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About Paige Johnson
26-year-old American author of Brat. and Imperative Fate: fictional dramas tinged with politics, fashion, and all things Lolita. Johnson is primarily influenced by Vladimir Nabokov, Henry Miller, and Bret Easton Ellis. She is co-owner of Outcast Press, an indie publisher specializing in transgressive or "outcast" fiction.
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Outcast-Press falls in line with this belief that what you need most often lurks in the recesses you least want to tread: taboo topics, disturbing imagery, and the murky gray area within dichotomies. In this volume, you’ll find 20 stories that explore the shadow side of humanity. These stories might disquiet, upset, or even enrage certain readers. Outcast-Press doesn’t cater to such cries for censorship because we believe the best art isn’t comfortable or comforting. Reading isn’t a spectator sport. And since life doesn’t come with a trigger warning, neither should literature.
In these stories, we hope each author has explored the shadow side of their mind. Perhaps by working through past trauma or delving into a place that frightens them. For each piece, you won’t find easily digestible, stained-glass, or politically correct perspectives. There aren’t many commendable characters, and even fewer happy endings. Here, you’ll find the downtrodden and dirty. Because it’s in the mud, in the dark, in mainlined misery that truth reveals herself in all her filth-caked, blood-crusted glory.
Authors: Claudia Santino
Stephen J. Golds
Gregory J. Wolos
Amanda Cecelia Lang
A. Whittenberg, Aaron E. Lee, Alexis DuBon, Andrew McDonald, Anna Sanderson, Annabel Record, Antonia Rachel Ward, April Yates, Austrian Spencer, Benjamin Lawrence, Brianna Malotke, Caitlin Marceau, Cara Mast, Carys Crossen, Caytlyn Brooke, Claire Hunter, Claire Loader, Clay F. Johnson, Colin Leonard, Dale Parnell, David Fey, Dee Grimes, doungjai gam, E.M. Alores, Edward Brock, Eilidh Spence, Elford Alley, Emma K. Leadley, Emma Kathryn, Emma Murray, Eric Raglin, Erin M. Brady, Evelyn Freeling, Ezekiel Kincaid, Fusako Ohki, Gabbie Frulla, Georgia Cook, Gus Wood, Hazel Ragaire, Helen M. Merrick, Isaac Menuza, J.C. Robinson, J.J. Kīmmorist, J.R. Handfield, Jameson Grey, Jeremiah Dylan Cook, Jessica Wilcox, Joe Scipione, Josh Sippie, Julia Ross, Julie Sevens, Kati Lokadottir, Katie Young, Keely O'Shaughnessy, Kevin Skirrow, Kirin Sasa, Kristin Cleaveland, Laura Keating, Laura Nettles, Laura Shenton, Laurence Sullivan, Lily Tupa, Lyndsey Croal, M.M. MacLeod, Matthew Barron, Meera Dandekar, Melody E. McIntyre, Micah Castle, Michelle Mellon, Mike Murphy, Nerisha Kemraj, Nicola Kapron, Nicole M. Wolverton, Paige Johnson, Patrick Whitehurst, Patrick Winters, Petina Strohmer, R.J. Joseph, Robyn Pritzker, Ryan B. Green, Sean Reardon, Sheri White, Skye Pagon, Sophie Sadler, Stephen Howard, Tiffany Michelle Brown, Toshiya Kamei, Umiyuri Katsuyama, Vivian Kasley, Yukari Kousaka
Contributors: Adam Down, Alexis Dubon, Andrew McDonald, Anja Hendrikse Liu, Antonia Rachel Ward, April Yates, Arlo Gorevin, Benjamin Langley, Benjamin Lawrence, Brianna Malotke, Bry White, C.J. Dotson, Caitlin Marceau, Cara Mast, Charles E.P. Murphy, Claire Hunter, Cody Mower, Collin Yeoh, Dale Parnell, Danielle McCabe, Eilidh Spence, Elford Alley, Emilian Wojnowski, Emma K. Leadley, Emma Kathryn, Freddie Åhlin, Fusako Ohki, Gus Wood, Guy Riessen, Helen M. Merrick, Holden Zuras, Isaac Menuza, J.C. Robinson, J.J. Kīmmorist, James Dick, Jameson Grey, Jennifer Canaveral, Jeremiah Dylan Cook, Joe Butler, Joe Scipione, John Lane, Julia Ross, Justin Terry, K. Van Dam, K.J. Watson, Kamome Ashizawa, Kathryn Bea, Katie Young, Kelly White, Kimberley Rei, Kirin Sasa, Kristin Cleaveland, Laura Keating, Laura Nettles, Leeroy Cross James, Leon Lavender, Lindsay King-Miller, M. Lopes da Silva, Marc Sorondo, Marcelo Medone, Mario Aliberto III, Matthew Barron, Meera Dandekar, Micah Castle, Michelle Cook, Myk Pilgrim, Nick Watts, Paige Johnson, Patrick Barb, Patrick Tumblety, Patrick Winters, Paula Hammond, Petina Strohmer, Russell Nichols, S.O. Green, Scarlett Lake, Scott McGregor, Sean Reardon, Serena Jayne, Steve Neal, Toko Hata, Toshiya Kamei, Victor Nandi, Yukari Kousaka, Yuki Fuwa
Roosevelt “Rosy” Robinson is a broken man living a purgatory existence in Peru. Two of his oldest friends from Canada—Stanley “The Deuce” Doucette and Ishmael “Ishy” Lords—have pressing news to deliver. Never have two individuals been so ill-equipped to navigate the “Gringo Trail,” but this is precisely what they must do to track down Rosy in one of the most inaccessible places on the planet.
