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Paragraph Line Books publishes outsider and absurdist literature.  We focus on experimental, hilarious, and readable fiction.

Vol. 13

Vol. 13

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Absurdist writer Jon Konrath returns with another collection of hilarious and demented short fiction. Twenty laugh-out-loud tales of the post-apocalyptic and abnormal drift from reality to the bizarre, from killdozer marathons to UFO cults to Satanic fast-food roast beef. The author of the Wonderland Award-nominated Atmospheres and cult classic Rumored to Exist weaves a chaotic nonlinear tapestry of pop culture, heavy metal, and offensive absurdity. The Gonzo stylings of Vol.13’s narrative twist the reader through the dystopian landscape while positing serious inquiries about the meaning of existence, the folly of man, and the pain of nostalgia, but answers them with scenes of an absurd destruction of society. The book is a personal journey that questions reality, but reveals a fragmented chaos, while being hilarious and impossible to put down. Bonus: Vol.13 includes three stories from the now out-of-print rarity Mandatory Laxative #14. More info →
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Explosive Decompression

Explosive Decompression

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In a world that is a science experiment gone horrifyingly wrong, scientist Audrey Novak awakes from a centuries-long sleep to discover that her work has been used to create an appalling world. More info →
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Escape from Mondo Tiki Island: A Two-Fisted South Seas Adventure

Escape from Mondo Tiki Island: A Two-Fisted South Seas Adventure

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Escape from Mondo Tiki Island is a fast-moving, good-humored adventure tale filled with oddball twists and turns, taking place at the dawn of the Cold War on a tiny island in the South Pacific. The book features bombastic bad guys, beautiful island girls and a bewildered hero — and a host of near-fatal encounters with cybernetic chimps, a submarine, mad scientists and an exploding volcano — all set in a delightfully demented exotic locale. Welcome to the untold story of Russ Russo, a Yank sea ROUGHNECK! A LUNATIC has taken control of the raft... SEE WHO SURVIVES four days of SUN-SCORCHED TERROR! Learn the revealing truth about the half-savage daughters of the CHICAGO OUTFIT! See what happens when DESPERATE ISLAND MEN attempt to defile them! Who can defeat the CASTAWAY NAZI and his JAPANESE HENCHMEN? Blood flows like wine in the SHIP OF THE DAMNED where mad French scientists unleash their LOVE-STARVED APES in an orgy of gore! Forty-eight corpses... ONE HILL! Meet the Navy's DEADLIEST frogmen who suckered a COMMIE PLATOON! Who will survive the wrath of the VENGEFUL ISLAND GOD when he vents his rage in a riptide of LAVA-FILLED HATE that only death can assuage? More info →
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He

He

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Jon Konrath is back with He, a collection of 100 intertwined micro-fictions. The flash fragments of raw emotion each begin with the titular word “he,” and descend in every possible direction, with great absurdity and hilarity. In an apocalyptic world filled with sex, violence, the macabre, UFOs, Mariah Carey belly-button-fetish videos, NyQuil jello shots, and beer-battered, deep-fried Lunchables, Jon Konrath’s fiction stands out for its complete lack of restraint, taste, and human decency. Drifting through a nonlinear journey of torment, confusion, and laugh-out-loud lunacy, each story’s narrator presents a capsule of their deranged life, filled with darkness, humor, emotion, and pain. He challenges our identity of who we are in the modern world of disillusionment, within a unique landscape escaping genre that can only be described as Konrathian. The extreme inappropriateness and humor provide a view of our emotions and ourselves. Both hilarious and dark, the experimental form of He is a bizarre mixture of insanity, emotion, and ridiculousness. More info →
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My Body Would be the Kindest of Strangers

