Zines

From one of the modern masters of the sentence comes this handsome pocket-sized chapbook of four gloriously oddball short stories.

"Beautifully printed by our friends at Scout Books, Lutz’s new fictions dig deeper into the psyche of men and women grappling with making sense of their aging bodies and frantic but tired hearts, often living in towns where 'all roads led to the one road that wasn’t going where you wanted to go.' Full of propulsive sentences and a humor made darker by his characters’ sharp bitterness, Assisted Living is another dose of scathing sadness and comedy."

Part of the Scout Book series through Future Tense Books. 32 pages, quarter-size. ISBN #9781892061782.

"This lifelike fiction is an exploration of the modern relationship. It’s funny and sly—one of those quiet and subtle pieces of work that seems to have a flat, pristine surface, but when it is examined closely, it reveals the bumps and abrasions, the nicks and the scar tissue that is left behind on each of us as we attempt to navigate the journey our hearts take as we grow and learn."

Originally released through Future Tense Books' Instant Future series. 36 pages, half-letter size. 

Addicting and perfectly bizarre, Cometbus #58 is a story about finding home in a greasy-spoon diner full of combative old-timers. It's a ride full of strangeness and surprises.

44 pages, half-letter size.

After a long absence, the second edition of Chase Kamp's The Complete Speculative Red Hot Chili Peppers Fan Fiction is finally here. TCSRHCPFF is a gloriously odd collection of interlinked short stories based on the lives and careers of past and present members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Within: "Red Hot Chili Parents," "Rick Rubin's Mansion," and "Retired Hot Chili Peppers," culminating at the end into something truly unexpected.

With a new introduction about how the collection came to be. 58 pages, half-letter size.

Synopsis: The year is 2024 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers prepare to make their grandest musical statement yet—but is it already too late? In this three-part speculative fan fiction, the funk-punk legends must overcome self-doubt, creative blockades and a crumbling music industry in order to save all of rock music from irrelevance. Inspiration is sought in metaphysical realms, beers are shotgunned beside Laurel Canyon swimming pools, chords ring out in a new gilded age. Artwork by James Glimmer.

The long-awaited second issue of Fixer Eraser, the latest odds-and-ends zine from Jonas (Cheer the Eff UpThe Greatest Most Traveling Circus), one of the best writers in zines today. Stories about how to stop worrying about genius by learning to say cheers in multiple languages.

28 pages, half-letter size.

A collection of stories and unique bits that sidestep categorization, full of life and surprises. Former superheroes, tortured legends, messages left on small sheets of paper on buses, and so much more.

28 pages, half-letter size.

Imagined parenting advice, imagined short stories, and some real stories, some real advice. Where the line between them lies is part of the fun.

28 pages, half-letter size.

Issue five of Fixer Eraser contains six stories that are curious, playful, and full of emotional depth. The box of a failed poet, hypothetical dating profiles, a whisper room, speed friending, messages in a bottle, and a ghost that doesn't haunt.

24 pages, half-letter size.

Keesha and Joanie and Jane is a fictional story where, in a not-too-distant future, abortion is made illegal in the United States. Young women inspired by the work of Jane, the Chicago pre-Roe v Wade underground abortion service, get a grant to bring the original "Janes" to town to speak at their school as an excuse to talk out how to make their own underground abortion service.

Written by Portland author Judith Arcana —one of the original Janes —and brilliantly formatted like a Broadway Playbill by Eberhardt Press. The story is followed by an excellent Q+A with author Judith Arcana at the end of the chapbook.

64 pages, A5 size, full color.

Origin stories, séances, astronaut egos, and so many more short stories about (and relationships with) the moon.

Edited by Joseph Carlough at Displaced Snail Publications. With work by: Carolyn Busa, Charlene Kwon, Heather Butts, Hrishikesh Hirway, Jesse Reklaw, Joseph Carlough, Josh Berwanger, Katie Haegele, Kishi Bashi, Kristen Martin, Marguerite Dabaie, Michael Jasorka, Mike Adams, Mocha Ishibashi, Molly Rice, and Thaddeus Rutkowski.

40 pages, cut quarter-size.