"The Goners" is a suite of interconnected stories about death and loss. Written in his characteristically succinct yet vivid style, Mark Gluth presents a series of meticulously crafted disappearing acts, where characters morph, stumble and bear the unbearable. The narratives mirror each other, as motifs ebb, flow and cycle. Moody, evocative and compressed with emotion, "The Goners" shuffles across a limited landscape, a narrow and dark stripe stretched across a darker and wider world.
In his tenth novel, Dennis Cooper has turned his characteristic inventiveness on the animated gif, employing gifs’ tightly wound, looping visual possibilities, nervous rhythms, tiny storylines, and their status as dismembered, twitching eye candy to compose a work of unexpected complexity, strangeness, poetry, and comedy. "Zac’s Haunted House" is as fun and eerie to explore as its namesake attraction, and a deep and fraught fiction puzzle.
"Skeleton Costumes", the new book by Thomas Moore, sees the writer's work stripped down to its most raw and effecting form yet. Skinned of any extraneous flesh, the simplicity of the pieces bely their emotional impact and visceral depth. The short stabs and sharp explosions of verse accumulate to create an unconventional and, at times, harrowing narrative.
'Silence', 65 minute film written and directed by Michael Salerno, is an intimate portrait of the life of a ten year old girl and her eight year old brother, as an intense storm is about to descend upon their city.