Raw Dog Screaming Press is dedicated to putting into print the highest quality literature from the fringe. If it's dark, deviant, off-kilter and thought provoking we will sniff it out.
The experiment began with The Dream People, an online literary journal featuring the best in bizarre, surreal and experimental writing. After almost two years of publishing mind-altering works online we decided to expand into print.
The Troublesome Amputee
John Edward Lawson
No description we could give you here would do this book justice. It's risk-taking, funny, brutal, stunningly crafted, more. And yet, something happens inside you each time you finish a poem. It's a moment of recognition and clarity only the best poets bring, something we look for in writing and unfortunately too rarely find. This is certainly not poetry that you'll find at your next timid, don't-hurt-anyone's-feelings "poetry slam." Take the leap: it's worth it.
Jaffe is the inventor of the “docufictional” style of writing. He tells his stories with mixed parts fiction, reportage, phone transcripts, witness testimonies. Jaffe uses all of this to tear down conventional mythologies surrounding important cultural events. In Jesus Coyote, Jaffe explodes the myth of Charles Manson and its effect on the 1960s. In doing so he tears apart our conceptions of morality, authority and our notions of healing. Powerful material, fearless writing.
LaValley's collection blurs the line between horror fiction and Flannery O'Connor. The stories here are concerned with the underbelly of America, the down and out and the beaten. LaValley doesn't ask for sympathy but draws you toward empathy in his work. Tough, fascinating stories, LaValley is a writer to watch.
This is the product of William Gibson's foresight mixed with William S. Burroughs' dystopia. Written in the 1980s, Punktown uncannily saw what 2011 would look like. In one of the most vivdly rendered pieces of speculative fiction we have read lately, Thomas blends detective fiction's dramatic pull with speculative fiction's social commentary in a fictitious world. This book is so well written that it will satisfy fans of both genres, as well as fans of classic literary fiction. If you ever wondered what would have happened had Burroughs abandoned the cut-up technique for more straightforward narrative pull, this is it. Phenomenal.
Named one of the best books of the decade, the book that made France's Transfuge magazine call him “one of the twelve great authors of the world.” This book is like reading the backside of a lightning bolt: equal parts Henry Miller, Jack London, Steinbeck, Celine, Kerouac and Bukowski. It is a howl from the forgotten places of America, places that Williamson grew up in. At times offensive, brash, lyrical as the best jazz, confrontational, tender, Welcome to Oakland pulls no punches. It will challenge your vision of America, it will challenge your vision of yourself. And take our employee Buffy's word for it: when the dust settles we will look back on this book as one of the hallmark books, one of the true game changers, of the 21st century.
A complete subversion of the news. Jaffe takes actual news stories and tears them open, boiling them down to fifty word stories. In a world of smoke and mirrors journalism, unchecked propaganda and blatant disregard for the truth, Anti-Twitter is an honest, poetic, clear eyed look at the twenty first century. A brave collection in a time when we need it the most.
The art alone makes this worth it. Then the poems hit you and you realize that you are reading something incredibly unique, risk-taking. Each page is a piece of the modern woman rendered anew, perhaps done as a rhyme book for the thinking adult. Everyone's here, from the murderess to the muse to goddess. Truly unique and quite wonderful.
Kafka and William Burroughs meet Frederick Forsyth. In a wild, unpredictable cyberpunk satire, Wilson takes on all comers and leaves us with a stunner of a novel. As a hitman is sent out on a case that pushes him to his limits, our fascination and reliance on technology is eviscerated, our modern lives exposed. It is tempting to give much away about this book, but we'll leave it with our highest recommendation: just see for yourself. You won't regret it.
Few novels that tackle 9/11 avoid trite sentimentality. Toth's novel approaches the events from the perspective of the South Tower. By breaking the rules of fiction Toth ends up creating one of the few books to deal with 9/11 right. It's a brilliant look at the events, their impact and the deeper truths. Very interesting work.
Long known as one of America's best short story writers, Gills bursts forth with his first novel. Short, tight, lyrical, Gills proves that he is as adept as the longer form as he is the shorter.
Horror fans rejoice. Here is a return to the bonechiller, the well-crafted tale. Fans of Barker, Lovecraft and Poe will find a new writer to love here, people looking for something out of their comfort zone will be surprised into something great. Speegle is a superb writer who knows how to push the envelope but never falls trap to B-Movie antics or sloppy prose. Superb work.
Continuing his phenomenal "Punktown" series, Thomas uses the setting of a carnival to explore the limits of sci-fi, noir and more. Full of plot twists, good humor and superb writing, Everybody Screams, will keep you riveted from start to finish. Eclectic, thought provoking writing from one of today's best front-guard sci-fi writers. A great introduction to the novelist if you haven't read him yet.
Jaffe's "docufiction" at his best. Here Jaffe takes official news stories and blends them seamlessly with fiction. In doing so, the lies we're being told are exposed, the truths that are out in the open are seen in a new light. Jaffe is one of the bravest writers out there today and years from now it is books like Terror-Dot-Gov that will be looked at as the twenty first century's answer to George Orwell. We'll be studying and reading this book for some time to come.
Fondation's first full novel after three collections of stories, Fish, Soap & Bonds is the type of fiction that once was hugely popular in this country. It is the type of fiction that won Steinbeck and Sinclair Lewis their Nobel Prizes; that made James T. Farrell a classic. Yet, Fondation has done something else. In his highly compressed, fearless prose, Fondation has managed to make angels out of the street, re-arranging our perceptions of our own cities in the process. Here he engages you on all fronts and carries a depth that marks him as one of the rarest of writers. Not to be missed.
