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Our 2016 Publications for your Cyber Monday Pleasure

While 2016 seems to have taken a collective dump on civilization, we are proud of the books we released this year and the incredible and under-heard voices we published. Though 2016 is almost over, we will not go quietly. Read our books. Hear these voices. And on this Cyber of all Mondays, we invite you to support a non-profit while stuffing some fine literature into the stockings of your loved ones (and yourself).

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Please also consider supporting So Say We All during our winter fundraising campaign, or including a donation as a gift to a friend or family member: https://fundrazr.com/b1BZO3?ref=ab_e2F0Fe

Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable contributors

Our women-only edition of our annual collection of dark fiction, literary horror, and art, Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable, launches this week, on Black Friday (and you can pre-order it now here).

In a 2015 interview with Black Candies founding editor Ryan Bradford, we asked him about why women’s voices matter in horror:

I’ve found that women are often underrepresented in horror, and wanted to create a platform where they could not only have a voice, but be as gross, dark and unlikeable as they want. I still think there’s an attitude, even among the liberal literati, that can’t abide a woman writing ugly stories.

And lo, a theme was born: gross and unlikeable. Over the past year, guest editor Natanya Ann Pulley has carefully led us in the midwifery of putting together this collection of beautiful and powerful stories and art. Along every step of the way, all contributors have been women. Behold the line-up of incredible writers, artists, editors, and designers that comprise this killer book:

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Fiction by:

RACHEL MARSTON / LILY HOANG / MARY CROSBIE / RACHEL LEE TAYLOR / KAYLA MILLER / MARIE JOHNSON PARRISH / CAIT COLE / DANIELLE RENINO / JENNIFER D. CORLEY / BONNIE ALEXANDER / COLLEEN BURNER / JEANETTE SANCHEZ-IZENMAN / CHRISTINE HAMM / GABRIELLE JOY LESSANS / SUBASHINI NAVARATNAM / T.A. STANLEY / CLAIRE HERO / FLORENCE ANN MARLOWE / JESSICA LANAY / CHELSEA LAINE WELLS / JENNIFER MANALILI / HANNA TAWATER / MADELINE GOBBO / RACHEL BUSNARDO / JOANNA ROYE / CHRISTINA LYDIA / BRENDA SIECZKOWSKI

Art by:

CHRISTINE HAMM / MADELINE GOBBO / CARABELLA SANDS / RAYNA HERNANDEZ / CARRIE ANNE HUDSON / SARAH GIRDZIUS / MELISSA GUTIERREZ / CHRISTINA COLLINS / JULIA DIXON EVANS / KRISTY BLACKWELL / LAURIE NASICA / SOMARAMOS / MISANTHROPE / JOHANNA ROSS / VANESSA MARTINEZ / LAURA GWYNNE / VANESSA MARTINEZ / WILHELMINA BONES

Editorial staff:

GUEST EDITOR: NATANYA ANN PULLEY
EDITOR: JULIA DIXON EVANS
DESIGNER AND COVER ART: CAROLYN RAMOS
FOUNDING EDITOR: RYAN BRADFORD
PUBLISHER: SO SAY WE ALL

We can’t wait for you to get your eager little hands on this book. Black Friday. Here.

San Diego: come to our release party on December 8th.


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Adrian Van Young on Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable

New Orleans author Adrian Van Young, author of the novel Shadows in Summerland, and the short story collection The Man Who Noticed Everything, recently read at the very first installment of our literary reading series, The Foundry, in April. We loved having him in town and showing him off for you all, and now he is busy showing us off. Check out what Adrian has to say about Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable, publishing next week, on Black Friday, November 25th.

Gross and Unlikeable is our collection of short fiction and art exclusively by women contributors. We are proud of and madly in love with this work, and hope you will be too.

“The writers in this anthology breathe life into characters and conflagrations that are frightening and fearful, cagey and forthright, familiar and unknowable, repulsive and endearing, vulnerable and indomitable, befuddling and unmistakable, gross and unlikeable, yes, i.e. human. Together, they churn up a vital miasma of horror’s sub-genres to create something heedless, fresh and lasting. Reading this book is like being drawn and quartered by a stampede of half-decayed, red-eyed horses.”

–Adrian Van Young, author of Shadows in Summerland

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We have never been drawn and quartered by a stampede of any horses, much less half-decayed, red-eyed ones, but we now know what Adrian thinks it feels like. We can’t wait to show you the way our authors take horror’s sub-genres and stand them on end in this beautiful volume. PRE ORDER IT NOW!

Coming Black Friday. We hope you’ve adjusted your Christmas lists accordingly because it’s time to get some gross and unlikeable stories by women out into the world.


Mark it as “WANT TO READ” on Goodreads and impress your friends with your incredible taste.

And come to our San Diego release party: https://www.facebook.com/events/1138153422920005/


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Baby’s First Pushcart Nominations

For the first time, So Say We All is proud and heart-bursty to announce the following nominations for the Pushcart Prize from all of our 2016 publications. The Pushcart Prize honors the best of the work coming out of small presses, and we hope they’re buckled up and ready for the envelope of amazing, bananas, and beautiful work coming from us.

