April 7, 2010
Hello, friends of Afterbirth Books. I have good news…and bad news. Which would you like first? How about some good news:
We are announcing the release of Sam Pink’s Frowns Need Friends Too! This collection of short prose/poetry is amazing, bizarre, engaging, and definitely worth checking out. Imagine choosing from such pieces as "I Heart Unending Paranoia," "Because You Know You're Avoiding Going Somewhere But Don't Even Know Where Yet," and "I'm Not Going To Change My Clothes Today." With his unique perspective on urban life, I think you will agree Sam is definitely a new force in the literary world.
Now for the bad news. We are going to have to close up shop here at Afterbirth. A lot of personal reasons have led to this very difficult decision. I hope you have enjoyed our titles, and it seems they have expanded further the bizarro genre. Now the torch must be taken up by others.
But more good news: most of our books will remain in print, and even when you can no longer order here, you will be able to find them at Amazon.com or Horror-Mall.com! Our authors will still be putting out material in a variety of places, and you can count on finding their backlist titles from us.
More good news! We will be finishing up our publishing with three more titles over the next several months. David Agranoff’s Hunting the Moon Tribe and Bradley Sands’ Disappointing Sophomoric Effort will be out to you. Also, I’m sure you have been anticipating The Walri Project, edited by Kevin Donihe—and it has grown to include MORE authors and stories for your reading pleasure! We’ll let you know when all three of these are available.
So, it’s not all bad news. Hang on with us for our final splash!
September 6, 2009
For those of you who might have thought we faded away… well, here we are! The website languished while we looked for a new website company, but we’ve now secured the services of LeeLite Designs and are very excited to have them.
Let’s do the important news first: we’re having a book sale! The Afterbirth stock shelves need your assistance… take advantage of these special prices for a limited time!
We also have limited copies of the Bizarro Starter Kit: Orange and the Bizarro Starter Kit: Blue to sell for $5 each. All books include shipping via USPS media mail. We’ll include some stickers and whatever other fun stuff we have lying around here too. :)
How about some even more important news: A new book!
Screams From a Dying World by David Agranoff arrived recently. The stories you'll find here are horrific in a variety of ways, not the least of which is the impact we have on our planet. Originally published in chapbook format by Punk Horror Press, this edition contains twice as many stories. Cody Goodfellow, author of Radiant Dawn and co-author of Jake's Wake with John Skipp describes the book as "the kind of dangerous stuff that makes its neighbors look like creepy comfort food."
- The Walri Project edited by Kevin Donihe. Walri is on its final edit, and will be coming out soon. Everyone's waited a while for this one!
- David Agranoff's novel Hunting the Moon Tribe
- Bradley Sands' book Disappointing Sophomoric Effort
- A collection from sam pink called Frowns Need Friends Too
And, we have a few other cool things in the works…
Unfortunately, we are still closed to unsolicited submissions… We'll keep you updated on when we are able to take submissions again, but right now, there's no time to read them!
Don't forget that Bizarro Con happens October 22-25 in Troutdale, Oregan (near Portland). Find out more information at Bizarro Central.
Just a few bits of news from our authors:
- Gina Ranalli recently had Swarm of Flying Eyeballs published by Squid Salad Press and Sky Tongues published by Eraserhead Press. Upcoming is her novel, House of Fallen Trees, coming out in hardcover this fall from Cargo Cult Press.
- Alembical: A Distillation of Four Novellas includes “13 Miles to Paradise” from Bruce Taylor, and was put out by Paper Golem last fall. The book received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly! The other three authors are Jay Lake, Ray Vukcevich, and James Van Pelt.
- Duncan Barlow’s new press has just put out Downstream from Trout Fishing in America: A Memoir of Richard Brautigan by Keith Abbott. This is the third title from Astrophil Press which focuses on literary works that are usually overlooked by major presses. Note: they are not currently taking submissions.
Enjoy the fall season, and hope to see you at Bizarro Con!