My Body Would be the Kindest of Strangers

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Fiona Helmsley’s My Body Would be The Kindest of Strangers begins with an epigram from Anne Sexton’s With Mercy for the Greedy and ends with an essay on the virtues of Courtney Love. In-between, her stories and essays breathe new life into the idea that the things that we are ashamed of often make for the best stories. Badly wounding her boyfriend in a fight over money for drugs, Helmsley leaves her beloved bloody, and the responsibility of getting him to the hospital on someone else. After plotting with a friend how to best get money for drugs, their decision to start charging their friends for sex leads to devastating results. Sam D’Allesandro once wrote, “I like living with the danger of what you know about me,” and the candidness on display in My Body Would be the Kindest of Strangers takes an incredible amount of guts. Including essays on art and persona, the rejection of the word “victim,” and an imagined meeting between Joan Vollmer Burroughs and Patti Smith at the Chelsea Hotel, My Body Would be the Kindest of Strangers proves Fiona Helmsley is as deft at turning her gaze outward as she is at turning it in on herself. More info →
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The Dove and the Crow

The Dove and the Crow

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Meet the Crow: He’s been around for hundreds of years. He took scalps in the time of Cortez and Columbus. He skins men and makes rugs of their hides, lassos of their intestines. Right now he’s angry, and out for blood. Meet the Dove: Matina’s a whore at the Maison de Joie, with more mojo than you can shake a stick at. It’s been said that, with just one bat of her eyelashes, she can turn pennyroyal tea into tincture of opium. Meet the Tracker: Dognose Jones, the adopted son of a Cherokee medicine man, has a special gift. He can smell his prey like a bloodhound scenting its chase. Welcome to the Wild, Weird West. "Joseph Hirsch is scary good." - Jed Ayres, author of Peckerwood "A writer of uncommon talent." - Tom Kakonis, author of Treasure Coast and Criss Cross More info →
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After the Jump

After the Jump

$9.99
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Frank Novak’s seven-year-old daughter Audrey awakes one night screaming, “Get her out of me!” When he asks who, she replies, “Me!” It is the beginning of an adventure for the father and daughter that includes shadowy agents, alien invaders, two computer geniuses named “Steve,” a homicidal child aviator, and Ronald Reagan. “…an easy affection for his characters and a sense of natural, unforced humor.” —Booklist “Sheppard’s characters pretend to not be funny, to not be emotional, to not need each other, when of course, they are, and they do. There’s a clarity to the chaos, the restraint, the vulnerability Sheppard creates, something so human and essential you can’t help but turn the page.” —Entropy Magazine More info →
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The Memory Hunter

The Memory Hunter

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By 2007, after the nuclear war with the Soviet Union, Japanese mega-corporations run America. In this dark never-future of hovercars, ‘droids, and Mars colonies, the oppressive corporations rule the overworked occupants of the mega-cities with an iron fist. And a mysterious disease called IDES is causing people to lose their implanted synthetic memories. John Bishop makes his living on the fringes of the mega-corporate society that disgraced him and reduced him to a repo man of brain implants—a memory hunter. Bishop, with the help of beautiful dissident scientist Dr. Amy Alexander, unravels a conspiracy of corruption and horror, and in so doing he just may find the redemption that has eluded him from the bottom of a synth-alcohol bottle. Mixing elements of classic science fiction, Chandleresque noir, and absurdist dark humor, the author of laugh-out-loud cult classics The Earworm Inception and Rumored to Exist creates a retro future world of classic cyberpunk. The clever twist of wry humor and science fiction predictions from the 1980s gone wrong offers a satirical look at a future that never happened. More info →
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Atmospheres

Atmospheres

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No plot summary can suggest the mesmerizing texture of this caustically hilarious, aggressively mordant, constantly surprising and terrifyingly fun summation of the death-by-choking-on-hubris of the American dream in the 21st Century. More info →
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Kentucky Bestiary

Kentucky Bestiary

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Welcome to Tipple Hollow, a rural Appalachian town where a mysterious and seemingly magical man has set up camp, claiming he has the power to rescue America from all of its worries. The only problem is that he may not be what he appears to be, and his dark secret may cost the people of Tipple Hollow their very souls. More info →
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