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Anticipated Indie Reads 2022

So, it appears that I’ve completely lost control of myself with (indie) books again, so lest I become a little miser who runs the risk of becoming an even greater miser by stockpiling, I decided to share…some indie reads I’ve got my eye on and am set to read, some usual suspects and repeat offenders, and some completely new independent presses and authors! Mwahaha.

I was first introduced to the writing of Rudolph Fisher when I read John Henrik Clarke’s American Negro Short Stories back in ’99. I don’t remember his short story being a favorite or even a standout, but I’m interested in The Conjure-Man, which was first published in 1932 then in 1992 (by University of Michigan Press), and is set to be re-published in April 2022 by Poisoned Pen Press (which specializes in the best of mystery fiction, and was started by the founders of the The Poisoned Pen Bookstore). Conjure is said to be one of the first crime/detective novels to be published by a black American. Fisher was also a physician.

I actually read Zora back in 2016 but might give it a re-read. Even in all my militant black hateful days of praying at the altar of satanic race and skin color, I very much enjoyed it for its intrigue and novelty. It’s a white male author speaking as the black American writer Zora Neale Hurston, who covered the huge trial of Ruby McCollum, a wealthy black woman who shot her accused white lover in the segregationist South in 1952. The case highlighted what the author (via Hurston’s character) coined as “paramour rights”, or the unwritten segregationist law that allowed a white man to force a white woman to have his children. Equally interesting was that McCollum, along with her husband, had amassed much of their wealth through illegal gambling and liquor sales, and the man she murdered was a doctor who had just been elected to the Florida Senate. When Hurston arrives to Live Oaks on behalf of the Pittsburgh Courier, a newspaper with the largest black circulation at the time, she finds a lot more going on than just murder…

Poetry from BOA Editions Ltd., Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd & Bloodaxe Books PS A Season in Hell with Rimbaud is available in May 2022 and Fairoz in June 2022. All or some of these titles may be available for free download on Edelweiss.

Um, I’m conflicted by the reviews, but I might give this a shot. “An elderly funeral home worker, struggling with the loss of his wife, finds an unnatural attraction to a corpse at work resembling his late bride in her younger years.”

Angry Me is set to be published by Groundwood Books in May 2022, and Telling Stories Wrong by Enchanted Lion Books in June 2022.

Some indie Mystery, Crime Sci-fi & Fantasy

I decided to give Dr. Cicero Books a couple several more shots after reading the really stunning Fargo Burns by Kos Kostmayer

Translated by Alison Anderson, The Forests is now available (Europa Editions). The Crocodile Bride (part of the Cold Mountain Fund Series) will be published by Hub City Press in April 2022.

A usual suspect, Ultan Banan has become one of my fave (indie) authors since I read Meat last year (which, to me, parallels Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and Grind Your Bones to Dust by (indie) author Nicholas Day (which are all (3) masterpieces)). So I’m looking forward to the publication of The Book of God, another masterpiece, and seeing what I think of A Whore’s Song and Notes From a Cannibalist. All from Black Tarn Publishing.

Another repeat 2-time offender is the mysterious (indie) author Walrus, who often writes in the realm of novelettes, sometimes sci-fi, sometimes surreal, always a wtf kind of experience that has kept me coming back for wtf I don’t know more. Don’t Be Afraid is one of my favorites, Gaslight Paradise not so much, but I still enjoyed it.

The Experiment Known as Rose Marie Hernandez Williamson by Louise Robertson by way of Brick Cave Books/Brick Cave Media, & Indigo Seas by Samantha Novak by way of Vanguard Press, an imprint of Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers Ltd.

I really enjoyed Saturday Night at Magellan’s, a collection of flash fiction by Charles Rafferty published by one of my favorite (indie) presses Fomite. So I went back to see if he had any other works and decided to try Moscodelphia, a dYstOpiAn novel via Woodhall Press.

My first read from Coach House Books was Andre Alexis’ novel The Ring. Now I’m back Coach for The Agents, another dystopian novel described as “Nineteen Eighty-Four meets Squid Game, via The Office“: “The agents don’t know what they’re agents of, but they’re very busy agenting…” Coach House is located in Toronto and focuses on Canadian writers I’ve learned. Hell and Gone will be published on March 8, 2022 by Harbour Publishing, also Canadian-based (British Columbia).

The Seven Coins Drowning series was the first series I’ve read by an indie author (and it didn’t disappoint). It seems that each book, beginning in 2015 with Uncle Willingston, was written every year—with the last, Screens, being a gap of 3 years, published in 2021. Which is no surprise since it’s quite epic and a full-blown novel. Anyway, I’ve decided to give In the Realm of the Midnight Gardener: Tales of the Garden Path a try. It says it’s “Book 1”, but since it was also published in 2015, I’m not sure if the author decided to veer into another direction with the series. Either way, I’m game.

I love Zdravka Evtimova’s off-beat tales of Bulgaria; hers are a dark weird, magical realism I’d never encountered before. I started with In the Town of Joy and Peace, and even though I enjoyed it better than Carts and Other Stories, I was up for another read. All titles have been published by Fomite.

And last but certainly not least, The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky (Floris Books), and Temple Alley Summer (Yonder, an imprint of Restless Books). Depth is a wordless science & nature picture book for children aged 4-7; the illustrations are quite gorgeous. It will be published in April 2022 and may still be available for a free download on Edelweiss.

Happy Reading!

All titles are availableeverywhere really, but, more specifically, Smashwords and/or Amazon and/or Edelweiss, or directly on an author or press’s website.

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P.P.S. A lot of these books might wind up in my library for loan (for 1 more circulation); in the meantime, I’ve got many more titles available for lending if interested. You can check out my library here, and, if interested in a title, head on over to The Readin Corner for instructions.

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