Tag Archives: Necessary Fiction

Laura Straub’s END O’ THE YEAR list

21 Dec


My futon’s favorite people:
Matt Bell & Brian Oliu, Amber Sparks, and Tyler Gobble.

Cool Presses that started working with Vouched the past six months: Lazy Fascist, Sarabande Books, Queen’s Ferry Press, Curbside Splendor, Spooky Girlfriend, and Black Ocean.

COVER ART: May We Shed These Human Bodies and The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan, Vol. 1

People I’m still confused to have not met IRL yet: Mel Bosworth and Christy Crutchfield

My Husband’s Budding Bromances: Ben Kopel, Tyler Gobble, and Kory Calico

Top 5 Stage Presences in no specific order: xTx, Devan Goldstein (when reading and also when he sings the shit out of some Bon Jovi), Amy McDaniel, Zach Schomburg, Peter Davis.

Favorite Dance Party: Lit Party @ AWP- duh! 

Thing that makes me feel like !!! every time I read it: Ravi Mangla’s Visiting Writers from Uncanny Valley Press

Favorite special thing: Electric lit’s recommendations in my inbox. SO RAD. Also Matthew Salesses’ Writer in Residence series at Necessary Fiction.

These book tours came and BLEW ME AWAY: Bloof books tour, The Southern Comfort Reading Tour, & the Over the Top tour.

Awful Interviews that still make me laugh big and large:  Joshua Ware, Michael Nye, Matt Bell, & Nicholas Tecosky (who still owes me an arm wrestle…)

SSM: “The Man In the Hills” by Matthew Salesses

6 May

I’m still surprised at how little I’ve heard around the web about Our Island of Epidemics by Matt Salesses. But, I am glad to see the stories up around the web in various places, including one of my favorites, “The Man In the Hills,” up at Necessary Fiction.

We woke up and could do magic. It was the latest epidemic on our Island of Epidemics. We disappeared into boxes and reappeared at friends’ houses, springing out of their closets. We hovered for seconds in the air before our feet touched down again. We shot sparks from fingers and they zigzagged across the sky like banners. We made ourselves bigger or smaller.

But then we discovered we weren’t magicians: we didn’t know how our tricks were done or how we did them. We disappeared and reappeared in closets, waiting for someone to change clothes. Our feet left the ground to our surprise. Our fingers burned with sparks and we couldn’t hide where we were. We made ourselves bigger or smaller.

Read the whole story at Necessary Fiction.

Salesses has also recently collected all of the stories from the collection published online into a map of the island.

But, I’d highly suggest snagging a copy of the chapbook from PANK, too.

Win a Free Copy of Our Island of Epidemics
Comment with a few lines or a story about a disease you would like to spread on our island of epidemics. It can be anything–boils, bastards, breathlessness!

Next Wednesday, author Matt Salesses will select his favorite epidemic to win a free copy of Our Island of Epidemics!

J.A. Tyler Filling Up The Web Journals With Some Sweet Brother War Action

15 Jan

I first remember reading a selection from J.A. Tyler’s Variations of a Brother War in the September Issue of elimae.

Of course, I was like WOAH, astounded by how the sentences hold the action, the characters, seeming to release them once the section is finished.

Found out that another one is in Wigleaf. This is the Cabins Triptych. The tension is incredible here. I really want to say more, but these pieces speak for themselves.

Here are some more:

At Necessary Fiction

At Gulf Stream

At >kill author

At Knee-Jerk

I wanted to throw these together in one post because this is something special in the making, something that can speak for itself. One more thing from me: Rereading all these is a great Saturday morning experience.

Where The Ocean Ends

1 Dec

Watching the grown-ups in your life getting older is pretty damn terrifying, and in some cases, downright disappointing. Over at Necessary Fiction, writer Doug Bond shares a moment of cognizance as he cares for his aging father. There’s a lot of story in this little thing. Father/son relationship, giving up, disappointment, I might even detect something religious here.

Bond uses his words well, even describing a colonoscopy in a way that makes me want to see one:

“For now, we are going to the place where they will scan his walls. Threats and lesions, cracks and gaps, places where the devil breaks in.”

That’s good stuff. Read this story.

Molly Gaudry’s “Soulkeeper”

23 Sep

Molly Gaudry has an excellent short prose piece over at Necessary Fiction titled “Soulkeeper”:

The third the troubled middle girl who fell in love with the tin woman did nothing she was taught nothing she was told. Was told to kill the tin woman. Burn the tin woman. Chop the tin woman into pieces. But would not.

Head on over and read the whole thing. When you’re done, come on back and tell us how great it is.

Or better, tell somebody else. We already know.