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Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons by Lynne Hinkey

March 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of Lynne Hinkey’s new novel, Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons.

Author Jack Halliman, accompanied by his loyal dog and first mate, Hanna, sails to Puerto Rico looking for a cure for his writer’s block. Instead, he finds a dead body.

With chickens, dogs, and livestock dropping like flies, the mayor has an answer: the legendary chupacabra is back. The problem is, no one on the island can agree on what, exactly, the chupacabra is. Legendary beast, vampire, or alien? As the conniving mayor, a dogged detective, a voodoo-practicing fourteen-year-old, and the local “witch” drag him deeper into the investigation, Jack has to separate reality from mythology.

But on an island where UFO sightings, conspiracy theories, and superstition abound, the lines between men and monsters, monsters and gods, and in this case, between gods and a dog, are thin and blurry.

Click here to read he first chapter of Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons.

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Review and Awards

May 15th, 2013 · No Comments

Candi Sary’s Black Crow White Lie has a new review up at the Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers blog, recently received an honorable mention in the general fiction category of the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival Winners List, and was just announced first runner-up in the Eric Hoffer Award for Books general fiction category.

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New Reviews

April 20th, 2013 · No Comments

The Half-Life of Home has a new review in the Charlotte Observer’s Reading Life blog and Black Crow White Lie has a lengthy new write-up in the Daily Pilot.

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New Reviews

April 14th, 2013 · No Comments

It’s been a busy week for reviews. The Half-Life of Home has a lengthy review in the Asheville Citizen-Times here and a shorter interview with Dale Neal in the same paper here, as well as a review in the Star News Online here.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography has reviewed Pacific Offering here.

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The Half-Life of Home by Dale Neal

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of Dale Neal’s novel, The Half-Life of Home.

Standing your ground is hard when you can’t trust what’s underfoot. Sorting what’s true and what’s only wished is even harder in a place like Beaverdam, where stories sprout faster than grass on a new grave.

Beaverdam’s children heard tell of the Witch Woman who lived in a ruined cabin, who would cuss you or worse if you dared knock on her door. They were warned of the Snakebit Girl, how the rattler’s fangs struck her pudgy hand reaching into the nest for the hen’s eggs. Rather than tell a soul of her plight, she swelled with poisoned pride, and for her silence she was buried in the sloping graveyard. They knew of the Failed Farmer who lost all in the last depression of the nineteenth century. He sold off his plow horse, but still found necessity for the useless halter: his body was found hanging from a rafter in his empty barn.

But the oldest story was of a curse that lay on the land itself. The first whites who crossed the gap encountered no Indians, but the occasional arrowhead could be unearthed in the black fields by the creek, once dammed by the creatures who lent the cove its name. Besides those napped flints, those first hunters had left behind a legend…

Click here to read the first chapter of The Half-Life of Home.

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Recent Activity

March 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Lavinia Ludlow has a new interview up at Karen the Small Press Librarian’s blog, and we’re very pleased to announce that Black Crow White Lie is the winner of the West-Pacific category of the Reader Views Literary Awards Winners - 2012.

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New Review

March 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

There is a new review of Black Crow White Lie up at the Literary Aficionado blog.

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New Review

January 19th, 2013 · No Comments

A new review of Pacific Offering has been posted at The Inertia.

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New Reviews

December 16th, 2012 · No Comments

There’s a new review of Black Crow White Lie at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, and a new review of Pacific Offering at The Internet Review of Books.

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New Reviews

November 19th, 2012 · No Comments

There is a new review of Black Crow White Lie up at The Dirty Lowdown, and Casperian Books author Lynne Hinkey reviewed Tom Mahony’s latest release, Pacific Offering, at Underground Book Reviews.

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New Reviews and Such

November 10th, 2012 · No Comments

There’s a new review of Black Crow White Lie on the Bookmagnet’s Blog, a review of Pacific Offering at The Waterman’s Library, an interview with Tom Mahony about Pacific Offering in Kurungabaa, and a piece about Lavinia Ludlow, author of alt.punk, at Necessary Fiction.

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New Reviews

October 13th, 2012 · No Comments

There are new reviews of Candi Sary’s Black Crow White Lie at The Book Boutique and Blogcritics.

