Category Archives: short stories

Writers on Writing: Jacob Appel

Passages North recently featured an insightful essay by fiction writer Jacob Appel, whose collection SCOUTING FOR THE REAPER will be released this fall–and actually, we’re such huge fans of Jacob’s writing that we accepted additional manuscripts! We can’t wait to share his stories with you.

Ron Savage Reads “Dillon”

Savage Front CoverClick here to watch Ron Savage read a story, “Dillon,” from his stunning collection Loving You the Way I Do. (And after you’ve been convinced that Ron is a master storyteller, buy a copy of his book here. You’ll love each of his shorts just as much as this one.)

Tonight: Adrian Van Young Reads in NOLA

Van Young Front CoverNew Orleans: The Bayou St. John outpost of the Maple Street Bookstore empire (3141 Ponce de Leon) will host Adrian Van Young, author of the prizewinning short story collection The Man Who Noticed Everything, for a reading at 6pm tonight. More details here. Don’t miss it!

B.C. Edwards’ THE AVERSIVE CLAUSE Makes Frank O’Connor Longlist

Edwards CoverSome well-deserved, super exciting news: The Aversive Clause by B.C. Edwards made the 2013 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award longlist! This collection is getting nothing but rave reviews, and is so much fun to read. See for yourself and buy a copy here.


Edwards CoverGrady Harp raves about B.C. Edwards’ prizewinning short story  collection: “B.C. Edwards may just be one of the more bizarre and immensely gifted writers to come down the pike in a long time. Leave it to Black Lawrence Press to discover these disparate geniuses – wherever do they find them? THE AVERSIVE CLAUSE is a collection of short stories, each one so well crafted that it seems like a compressed novel. Edwards can take any idea (fairly bizarre idea at that) and in a very short time make it blossom into something that feels as though it should be contained in a cage of sorts lest its effect seep out into the permanent pixels of our psyches.” You will truly love this book; buy it here.


Edwards CoverThe Nervous Breakdown says it best: “The Aversive Clause is out from Black Lawrence Press. And it is fucking great.”

They’re totally right. Buy it here.

Recommended Reading: “The Sub-Leaser” by Adrian Van Young

Van Young Front CoverElectric Literature recommends Adrian Van Young’s potent short story “The Sub-Leaser” this week, an inspired choice! Here’s a teaser:

‘AND SO I RETURNED FROM A SERIES OF ERRANDS to find my apartment unalterably changed. Which change, I should say, was in fact several changes that had, in collusion, effected the one by dint of a sly and concerted campaign against the state of my rooms preceding my absence. Rooms, and not room, to be clear on one thing; namely, that I, their primary tenant, was only fiscally and moreover physically liable for the sustained occupation of one, my room, while the other, which lay around a bend and down a splintered wooden hallway from my own, the north room, I had leased for undetermined months to a certain third party little known to me then. But more of him, the sub-leaser, the stranger, to come.

It is the matter of the change that I wish to embark on.’

Keep reading here, and buy a copy of his prizewinning collection The Man Who Noticed Everything here.

New Story by Norman Waksler in PRICK OF THE SPINDLE

Waskler CoverIt looks like winter is still hanging on, making this afternoon the perfect time to curl up with some tea and dig into Norman Waksler’s new short story “The Great God Morel,” published in Vol. 6.4 of Prick of the Spindle. Norman’s writing will make you forget all about the snow… (Also, check out his short story collection Signs of Life, available here.)

“Splendid, Silent Sun” Reprinted in NEW STORIES FROM THE MIDWEST

Renfro CoverWe’re happy to see that Yelizaveta Renfro’s beautiful short story, “Splendid, Silent Sun” (originally published in her collection A Catalogue of Everything in the World: Nebraska Stories), was included in New Stories from the Midwest, an anthology of midwestern writing available now from Indiana University Press. (Of course, you should also pick up a copy of Catalogue, available here!)


Van Young Front CoverSpeaking of Adrian, his prizewinning short story collection gets some love from Vol. 1 Brooklyn: “Adrian Van Young’s debut collection, The Man Who Noticed Everything, sits neatly between Donald Ray Pollock’s rust-stained noir and Brian Evenson’s more surreal tales of existential horror and bloodletting.” What else do you need to know?

Read the whole review here, and buy a copy of Adrian’s book here (or stop by Table Q7 at AWP!).