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The Cult In My Garage

The Cult In My Garage
by Duncan Birmingham

Tell Me How You Really Feel
by Claire Hopple

Papal Glow
by Blake Wallin

Maudlin House

Dreams of Being
By Michael J Seidlinger

Maudlin House

The Way Cities Feel To Us Now
By Nate Perkins

This Distance
By Nick Gregorio

Kingdom Now
By Shan Cawley

Double Bird
By Bud Smith

Good Grief
By Nick Gregorio

Manic Depressive Dream Girl
By Naadeyah Haseeb

Emoji Death Mask
By Johnny Kiosk

Exile Me
By Seyed Hamidzadeh

Portrait of the Artist
By Ross McCleary

Become Death
By Luis Neer

Depression is a Thunderstorm
By Shan Cawley

By S. Kay

Sometimes Cool Things are Terrible
By Amanda Dissinger

Every Dog I Pet in 2016
By Joseph Parker Okay

I Don't Mean to Redshift
by Beyza Ozer

By Logan Ellis

101 Adages for the Millennial
by Dylan Taylor

Weather or Not
by Dalton Day

The Cult In My Garage

By Duncan Birmingham


An officer worker hopes a new drug will remedy her toxic personal life... A food blogger moonlights as a detective to give meaning to his gluttony… A rehabbed addict proselytizes with an increasingly bizarre methodology… Lovesick strangers try to heal through a dating app that promises a unique form of catharsis... A quarantined man starts having vivid dreams he’s convinced aren't his own... At a party where everyone’s "somebody" the crowd grows feverishly reverential of one guest's anonymity...

In the prescient world of 'The Cult in My Garage', the characters are desperate for meaning and hungry for connection. Time and again, their attempts at betterment snowball into disaster or backfire spectacularly. And yet they still find ways to dust themselves off and salvage meaning.


"Funny, blithe, whip-smart, hilarious, of the moment and of the past, despairing yet hopeful, melancholic yet joyful -- these are a few of the words that come to mind after reading Duncan Birmingham's blissfully delightful collection of short stories. THE CULT IN MY GARAGE has it all."

-Jonathan Ames, author of The Extra Man and the creator of BORED TO DEATH.

"Duncan Birmingham spins piercing tales populated by desperate characters trying to find their place in an ever-changing world. He's talented, he's funny, and he's a true weirdo. Enjoy a walk through his charmingly bananas brain."

-Sara Benincasa, author of Agorafabulous! and Real Artists Have Day Jobs

“The Cult in My Garage is the rare book that made me laugh alone in my room, made me pick up the phone and tell my sister, you should read this.”

-Bud Smith, author of Double Bird and WORK

“If it were 1955, Duncan Birmingham would be famous for this hyperreal book of sad funny short stories. Partly because people read short stories back then. And partly because only white men were allowed to write back then, so he would have had less competition."

-Joel Stein, In Defense Of Elitism


About the author

DUNCAN BIRMINGHAM is a writer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. He’s been a writer and producer on numerous tv shows including Maron (starring Marc Maron) and Blunt Talk. Short films he’s written and directed have premiered at film festivals including Sundance and AFI. His stories have appeared in literary magazines including Mystery Tribune, Maudlin House, nerve, Juked, 7x7, Brooklyn Vol 1 and Joyland.

Tell Me How You Really Feel

By Claire Hopple

Uncle Errol throws a funeral for himself. Bootsie spies on her own husband. Joe's band dresses in costumes and plays instruments from elementary school music class. Marco is tired of people shouting “Polo!” over his shoulder. Mallory unlocks the doors between hotel suites in case the person beside her is also searching and alone. Denise eats crayons and goes missing. Gary tries to legally change his name to get back at his sworn enemy. Tell Me How You Really Feel is the only novella set in the municipality of Murrysville, Pennsylvania.


“In Tell Me How You Really Feel, Hopple conjures her ensemble cast of captivating oddballs through subtle yet electric sentences that read so easy it’s as if she simply rolled tape on characters who existed long before she brought them to life and who continue to exist after she calls it a wrap. It seems a magic trick, but it’s a true feat—not messing with the destinies of these good, flawed people, having the patience and empathy to allow them their nemesis and failed heroics, their heartbreak and their humor. Tell Me How You Really Feel is flash fiction at its most charming and magnetic."

