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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

Joy
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

Etymologizer
By Logan Ellis

101 Adages for the Millennial
by Dylan Taylor

Weather or Not
by Dalton Day


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.

44 PAGES | SHORT FICTION NOVEL | 5.5" BY 8.5"

“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

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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 clairehopple.com


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

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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.

170 PAGES | SHORT STORY COLLECTION | 5.5" BY 8.5"


"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

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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.

189 PAGES | SHORT STORY COLLECTION | 5.5" BY 8.5"


"'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'

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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 book.record.beer, 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

kingdom now is a study in the radical act of self-care after recovering from a lifetime spent fighting mental illness. Navigating its way through Appalachia and beyond, these poems fight for their ability to be heard, to be known and to be understood within the context of someone who is trying their best. Cawley's first full-length poetry collection explores the relationship between mind and body, and how they often times separate from each other in times of trauma and despair

91 PAGES | POETRY COLLECTION | 5.5" BY 8.5"


About The Author


Shan Cawley is currently a student at West Virginia University studying English with a focus in literary & cultural studies. In 2017, Shan was the recipient of WVU NAACP’s “Rising Star” Award. Her first collection of poems, 'depression is a thunderstorm and i am a scared dog', was published by Maudlin House Press during the summer of 2017. Her work has appeared in apt magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, tenderness, yea, seafoam magazine and elsewhere. When Shan isn’t writing, she is serving as a member of her university’s Student Government Association Student Senate, advocating for women’s healthcare and rights for sexual assault victims, and tweeting about something oddly specific.


Double Bird

by Bud Smith

A man finds a seashell and it tells him to do things, some bad, some good … An adjunct professor decides he doesn’t want to teach at the community college anymore, he begins a journey into the underworld, his dog at his side … A giant eagle egg is found lying on the lawn, it shakes and continues to grow larger, and larger … Let’s out go on a date with someone who has little tiny tigers in their blood … Let’s make love to a severed head … A man is crushed with a car and asks a personal favor of the driver, he wants to run some errands around town before he dies—cash this check at the bank, pick up stamps at the post office, go with you on your job interview … Double Bird. Vivd. Odd. Hurtful. Unloved. Wet with dew. Out of its mind with joy.

232 PAGES | SHORT STORY COLLECTION | 5.5" BY 8.5"


About the author


Bud Smith works heavy construction and lives in Jersey City, NJ. He is the author of Teenager (forthcoming from Vintage in spring of ’22), Double Bird (Maudlin House, 2018), Dust Bunny City (Disorder Press, 2017), among others. His fiction has been published in The Paris Review, and The Nervous Breakdown. He is also a creative writing teacher and editor.


Good Grief

by Nick Gregorio

Tony D’Angelo’s brother Nate is dead. His family is devastated, his life is thrown into upheaval, and he doesn’t want to deal with any of it. Not with his brother’s death, not with his guilt-ridden father, and not with the consequences of his erratic behavior involving his ex-girlfriend. But when he meets Mikey, a hallucination of his nine-year-old self dressed as a Ninja Turtle, Tony is forced to face all the things he’d rather not.

255 PAGES | Fiction Novel | 5.5" BY 8.5"


"Nick Gregorio is a thrilling new voice in American fiction and his debut novel, Good Grief, is as packed with emotion as any funeral and as playful as any game of Ninja Turtles. A wonderfully gripping, tender tale of youthful destruction, reluctant adulthood, and the toughest kind of brotherly love."

-Katherine Hill, author of 'The Violet Hour'

"Good Grief captures the spirit of a generation raised on Social Distortion records, Sega Genesis, and Ninja Turtles. The characters have a freedom their parents never did, but also no road map for how to navigate it—as a result, they make messes in their lives, but the truly intriguing aspect of the novel is how they right their paths. In this way, Gregorio explores what it means to finally find a little bit of solace and happiness in this crazy modern world of ours."

-Joshua Isard, author of 'Conquistador of the Useless'

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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 book.record.beer, 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.


