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Meerkat Press to publish Smoke City by Keith Rosson

Tricia Reeks, publisher at Meerkat Press, announced the acquisition of worldwide English language rights to Keith Rosson’s novel, Smoke City, from Christopher Schelling of Selectric Artists. This is the second of Keith’s books to be published by Meerkat and is set to release in January 2018.

In Smoke City, Marvin Deitz—record store owner, hospital volunteer, remorseful reincarnation of Joan of Arc’s executioner—heads to Los Angeles to ask forgiveness from a woman claiming to be Joan; he’s picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife’s funeral, and as they move through a California landscape populated with “smokes” (ghostly apparitions that’ve inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in their own way.

“Keith’s book is magical realism at its finest,” said Reeks, “with such deep and vivid characters, I found it impossible to put the book down.”

“It’s great to see that Meerkat’s continuing their trajectory of publishing genre-blurring work,” said Rosson, “and I’m very pleased that this novel is going to get released out into the world.”

ABOUT KEITH ROSSON:

Keith Rosson is the author of the novel The Mercy of the Tide, and his short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANKDecember, The Nervous Breakdown, and more. He’s also the author of The Best of Intentions: The Avow Anthology, an omnibus collection of his long-running punk fanzine, Avow, as well as an illustrator and graphic designer, with clients that include Green Day, Against Me, the Goo Goo Dolls, and others.

ABOUT SELECTRIC ARTISTS:

Selectric Artists is an agency for literary and talent management, founded and run by Christopher Schelling in 2011. Selectric’s client list spans a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including New York Times bestselling memoirist Augusten Burroughs (Lust & Wonder), YA novelists Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park) and Cinda Williams Chima (Flamecaster) and musicians like New York-based pop-rock duo, the Skivvies.

ABOUT MEERKAT PRESS:

Meerkat Press is an Atlanta-based independent press committed to publishing irresistible, unforgettable prose and poetry, ranging from literary to genre fiction. Visit them online at www.meerkatpress.com.

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2021 Releases from Meerkat Press

We are super excited to share our 2021 book schedule! We’ve got such a great lineup ranging from a prose-poetry speculative collection by Eugen Bacon and Dominique Hecq, a literary-leaning speculative fiction collection by Keith Rosson, a dark fantasy novel by J.S. Breukelaar, the next entry in Seb Doubinsky’s addictive City-States Cycle, a dark fantasy/horror novella by J. Ashley-Smith, and the final book in G.D. Penman’s Witch of Empire LGBT urban fantasy series.

We’ll be sharing more on each of these in the months to come and encourage you to check them out and preorder your copy today!


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★ Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons

Publishers Weekly weighs in on Keith Rosson’s debut story collection, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, with a wonderful starred review! The collection releases in February 2021 but is available now for preorder.

With this excellent collection of 15 jagged, fragmented pieces, dark fantasist Rosson subverts expectations and challenges his characters and his readers alike to second-guess their preconceptions. Evil is just as likely to spring from daily life as to lunge out of the supernatural in these disquieting tales.

Publishers weekly (★ review)

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons

With Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, award-winning author Keith Rosson delves into notions of family, grief, identity, indebtedness, loss, and hope, with the surefooted merging of literary fiction and magical realism he’s explored in previous novels. In “Dunsmuir,” a newly sober husband buys a hearse to help his wife spread her sister’s ashes, while “The Lesser Horsemen” illustrates what happens when God instructs the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to go on a team-building cruise as a way of boosting their frayed morale. In “Brad Benske and the Hand of Light,” an estranged husband seeks his wife’s whereabouts through a fortuneteller after she absconds with a cult, and in “High Tide,” a grieving man ruminates on his brother’s life as a monster terrorizes their coastal town. With grace, imagination, and a brazen gallows humor, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons merges the fantastic and the everyday, and includes a number of Rosson’s unpublished stories, as well as award-winning favorites.

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Aurealis Magazine Reviews ROAD SEVEN by Keith Rosson

Aurealis Magazine reviewed Keith Rosson’s new novel, ROAD SEVEN and we loved what they had to say. Be sure to check out the full review in the magazine!

Keith Rosson brings a magnificence to the literary weird, casting a new lens to crossgenre speculative fiction loaded with crime and sabotage, etched with secrecy and horror.

AUREALIS MAGAZINE, ISSUE #133

Aurealis #133

Why do some people hate fantasy and science fiction with a vengeance while others adore it? Is it simply a ‘pineapple on pizza’ thing? A matter of taste? Or is there something more profound at work? I suspect it comes down to a concept that gets thrown around in all sorts of contexts: the suspension of disbelief.

Road Seven

Road Seven

Road Seven follows disgraced cryptozoologist Mark Sandoval—resolutely arrogant, covered head to foot in precise geometric scarring, and still marginally famous after Hollywood made an Oscar-winner based off his memoir years before—who has been strongly advised by his lawyer to leave the country following a drunken and potentially fatal hit and run. When a woman sends Sandoval grainy footage of what appears to be a unicorn, he quickly hires an assistant and the two head off to the woman's farm in Hvíldarland, a tiny, remote island off the coast of Iceland. When they arrive on the island and discover that both a military base and the surrounding álagablettur, the nearby woods, are teeming with strangeness and secrets, they begin to realize that a supposed unicorn sighting is the least of their worries. Road Seven will mark the third of Rosson’s novels to be published by Meerkat Press.

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