-Kara Vernor, author of Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song

Like the old saying, "You’re born alone and you die alone," the characters in Claire Hopple’s peculiar and very funny Tell Me How You Really Feel are befuddled by most people, dooming them to a life of awkward, sometimes surly, individualism. The concerns of Hopple’s lifelike characters thread through each other, creating a cinematic tapestry evocative of a great Robert Altman movie. Combine that with Hopple’s sharp delivery and acute sense of details and Tell Me How You Really Feel becomes a small miracle.

-Kevin Sampsell

"Everything I want to say about Claire Hopple's writing pales in comparison to the writing itself. In her third book of fiction, she effectively reinvents the rules for short story writing for the third time. In Hopple's hands, this is a climax: The dog whimper of the door hinge and it was done. This is a description of emotion: corn-shucked and echoey. This is dialogue: "A Megabus driver is greater than a regular bus driver. It’s simple math." This is metafiction, humor, and character development: The cymbals were maybe supposed to be symbols, she would think later. And this is all from the same page. There are 45 more in TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL. What are you waiting for?"

-Tyler Barton


Maudlin House

About the author

Claire Hopple is the author of two story collections and one novella. Her fiction has appeared in Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, New World Writing, Timber, and others. She lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina. She's just a steel town girl on a Saturday night. More at

Papal Glow

By Blake Wallin

Papal Glow is the time between centuries, that little dust mote trailing in the sun’s glare between folds of the partition that separates the public from true knowledge. It is the preventative strain keeping the powers-that-be at bay while the world swirls by unnoticed. This glow imbues a young boy named Leo, who must use the papacy to divide the time between those centuries, speed up modernity at the very beginning of the 19th century, and oppose the ever-growing reign of Napoleon. But as Leo grows into his papal role, the lines between what Leo wants and can achieve grow smaller as well, until Leo sets up a miracle himself and the time between centuries becomes as small as a dust mote.

230 PAGES | FICTION NOVEL | 5.5" BY 8.5"

About The Author

Blake Wallin is a writer from Atlanta specializing in poetry, fiction, and playwriting. A recent graduate of George Mason University’s MFA program in poetry, he attended the 2018 Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive as well as the 2018 Virginia Quarterly Review’s Summer Workshop in Poetry. He is the author of two previous books, No Sign on the Island (Bottlecap Productions) and Occipital Love (Ghost City Press).

Dreams of Being

By Michael J. Seidlinger

A writer walks the entirety of New York City searching for a story, inspiration, anything to give him some direction. While navigating the busier blocks of Times Square, he stumbles upon a restaurant opening and an enigmatic man named Jiro protesting the grand opening. Believing it’s the only way to maintain Jiro’s interest, he claims to be a director, someone interested in developing a project that reveals to the world Jiro’s unseen culinary talent. Eventually, the truth comes out, and he comes face-to-face with what it means to be creative in a passionless world.

188 PAGES | FICTION | 5.5" BY 8.5"

“Dreams of Being is a taut journey into the fantasy of perfection. A novel with powerful pulse about a person seeking out a hero, hoping to understand themselves. Michael Seidlinger writes beautifully, with purpose, with skill.”

-Bud Smith, author of Double Bird

“I never trust people who use a middle initial, but Michael J Seidlinger is different. When I read his writing, I’m on my back, I’m having my behavior corrected: It’s teaching me a lesson. And I can see stars.”

-Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah Book

“Michael J Seidlinger understands the messy mysterious business of being human, and of also looking to be wanted, needed, and validated.”

-Ron Currie, author of The One-Eyed Man

“Seidlinger continues his quest to become a literary chameleon, diving into new genres and remixing them into something wholly his own. His is a kingdom without borders.”

-Joshua Mohr, author of Sirens

“Dreams of Being is a fever dream, a religious text, a writer’s notebook, a case of mistaken identity, a love letter. Jiro is one of the most fascinating characters you will ever read, and this is Michael Seidlinger at his very best, his sentences full of his particular energy and verve. Start here. Open this book and get lost in Seidlinger’s dream. You will be drawn in by the complexity and wonder of Jiro’s story and the mystery of how to tell it and what it takes to make meaning.”