Manic Depressive Dream Girl

by Naadeyah Haseeb

Boy meets girl. Boy loves girl. Girl loses her mind.

Manic Depressive Dream Girl is a story of love as a drug you can't quit, of the manic pixie dream girl as more than she appears, and of hope and holding on.

73 PAGES | Fiction | 4" by 6"


“Manic Depressive Dream Girl is a knockout debut. Courageous, precise, and darkly funny, Naadeyah Haseeb’s prose blends pharmacology, love, and the intersections of mental illness, gender, and race into the kind of potion that undoes curses and restores humanity. More, please.”

Sonya Vatomsky, author of ‘Salt Is For Curing’

“Naadeyah Haseeb is an impressively observant, funny, sweet, smart writer. Manic Depressive Dream Girl tackles addiction and sadness, the science behind it all, but more importantly it tackles the heart—the heart in color, the heart in black and white, the heart acting as engine, the heart spurring us to love, the heart lassoing another as we pull ourselves to a safer place.”

Leesa Cross-Smith, author of ‘Every Kiss A War’

“Naadeyah Haseeb’s Manic Depressive Dream Girl unsettles in the best way—characters desperate to feel whole reach, in sometimes clinical and sometimes fiery ways, for each other and risk implosion. Read, with caution: this book will take root in your heart and will burn outward, consuming, and you will feel it in every inch of you.”

- Justin Lawrence Daugherty author of ‘Whatever Don’t Drown Will Always Rise’

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About The Author


Naadeyah Haseeb is a writer from Raleigh, North Carolina who loves to pretend. Her writing has appeared in e Butter, Literary Orphans, Quaint Magazine, and Maudlin House.


Emoji Death Mask

by Johnny Kiosk

The first poetic endeavor by Texan author Johnny Kiosk, Emoji Death Mask is a virtual sequence on the page of sad imagery and long yawns. It is a field guide to 21st century love and life.

If you’ve ever sat alone in your basement online with your eyes peeled towards the screen wishing you could be something more, your emoji death mask is here.

83 PAGES | Poetry COLLECTION | 4" BY 6"


About the author


Johnny Kiosk lives, sleeps, and checks his email in or near Houston. Sometimes he rides a bike.


Exile Me

by Seyed Morteza Hamidzadeh

Exile Me is a collection of 34 poems by Seyed Morteza Hamidzadeh.

This translated edition with the original Farsi provided, navigates the tumultuous landscape of life and war in the Middle-East. Gut-wrenching verse combined with unique insights help to form this poetic snapshot that questions the morality of war in the 21st century.

202 PAGES | Poetry COLLECTION | 5.5" BY 8.5"


“Hamidzadeh’s poetry gives voice to the heartbreak of modern war. I can find no comparison to its gift. We cannot forgive the forces that have caused him such misery, but we can marvel at the transformative power of this important book.”

Charles Bane, Jr., Poet Laureate Nominee Of Florida.

“Seyed Morteza Hamidzadeh transports the reader to another part of the world in his poetry book, ‘Exile Me.’ ….We are given an extremely personal, honest, and strong collection of poems that present vignettes of struggle, brutality, and war. Hamidzadeh not only gives us that strong, raw voice we desire, but an eloquent one, too…”

Zach Benard, author of 'The Lost Islander.'

“Seyed Morteza Hamidzadeh’s poetry chisels pictures into your head with his dramatic imagery and striking spiritual themes. Often channeling some of the voices of the 18th and 19th Century, Seyed’s work can also follow the loose rhythm of modernity, complete with a blunt combination of violence and beauty.”

Vivimus Magazine

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About the author


Seyed Morteza Hamidzadeh is a Persian poet who was born on Augist 31st, 1991 in Masshad, Iran. His poetry can be found in magazines all around the world such as the WAF Anthology, eFiction, Zouch, Vivimus, Five Poetry, Maudlin House, and the Literati Quarterly. He is currently spending his days training in a military camp so that he may better defend against militants and extremists.


Portrait of the Artist as a Viable Alternative to Death

by Ross McCleary