Ambitious, gritty, and raucously entertaining, Sean McCallum’s debut novel takes readers from Toronto and New York to Lima, then across the Andes, down the Amazon River, and into darkness. Bristling with tragedy, regret, and a little ayahuasca, The Recalcitrant Stuff of Life screams into the void with electric urgency, reveling in what it means to be alive.
This book grabs readers by the wrist and leads them headlong into an authentically raw examination of love and friendship. It's a moving tale of the places we go to seek forgiveness.
Lauren Sapala, transgressive author of The INFJ Revolution, Between the Shadow and Lo, and West is San Francisco:
"Extraordinary, profound, and intensely alive, this book stays with you. It’s a heady mix of the suffocating jungle bleakness of Hunter S. Thompson’s Rum Diary brewed together with the magical boyhood winters of Kerouac’s Maggie Cassidy.
Opening with a quote (or rather, a mathematical equation) from the iconic polymath Benoit Mandelbrot, The Recalcitrant Stuff of Life gives an enigmatic precursor to the intricately layered narrative within. From the first chapter, we’re immersed in the squalid, heartbreaking intensity of Iquitos: a sprawling Peruvian metropolis where it’s easy to get lost, and even easier to lose yourself.
Rosy—consistently drunk and emotionally damaged—is one of the lost ones, and, as we follow the path of his past memories and the curve of his current anguish, we begin to understand with chilling clarity why he's chosen this particular place to enact his downward spiral.
Skipping forward and backward in time, we live through every important memory. We’re introduced to his tight inner circle and how they grew up together. We watch him on the night he falls in love at first sight, then the torturous aftermath. When we come back to present-day Iquitos, he meets the girl who will change everything for him, and--because we’ve seen every essential thread of meaning woven through the tapestry of Rosy’s life--we know this was always meant to be.
Meanwhile, Ishy and The Deuce, his two best friends, have undertaken their own quest down to Iquitos to find Rosy and bring him back before it’s too late. We follow each storyline until they merge into an electrifying conclusion. There, we finally learn about the horrifying event that drove Rosy to run away from his life and bury his soul deep underground.
The Recalcitrant Stuff of Life challenges the reader on so many different levels: Narcissistic characters undermine our assumptions with acts of great kindness, then shatter that illusion the very next page by doing something despicable.
Contributors:Adam Down, Allison Floyd, Andrew Joseph White, Antonia Ward, Ashley Van Elswyk, Caitlin Marceau, Cara Mast, C.M. Lowry, Emma Kathryn, Jelena Dunato, Jenna Junior, Joshua Robinson, Julie Sevens, Kelly Piner, Lindz McLeod, Matias Travieso-Diaz,Meg Sipos, Paige Johnson, Shannon Scott, Simone le Roux
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b : In the fetish community, a submissive who engages in behavior designed to provoke or encourage a dominant’s response in order to assert individuality, annoy, test limits, garner attention, and/or provoke punishment
c : Maria Massaro, a 16-year-old escort more troubled by her own blistering anger and unappeasable lover than her profession; specifically : a jealous girl haunted by the suicide of her sweetest client and hired by a curious John contracted to help her unknot it all
More light-hearted than you'd expect. More deviant than you'd desire.
The Con Artist: Rhea Ozera is a notorious sucker for all things glitzy and glamorous, but she usually finds her way into these situations by grisly means. She lies to obtain friends, she hides to retain lovers, and she puts herself through Hell to find Heaven, always in the gutter looking for diamonds. In her quest for rebirth as a sophisticated, rich, social starlet, Congress is her dollhouse and trophy wife to a Washington elitist is her aspiration.
Imperative Fate: Ellie Anne Moss has sufficed a short life riddled with sorrowful finks and gruesome tragedy, but she can't help but hope these tests of strength and character are for the better. With her parents six feet under and a lover twice her age, she strives for divine recompense, happiness.