Welcome to My Shop

Main image for my shopOnce upon a time I had I voluminous site called Chicken Soup For the Soulless, founded in late 1999. It lasted for a while as my official author site, and had a ton of free writing on it. Over the years I got more involved in actually being an author–and editor, and father–and around 2008 or so I kinda abandoned my old site. After heckling from D. Harlan Wilson I relaunched on WordPress (hat tip: Steven Archer for suggesting WP).

One thing I never did in all that time was set up a proper shop, though. That has now been rectified. While the selection is currently limited it will expand rapidly. In the meantime here are some features that should make your shopping experience easier:

  • Integration with your existing accounts so you don’t need to remember anything new. Just log in using Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft Live, Twitter, or Yahoo.
  • Accepted forms of payment included credit card, Paypal, and money order.
  • Click on the tab at the bottom of the store for a nice discount code.
  • Certain product pages have individual discount codes specific to those products.
  • We are almost fully set up to send a portion of ALL proceeds to charity. Stay tuned for details.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for the shop newsletter, which will include more discounts and tons of freebies.

Please let me know if you encounter any difficulties in the shop, or have any suggestions. Thanks! Hope to see you over at http://chicken-soup-for-the-soulless.myshopify.com/

Till Lindemann Joins Raw Dog Screaming

Till Lindemann author photoIf you are signed up to receive the Raw Dog Screaming Press newsletter you heard last week that we are publishing On Quiet Nights by internationally renowned writer and performer Till Lindemann. This is our first translation, and Lindemann’s second book of poetry originally published in German. He and his team have been great to work with, as has translator Ehren Fordyce–whose painstaking efforts went above and beyond expectation. If you are familiar with Lindemann’s work as a lyricist for Rammstein and his dramatic theatrical sense in the live arena, you are aware of his unique approach to creative endeavors.

This will be a major release, but even so every author and publishing house rely on preorders. It would be incredible if we could generate enough pre-release sales to finance bringing Lindemann over for events here in the United States. Our DogCon event is coming up around Halloween, and we’re hoping to make it a big one, so who knows? In the meantime every little bit helps. Please consider ordering the book or sharing the preorder page with your friends at http://rawdogscreaming.com/books/quiet-nights/. For more information about On Quiet Nights read below:

Coming May 2015

On Quite Nights book cover

There’s a place inside us that is cloaked in darkness, rubbed raw with silence. It’s a shadow wrapped in a shadow and it screams, but it screams in harsh whispers. This collection explores the blackness within, the gritty underground that hides inside memories and cowers just outside fear. The poems, paired with illustrations from Matthias Matthies work in sync to create a collage of blunt sexuality, masochistic, and sometimes sadistic recollections of love, reflection, and self-exploration.

Lindemann paints pictures with his poems, a slave to the vulnerability and sexuality that drives mankind. His words themselves are body modifications that settle on readers, piercing then slowly penetrating and pumping his audience full with a mix of pleasure and pain. A combination of longing, emotional depth, and bestial intuition, these pieces evoke an innate nature to seek pleasure, to ask for forgiveness, to instill blame.

On Quiet Nights pulls back the curtains at night and asks readers to think about who they are. Lindemann holds a mirror to soul, capturing desire and need, with the courage to answer some of life’s biggest questions: Who am I? What am I? Why am I?

What Are They Saying About On Quiet Nights

“Dripping with contempt, sex, disdain, violence, and melancholic love, Till Lindemann’s poems reveal his vulnerability as much as his vulgarity; his dark humor alongside slivers of heartache. The chaotic energy one might recognize from his music is captured and bound here in simple verses, rhymes—never lost in translation—and perfectly accompanied by Matthias Matthies’ lustful, nightmarish illustrations.”
—Donna Lynch, author of Red Horses and Isabel Burning

“Lindemann writes with a vulnerable sense of awareness as he crafts a collection that is slave to sexuality, reflection, and the exploration of the trinity of man: body, mind, and soul. His poems are puncture wounds, extractions of arousal, despair, and unspoken fantasies, all tied together in a darkly erotic package that questions sanity and answers with madness. I simply can’t recommend it enough.”
–Stephanie M. Wytovich, Bram Stoker award-nominated poet of Hysteria: A Collection of Madness

