Noah Patterson – Week 38 Chapbook Chart 2020

Something walks the halls of Briar Academy at night. The students all believe the school is haunted. The sounds of footsteps, clanking chains, and the cry of a girl can be heard in the darkness. The Headmistress is at her wits end trying to solve the mystery. However, when one of the girl’s from the school vanishes in the night, they all begin to fear there is something far more sinister at work. Horror at Briar Academy is a stand-alone short adventure module for the Micro Chapbook Roleplaying game system set in the seaside city of Trabor Bay in the region of Hellick Water.

Noah Patterson is a full-time writer of murder mysteries and thriller fiction. He has a deep love for history and tries to apply it to his books as often as possible. He works as a creative consultant, publicist, game designer, and graphic designer in addition to his writing. He previously worked as a horror journalist and blogger where he connected with various authors, publishing houses, and film studios to promote the latest horror related news and trends. N.C. currently lives in downtown Omaha, Nebraska with his wife. He works full-time from home.

1 – The Horror at Briar Academy – Noah Patterson (Independently published, 2020)

2 – Blood of the Air – Ama Codjoe (Northwestern University Press, 2020)

3 – Dark Astral: Grim & Perilous Chapbook – Daniel D Fox (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2020)

4 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

5 – Aviary – Michael A Withell (Independently published, 2020)

6 – Luscious Pawpaws – J. W. Ellis (Independently published, 2020)

7 – THE MANUAL – Godefroy Dronsart (Independently published, 2020)

8 – My Illustrated Emily Dickinson – Joy A. Burki-Watson (Independently published, 2020)

9 – Automation, Man (Bold Machines) – Wayne Mason (Independently published, 2020)

10 – GALVIN KILLED A COUPLA’ PEOPLE – Ralph Myers (Independently published, 2020)

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Noah Patterson – Week 37 Chapbook Chart 2020

Something walks the halls of Briar Academy at night. The students all believe the school is haunted. The sounds of footsteps, clanking chains, and the cry of a girl can be heard in the darkness. The Headmistress is at her wits end trying to solve the mystery. However, when one of the girl’s from the school vanishes in the night, they all begin to fear there is something far more sinister at work. Horror at Briar Academy is a stand-alone short adventure module for the Micro Chapbook Roleplaying game system set in the seaside city of Trabor Bay in the region of Hellick Water.

Noah Patterson is a full-time writer of murder mysteries and thriller fiction. He has a deep love for history and tries to apply it to his books as often as possible. He works as a creative consultant, publicist, game designer, and graphic designer in addition to his writing. He previously worked as a horror journalist and blogger where he connected with various authors, publishing houses, and film studios to promote the latest horror related news and trends. N.C. currently lives in downtown Omaha, Nebraska with his wife. He works full-time from home.

1 – The Horror at Briar Academy – Noah Patterson (Independently published, 2020)

2 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

3 – THE MANUAL – Godefroy Dronsart (Independently published, 2020)

4 – Dark Astral: Grim & Perilous Chapbook – Daniel D Fox (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2020)

5 – A Highland Chapbook Paperback – Isabel Cameron (Cope Press, 2007)

6 – Automation, Man (Bold Machines) – Wayne Mason (Independently published, 2020)

7 – The Tender Atrocities – Alec Ivan Fugate (Independently published, 2020)

8 – GALVIN KILLED A COUPLA’ PEOPLE – Ralph Myers (Independently published, 2020)

9 – Learning to Have Lost – Oz Hardwick (Recent Work Press, 2019)

10 – Midnight Double Feature – Kenneth M Cale (Independently published, 2020)

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Mary Ruefle – Week 36 Chapbook Chart 2020

Mary Ruefle – On Imagination

“It is impossible for me to write about the imagination; it is like asking a fish to describe the sea,” Mary Ruefle announces at the start of her essay. With wit and intellectual abandon, Ruefle draws inspiration from Wittgenstein, Shakespeare, Jesus, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Emily Dickson to explore her subject. This chapbook features original interior illustrations.

