook realities?”

HORROR ANTHOLOGY MUST HAVE: ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN

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“The beauty of this anthology is how varied the voices are.”

I WAS STONED AT MY FIRST SEANCE

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“I felt like I was outside myself as well as inside.”

EVERY DAY IS HALLOWEEN

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“I grew up with a grandma who kept a bathroom full of candles for the dead.”

The Implosion of Trump and the Cannibalization of Pence

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“To support his claims to well endowed-ness, Donald J Trump attempted to have a bigger dick, tattooed on his dick.”

THE SPOOKY WORLD OF ANDREW GOLDFARB

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“I try to meditate on talking bats and planets made of chocolate as much as possible, so that my ratio of bizarre to boring will tip further into the strange.”

October? More like Readtober, amiright?

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“Here’s what needs to be on your radar.”

CHILDREN IN A DEAD MUSEUM

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“I remember being so happy then—a creature that stayed out too late one Halloween night and got lost in the morning light.”

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DYLAN

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“The Swedish Academy is full of elderly individuals who are apparently too tired to read thick novels.”

Selling Books at Brooklyn Book Fest

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“I’ve experienced a lot of diverse literary events but Brooklyn Book Festival has always been one of my favorites.”

Love Your Ugly Literary Exes

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“Here’s the thing about reading: some motherfuckers bring in “coolness” into the equation and ruin it for the rest of us.”

HALLOWEEN SUBMISSIONS CALL

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“CLASH wants your creepy stories!”

SOMEONE ELSE’S BIG BREAK: AN ESSAY BY DANGER SLATER

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“Hey, so I was wonderin’, do you think I can maybe get backstage?”

BEAST

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“Every night he asks me the same question. “Will you sleep with me?”

SHORT STORY SATURDAY: WAX-MAN

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“Screams filled the kitchen of the frat house.”

The Top Five Books That Are Better Than Anything You Could Ever Write, You Piece of Shit Wannabe Writer

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“There will always be people better than you. Some of them will always be better than you. Some are so far ahead that you can’t possibly hold a candle to them.”

WHY I DECIDED TO QUIT WRITING AND BECOME A KID ROCK FAN INSTEAD

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“I know what you’re thinking: why Kid Rock? Why not Limp Bizkit or Uncle Kracker or some other horrible nü-metal band scraped out of the armpit of the late 90s?”

Brian’s Girl

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“I didn’t know who the hell this Brian guy was, but I did want to fuck her.”

Letter to Stephen King from The American Adverb Association

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Let’s just say right off the bat that we are deeply disappointed! Yes, us! And yes, “deeply” is the right word—it works to show exactly how disappointed we are.

TRAGEDY QUEENS: STORIES INSPIRED BY LANA DEL REY AND SYLVIA PLATH

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“TRAGEDY QUEENS is an anthology that brings together two powerful muses.”

If You Go Chasing Rabbits

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“She rides that mushroom pole and flips upside down, with her legs spread high above her head. Her big blue eyes and red lips are innocence and corruption made flesh.”

The Con Season: A Novel of Survival Horror

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“The Con Season is a very fun and fucked up book that horror fans will love.”

Shoot Your Shot (Writers Edition)

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“It’s time we get up and shoot for something larger than ourselves.”

The New Drew Magary Novel is Out

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“The Hike is now out from Viking Press.”

DC PORN STORE BOOK CLUB: Anna Karenina

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“Perv #2: So, who is this Anna Karenina bitch? Does she like the D?”

Interview with Phone Sex Actress/Author Jenny Ainsile-Turner

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“Christoph Paul asks some tough questions to phone sex actress and author Jenny Ainsile-Turner

Happy Birthday Carlton Mellick |||!

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“Happy birthday to the OG of Bizarro Fiction.”

Top 5 Friday Reads

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“Top 5 books you should be reading.”

REVIEW: ‘The Face of Any Other’ is About Love, Being, Frustration, Obsession, Truth, and the Nature of Desire

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“…With ‘The Face of Any Other’, Seidlinger starts at the new boundaries he’d previously set and rushes forward in a way that makes it clear he sees nothing but new ground in front of him.”

Mega Huge Bizarro Fiction Reading at Sommerville Theater

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“It is time to get weird New England.”

New Brian Keene and Paul Tremblay Novels

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“Brian Keene’s Pressure and Paul Tremblay’s The Disappearance at Devil’s Rock are both released today.”

Charles “Chug Life” Donaldson’s Moby Dick Paper

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“Moby Dick was way too long and talked way too much about whales (like, real ones, not the chicks in Alpha Phi), but it had an awesome theme I could relate to—brotherhood”

A List of Things That Don’t Make You A Writer

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“Owning a laptop… Going to a coffee shop… Having a cat…”

Publishing in Chaos: Booktrope Jumps Ship Leaving Authors in the Lurch

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“Believe it or not, there are many successful self-published authors. Yes. You can actually make a living self-publishing. You can even win awards!”

Why I Love Lovey Banh

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“There are too many authors out there calling what they do their “craft.” There are too many wordslingers with annoying author pages on Facebook, too many word count statuses, and too many people celebrating the release of their latest homemade, limited edition poetry chapbook. Then along comes author Lovey Banh and shatters the world.”

How To Rot With Danger Slater

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“Danger Slater is the stand up comic of the Bizarro Fiction scene. He has googly eyes, a big heart, and a mind that is teeming with dark and forbidden secrets.”

I Want To Thank The Terrorists For Encouraging Me To Pursue Writing Instead of Politics

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“The tube I would have been on had blown up. If I had stuck to my daily schedule, I wouldn’t be here today.”