“Wry and rude, disturbing and droll, schneidend und schonungslos, Till Lindemann’s On Quiet Nights is no tome of quiet reflections. Admirers of the Rammstein frontman’s cynically humorous and gleefully raunchy lyrics will find those qualities in concentrate in these verses drawn straight from his darkly playful id. Lindemann pours blood, sweat, tears, and other bodily fluids into these lines, his yarns of lust, abuse and heartbreak brought to life by Matthias Matthies’s equally twisted illustrations. And yet, ever the trickster, Lindemann sows moments of beauty through the flood of sins, surprise gems like ‘So beautiful’ and ‘Silhouettes’ ensuring readers will never be able to predict what the next page brings.”
—Mike Allen, author of Hungry Constellations, three-time Rhysling Award winner

Readers Choice Award 2014

RDSP Reader's Choice Award

It’s that time of the year again. The time when authors from Dog Star Books, Guide Dog Books, and Raw Dog Screaming Press duke it out. The RDSP Reader’s Choice Award is upon us.

Matt Betts with the belt
Matt Betts flaunts his stuff

What does that mean, exactly? First off, yes: there really is an award. And yes, the rumors are true: it is a bona fide professional wrestling championship belt. We had that puppy custom made by a company that only makes championship belts for boxing, MMA, and wrestling. Yes, there is a name plate on the side engraved with each winner’s name and the year of their reign. Our logo is also engraved on other plates around the belt.

Author Matt Betts was crowned our inaugural Reader’s Choice Champion at last year’s DogCon event for his novel Odd Men Out. We love all of the books we publish, but Matt’s efforts went above and beyond the call of duty as a debut author, winning over the hearts of readers and reviewers everywhere. Not only did Matt take his well-deserved win gracefully, but he has done an admirable job of representing RDSP at events throughout the year by taking his championship belt on the road when he does publicity.

I would be remiss if I were to permit you to think we only administer this belt which has to be returned after a year. In fact the authors also receive a separate engraved trophy to keep permanently. Perhaps sweetest of all, though, is knowing that after a two-step voting process the winner gets bragging rights over our other authors…I mean, they get the satisfaction of knowing readers appreciate them.

Betts at the award ceremony
Betts winning the belt

Eligible books this year are listed below:

  • The Biographizer Trilogy (Hitler, Freud, Douglass) by D.Harlan Wilson
  • Corpus Chrome, Inc. by S. Craig Zahler
  • Embrace the Hideous Immaculate by Chad Hensley
  • Grave Markings by Michael Arnzen
  • Greenshift by Heidi Ruby Miller
  • How to Read by Eckhard Gerdes
  • The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes by Albert Wendland
  • Mr. Wicker by Maria Alexander
  • Mourning Jewelry by Stephanie Wytovich
  • Soft Apocalypses by Lucy Snyder
  • Wasteland Blues by Scott Christian Carr & Andrew Conry-Murray

Please vote for your favorite, for your friend, for spite or for indifference, for everlasting glory…by visiting http://rawdogscreaming.com/readers-choice-poll-published-in-2014/ and selecting the title that seems best to you. Or, by picking the author whose style would be best augmented by a pro wrestling championship belt.

Above all: thank you for participating!

Small Press Month

logo2Did you know that March is officially Small Press Month? Raw Dog Screaming Press has been celebrating by publishing spotlights on various indie publishers over at the RDSP blog. Thus far we have featured eight different publishers spanning many genres and styles. More are on the way!

Until the next update why not read up on what is happening in the publishing scene with these fine companies:

Anti-Oedipus Press

Apex Publications

Atticus Books

Despumation Press

Down & Out Books

Fiction Collective 2

Rooster Republic Press

Valancourt Books


Writer-in-Residence: Writers in the Schools (WITS), a program of Seattle Arts & Lectures, hires creative writers—poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, cartoonists/graphic novelists, and playwrights—who are passionate about teaching the power and pleasure of writing to young people and who are excited to collaborate with public school teachers. Employment is part-time. Residency contracts vary, but typically extend for nine months from October to June. A school-year commitment is typically required.

