Because I have a book out. It’s a book housed with four other amazing books in a bigger, fatter book. My book is called “A Great Dark Sleep: Stories for the Next World,” and it sits alongside books by the wonderful Lauren Becker, the fabulous Kirsty Logan, the brilliant Erin Fitzgerald, and the muy talented Michelle Reale. I mean, these ladies are killer writers. Our big book is called Shut Up/Look Pretty. AND this is a book put together and published by Roxane Gay at Tiny Hardcore Press. Um, yeah. And it’s on sale for TEN DOLLARS right now until the end of tomorrow. So you should really really really snap that up because what a great damn deal, right? How can you say no?
My little book is all about death and what happens after death. But it’s not all depressing. Well, most of it isn’t. Some of it’s even funny! Well, hopefully. This book also includes what I think is the best story I’ve ever written. It’s about ghosts, and also people, and what it means to be alive and what it means to be a person who lives with death. Here’s a bit of it:
Here is what happens: a living child is born. No one can say how it happens; in the long memories of the dead it has certainly never happened before. The news drifts through the land of the dead like fog until every single spirit is soaked through, shivering in their almost-bodies, afraid of what this birth might portend. The seriousness of the situation propels the dead into hushed, halting conversation. A vote of sorts is taken. The child, it is decided, will be cast out to dwell with the living, where she can be cared for. But her kin will not abandon her. She will be followed, will be watched over; all her life she will be divided, with her feet in the Styx and her head in the stars.
Promotion-y-ness over…NOW. Over and out.