So, we are mad at work on the latest installment of Paragraph Line zine. Some great stories are coming in, and hopefully many more are on the way, so I encourage you to keep sending us quality stuff.
While you’re waiting on the first batch of fiction to come out, I thought I’d mention some of the stuff that’s come out by Paragraph Line Books since AITPL #13. All of this is Jon Konrath-related, but don’t worry, there will be plenty of non-Konrath fiction coming your way in 2012.
So, there are two new-new books:
Fistful of Pizza (PL-104) is a collection of nine stories by Jon Konrath. If you’re interested in a childhood friend that turned terrorist in an Islamic militant splinter faction of Amway, Richard Nixon’s commentary on his favorite Dokken album, or a movie review of Little Fockers, exploring the film’s BSDM-inspired pedophilia themes and parody of the Ben Hur chariot race, filmed with small breed dogs around a set designed like a 1970s Times Square filled with heroin addicts and pornographers, this book’s for you.
The Earworm Inception (PL-105) is another collection, this time with 20 pieces of flash fiction. It includes a Texas Governor who obsessively listens to Rebecca Black right before every state execution, a chainsaw factory that plays Ozzy Osbourne for its welding robots, an ex-girlfriend drunk-dialing from Kandahar, where she’s starting a Shakey’s Pizza restaurant chain, and an endless search to find the right mix of prescription medication to stop the memories of a bizarre past.
Two older books have also been re-released; the new editions have new covers and some small edits, but are available at a lower price, and are also on the Kindle for the first time:
Rumored to Exist (PL-103) is Jon Konrath’s classic 2002 novel. It’s a collection of 201 vignettes or flash fiction pieces, loosely tied together into a non-linear narrative about a protagonist attempting to find meaning in a bizarre near-future world. It’s a densely packed stew of ideas flashed together, morphing between dreams, emails, conversations, and action. It’s a novel in the style of Naked Lunch, written for today’s short-attention-span hypertextual world.
Summer Rain (PL-106) is Konrath’s first book, which is a creative nonfiction tale about a summer in the early 90s in a lazy midwestern college town. It’s a coming-of-age tale that explores depression, finding your place in life, early death metal music, the early days of the internet, and slumming it on a college campus.
Anyway, check out the books, and all of the back issues of Air in the Paragraph Line you can find here. Stay tuned, and get ready for more fiction here, starting in April.