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Announcing Our Fall 2012 List

September 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Today’s first paperback release of the season is Candi Sary’s Black Crow White Lie which tells the story of Carson Calley, who grew up living in Hollywood motels with his fortune-telling mother, who is full of stories about their former lives together and prophesies about his future. Believing his mother’s yarns, Carson becomes a healer, with the people of Hollywood waiting in long lines to see him, but a purpose built on lies and exaggerations can’t last…or can it? Click here to read the first chapter.

On November 1st, we’ll be following that up with Tom Mahony’s third novel, Pacific Offering, in which longtime friends Beck and Parry venture down the Baja peninsula in a battered pickup truck named Ginger searching for giant waves and Beck’s lost love, Elena. Thwarted at every turn by bandits, corrupt cops, a deteriorating truck, and a brutal ocean, and dead broke except for a stack of vintage skin magazines they use for barter, they endure adversity and continue south. As Beck becomes increasingly obsessed with finding Elena rather than the big surf Parry came for, Beck and Parry’s friendship begins to crumble. Everything converges deep in the desert where the swell of the decade awaits–and Elena. Click here to read the first chapter.

The rest of our fall list this year are reissues of paperbacks in multiple ebook formats. We are very excited to announce that although Adagio has now gone out of print after a very successful six-year run, it has been re-released in ebook format this month. Besides Adagio we have also released an ebook version of The Rage of Achilles and increased the number of ebook formats for the first book in the Administration series, Mind Fuck, to include Kindle and epub formats. Later this fall, we’ll also be issuing the rest of the Administration Series in ebook format.

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New Reviews

September 9th, 2012 · No Comments

A review of alt.punk that originally appeared in the November/December 2011 American Book Review has made it online here, and the first review of our upcoming release Black Crow White Lie is here.

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Two new reviews

June 25th, 2012 · No Comments

While we’re waiting for the Supreme Court to weigh in on health care, the Politics in the Zeros blog is reviewing Hoosier Life & Casualty here.

There’s also a new review of Fame & Madness in America up at Necessary Fiction.

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News

June 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Marina Melee came in in second place for the readers’ choice awards at Underground Book Reviews. Thanks to everyone who voted for it! Gospel Hollow, in the meantime, is one of five debut novels discussed in a feature article, “Essential Truths: First Novels Hinge on Issues of Choice and Fate,” in the Summer 2012 issue of ForeWord Reviews magazine. Author Jesse Jordan has also been busy recently and participated in This Podcast Will Change Your Life. Check it out!

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Links

May 5th, 2012 · No Comments

Flooding Granite got an honorable mention in the Guide to Outdoor Literature’s Best Books of 2011 and Marina Melee has been nominated in the Underground Book Reviews’ Summer Reading List Contest. Please take a minute to vote for it if you are so inclined!

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Ludlow vs. Holic

April 24th, 2012 · No Comments

Lavinia Ludlow and Nathan Holic in conversation at Curbside Splendor, Part I and Part II.

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Gospel Hollow by Jesse Jordan

April 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of Jesse Jordan’s debut novel, Gospel Hollow.

One evening in 1995, Tommy Hull’s mother put him to bed, kissed him goodnight, and walked downstairs. She has not been seen since. Now a twenty-six-year-old bartender self-medicating his debilitating panic attacks with booze and Xanax, Tommy thinks he may have found a way to discover what happened to her. But to do so he’ll have to gather together the violent, damaged men of his past for one night and force from them the truth he believes lies hidden within.

Set during five days of a punishing Chicago blizzard, Gospel Hollow follows the clumsy and desperate investigation of Tommy Hull as he digs through the lies and silence of his remaining family to get the answer to the most pressing question of his life: what happened to Alice Hull on that cool September night fourteen years ago?

“Gospel Hollow is a white-knuckled, Midwestern, modern-day thriller, riveting in its pace, and masterful in its tone. Mr. Jordan’s exploration of the deadly ensnarements of family bonds and the impossibility of memory is highly thoughtful and daringly original.” — Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned and The Boy Detective Fails

Click here to read the first chapter of Gospel Hollow.

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Reviews

March 8th, 2012 · No Comments

There is a new review of Cemetery Bird on the Missouri River Regional Library’s Book Challenge Team blog, and a new review of alt.punk on the Pank Magazine’s blog.

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