Though poet and essayist Mary Ruefle was born outside Pittsburgh, she spent her youth moving around the United States and Europe with her military family. She has written numerous books of poetry, including My Private Property (2016), Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007), and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012). A Little White Shadow (2006), her book of erasures—found texts in which all but a few words have been erased from the page—reveals what Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called “haiku-like mini-fables, sideways aphorisms, and hauntingly perplexing koans.” Ruefle’s erasures are available to view on her website; a full-colour facsimile of her erasure Incarnation of Now was published in a limited edition by See Double Press.

1 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

2 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

3 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

4 – Sherlock Holmes: A Flash In The Pan – William Meikle (Independently published)

5 – The Maze To My Heart – Alexis M Romo (Alexis Monique Romo, 2020)

6 – Everything is Beautiful and Nothing Bad Can Ever Happen Here – Michael Wehunt, Luke Spooner (Nightscape Press, 2020)

7 – The Summoning of the Old Ones – Jeffrey Thomas (Independently published, 2019)

8 – Maybe, someday – Becca Noel (Independently published, 2020)

9 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

10 – City, Ruby: Poetry – Seth Seong (Independently published)

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Lydia Davis – Week 35 Chapbook Chart 2020

Lydia_Davis_5 copyThe Cows is a close study of the three much-loved cows that live across the road from her. The piece, written with understated humor and empathy, is a series of detailed observations of the cows on different days and in different positions, moods, and times of the day. It could be compared to some sections of Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” or to Claude Monet’s paintings of Rouen Cathedral.

Lydia Davis, acclaimed fiction writer and translator, is famous in literary circles for her extremely brief and brilliantly inventive short stories. In fall 2003 she received one of 25 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” awards. In granting the award the MacArthur Foundation praised Davis’s work for showing “how language itself can entertain, how all that what one word says, and leaves unsaid, can hold a reader’s interest. . . . Davis grants readers a glimpse of life’s previously invisible details, revealing new sources of philosophical insights and beauty.” In 2013 She was the winner of the Man Booker International prize.

1 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

2 – Sherlock Holmes: A Flash In The Pan – William Meikle (Independently published)

3 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

4 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

5 – The Maze To My Heart – Alexis M Romo (Alexis Monique Romo, 2020)

6 – Curse of the Flying Dutchman – Noah Patterson (Independently published, 2020)

7 – Everything is Beautiful and Nothing Bad Can Ever Happen Here – Michael Wehunt, Luke Spooner (Nightscape Press, 2020)

8 – Dark Astral: Grim & Perilous Chapbook – Daniel D Fox (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2020)

9 – Maybe, someday – Becca Noel (Independently published, 2020)

10 – Dogs Day – Adam Galliano (Independently published, 2020)

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Lydia Davis – Week 34 Chapbook Chart 2020

The Cows is a close study of the three much-loved cows that live across the road from her. The piece, written with understated humor and empathy, is a series of detailed observations of the cows on different days and in different positions, moods, and times of the day. It could be compared to some sections of Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” or to Claude Monet’s paintings of Rouen Cathedral.

Lydia Davis, acclaimed fiction writer and translator, is famous in literary circles for her extremely brief and brilliantly inventive short stories. In fall 2003 she received one of 25 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” awards. In granting the award the MacArthur Foundation praised Davis’s work for showing “how language itself can entertain, how all that what one word says, and leaves unsaid, can hold a reader’s interest. . . . Davis grants readers a glimpse of life’s previously invisible details, revealing new sources of philosophical insights and beauty.” In 2013 She was the winner of the Man Booker International prize.

1 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

2 – Mare Nostrum – Khaled Mattawa (Sarabande Books, 2019)

3 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

4 – Earth Songs – Mark B. Hamilton  (Panhandler Press, University of West Florida, 2020)

5 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

6 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

7 – Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

8 – Murder! – A.M. Juster, Noam D. Plum, Chris O’Carroll, Marilyn L. Taylor, Marcus Bales, Vera Ignatowitsch, Frank Hubeny, LindaAnn LoSchiavo, Robin Helweg-Larsen, Michael R. Burch (Sampson Low, 2020)

9 – Curse of the Flying Dutchman -Noah Patterson (Independently published, 2020)

10 – A World More Real Than Ours – Faeza Shahan (Independently published, 2020)

 

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Noah Patterson – Week 33 Chapbook Chart 2020

Curse of the Flying Dutchman is a stand-alone short adventure module for the Micro Chapbook Sci-Fi RPG. This adventure can be played on its own or as part of any current adventure or campaign. This book includes the rules basics, which may have some differences from the full rules in the core rulebook. The adventure contained herein takes the player and an away team to the outer reaches of space where an old ghost ship, thought long dead, has shown up.