♦ Prepare and circulate to teachers and WITS staff a syllabus incorporating reading selections and writing prompts, taking into account your classroom teacher’s desired learning outcomes and curriculum
♦ Guide students to write through exciting and innovative creative writing lessons.
♦ Provide weekly written feedback to your students on their writing
♦ Attend a day-long writer retreat in October
♦ Attend writer meetings (5-6 over the course of the year)
♦ Collect excellent student work and permissions throughout the year and submit it to WITS staff on deadline for displays, online and print publication, etc.
♦ Coordinate end-of-semester/trimester culminating events for your classes
♦ Choose and prepare students to read at the annual student readings
♦ Reflect on and evaluate your residency through a formal essay
♦ Contribute to the WITS blog
♦ Complete an annual self-evaluation and review with WITS staff

Required Qualifications:
♦ Significant publications and/or performances
♦ One to two years of teaching or mentoring experience with elementary, middle, or high school students
♦ Interest in collaborating with public school teachers
♦ Excellent written and oral communication skills
♦ Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
♦ Availability to teach the same day every week throughout the academic year (October through June)

Desired Qualifications:
♦ Bilingual writers
♦ Writers experienced with hospital patients, English Language Learners, Native populations, or Special Education students.

♦ Compensation for a full-residency of 84 teaching hours is $6,500 ($77/teaching hour; to be paid in monthly installments). Partial or greater residencies are scaled accordingly.
♦ Free tickets to Seattle Arts & Lectures events, as available
♦ Professional development training and inspiring colleagues

How to Apply
Send the following via email to wits@lectures.org:
♦ Cover letter
♦ Teaching and artistic resume
♦ Names, phone numbers, and email addresses for three references, at least one of whom should be familiar with your teaching
♦ Three- to five-page creative writing sample in the genre you most like to teach
♦ One page describing three specific writing goals you might have for a residency and two specific teaching exercises/lesson plans you would use to help students achieve those goals. Please identify if the exercises are intended for elementary, middle, or high school students.


August 1, 2014 by noon. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted in the following weeks.

Bro Call, or: Venus Needs Men!

Pulp cover style RDSP retreat infoAbove is a handy visual guide to the crucial info for our upcoming writers retreat. Please do share this image far and wide so that we can give everyone a chance to participate in our weekend of physics-defying awesomeness. Your help is seriously appreciated.

In other news, it seems as though all the men originally interested in rooms have dropped out of the retreat, leaving it all women authors & editors. Sure, I’ll be there, but since I’m cooking, cleaning, making runs to the store, and keeping things on track behind the scenes I just kinda count as part of the furniture.

So, in the interest of keeping this opportunity for authors balanced I, for the first time, am wondering where my dawgs at? Can I get some brothas on board? Come on fellows, we need you to represent! If you are unsure what to expect just visit these wonderful recaps here and at DailyNightmare.com. Does it look worthwhile? Right on! Contact books@rawdogscreaming.com to secure a room.

Or, perhaps you women out there want to buy up all the real estate and ensure this is a women-only writers retreat? If so just email books@rawdogscreaming.com to get a room and lock the boys out.

A note on the graphic: Bill Hamilton, ever astute in web-based strangeness, alerted me to http://thrilling-tales.webomator.com/derange-o-lab/pulp-o-mizer/pulp-o-mizer.html. Explore its features on your own, and rejoice.

Join Our Luxury Writing Retreat

bbrWe will be back at Bourbon Ridge Friday, April 10th – Monday morning, April 13th for a weekend of writing related hijinx! The primary focus will be on individual writing time but you’ll have the chance to talk with other editors and authors over meals and share your work in a group reading session. Accommodations are in a luxurious lodge in scenic Hocking Hills, OH.

Get away from distractions and make time for your writing! We had a great experience the first time we stayed there and are looking forward to going back. See the pictures and read our recap here. But you don’t have to take our word for it, get a participant’s perspective from DailyNightmare.com.

All meals are included, the total cost (covering 3 nights) is $250 for a single room and $75 for each additional person in the room (ie $325 for a couple, $400 for 3 people sharing etc.) Several rooms with bunk beds are available for sharing as well as rooms with King size beds for singles or couples.

The number of rooms available is very limited and we don’t want to overbook so if you are interested contact us at books@rawdogscreaming.com and let us know what kind of room you are interested in. If you have questions you’d like answered before reserving a room we are happy to answer them!


The man your librarian warned you about…


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