A DREAM BETWEEN TWO RIVERS: STORIES OF LIMINALITY
by KL Pereira
(Cutlass Press, September 2017)
Paperback original, 9780692864685
A Dream Between Two Rivers: Stories of Liminality is both literary and speculative, both magically real and viscerally strange, in the tradition of writers like Angela Carter, Karen Russell, and Jorge Luis Borges. In the collection, Pereira uses elements of fairy tales, folk tales, and myths to highlight the lives of women, children, and immigrants. Lucid prose underscores the tenacity of those who are the most vulnerable, who live on the edges, between neat and clear definitions of who they are and who they want to be. Pereira explores rebirth amid darkness, free of normative ideas of gender, class, race, and sexuality.
KL Pereira's chapbook, Impossible Wolves, was published by Deathless Press in 2013. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction appear in The Drum, Shimmer, Innsmouth Free Press, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Bitch, and other publications. She's a member of the New England Horror Writers Association and has taught creative writing in high schools, domestic violence shelters, colleges and universities, and writing institutions throughout New England for over ten years. Find her online @_klpereira and klpereira.com.
Advance Praise for A Dream Between Two Rivers
"KL Pereira's A DREAM BETWEEN TWO RIVERS is a wonderfully dark, evocative, mischievous collection. Pereira expertly reinvents familiar favorites and prods at the boundaries of genre with a unique, eloquent voice. With wit and compassion A DREAM BETWEEN TWO RIVERS unflinchingly explores what it means to be human."
—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock
"Take a soaring imagination, dazzling prose, and a merciless eye for truth. Mix with an ability to explode our acceptable truth and you’ll have the stories of KL Pereira, a writer who spins tales that veer from velvet to etched in acid on glass and back again. Pereira’s talent and poetry leap off the pages of A DREAM BETWEEN TWO RIVERS."
—Randy Susan Meyers, international bestselling author of Widow of Wall Street
"In A DREAM BETWEEN TWO RIVERS, KL Pereira shows off her talents for short fiction. Each of these stories is like a dark jewel, glittering and sharp. Their sum is a lyrical meditation on the boundaries between dark and light from a tremendous up-and-coming talent."
—Helen Marshall, author of The Sex Lives of Monsters
"KL Pereira's writing is like a kaleidoscopic hallucination re-configuring in the blood: feverish, poetic, addictive. Highly recommended."
—Irenosen Okojie, award-winning author of Speak Gigantular
RAGGED; or, THE LOVELIEST LIES OF ALL
by Christopher Irvin
(Cutlass Press, October 2017)
In a feral twist on crime fiction, Cal, a mutt with a criminal past, must step back into the world of animal violence to avenge the death of his wife and protect his pups from the inherent darkness of nature.
A stunning anthropomorphic tale of love and revenge, Ragged is a dark story of a vibrant animal community in a New England wood. Grieving the loss of his wife to a mysterious illness, Cal must avenge her death and protect his pups from the coming winter and horrors of the forest. It's Wind in the Willows and Fantastic Mr. Fox meets Fargo, as Irvin's signature slice-of-life crime style takes on a whole new realm.
Christopher Irvin’s debut collection, Safe Inside the Violence, was a finalist for the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection. He is also the author of Federales and Burn Cards. He lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two sons.