Noah Patterson is a full-time writer of murder mysteries and thriller fiction. He has a deep love for history and tries to apply it to his books as often as possible. He works as a creative consultant, publicist, game designer, and graphic designer in addition to his writing. He previously worked as a horror journalist and blogger where he connected with various authors, publishing houses, and film studios to promote the latest horror related news and trends. N.C. currently lives in downtown Omaha, Nebraska with his wife. He works full-time from home.

1 – Curse of the Flying Dutchman -Noah Patterson (Independently published, 2020)

2 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

3 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

4 – Earth Songs – Mark B. Hamilton  (Panhandler Press, University of West Florida, 2020)

5 – Passions – Jordan Lewis (St. Andrews Press, 2020)

6 – Mare Nostrum – Khaled Mattawa (Sarabande Books, 2019)

7 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

8 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

9 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

10 – Blood of the Air – Ama Codjoe (Northwestern University Press, 2020)

 

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Ama Codjoe – Week 32 Chapbook Chart 2020

Blood of the Air creates a new mythology, repurposing spectacle, stereotype, and song. Inspired by the fictions and frictions of the past, each poem in this collection complicates the next. Lush lyrical moments give way to fracture, vulnerability, and reinvention. The title poem-one of several found poems-calls attention to stories told in the wake of sexual violence. In “She Said,” the collection’s longest piece, language culled from the transcript of a seventeenth-century rape trial feels eerily familiar. Formally dexterous and refreshingly bold, the poems in Blood of the Air are urgent, moving, and fiercely imagined. Though blood can flow from the site of a wound, Codjoe seems to say, blood is also a sign of life.

Ama Codjoe is the author of the chapbook Blood of the Air, winner of the eighth annual Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize, forthcoming from Northwestern University Press in April 2020. She received a 2017 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award to support the completion of her forthcoming first collection, Iterations of Being. She is the recipient of a 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in New York City where she serves as visiting assistant professor of social justice and inclusion at The New School.

1 – Blood of the Air – Ama Codjoe (Northwestern University Press, 2020)

2 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

3 – Pieces of Me – Ashley Jataun Moore Ellis (Independently published, 2020)

4 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

5 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

6 – The Tender Atrocities – Alec Ivan Fugate (Independently published, 2020)

7 – Love and Anarchy – Tyler R. Martin, Katie P. Wolffer (Independently published, 2020)

8 – A Gathering of Southern Literary Fiction – Bud Scott (Independently published, 2020)

9 – Automation, Man (Bold Machines) – Wayne Mason (Independently published, 2020)

10 – THE MANUAL – Godefroy Dronsart (Independently published, 2020)

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Daniel D Fox – Week 31 Chapbook Chart 2020

In the grim darkness of humanity’s future, DARK ASTRAL and its cosmic horror awaits! It is the far future, but one seen through the eyes of the Renaissance and intermingled with the New Testament. Following the desecration of the garden world Eden, humanity fled in a diaspora to the heavens. An ark bore them into the Vault of Night, powered by prayers to the god-head Sol Invictus. A new Jerusalem was erected among the stars; a pinnacle of humanity’s greatness. As time progressed, the memory of Eden was lost to a new dawn, regarded only as a faint echo in convocations to Sol Invictus. But then came The Other – and with it – the destruction of New Jerusalem. Left with no other choice, humanity returned to Eden… but it was not the world they remembered.

Daniel Fox is the author of contemporary thrillers ‘In The Dark’, ‘Lies That Bind’ and ‘Digital Twin’. Drawn to suspense and horror stories at a very young age, he spent many years with vivid nightmares, sleepwalking, and an overactive imagination. ​ His novels are thrillers, but with a mysterious hint of paranormal throughout. Although the sleepwalking and (most of) his nightmares were left behind many years ago, his imagination has remained firmly intact. Interests include photography, biking, music and obsessing over any well-written story, as a consumer and a creator. Influences include the mighty Chuck Palahniuk and the master himself, Stephen King.

