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Footage from the City Lit Books Reading in Chicago Hosted by Booked Podcast

Page-1-3-1140x855I’m a little late in getting this up, but here’s some linkage to the City Lit Books reading that I did in Chicago a couple weekends ago. Thanks again to the readers that came out and to Booked Podcast for hosting the event. It was a great time and I look forward to collaborating again in the future…hopefully, at AWP.

Anyway, the boys at Booked were kind enough to get the recording and put it online at their official site. It’s broken up into two parts.

PART 1: Jac Jemc and Richard Thomas

PART 2: Ben Tanzer and Brandon Tietz

A per request, I read some of “Dietary” from the Burnt Tongues anthology and some Billy Burke sermons from Good Sex, Great Prayers. Click the links to check them out on Amazon.

Enjoy!

Chicago Reading Hosted by Booked. Podcast

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Chicago reading is on! Join us at City Lit Books (2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.) on Sept. 6th at 5:00PM for a live reading hosted by the award-winning Booked. Podcast, feating myself, Richard Thomas, Jac Jemc, and the infamous Ben Tanzer.

RSVP on the official Facebook event HERE.

About the authors:

Richard Thomas is the author of five books: Disintegration, Transubstantiate, Herniated Roots, Staring Into the Abyss and Four Corners. His over 100 stories in print include Cemetery Dance, PANK, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, Pear Noir, Chiral Mad 2, and Shivers VI. Visit www.whatdoesnotkillme.com for more information. He is also the editor of The New Black, a collection of twenty neo-noir stories exemplifying the best authors currently writing in this dark sub-genre.

Jac Jemc’s first collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in October 2014. Her novel, My Only Wife was named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. She is also the author of a chapbook of stories, These Strangers She’d Invited In (Greying Ghost Press). She is the poetry editor at decomP and web nonfiction editor for Hobart. She’ll be reading from her new story collection, A Different Bed Everytime.

Ben Tanzer is the author of the books My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, Lost in Space, Four Fathers, which he co-authored with Dave Housley, BL Pawelek, and Tom Williams, and Orphans, which won the 24th Annual Midwest Book Award in Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal, among others. He also directs Publicity and Content Strategy for Curbside Splendor and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life, the center of his vast, albeit faux, lifestyle empire. He will be reading from Four Fathers, a collection of thought-provoking, heartfelt essays on fatherhood. 

Brandon Tietz is the author of Out of Touch and Good Sex, Great Prayers. His short stories have been widely published, appearing as such print works as Warmed & Bound, Spark, and most recently, the Burnt Tongues anthology, which was co-edited by Richard Thomas and Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club. Tietz also serves as a regular contributor for LitReactor.com. He lives in Kansas City. He will be reading from his new novel, Good Sex, Great Prayers and “Dietary”, his story featured in Burnt Tongues.

About Booked. Podcast:

Established in April of 2011, Booked. is a weekly podcast where two avid readers review and discuss books, conduct author interviews, and make recommendations for good books they’ve read. Our goal is to deliver book reviews by everyday readers, for everyday readers.
*Diverse*
We strike a balance between reviewing books with large readership, and independent or small press books that don’t benefit from the amount of promotion that comes with a large publishing house.
*Fresh and New*
We review timely books. We’re always looking for recent or soon-to-be released books to review. We consider books of any genre a possible review – as long as our listeners can find and buy them.
*Interaction and Community*
In addition to reviews we do author interview episodes, open format episodes where we discuss topics our listeners suggest online, and “Intro to genre” episodes where we explore genre fiction with a guest ‘genre expert’. Using social media, we do book giveaways and share interesting book-related articles and discussions.

Just an FYI…there will probably be some sort of post-reading after-party involving lots of booze.

Richard Thomas Blurbs the Shit Out of GOOD SEX, GREAT PRAYERS

59992_151349841564547_6042096_nRichard Thomas is a busy man. He reviews books for The Nervous Breakdown. He’s a regular contributor to LitReactor and Buzzfeed (yeah, that Buzzfeed…the one with all those lists you love). He’s the editor in chief over at Dark House Press which is enjoying a very successful release of their anthology The New Black. And speaking of anthologies, he’s the co-editor of Burnt Tongues, the Chuck Palahniuk anthology which is due to drop this August through Medallion Press. He’s also an author, and most recently he snagged a two-book deal with Random House Alibi. I can’t even get into how many short stories the guy has published…but it’s a numerical fuck-ton. The dude has even appeared right alongside Stephen King himself.

