Poppy Z. Brite’s brand new short story collection, Antediluvian Tales, which gathers the last of her uncollected fiction written before the levee’s broke, rounded out by an original, highly personal non-fiction piece is now shipping from Subterranean Press.
Antediluvian Tales contains five stories of the Stubbs family, the New Orleans clan whose adventures Brite has chronicled in her popular Liquor novels and other works. Two more stories revisit the author’s fictitious alter ego Dr. Brite, the coroner of New Orleans. Completing the book is “The Last Good Day of My Life,” a nonfiction look at the changes the past two years have wrought on Brite, filtered through a reminiscence about a day she spent knocking around Cairns, Australia.
The Limited Edition of Antediluvian Tales includes a 60 page bonus chapbook, The H.O.G. Syndrome, the first “novel” Poppy Z. Brite wrote, when she was 12 years old, with a cover illustration by the author.
From Publishers Weekly: “The seven stories in this slim collection from Brite (Soul Kitchen) form a poignant requiem for pre-Katrina New Orleans, which serves as the setting for all of them…the book’s best is ‘The Feast of St. Rosalie,’ whose simple account of a young woman contemplating romance in the midst of a religious festival mixes charm and pathos for a beautiful elegy to Brite’s hometown.”
Limited: 400 signed numbered copies: $45
You can purchase from here: Antediluvian Tales