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books by alan gullette
"We personally find this volume a godsend or a cosmos-gift of clearness in terms of the ongoing existential maelstrom and confusion. ... This book exercised a positively therapeutic effect on us: and as experienced in strict sequence over the course of a single day of concentrated reading, it changed our consciousness. We cannot ask for anything more than that from any book, and especially from a book of poetry. The sense of fantasy and linguistic play holds high carnival in this volume!" ~ Donald Sidney-Fryer ISBN-13: 978-1986655422 ISBN-10: 1986655423Paperback, 6" x 9", 132 pagesOrder on Amazon Short Shrift: Sorties in Short Fiction (2017)
A person bumps his head and discovers his interrelatedness to everything...A man dies while working on a new invention...An up-close encounter with nature has unexpected results...A group of boys playing in the words discover ancient ruins...A group of friends seeking cultural enrichment get lost in a glass house...A man tows a floating village by a rope...A painting found in the trash becomes a life-changing obsession...A visit the beach leads to the discovery of worlds unknown...A place where carnies go to retire becomes its own sideshow...A girl plays a game involving a King, a Count, and the Mona Lisa...
In these and other stories, the author combines elements of weird fantasy, surrealism and the absurd to create a unique universe of odd characters in unusual circumstances. The 44 extraordinary pieces are written in the “short” formats and arrange by length: o from minimalist short short stories such as the 60-word "In Fields Themselves" o through 1,000-word short stories including “The Picture” and “Icelandic Shadow-Trap”o and full 4,000-word stories "The Kingdom at Land's End" and "Wilfred's Hollow"o to the 10,000-word novelette The Six-Button Game (itself composed of six intertwined storylines).
The very concept of story is deconstructed and reconstructed according to the author's whim, aiming to achieve an apotheosis of the ordinary spectacle.
“Intriguing, fascinating and clever. Many of these tales are told in a matter-of-fact voice that reminded me of Richard Brautigan. I also detected shades of Italo Calvino and Thomas Wiloch. Highly recommended if you are looking for something different, intelligent, and a good read." ~ Bruce Boston Cover art by Michael PerkinISBN-13: 978-1974402182 ISBN-10: 1974402185 Paperback, 5" x 8", 202 pagesOrder on Amazon I Grew These Hueless Clouds in the Dreary South (2017)
A selection of surreal and experimental writing, including the "semi-automatic texts" Thumbnail Sketch for Chateau Design and Dietary Notes for Sanctuary Harmonium. 79 pieces in all. ISBN-13: 978-1548076665ISBN-10: 154807666XPaperback, 5" x 8", 106 pages Order on Amazon The Adventures of Franco Corelli (2017)
The poet employs the fictitious character of Franco Corelli to travel near and far, garnering wisdom from his experiences and poetry from his adventures.
"More promising than a wild dedication of yourselves to unpath’d waters, undream’d shores... " ~ Bill Shakespeare "California poet Alan Gullette writes in his customary lucid style and reminds us of the constancy of the human condition amidst the transitory nature of human affairs." ~ Ken Faig, Jr. ISBN-13: 978-1544223001ISBN-10: 1544223005BISAC code: Poetry / Subjects & Themes / PlacesSearch Keywords: Poetry, Travel, Adventure, EsotericaPaperback, 4.25" x 6.75", 104 pages Order on Amazon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from HIPPOCAMPUS PRESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intimations of Unreality: Weird Fiction and Poetry (Hippocampus Press, 2012) This omnibus gathers for the first time all of the author’s Lovecraftian and Cthulhu Mythos tales, together with two previously unpublished weird novellas and a large sampling of his fantasy poetry. The volume lives up to its title by offering unique glimpses into an imaginary terrain that is the author’s own, expressed in an equally unique language and style that playfully blends elements of the Romantic and Gothic, fantasy and supernatural horror, Surrealism and the Absurd. Striking, imaginative artwork by veteran weird artist Denis Tiani embellishes both the cover and the interior.
"If you’re curious about what a ‘pure’ and uncommercial weird story might have looked like, Alan dares tread into that territory." ~ Don Herron “'The Green Transfer' is pure surrealism of the Boris Vian school. Image after image, dream logic after dream logic – the prose is immaculate and disorienting. I hope this novella winds up in some permanent collection of the Best of Weird. 'The More, The Marigold' Gullette turns up the surrealism knob slowly here – unlike the previous story which began with the knob set on 11. The mix of homey narrative and obscure scholarly facts reminds of Avram Davidson. This novella too demands a home in a strong anthology. The scope, aims and methods of these pieces would not make them odd shelf mates to Borges or Ligotti." ~ Don Webb “Intimations of Unreality, both in the quality of prose and poetry, has the flavor of a dream read and remembered suddenly upon reading. Gullette's poetry reminds me of Clark Ashton Smith's, only Gullette is playing more on the field of lived experience. Just on the strength of this collection alone, I personally feel Alan Gullette will eventually become a household name in the realm of weird fiction.” ~ John Allen With artwork by Denis TianiISBN: 978-1-61498-040-7Paperback, 6" x 9", 335 pagesAvailable from Hippocampus Press See Also: Dark Green Sun Press