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The Insomniac Reader: Stories of the Night
by Kevin Sampsell (Goodreads Author) , Jonathan Ames, Aimee Bender (Goodreads Author), Jeff Johnson, James Tate, Thorn Kief Hillsbery, Heidi Julavits (Goodreads Author), Michelle Tea , more…Dan Kennedy, Stacey Richter, Marshall Moore (Goodreads Author), Lucy Thomas, Todd Pruzan, Rick Moody, Richard Rushfield (Goodreads Author), Elizabeth Ellen, Davy Rothbart (Goodreads Author), Jonathan Lethem, T. Cooper (Goodreads Author), Monica Drake (Goodreads Author) …less
Explore the dark side—literally and figuratively—of evening time with short fiction by Jonathan Ames, Todd Pruzan, Rick Moody, Richard Rushfield, Elizabeth Ellen, Davy Rothbart, Jonathan Lethem, T. Cooper, Monica Drake, Aimee Bender, Jeff Johnson, James Tate, Thorn Kief Hillsbery, Heidi Julavits, Michelle Tea, Dan Kennedy, Stacey Richter, Marshall Moore, and Dave Eggers (w ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Manic D Press, Inc.
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I was really happy with how this collection turned out. I was able to get some of my favorite writers in this and even some favorites that I didn't think I'd get (almost all the stories are previously unpublished). A year later, I edited an issue of Spork Magazine that I think is also really strong. Right now, I'm getting ready to edit Portland Noir (Akashic Books, 2009) and I'm hoping that will be the best one yet.
Great compilation altogether, even if the "insomniac" connection is a bit tenuous between the individual pieces and the content covers a broad range, starting with Ames' Gonzo-inspired non-fiction piece about the famous Lennox/Tyson fight in Memphis (the rest are fiction). Some of the stories are dark and depressing, some are light-hearted and funny, but they all involve a certain type of person who maybe doesn't quite fit into mainstream culture the way they seem on the surface. Good short stor ...more
I am the publisher of Future Tense Books in Portland, Oregon. I work at Powell's Books. I write reviews and articles for various papers and mags. I have a few books out. My newest short story collection, Creamy Bullets, came out in 2008 from Chiasmus Press. Portland Noir, a book of crime fiction that I edited for Akashic Books, came out in 2009. My memoir, A Common Pornography (the long version!), ...moreMore about Kevin Sampsell...