1 – Dark Astral: Grim & Perilous Chapbook – Daniel D Fox (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2020)

2 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

3 – Undead Nights – Noah Patterson (Independently published, 2020)

4 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

5 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

6 – The Tender Atrocities – Alec Ivan Fugate (Independently published, 2020)

7 – GALVIN KILLED A COUPLA’ PEOPLE – Ralph Myers (Independently published, 2020)

8 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

9 – Aviary – Michael A Withell (Independently published, 2020)

10 – Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

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Daniel D Fox – Week 30 Chapbook Chart 2020

In the grim darkness of humanity’s future, DARK ASTRAL and its cosmic horror awaits! It is the far future, but one seen through the eyes of the Renaissance and intermingled with the New Testament. Following the desecration of the garden world Eden, humanity fled in a diaspora to the heavens. An ark bore them into the Vault of Night, powered by prayers to the god-head Sol Invictus. A new Jerusalem was erected among the stars; a pinnacle of humanity’s greatness. As time progressed, the memory of Eden was lost to a new dawn, regarded only as a faint echo in convocations to Sol Invictus. But then came The Other – and with it – the destruction of New Jerusalem. Left with no other choice, humanity returned to Eden… but it was not the world they remembered.

Daniel Fox is the author of contemporary thrillers ‘In The Dark’, ‘Lies That Bind’ and ‘Digital Twin’. Drawn to suspense and horror stories at a very young age, he spent many years with vivid nightmares, sleepwalking, and an overactive imagination. ​ His novels are thrillers, but with a mysterious hint of paranormal throughout. Although the sleepwalking and (most of) his nightmares were left behind many years ago, his imagination has remained firmly intact. Interests include photography, biking, music and obsessing over any well-written story, as a consumer and a creator. Influences include the mighty Chuck Palahniuk and the master himself, Stephen King.

1 – Dark Astral: Grim & Perilous Chapbook – Daniel D Fox (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2020)

2 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

3 – Dog is My Co-Pilot: Meditiations on the intersection of Dogs and Humans – Jamie Sheffield (SmartPig, 2020)

4 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

5 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

6 – Aviary – Michael A Withell (Independently published, 2020)

7 – Everything is Beautiful and Nothing Bad Can Ever Happen Here – Michael Wehunt, Luke Spooner (Nightscape Press, 2020)

8 – My Soul Exposed – Zahra Naderi (Independently published, 2020)

9 – Not What They Seem – William Meikle (Independently published, 2020)

10 – Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

 

 

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Jenny Xie – Week 29 Chapbook Chart 2020

Nowhere to Arrive takes as its subjects the whiplash of travel, the shuttling between disparate places and climes, and an unremitting sense of dislocation. These poems court the tension between the familiar and the foreign, between the self as distinct and the self as illusory. They look plainly at the startling strangeness of varied landscapes and mindscapes, and interrogate a state of unrootedness – one thrown into relief by the speaker’s years abroad in Southeast Asia. At the chapbook’s center are two long poems, titled “Phnom Penh Diptych: Wet Season” and “Phnom Penh Diptych: Dry Season,” that examine the escapist narratives that draw tourists and expatriates to Cambodia, and the speaker’s own privileged positioning.

Jenny Xie is the author of EYE LEVEL (Graywolf Press, 2018), a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and the recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. Her chapbook, NOWHERE TO ARRIVE (Northwestern University Press, 2017) received the Drinking Gourd Prize. She has been supported by fellowships and grants from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Poets & Writers. She was awarded a 2020 Vilcek Prize in Creative Promise.

1 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

2 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

3 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

4 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

5 – The Tender Atrocities – Alec Ivan Fugate (Independently published, 2020)

6 – The Summoning of the Old Ones – Jeffrey Thomas (Independently published, 2019)

7 – Learning to Have Lost – Oz Hardwick (Recent Work Press, 2019)

8 – Not What They Seem – William Meikle (Independently published, 2020)

9 – Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

10 – Looking Outside the Window: Verses for Surviving Quarantine – Jason A. Muckley (Independently published, 2020)

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