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Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper
In Christopher David Rosales’ debut novel, Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper, he creates a completely unique vision that seamlessly blends tropes of magical realism and dystopian fiction in a portrait of power in America that weâ€™ve never seen before. Imagine it as the communal love child of Marquez, BolaĂ±o, and Orwell, a child who inhabits an America that resembles Pinochetâ€™s Chile, and yet feels uncannily (and frighteningly) familiar to present day Los Angeles. A world in which street assassin Tre, a young and much beloved brother and son, finds himself caught in a city where all its citizens, even its most dangerous, are potential targets in the on-going power struggle between an authoritarian military regime and a not-so-community friendly guerrilla force.
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Praise for Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper!
“Christopher David Rosales’sÂ Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper is an exuberantly paced, intellectually lively Moebius strip of a book, flexing from family saga to outlaw picaresque, from sex-farce to political tragedy. Like a sprawling Aira or a compact Marquez, Rosales portrays life in a town of cosmic betweenness, a town of competing violences in which reading makes an uncanny claim on survival. Funny, sexy, smart, tender, and above all nimble, this book’s laughter echoes in the twentieth century’s long and persistent shadow.” â€” Joyelle McSweeney, author ofÂ Salamandrine: 8 Gothics and Dead Youth, or, The Leaks
“Rosales reads like early Marquez meets Bel Canto, with a shade of noir thrown in. A complex and satisfying story of a family stuck between revolution, the law, and crime, in which difficult moments are offered with a beautiful and satisfying lightness that makes them shimmer and resonate and remain with you for good.” â€” Brian Evenson, author ofÂ The Wavering Knife andÂ A Collapse of Horses
“InÂ Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper, Christopher David Rosales writes with rare skill and real power about a high-stakes, heart-breaking world filled with beauty and the bullet-hot barrels of guns. This is to say that even as we travel sometimes far from the familiar with him, down streets and through neighborhoods we’ve never quite heard of, Rosales has written about our world, the only one we have, the only one we get, and he has done it with clear eyes, fine prose and courage.” â€” Laird Hunt, author ofÂ Neverhome, Kind One, andÂ Indiana, Indiana
“Like a stone from a slingshot, a bird on the wing, Christopher David Rosales’s elegant, lyric, dynamic tale of perseverance and dignity in a brown, near-future Los Angeles soars from the lower depths and pierces the Cyclops-eye of America’s well-armed political and economic elites as it seeks its goal in light.” â€” Michael Mejia, author ofÂ Forgetfulness
“This novel reaches into the back of your mind, the base of your skull, and it urges forth memories and feelings and images you didn’t know you had, but that now you’ll never forget.” â€” Stephen Graham Jones, author ofÂ Ledfeather
“This novel treats revolution, love, betrayal and magic with equal adeptness and intelligence. In a world that is at once ours and foreign Rosales makes characters that will be remembered when the novel is done. This is a truly fine piece of work.” â€” Percival Everett, author ofÂ Erasure and winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts
The Eyes: A Novella & Stories
by Michael Harris Cohen
Michael Harris Cohen’s debut collection, The Eyes: A Novella & Stories, which includes his signature noir stories “Fingered” and “The Life and Death of John Doe,” is heartbreaking, horrifying, and utterly original. No one else writes noir quite like Cohen, with his genius turns of phrase and, as Stephen Graham Jones says, “incisions into language that [are] both intimidating and casual.” The great Robert Coover calls Cohen “a noir master.” “Here are people caught in the gears of the social machine and mangled by their own desire. The Eyes explores how people’s lives canÂ change with a single hairtrigger quiver, leaving them wrecked and brooding almost without their knowing anything has happened. Â Dark and smart and unapologetic, this is transgressive fiction at its uncomfortable best.” — Brian Evenson “A cross between Burgessâ€™s A Clockwork Orange and Gibsonâ€™s Neuromancer, the prose is high-octane, a fitting vehicle for the mangled characters about to drive straight into a wall of their own violent creation.” — Rain Taxi review Buy the e-book of The Eyes: A Novella & Stories
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Resist! #1 Special Issue: Christopher David Rosales
genres: sci-fi, (horror), magical realism, dystopian fiction, e-magazine
Click here to purchase and download directly to your reading device for only $3.00! In Issue #1: A special issue devoted entirely to Christopher David Rosales. Two excerpts from his upcoming novel Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper, an interview with Chris about his influences and writing post genre fiction, and two of Chris’ best stories, “Instantaneous” and “A Classic Problem,” that you can only read in Resist! #1 or on the website for subscribers.
Resist! #2 Halloween Issue: For Sale Now!
genres: (horror),Â e-magazine
Click here to purchase and download directly to your reading device for only $4.00! In Issue #2: Three horrifying new stories that resist genre expectations, thirteen classic mixer horror stories from our archives, an essay on Kirstin Allio’s Gothic novel Garner by Denise Pica, and Best Horror film and fiction lists from Stephen Graham Jones, Brian Evenson, and mixer editors Amy Thomas and Steve Owen. This one has everything fans of the horror genre want, plus creepy thrills for the literary set. New Stories: Alex Jennings’ “Black Roses,” Diane Ward’s “We Wear the Skins,” and Philip Robert’s “The Jerky Man.” 11 mixer Classic Scares: James O’Brien’s “The Dirt Baby” and “Roots.” Aaron Burch’s “Night Terrors.” Mark Wolf’s “Revenge of the Rabid, Killer Were-Possum.” Alana Capria’s “3 Pieces from the Bovine Uterus.” Jordan Wingate’s “Fun in the Dark House.” Aaron Polson’s “Curious Case of the End of the World.” Nathan Weaver’s “Room 503B.” Kristine Ong Muslim’s “Bug Chairs” and “Obliterating the Outcast.” Eliezra Schaffzin’s “Blink.”