Thursday, July 17, 2014

Everyone Here Has a Gun: Stories


A collection of info on my collection of short stories, published by University of Massachusetts Press, November 30, 2013:

Winner of the Grace Paley Prize 2012

Info on the book, Everyone Here Has a Gun, including listing and blurbs from UMASS Press.
Article on the prize from the Knox News and Events by Jakeb Maryott
Buy it at Amazon.com

Mentions and Reviews:

The Colorado Review, (The Center of Literary Publishing): "Southworth creates surprising characters and unique narrative structures that stimulate intense thought and emotion. Everyone Here Has a Gun is a short story collection crafted in a new way, with at least one story for every different kind of reader."

Playlist for Everyone Here Has a Gun on Ploughshares' blog: "The stories are tense, gritty, and dark, full of sons raised to kill fathers and boys nailing chipmunks to walls. These characters hover at the edge of disaster. They exist in the unsettling shadows between innocence and violence."

Winter Crush #30: Origami Zoo Press: "Southworth's fiction seems to have absorbed all the tropes we find in pop culture, particularly in film, particularly in horror movies, chewed them up and spit them back out in new, compelling forms -- it takes all our anxieties about living in the contemporary world and makes them into ghost stories and fairy tales."


Blurbs:

"Everyone Here Has a Gun took me on a roller coaster ride that I'd never been on before....Every piece is strikingly different, and yet there's also a cohesion to the collection that plunged me deeply into this writer's alien yet weirdly familiar world, as if I'd been dreaming someone else's dream. There are images and moments in each of these stories that have lodges into my brain like shrapnel. A truly unique and memorable reading experience.

--Dan Chaon, Grace Paley Prize judge and author of Stay Awake and Await Your Reply

"Lucas Southworth in his deep-dish, deadpan debut collection, Everyone Here Has a Gun, turns us on to a spinning world where something is always off. Oh, it all seems normal enough and quite matter-of-fact at the start. But then the stories turn and turn -- twisted, worsted -- the matter, in fact, gone dark and all anti-. Watch it and watch out! Of course the characters are weaponized along with the shape-charged plotting and the brilliant tracing rounds of language, illuminating the negative capability of suddenly stunning up-armored porcelain prose."

--Michael Martone, author of Four for a Quarter and Michael Martone

"I once took pistol lessons with the author Joy Williams, and our instructor told us that each person on earth has an individual attacker. Lucas Southworth is one I've been waiting for all these years -- like that of your attacker, his brutal vision is aimed right at you in these phenomenal tales."

--Kate Bernheimer, author of Horse, Flower, Bird

"Lucas Southworth's impressive debut collection is at once haunting and funny. There is a tender creature at work here who produces in these stories a feeling of menace impossible to locate or shake. Southworth offers no comforting haven, no buy-out, no lie. He renders sensation with indelible precision and keeps his people bravely alive to the world -- its dark pleasures and vivifying dangers."

--Noy Holland, author of Swim for the Little One First

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Online Work

Here are links to my online work (and other things). Now, for anybody seeking them, they can be found in one tiny, savory spot:

Faculty Page at Loyola University Maryland

Fiction:
"A Murder in Four Shorts": TriQuarterly
"Her Last Friday": Rappahannock Review
"Blood": Black Warrior Review
"James Gatrell's Journals and Letters": Conjunctions
"The First Sign of Holes" and "Romance": Wigleaf (also a postcard).
"All This in a World Without Dragons": West Branch Wired
"Two Plumbers: A Love Story," and "Field Trip to the Last Museum": elimae
"The Safest Place You've Ever Been": Willow Springs
"Crossing our Communication Networks": Wigleaf
"Under the World": Harpur Palate 
"The Glass Coffin": The Collagist
"Same Life/Different One": Web Conjunctions
"There is No Hiding Inside the Light": Housefire Press
"Under the Lights": You Must Be This Tall To Ride

Interviews/Reviews/Readings:
One of Knox Alumni Magazine's "18 under 37"
Interview in Loyola Magazine by Ariel Genovese
Article on my reading at Knox in The Knox Student by Paige Anderson
On "A Dainty Network of Bones" which was published in PANK: Review by Matt Bell
On "The Safest Place You've Ever Been" which was published in Willow Springs: Write up by Dan Wickett.
On my story "A Glass Coffin": The Collagist, interview by Liana Iman
On my story "Europe": Published in a mini-book by Turtleneck Press
Someone voted for me for best dialogue writer...cool.
A recording of me reading "The Safest Place You've Ever Been" and Hemingway's "In Another Country" for the Knox Writer's House.

As Critic:
On my story "There Isn't Any Ghost" for the Hayden's Ferry Review blog.
On Flatness in Fairy Tales for Volta (Make sure to read the whole thing--it's fabulous)
On Tom Franklin's "Alaska" for the Knox Writers' House
The saddest song I know: Wigleaf

As Editor:
Slash Pine Press (Current Editor)
300 Reviews (former Editor)
Fairy Tale Review (former Assistant Editor)
Black Warrior Review (former Fiction Editor)