-Matthew Salesses, author of Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear

“Take one unexpected yet hard-won friendship, mix in sensory delights via the culinary arts, sprinkle in the pathos of (lost and found) aspirations, and you have Michael J Seidlinger's Dreams of Being. In this close narrative, Seidlinger captures the doubt, desperation, and deceit involved in finding purpose. Ultimately, is this "purpose" of our own making, or is it a prescribed notion to become someone manifested by and for others? Dreams of Being captures the relatable fear in being who we are, complexity and all.”

-Jennifer Baker, editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life


Maudlin House

About the author

MICHAEL J SEIDLINGER is a Filipino American author of My Pet Serial Killer, Dreams of Being, The Fun We’ve Had, and nine other books. He has written for, among others, Buzzfeed, Thrillist, and Publishers Weekly, and has led workshops at Catapult, Kettle Pond Writer’s Conference, and Sarah Lawrence. He is a co-founder and member of the arts collective, The Accomplices, and founder of the indie press, Civil Coping Mechanisms (CCM). He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he never sleeps and is forever searching for the next best cup of coffee.

The Way Cities Feel To Us Now

And Other Stories
By Nathaniel Kennon Perkins

Bad luck follows travelers through the desert, Mormon missionaries contemplate the bodily implications of the internal combustion engine, and minimum wage workers look for a sense of meaning in art, country and western music, and domestic terrorism. A lemon tree produces an alarming number of fruit, but nobody can manage to have a threesome. Perkins’s first collection of short stories vibrates at the chaotic frequency of the American West, a place where the states are square, the drives are long, and heartbreak is at least as much of a shit show as it is anywhere else.


"In the Western Lands there are people who believe in its landscapes and cities like a secret cult. To be let into this cult you have to visit several locations, Portland, its National Parks, Boulder, Santa Fe, Tucson, Flagstaff and the great Eugene. Every Western junkie knows this conversation, "Hey, you've been to Eugene, twilight at Skinner's Butte is the best." "Hey, you've been to Zion, I walked the Narrows during a flood, didn't know if I would come out alive." "The buskers in Santa Fe are the best." Nate Perkins lets you into this world of travelers, the secret passwords that allow you into the Western Lands."

-Noah Cicero

"Depression makes most people's memories collapse inward onto themselves. Perkins struggles with himself but knows the beautiful punctures on the the stick-and-poke world around him."

-Brendan Wells, of Uranium Club


About the author

Nathaniel Kennon Perkins lives in Boulder, CO, where he works as a bookseller. He is the author of the short novel, Cactus, and the ongoing literary zine series, Ultimate Gospel. His creative work has appeared in Triquarterly, High Country News, the Philadelphia Secret Admirer, decomP magazinE, Pithead Chapel, Timber Journal, and others. He runs Trident Press.

This Distance

by Nick Gregorio

Wannabe astrophysicists and screenwriters, star gazers and time travelers, a foul mouthed Chris Hemsworth, a sitcom star lamenting her station in life while wearing a fake pregnant belly, and even a cult author kidnapped by the very secret society his work spawned—all of them get to have their say in This Distance. Dramatic, violent, comical, sad, and occasionally hopeful, Nick Gregorio’s first collection of short stories puts the human need to connect on display with grit, humor, and compassion.


"'This Distance' is a badass book full of meditations on the moments when we're alone, vulnerable and striving for connection."

-Daniel DiFranco, author of Panic Years

"Gregorio pulls you in before you even know what happened. He develops such strong plots he leaves you no choice but to binge read."

-Claire Hopple, author of Too Much of the Wrong Thing

"Wow, what a wonderfully deranged carnival ride!"

-Joshua Mohr, author of 'Sirens' and 'All This Life'


About the author

Nick Gregorio is a writer, teacher, reader, husband, hobbyist musician, and teeth-grinder living just outside of Philadelphia with his wife and dog. His fiction has appeared in many wonderful publications, and his first novel, Good Grief, was released by Maudlin House in 2017. He cohosts a podcast called, loves movies, punk rock, and comics, and buys more books than he has time to read. This Distance is his first collection of short stories.

Kingdom Now

by Shan Cawley