The Impacts of Impatience

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“One of the most frustrating moments in life can be writer’s block.”

Ask Maddie: An Advice Column from Author Madeleine Swann

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“Dear Maddie, I think my boyfriend may be cheating on me. What should I do…?”

Parent Yourself Through Writer’s Block

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“Whether it is writing or doing any activity that involves you being vulnerable, you are going to have to find ways to push through when you’re ‘not feeling it.’ I think the toughest job for artists of any genre is not creating (good habits and desire will take care of that) but dealing with and managing feelings.”

Author Madeleine Swann Tells Us Why ‘Rainbows Suck’

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“Rainbows Suck is a Bizarro novella published by Eraserhead Press as part of their New Bizarro Author Series.”

Jason Voorheesberg Reviews Horror Novel ‘Reincarnage’

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“We at CLASH are happy to welcome literature lover and serial killer Jason Voorheesberg.”

The ‘Great White House’ Series Joins CLASH Books

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“We are happy to share that CLASH Books is publishing the second edition of “Great White House” by Christoph Paul and Arthur Graham Feb. 12th.”

Small Press Names 10 Other Small Presses in Top 10 List of Nepotism & Dick Suckery

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“It’s almost as if the authors, publishing houses, and websites in this circle are eating the feces of their neighbors, digesting them, shitting them out, and feeding them to the next person like an oval human centipede.”

Author Vincenzo Bilof Goes 10 Questions with Christoph

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“CLASH Editor Christoph Paul recently sat down with fellow author Vincenzo Bilof (author of The Violators) about writing career and a lot more.”

Pride And Prejudice And Feminism

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“Feminism fights for women’s independence to be their own person rather than being defined by their dependence on their husbands. In Austen’s time which was during the 1800s, women were stripped of any independence and were expected to be meek and submissive.”

Hours vs. Days / Job vs. Hobby

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“It’s not really about writing every day. I do write every day and it helps me a lot to stay in a rhythm, but it’s not about days for me. It is about hours.”

‘True Detective’ Anthology Now On Sale From CLASH

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“CLASH Books is very proud to present this collection of powerful and evocative stories about the humanity and inhumanity of modern man in an ever-shifting moral and cosmic landscape.”

‘Practice Makes Perfect’ Just $9.99

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“Practice Makes Perfect captures the rootlessness of our own time as deftly as Hemingway did in The Sun Also Rises. This is not only a skilled novella, but an important one.”

‘Walk Hand In Hand Into Extinction’ TOC & Release Date Revealed

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“Clash Books is proud to present the Table of Contents of Walk Hand In Hand Into Extinction: Stories Inspired by True Detective. “

REVIEW: ‘More Wreck More Wreck’ by Tyler Gobble

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“More Wreck More Wreck reads like the American dream if the American dream consisted of rainbows and astronaut helmets and Chicken McNuggets.”

Noma Dumezweni Cast as Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger in ‘The Cursed Child’

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“Harry Potter fan favorite Hermione Granger will be portrayed by award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni in the upcoming sequel play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, due to open in summer of 2016.”

‘Practice Makes Perfect’ Now On Sale in Paperback & eBook from CLASH Books

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“Practice Makes Perfect is officially available in Paperback and eBook from the official store of CLASH Books.”

Joel Amat Güell’s ‘S.O.S.’ Available on Kindle from CLASH Books

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“Joel Amat Güell’s popular short story S.O.S. has officially been released for Kindle through Amazon.”

The Line Between Aesthetic & Authenticity

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“Among creative types–specifically authors–there is a lot of focus on aesthetic, and building a brand, and it results in a loss of authenticity within the writing they’re trying to promote. This is not a universal rule, but we are starting to lose touch with what it means to produce good work.”

Where Did John Green Go?

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“Fans have been clamoring for more. The question is though, will John Green be able to supply new material before his relevancy diminishes?”

The 10 Best Books of 2015 …That I Actually Got Around to Reading

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“In no particular order…”

REVIEW: “Dead Spots” by Rhiannon Frater is Terrifying

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“She’s sunk her claws into me and I’m afraid they won’t come out.”

IN CONVERSATION: Great American Novelist Noah Cicero

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“Noah Cicero is the author of The Human War, Bipolar Cowboy, and Go to Work and Do Your Job. Care for Your Children. Pay Your Bills. Obey the Law. Buy Products. He has been called “America’s finest literary pariah” by Dazed & Confused Magazine.”

The Politics of Amazon vs. Apple

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“For better or worse I see things very much through the lens of International Relations. I see the distribution of digital art as similar to the politics of the Cold War.”

Could ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ See Novelization?

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“The upcoming two volume play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is going to be the official next chapter in the long running Harry Potter franchise. That begs the question, is J.K. Rowling content with there being such an inclusive sequel to the beloved franchise?”

REVIEW: Love Tore Them Apart: ‘Touching From a Distance’

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“Over a decade after Joy Division’s career, Deborah Curtis wrote Touching From a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division. As the wife of the late Ian Curtis, Deborah Curtis provides a highly personal, at times painful, view of Ian and his band.”

Chronicle Books Offers Literary Paper Dolls

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“For just $12.95 you can build yourself a collection of two dimensional literary icons with these literary paper dolls.”

Amazon Bans Investigative Book ‘Nobody Died at Sandy Hook’

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“Lower your pitchforks! Lower’em!”

‘Practice Makes Perfect’ – Set for December 21st Release from CLASH Books

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“Jayme Karales’s sophomore publication Practice Makes Perfect will be released in paperback and eBook this December by Clash Books.”