Saturday, April 1, 2017
Pulling on Trouble's Braids or That Blasted 281st Step's a Doozy
Welp right on the heels of the announcement of the end of Blasted Heath publishing 280 Steps closed up shop for good. So there's a shit ton of good writers - important writers - out there looking for homes for their books. If you're a publisher - your lucky fucking windfall day. If you're an author from one of these late houses man... sorry.
Good news though for folks like Eryk Pruitt though, whose Hashtag was published a couple years ago by 280 steps - he's already got it, and his first novel - Dirtbags - coming back this summer from Polis books in preparation for his next novel What We Reckon due in October. Jonathan Ashley's The Cost of Doing Business has found a home at Down & Out Books too.
Castle Danger just landed! Another Heathen who's gone out on his own is Ray Banks and he's just released a follow up to his amazing novel Wolf Tickets - Trouble's Braids (so, add him to the books named after Tom Waits lyrics club -I guess that whole series will be- alongside Sean Doolittle -Rain Dogs- and Adrian McKinty -The Cold Cold Ground, I Hear the Sirens In the Street, Gunn Street Girl, Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly- clearly McKinty is winning that competition). Trouble's Braids, as well as most of Banks' catalog are now only available as ebooks, but damn... they're so worth it. If anything good comes out of Blasted Heath's folding, I hope to heaven it's the return of Allan Guthrie as a novelist (though he was swell as a publisher).
Check out this review of N@B alum John Rector's The Ridge. You can follow Richard on Twitter @BlackGuysDoRead
review of N@B alum Jake Hinkson's story collection The Deepening Shade. You can follow David on Twitter @nemski