The Conium Review: Vol. 6 is now available for pre-order. We expect to ship in mid-December.
This volume of The Conium Review features nine new stories from Tamara K. Walker, Jay Vera Summer, Matt Kirkpatrick, Rebekah Bergman, Kevin Finucane, Stephanie Wang, Simone Person, Rachel Lyon, and J. L. Montavon. Readers will experience ghost detector apps, a sentient chalkboard, trippy art museum visits, and more. Throughout this volume, inventive prose, dark satire, and compelling characters abound.
We’re still processing final copy edits and completing the layout, so page count is still up in the air, but it’ll be a similar length to other recent issues (around 100-ish). As usual, we have a wrap-around cover with just a hint of the main image peaking out. On back, there is a large tree stump gracing the volume.
The big day is finally here. About two weeks after The Conium Review: Vol. 5 paperback hit shelves, the collector’s edition is ready to go out into the world.
As with previous collector’s editions, the contents are handcrafted with care. Each booklet has been designed to form an aesthetically cohesive collection of stories. The 3″ by 3.25″ booklets are printed with craft paper covers, a parchment title page, and linen inner pages. They are saddle bound and then tied together with natural hemp twine. Finally, there’s a wax seal that keeps the parcel together, and it’s deposited neatly into a little wooden box hand-stamped with archival ink. In total, there are eleven micro-chapbooks (one for each story in the issue) plus a little black booklet that contains copyright info, masthead details, and the table of contents.
In this collection, you’ll find new work from Jessica Roeder, Samantha Duncan, Liz Kellebrew, Kate Gies, Shane Jones, Kathryn Hill, Emily Koon, Jasmine Sawers, Ingrid Jendrzejewski, and Maryse Meijer. A woman falls in love with a giant banana, a tiny goat takes up residence in a woman’s left ventricle, a ghost tour goes awry, and more.
This box set will be shipped to contributors and a few of our bookstore and library partners first. Once those orders have gone out, the remaining copies of the collector’s edition will go up on our website for sale to the general public. This is a limited-run product, and we expect it to sell out. Be sure to check our online store regularly if you’re trying to snag a copy!
For this year’s forthcoming Collector’s Edition, Tamara K. Walker’s story, “Camisole,” mimics the design of Theodora Ziolkowski’s “Apples” (or you could say “Apples” mimics “Camisole,” depending how you look at it—even though we’re posting this second, we actually made the “Camisole” chapbook first, so it probably has dibs on the design). Both feature minimalistic cover images, silhouetting a single object from the story. The cover is a 65-lb. brown card stock; the story is printed on 24-lb. bright white linen paper, and there’s a 24-lb. parchment paper title page. This 8-page booklet is 3.5″ wide and 4″ tall.
Marina Petrova’s magical realist story, “Dictator in a Jar,” is absurd, satirical, and laugh out loud hilarious. The brown 65-lb. card stock cover lists step-by-step instructions for creating your own dictator in a jar, should the mood strike. This 5.25″ by 7.5″ chapbook is printed on 24-lb. natural white linen paper with an inside leaf made from drafting paper.
This chapbook is one of nine items found in our upcoming Vol. 4 Collector’s Edition. Pre-orders for the paperback are now on sale. Ordering information for the Collector’s Edition will be available soon.