WARNING: THIS BOOK IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
This is an A- Z book for adults that need a good, dark laugh. You've never seen anything like this, from the subversive content to phenomenal artwork/woodcuts. Rather hard to describe, but unforgettable when you read it, this is one to remind you not to take life too seriously: we don't get out alive anyway.
These stories are powerful, riveting tales that are simultaneously lyrically beautiful and relentlessly moving. Elements of horror cling to the stories, making them something unlike any recent short fiction we know of. Stephen King's more literary short stories come close, but they don't operate like this. This is the lonely, terrifying prose of fiction that mixes Flannery O'Connor with Poe and Richard Bloch. This is subtle, original prose, a book hard to describe but one of the easiest recommendations we can make.
Christopher Isherwood Fellowship winner Fondation's stories are compressed, touching examples that are a clear look into the America too many wish to forget. Fondation's writing is concrete and powerful; like reading a series of the most stunning black and white photographs. What is most remarkable about them is the precision, how he can tell so much with so few words. He is one of the best unknown—if not the best—writers in America. This collection of stories will make you a believer and a fan.
***Winner PEN/Oakland Award 2011***
Williamson is the editor of two of the most prestigious literary journals in the country and the director of the National Book Critics Circle. Simply put, he is one of the finest literary minds at work today. This collection of short stories show Williamson at his most experimental. For as experimental as they are, they are accessible, intelligent and a pleasure to read. If you were to only read “Cerusa” and “Skaters” you'd still be changed for the better. Discovering Williamson's work is like discovering fire.
Everything VanderMeer touches is excellent. Whether he's editing anthologies of steampunk, writing short stories or novels, making fake guides to horrible diseases or here, in Monstrous Creatures, flexing his muscle as a critic, essayist and commentator, VanderMeer never fails to reward. Monstrous Creatures is a brilliant collection, focusing on science fiction and the art of writing. VanderMeer is a thoughtful teacher, a writer of great strength and depth. Regardless of whether you read science fiction or not, Monstrous Creatures will provoke serious thinking on literature and the sweat involved in making it. A treat.
Mickey Z. is a great proponent of "activist literature." His work forces readers to rethink politics, to reshape their ideas. He is unabashedly didactic and in doing so attempts to make his readers aware. In Darker Shade, Mickey Z. is concerned with the environment in a novella that has similar concerns to Edward Abbey's Monkeywrench Gang. It is a timely novel worried about events and ideas that are going to look even more timely as we speed toward the next election.
After his novel Degenerate came out, we eagerly awaited another from George Williams. Very quietly, he has been producing some of the best fiction in recent memory. Taught, lyrical, absolutely electric in their presentation, Williams' stories will knock you out. Stunning doesn't do these pieces of art justice. And the title is apt, his fictions work like a Hieronymus Bosch painting: oddly grotesque, beautiful and realist to the core. Fans of good literature will rejoice with this one.
Here Appalachian folklore meets horror and gothic fiction. Bleak, dark and as gritty as Johnny Cash's finest, Miller holds nothing back. Sharp writing that takes you into the heart of America, that place where the high-lonesome sound was born. Dark and brilliant.
Miller ups the ante big time with his latest novel. His roaring blend of the southern gothic, horror and classic American realism does not fail here. The book just rips forth. There's a group of musicians in the country underground who call their music "hellbilly": there's not a more perfect term for Miller's novel. Brilliant.
Flash fiction written bloody, at the end of a gun, like a barrage of bullets. Horror writing meets experimental fiction and the results are excellent. Arnzen isn't afraid to go to some pretty dark places and he's so good you'll willfully go along on the ride. If only more writers took chances like this.
Paranoia is what settles deep into this novel. It creeps and boils at every turn and far after you are done this book you'll feel altered, as if it climbs up on you too. This book is everything good about horror writing: it unravels and winds up on you, revealing as much about yourself and your own fears as it does the characters'. Superb work.
If the early short story writing Stephen King met Kafka and mixed with a heady dose of modern politics, you'd get Shipp's Sheep and Wolves. Here are the crossroads of psychologically intense literary horror and existentially bleak meditations on man. These stories do it all and reward endlessly. They'll get you late at night, they'll make you think, and most importantly they'll make you question yourself and your world. This is one of the most interesting and exciting collections we've seen in a very long time. Superb.
A ghost goes looking for a house to haunt and live in but needs the help of a ghoulish real estate agent: Lady MacBeth. Good clean Halloween and horror writing for the young, with great illustrations to match the story. One to share with the family.
A richly textured novel of Hollywood in the 1950s and 60s, Conrad in Beverly Hills is West's Day of the Locusts meets Toole's Confederacy of Dunces. Sharp, beautifully told in a wry humor that is insightful and funny, Fuchs' novel is a highwater mark of recent fiction. There's much to like here: social commentary, great writing, solid unforgettable characters. Here's to hoping we see much more from Jake Fuchs.
Arnzen is horror's experimental master. Constantly persuing ways to deliver maximum punch with minimal words, his poetry reveals sharp thinking in dark corners done right. Compression, the ability for few words to do the work of many, makes its mark in these poems. Fun and dark, not much more horror fans can ask for.
You'll put this novel down and realize that you have never encountered anything like this before. Horror writing that is as it should be: penetrating deep into the psyche, so much so that it changes how you look at the world. We think it will go down as a classic. It will certainly chill more than a few spines first.
As zombies overtake our literature and survivalist shows take over television Jaffe uses these essays to peer into the question of the apocalypse. He deconstructs our obsession with technology, points out our foibles and errors and as always, does so in his unique and powerful prose. Thought provoking work.