And while it was nearly impossible to pick just six nominations from the vast volumes of amazing stories we’ve had the privilege to publish this year, here are our 2016 Pushcart Prize nominations:

From our anthology of veteran non-fiction, Incoming: Veteran Writers on Returning Home (March 2016)

  • Brooke King, “Redeployment Packing Checklist” (MEMOIR)
  • Benjamin Busch, “Home Invasion” (MEMOIR)

From our annual literary magazine, The Radvocate Issue 14 (September 2016)

  • Joe Baumann, “Shrinking” (FICTION)

From our women-only anthology of literary horror and dark fiction, Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable (Forthcoming November 25th, 2016)

  • Madeline Gobbo, “The Other Half” (FICTION)
  • Chelsea Laine Wells, “Jack Sprat” (FICTION)
  • Joanna Roye, “Second Legs” (FICTION)

Congratulations and thank you and we love you to all our nominees. You’ve made this so year great for us. To get to just read your work has been fantastic, let alone getting to publish it ourselves. Thank you.

Brian Evenson on Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable

We sent a copy of our forthcoming Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable book to Brian Evenson, acclaimed literary horror author, and he had some very, very nice things to say. We can’t even begin to tell you how starstruck (and breathless) (and bleeding) we feel right now about this. Thank you, Brian!

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“I’ve long thought that the most interesting work being done in a genre is being done on its fringes, by the people who those at the center fail to acknowledge:  those marginalized writers haven’t drunk the Kool Aid yet.

Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable is about what happens when women take over Horror, invert its tropes, turn them on their head, and make Horror do things that you didn’t know it could.

An important and razor-sharp anthology that will leave you breathless and bleeding.”

—Brian Evenson

Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable is our women-only edition of our annual print anthology of literary horror and dark fiction. This book features 28 stories and accompanying art. All women contributors: writers, artists, editors, designers.

Available for pre-sale Monday, November 14th, 2016.

Publication date: BLACK FRIDAY, November 25th, 2016.

Add Gross and Unlikeable as “WANT TO READ” on Goodreads here.

Women. Horror. Breathless. Breathing.

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BRIAN EVENSON is the author of more than a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press, 2015) and the critical book Ed Vs. Yummy Fur: Or What Happens When a Serial Comic Becomes a Graphic Novel (Uncivilized, 2014).  His collection Windeye (2012) and the novel Immobility (2012) were both finalists for the Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the 2009 ALA-RUSA Award). His novel The Open Curtain (2004) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award.


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Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable cover reveal!

Here it is. The gorgeous cover for the forthcoming edition of our anthology of literary horror and dark fiction by women, Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable. Publication date: Black Friday, November 25th, 2016.

Women. Horror. Coming November 25th, 2016

Gross and unlikeable is reality. When women tackle the stories that are handed down to them or muck about in the narratives bodies share or live in the liminal as they do in this collection, they aren’t evoking a theme, but destroying the lie of women tamed, of women just so.

Cover design by Carolyn Ramos.

Black Friday. Get ready. This is gonna punch you right in the gut.

For advance review copy inquiries please contact Julia Evans at info@sosayweallonline.com


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We are an Independent Bookstore!

Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Did you know we have our own indie bookstore? In addition to selling books at our shows and events, we also sell our titles online in our new online bookstore.

So Say We All Press is a very small and independent publisher, and we hope you’ll consider buying some of our fantastic books, non-fiction, fiction, poetry, art, everything. We love sharing stories with you.

Visit the bookstore.
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INCOMING: An excerpt of Benjamin Busch’s “Home Invasion”

Our anthology of true veteran literature, “Incoming: Veteran Writers on Coming Home” was published this week. We hope you love and are as transformed by it as we are. It’s a collection of real stories, written by veterans, in their own voices, on the theme of coming home. This is the book that launched a public radio show! Purchase copies on Amazon, tell your friends, tell your colleagues, tell your Goodreads friends.

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Contributor Benjamin Busch is an actor, writer, photographer, and filmmaker who spends considerable amounts of time looking at rocks in the wilds of his beloved Michigan with his wife and children. We are so proud to publish Ben’s story, “Home Invasion,” in Incoming. Here’s a little snippet:

In the spring of 2001 we were rehearsing for wars we no longer expected to happen. Everything we carried was green and we weren’t thinking of deserts yet. We stayed on our bases and made believe, attacking ourselves and then going home, over and over. We drove to drills from suburbs through the back roads of Virginia, paved colonial routes that wound through the countryside.[…]

[…] By the spring of 2005 I was in Ramadi, Iraq on my second combat tour. The city was made of concrete and metal, all the homes poured or built with hollow blocks. The floors could not rot, but they could be cracked and the city often shook with car bombs or IEDs, smoke rising out of neighborhoods full of children. Some homes had been collapsed by the war, all of the rooms crushed into a thin pile of fragments and rebar. Our enemies fought us from houses and apartments, holding families hostage or driving them out. They brought violence and we responded in kind, keeping the city frightened. Our patrols took sporadic fire and we fought house to house because there was no other choice. We were left to search homes we had searched many times before, the women and children gathered in one room waiting for us to leave, knowing that the men we sought were already gone. They lived in between all of us.

Benjamin Busch served 16 years as an infantry and light armored reconnaissance officer in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to Iraq in 2003 and again in 2005 where he was wounded in the battle for Ramadi. He is the author of a memoir, Dust to Dust, and has published in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Five Points and Michigan Quarterly Review among others. He has been a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and The Daily Beast. He lives on a farm in Michigan.

Read the rest of Ben’s story, as well as many others like it and many others wildly different from it, in our freshly minted anthology, INCOMING: Veteran Writers on Coming Home.

“What they have to say is often unbearable, sometimes hilarious, always compelling, and cinematic.” – Robin Young, NPR’s Here and Now.