A Good Editor is Hard to Find: The True Story of My Publishing Misadventure

Editor’s note: While we try to celebrate the world of small press and independent authors on Silent Motorist Media, it’s important, on occasion, to visit its pitfalls as well. No environment is perfect, and we’re publishing this piece in the hopes that an awareness of some of the issues addressed here will help new and

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Memoir in Woodgrain

Memoir in Woodgrain by Gregory Von Dare Old desk in a second-hand store beckons to me. It is dented and chipped, slightly warped, worn smooth and shiny on top from much human contact. No one can tell me who owned it, where it came from. Like a book in a foreign language, the desk has

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A New Voice in Bizarro Land: An Interview with Christopher Rigel

I picked up Christopher Rigel’s debut novella, Oval Orifice, almost entirely by chance. I knew Chris from college and was delighted to discover he had written a book. He had always been one of the sharp students in my literature courses, and I was certain his work would be worth a glance. When I discovered

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The Last Drug Trial on Earth Cover Reveal

Today, we’re revealing the cover of our first-ever Silent Motorist Media book publication, The Last Drug Trial on Earth, by Justin A. Burnett. Yes, we’re moving slowly into the realm of book publications. We have a few more surprise releases in store for you, including a hitherto unannounced anthology that we’re certain you’ll enjoy, but

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Unlikeable Characters: An Interview With Jessica McHugh

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing yet another accomplished, talent writer: Jessica McHugh. No additional introduction is needed, so let’s jump right in! -Austin James “I never realized how quickly children want to put visually unappealing things into their mouths.” -Jessica McHugh Austin James: So, I’ll start off with a generic question that might

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8 Eighties Exploitation Films That Could Never Be Made Today

By Bob Freville   Brenda: Sounds nice and kinky to me. Too bad you’re not double-jointed.   Fargo: Why?   Brenda: Because if you were, you’d be able to bend over and kiss your ass goodbye!   —Actual dialogue from Savage Streets (1984)   Much has been written about sex and violence in motion pictures,

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10 Weird Writers to Save Us All in 2018

Here is our highly-anticipated list of “10 Writers to Save Us All in 2018.” “Save us from what?” you ask. We’re not entirely sure. What we do know is that an unexpected number of writers and readers alike sent us impassioned demands to recognize writers across the independent and small-press spectrum, and that the Silent

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Your Happy Life: Day Five

What is the Your Happy Life series? Day One Day Two Day Three Day Four I once met a 40-year-old man who had obliterated his own heart with a 12-gauge shotgun. Incredibly, he remained alive. Happy people seized him and worked ceaselessly to further this miracle of sustained agony. To their disappointment and his relief,

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Reading in the Age of Trump: the Danger of Low-Hanging Fruit

Reading in the Age of Trump The first time the Trump presidency seemed serious to me was when Slavoj Zizek half-heartedly endorsed Trump for the 2016 election. Zizek’s reasons for supporting such an outrageous candidate were, in a truly Zizekian fashion, complicated. His stance was similar to David Lynch’s: that Trump, while a problem himself,

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Psychedelic Flapper: An Interview with Madeleine Swann

Madeleine Swann is a psychedelic flapper, weird fiction writer, creepy stuff lover, and hideous face puller. And she’s a lot of fun to interview! -Austin James “I wanted to be a writer, an actress (but not a famous one), and every single animal in existence.” -Madeleine Swann Austin James: First off, thanks for chatting to me…

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