Believe me, I’m only scratching the surface of this guy’s resume. More importantly, he’s a friend and consummate supporter…so I’m fucking thrilled that Richard took the time to read my newest release and drop some blurbage for me:

Sacrilegious is one word that comes to mind. Transgressive is another. This novel carries a lot of heat, mixed with epiphanies, regret, and disgust. But it is not without humor—the harsh truth lying just beneath the punch lines that coat the scarred surface. A strong voice that always entertains and never disappoints, GSGP is a wild ride, from start to finish.

Thank you, Richard…this made my week.

Pick up your copy of Good Sex, Great Prayers HERE.

Advanced Review of BURNT TONGUES from Booklist

Burnt TonguesAs most of you know, a very special anthology is coming out courtesy of Mr. Chuck Palahniuk and the crew behind The Cult entitled Burnt Tongues. Twenty transgressive stories by twenty authors that were submitted and vetted through Chuck’s workshop–Burnt Tongues represents the cream of the crop, hand-selected by Chuck himself. We now have our first advanced review from Booklist:

Despite its little-heralded status in literary circles, the counterculture genre known as “transgressive”fiction, wherein the author and/or protagonist bucks social conventions by violating one or more taboos,actually has a rather illustrious history.  Classic novels such as Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment,featuring the murderous Raskolnikov, for instance, can be categorized as transgressive fiction.  In thiscollection of 20 contemporary short stories, lead editor Palahniuk makes certain each piece qualifies as anexample of both first-rate craftsmanship and something that pushes the envelope of social acceptability. InNeil Krolicki’s opening tale, “Live This Down,” three humiliated high school girls plot their suicides usinga poison gas recipe gleaned from the Internet.  An animal shelter technician in Chris Lewis Carter’s“Charlie” recognizes the tortured cat someone drops off as one he himself abused when it was a kitten.Matt Egan’s “A Vodka Kind of Girl” recounts the sad fate of a calorie-counting, bulimic woman. Anyonelooking for boundary-breaking tales that also pack a haunting, powerful punch will find hours ofentertainment here.  —— Carl Hays

Burnt Tongues comes out August 12th. You can purchase it HERE.

The Chuck Palahniuk anthology “Burnt Tongues” is now on pre-order!! (now with cover art)

Burnt TonguesIt’s finally upon us. After years of effort (around seven, I believe) the Chuck Palahniuk anthology Burnt Tongues is now on pre-order…and you can get it right HERE.

To make a long story short, this all started way back when Chuck announced that his writers’ workshop would be hosting a competition of sorts. The premise was simple: submit your stories; if your story makes it through the various rounds of cuts, it could wind up in front of Chuck himself to critique and be considered for the anthology. Needless to say, many writers threw their ring into the hat (myself included). The process was long, and I’d be lying if I said that it wasn’t without its fair share of missteps and delays. Chuck is a busy guy and getting this thing off the ground proved to be extremely difficult, even with the Palahniuk name to back it…but fast-forward to now and it’s almost a reality. We’ve got our final line-up: twenty of the workshop’s best and brightest not to mention a fantastic publisher, Medallion Press.

Here is the official synopsis:

Transgressive fiction authors write stories some are afraid to tell. Stories with taboo subjects, unique voices, shocking images—nothing safe or dry.

Burnt Tongues is a collection of transgressive stories selected by a rigorous nomination and vetting process and hand-selected by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, as the best of The Cult workshop.

These stories run the gamut from horrific and fantastic to humorous and touching, but each leaves a lasting impression.

Some may say even a scar.

Once again, you can pre-order on Amazon HERE. The book is also listed on Goodreads.

The Chuck Palahniuk anthology, Burnt Tongues, will be published August 2014 through Medallion Press

BT TOCWell, it’s finally happening. After many delays and roadblocks, the Chuck Palahniuk anthology has been sold to Medallion Press with the publication date set for August of 2014. Check out the full TOC on the left here. You may recognize some of the names.

This is a major breakthrough in a very long and arduous process. “How long?” you may ask. Well, my first story submission was all the way back in June of 2009. However, this idea was originally conceived years earlier by The Cult’s webmaster Dennis Widmyer, so a big thanks to him for not losing faith or his drive to see this thing become a reality. Another big shout-out goes out to Richard Thomas who sold this thing like a champ and got us this fantastic deal with Medallion.

As for the stories themselves, I’ve read most of them back when I was hitting the workshop hard. They’re good. They’re really fucking good. And they’ll be even better once Medallion’s editors have sharpened them up, so get excited. This is going to be a highlight reel of transgressive fiction from some of the best up-and-coming talent in the industry.