James R. Gapinski (The Conium Review‘s managing editor) has a new flash fiction published at Maudlin House. Read “The Doctor” here.
Melissa Reddish’s Girl & Flame is slated for August, 2016. It’s a gritty little book with explosive syntax and raw characters that’ll sear your retinas. Laura Ellen Scott calls Girl & Flame “a startling love story about madness that is, at turns, both crude and courtly.”
We’re pleased to unveil the cover mock-up. Pre-orders for this novella go on sale in coming months. But if you buy this book, we suggest you take Mel Bosworth’s warning seriously: “Keep the fire extinguisher handy.”
Submissions are now open for The Conium Review‘s next print edition! Send up to three flash fictions, two short stories, or one novella. We like innovative works. Experiment with structure and form. Blow the lid off reality. Give us absurd situations and far-out characters. Get weird with it. The submission deadline is April 1st, 2016. Full guidelines available here: http://coniumreview.com/submission-guidelines/
To wrap-up the year, our managing editor, James R. Gapinski, chimes in with his top five books of 2015. A few days ago, Melissa Reddish also shared her list.
If you want predictable syntax crammed into neat boxes, look elsewhere. Binary Star takes risks. Come for the inventive structure, stay for the characters who seem to be in a constant state or implosion and/or explosion.
Scrapper tells a riveting story set in a near-future version of Detroit, ravaged by climate change. Its unassuming blue collar protagonist has waaaaaaay more shit going on than first meets the eye. This book is its own masterclass in character development.
The Seven Good Years, by Etgar Keret (Translated by Sondra Silverston, Miriam Shlesinger, Jessica Cohen, and Anthony Berris)
Etgar Keret’s memoir explores the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father. Yes, the book builds toward a death, but it’s more about celebrating life. And it’s filled with the sense wonder and whimsy that have become a staple of Keret’s work.
The stories in Gutshot have a visceral intensity to them. They rip open your perceptions of what a story is and can be. They scream at you and dare you to flinch. Yeah, you might bleed out by the end, but you’ll feel alive the whole goddamn time.
I’m not surprised that Citizen is also on Melissa’s top-five list as Book I Would Slip into Everyone’s Bag When They Weren’t Looking. I gave this book to my partner over the holidays—then she received a second copy from her sister. When you read this book, you want to share it. And you want to share it quickly. These pages have urgency. You’ll finish it in one sitting, and if you’re not already a proponent of #BlackLivesMatter, you will be. Read it. Now.
Yesterday, we began previewing the The Conium Review: Vol. 4 collector’s edition with Kayla Pongrac’s “Chiroptera.” Today, we’ve got another peak for you! Rita Bullwinkel’s “Passing” is included in the collector’s edition as a micro-chap. This 7-page saddle stapled booklet is printed on 24-lb. natural linen paper with a 90-lb. bright white card stock cover. You can pre-order the Vol. 4 paperback here (which also includes Rita’s flash fiction), and the collector’s edition will soon be available from our store too!