Genevieves (Subito Press)

A shape-shifting presence named Genevieve unites these nine surreal stories, haunting the characters as they transcend and escape the traps of the everyday. Visions carried over from childlike desire and imagination start to manifest in adulthood. A script supervisor encounters a spectral film extra that no one else can see, a teenager finds a severed toe on a vanishing island, and a woman reunites with her sister, who happens to be a weapon of mass destruction. Those anomalies only scratch the surface of these formally adventurous contemporary ghost stories. In the mysteries that wake us up only to show us a new dream, Genevieve exists.

Praise for Genevieves

"In Genevieves, Henry Hoke conjures up a beautiful yet broken America haunted by lost dreams and childhood secrets, but most of all haunted by language. The lyrical stories explore a space somewhere between Anne Carson and David Lynch. Written largely in crystallized fragments of prose, the stories are strung together like glittering and strange necklaces. When you look closely, you realize what you thought were plastic beads are actually bits of Halloween candy and the bones of birds. Try these stories on and see the world in a new way."-Lincoln Michel
"The stories in Genevieves flit and flirt about the edges of different genres. Quirky and quietly unruly, these are the kinds of pieces Djuna Barnes might have written if she’d been born in the South on the verge of the 21st century."-Brian Evenson
“Henry Hoke pushes the button on literary convention in this fierce and funny collection. Genevieves is a weapon of mass re-creation that will take you to the highest point in the haunted levels of language.”-Elisabeth Sheffield
"Witty, startling, even macabre, Genevieves is attuned to the nonexistent, and yet is so tethered to what is real, right in front of us, peeled back, laid bare, remarkably precise. The specters of this book index something just outside the periphery, questioning our relationship with the real. Sometimes alarming, sometimes telepathic, this is a stunning work."-Janice Lee

Henry Hoke is the author of Genevieves (winner of the Subito Press prose contest) and The Book of Endless Sleepovers (CCM). His recent work appears in Electric Literature, Joyland, Winter Tangerine and Carve. He co-created and directs Enter>text: a living literary journal, and teaches at CalArts and the UVA Young Writers Workshop.

Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, including the story collections A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press, 2016), Windeye(Coffee House Press 2012) and the novel Immobility (Tor 2012), the latter two of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009). His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award.

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