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Bad Sex

by Clancy Martin

Clancy Martin

“I drink, I hurt myself and the people around me, and then I write.” Brett is in Central America, away from her husband, when she begins a love affair with his friend, Eduard. Tragedy and comedy are properly joined at the hip in this loosely autobiographical book about infidelity, drinking, and the postponing of repercussions under the sun. Though coming undone is something we all try to avoid, Martin reminds us that going off the rails is sometimes a part of the ride.

“BAD SEX is like a diamond, cut clean, dangerously sharp, brutally hard and yet paradoxically beautiful, ruthlessly honing in on the plight of a woman caught in the throes of alcoholism, desire, marriage and adultery. Like Camus in The Stranger, Martin digs into the philosophical through precise narrative, exposing the big questions for the reader to answer.”
-David Means, author of Assorted Fire Events and The Spot

We will be publishing the novel Bad Sex by Clancy Martin on September 8th. Pre-orders are now available.

Hardcover $23.00

Preparation For The Next Life

by Atticus Lish

“Perhaps the finest and most unsentimental love story of the new decade.”
-The New York Times

“As bold and urgent a love story as you’ll read this year.”
-The Wall Street Journal

  • Winner of the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the New York City Book Award for Fiction
  • Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Prize for Fiction
  • New York Times Best of 2014
  • Wall Street Journal's Best of 2014
  • Vanity Fair's Best of 2014
  • Publishers Weekly's Best of 2014
  • BuzzFeed's Best of 2014


Holler Boys and Hill William Limited Edition Package

Tyrant Books, Holler Presents and Fat Possum have teamed up to bring you this limited edition book and 7" package. Scott McClanahan's writing has drawn comparisons to the absurdist humor of National Book Award finalist George Saunders and the southern home-spun melancholy of Larry Brown and Breece D'J Pancake. We present his latest book, Hill William, based on Scott's childhood in rural West Virginia, along with a 7" from his band, Holler Boys. Scott and Holler Presents co-founder Chris Oxley play folk filtered through an Appalachian fever dream. Sometimes that sound is a gentle prayer; sometimes a shrill, isolated scream. Additionally, Scott has narrated an audiobook of Hill William, automatically downloaded upon purchase of book and 7" package, or available separately. Books are signed and numbered by author. Cover art for 7" generously provided by photographer Stacy Kranitz. Limited edition of 300.

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Hill William

by Scott McClanahan

“McClanahan's prose is miasmic, dizzying, repetitive. A rushing river of words that reflects the chaos and humanity of the place from which he hails. [McClanahan] aims to lasso the moon… He is not a writer of half-measures. The man has purpose. This is his symphony, every note designed to resonate, to linger.”
—New York Times Book Review



by Ken Baumann

“Every sentence of Solip is a brazen little puzzle of heavy mystery, which when welded together as an object form the most compact and mask-faced take on the encyclopedic novel I can think of. In the ballroom with Sukenick and Lispector, it’s one that continues to unfold, query, conflate, revealing slick black floors where you thought walls were.”
—Blake Butler


what purpose did i serve in your life

by Marie Calloway

“I have never read a book like this before. It’s painful, shocking, and compellingly written, composed with great sensitivity to which details should be revealed and which must stay concealed. Its genre-muddle and formal complexity make for a completely unforgettable, profoundly contemporary, and plainly great work of courage and art. Here’s a terrifying proposal: could this be The Great American Novel for the twilight of "Great" America?”
-Sheila Heti (author of "How Should a Person Be?")


Strange Cowboy

by Sam Michel

“Sam Michel is such a smart, manic, virtuosic stylist . . . the kind of deep insights that make you suddenly and newly appreciative of the world around you.”
—George Saunders


Sky Saw

by Blake Butler

In an interview published in the winter 2010 issue of the PARIS REVIEW, Jonathan Franzen said to Stephen Burn, "I've never felt less self-consciously preoccupied with language than I did when I was writing FREEDOM. Over and over again, as I was producing chapters, I said to myself, 'This feels nothing like the writing I did for twenty years—this just feels transparent.'’ Franzen added that this struck him as "a good sign"—an indication that he was "pressing language more completely into the service of providing transparent access to the stories I was telling and to the characters in those stories."

Blake Butler is the opposite of that.


Life Is with People

by Atticus Lish

120 drawings printed on lined composition paper. Cover printed on blue, yellow, brown, and green colored paper.Very few of these were produced. Know that not ordering this book is blowing it with your life. Thank you.

To view drawings and read introduction please visit, the book's mini site here.

From the author of “Preparation for the Next Life”



by Michael Kimball

“Be warned: this book has the power to make even the most hard-hearted of readers shed a tear. …Kimball has broken into new territory: [US] is one of the most graphic depictions of illness and loss I have ever read.”
-The Glasgow Herald



by Eugene Marten

Jelonnek is a blue collar Midwesterner trapped in a life he is almost sure he wants to escape. Driven by a dim yearning to transcend, he makes the first real choice of his life when a simple errand to a convenience store escalates into a terrifying encounter. He soon finds himself on a cross-country odyssey with a woman he barely knows and her young daughter, in search of escape and new beginnings. They find shelter in an isolated existence at the edge of the country, only to be besieged by threats from outside and, finally, from within. A descent into paranoia, nascent violence and sexuality follows, culminating in a one-man Armageddon and an aftermath as hopeful as it is horrifying.

Firework is the story of a man who, though ill-equipped to help himself, attempts to help someone else, and the beautifully rendered, perhaps necessary catastrophe that results. Unequaled in intensity, it is also an exhilarating expression of the noble, all-too human impulse to become more than what we seem to be.


Baby Leg

by Brian Evenson

Imagine having recurring nightmares of a woman who has one normal leg and one baby leg, and then waking up to wonder if today will be the day when they—whoever “they” are—find you and kill you. Unless you’re missing the point. Maybe “they” already have “you” and the world is a great deal more grotesque than you could ever imagine. Film noir collides with virtual worlds in this dark and strange novella that only Brian Evenson could have written. Illustrated by Eric Hanson.


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