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HARD TIMES BLUES by Elwin Cotman
Publication date: July 15th, 2013
Publisher: Six Gallery Press
Zombies, elves, hobos, Martians, and dragons; musical ghosts and sorcerous retail managers wreak havoc in HARD TIMES BLUES, another trip through the dreamlands, courtesy of Elwin Cotman. These five lyrical and satirical fables look at the lives of the dispossessed through a fabulist lens. Drawing inspiration from the Gothic, the pulps, rock'n'roll, the Bible, and anime (to name a few), Cotman continues to redraw the map of the American fantastic.
Elwin Cotman is the author of THE JACK DANIELS SESSIONS EP, a collection of fantasy short stories that was nominated for two 2011 Carl Brandon Society Awards. A natural-born storyteller, he has performed his writing at venues across the U.S. HARD TIMES BLUES is his second collection. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana.
"With its intoxicating blend of rock and roll and the supernatural, crazed religion and visionary prose, Hard Times Blues is a wild ride down the same shadowy American sideroads traveled by the likes of Cormac McCarthy, Greil Marcus and Samuel R. Delany. A marvelous collection by a strikingly original new voice in contemporary fiction."
--Elizabeth Hand, author of Winterlong
"With hyperbolic, technicolor imagery and engrossing characters that radiate intrigue, these modern tales comprise a new book of essential fables for our time--read it, close your eyes, and delight in the words still glowing hot inside your brain."
--Alissa Nutting, author of Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
"An exciting, inspiring, and sublime mix of beautiful imagery, old-fashioned pulp, gritty predicaments, biblical poetry, soul, charm, heart, heartache, ghosts, lost souls, bad attitudes, and literary invention. Elwin Cotman writes like a brilliant maniac, as if he’s afraid someone will take his pen away too soon."
--Timothy Schaffert, author The Coffins of Little Hope
"Hard Times Blues reads like a wake-up call; a collection of remarkable stories that are as ambitious as they are personal. Cotman is a first-class stylist with a heart and a wit to match. He knows how to make us want to follow him and his marvelous characters down into the lovelorn, maddening, and scary places we already inhabit but so rarely recognize."
--Paul Tremblay, author of The Little Sleep
"Elwin Cotman's carefully wrought, gracefully accomplished, and lyrical narratives range in tone and style from picaresque and carnivalesque to elegiac, ironic, and melancholy. His stories are not so much driven by style or voice, as they are by love in the largest sense. For love does not exclude chaos, nor avoid the vicissitudes of history, and neither do Cotman's socially engaged, brilliantly crafted stories."
--Miranda Mellis, author of The Revisionist