Archive for Elwin Cotman

Bloomsday Anniversary

Posted in New Releases, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2014 by 6GPress

It’s Bloomsday again, which means this blog has existed for one year! 98 posts (not including 4 I deleted) & counting – a busy year indeed for Six Gallery scribblers.

Hard Times Blues by Elwin Cotman

To Die Next to You by Rodger Kamenetz & Michael Hafftka

Sea of Dust by Kevin Finn

The Librarian by John Grochalski

&

The Lower Forty-Eight by Jason Baldinger

all came out during that time. Here are some quick updates regarding forthcoming books:

Yield to the Willow, the second collection by haiku master Don Wentworth, will have a soft release in July, so it’ll be available at Pittsburgh book stores & on Scamazon, if supporting corporate oppression is your bag. For Real release in the fall sometime.

We Are The… by “Sneaky” Mike Lubbert will be out in time for the 3rd anniversary of Occupy. Good Christ, that’s September 17th.

Imagination Motel, a collection of poetry by legendary novelist & edumacator Chuck Kinder, will exist & have some kind of legendary release party October 8.

Light on Yoga & Psychedelics by yoga master & psychonaut Alan Lowenschuss will manifest also this year, ASAP, as will

Hungry by Daniel Parme,

Gloom Hearts & Opioids by John Thomas Menesini

&

a currently untitled collection by local poet Stephanie Brea.

 

The Rumpus reviews Hard Times Blues

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on February 12, 2014 by 6GPress

Starbursts of talent! Devastating satire! Hang on, clichéd bloodbath? That bloodbath was expertly drawn!

Read all about it.

Elwin Cotman – Books & Booze Interview

Posted in Interviews with tags , , on February 2, 2014 by 6GPress

Check it:

In Books and Booze episode 78 we are joined with Elwin Cotman to discuss his collection Hard Times Blues. His collection is the only place you’ll find conversational fodder to include social issues, fairy stories, folk lore, references to The Bible, music, and history. We also talk about Elwin’s influences (and exactly how From Dusk Til Dawn affected him), book tours, Four Loko, drunken self-tattooing, and, as always, more!

3 by Elwin Cotman

Posted in Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , on December 12, 2013 by 6GPress

A revised version of an old Christmas card story, “The Piper’s Christmas Carol” at Christine Stoddard’s Quail Bell,

“The Beautiful Nightmare of The Time Masters” at Black Gate,

& a lovely piece on Fritz Lieber’s story “Smoke Ghost” at Weird Fiction Review

would like you to read them.

10/19 Elwin Cotman @ the (downtown) omaha lit fest

Posted in Events, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , on September 28, 2013 by 6GPress

After touring to promote Hard Times Blues (which you can read about over at Black Gate), Elwin has returned to professor-mode. But in a few weeks he’ll be hitting the road again to hang out & panel at the (downtown) omaha lit fest. Here’s a description of the panel:

Saturday, October 19 / 2:30

Experiments: Writing around the mainstream.
Authors talk about risk, invention, small-press publishing, dangerous subjects, and the literary underground. Panelists include: Elwin Cotman, author of Jack Daniels Sessions EP: A Collection of Fantasies; Brion Poloncic, author of Xanthous Mermaid Mechanics (published by Journal of Experimental Fiction); and Thom Sibbitt, who explores sex, death, and drugs in his novel The Turnpike.

8/13 Hard Times Blues Tour @ EEBX

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , on August 6, 2013 by 6GPress

Here’s what Dan Parme (author of Hungry, a funny, dark & whimsical tale of murder, foolishness & gastronomy in the 412) had to say about Hard Times Blues:

Tales that manage to be funny, dark, whimsical, and more than a little trippy are always trips worth taking. Hard Times Blues is like a journey through the woods in a world that vaguely resembles this one–strange new wildlife peeks at you through the trees, and you can’t even imagine what you’ll find at the heart of this forest, but isn’t that part of the fun? Cotman has laid an enticing path before your feet. Following it would be a wise, and thoroughly entertaining, decision.

As would coming to the East End Book Exchange on the appropriate day, at the appropriate time, with the appropriate beverage of your choosing. Dan & Jess Simms (currently polishing off the first volume of a trilogy about bisexual immortals & the conspiracies who love them) will blow your mind, then Elwin will completely destroy it. For free. If you have to work, quit your job. If your house is on fire, it’ll probably still be on fire when you get back. Whatever your excuse, it won’t fly harder than the Spruce Goose.

Hard Times Blues Tour

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2013 by 6GPress

In a week Elwin is hitting the road, performing (yes, performing) his stories at nine locales across these United States, plus three locales in Canada. Twelve locales in all! Twelve chances to hear these tales told by, & buy (yes, buy) Hard Times Blues from, the author himself!

Saturday, August 10th–Brooklyn, NY @ Molasses Books, 8:00pm

Tuesday, August 13th–Pittsburgh, PA @ East End Book Exchange, 7:00pm
w/ Jess Simms & Dan Parme

Wednesday, August 14th–Philadelphia, PA @ A Space, 7:00pm
w/ Shevaun Brannigan

Thursday, August 15th–Worcester, MA @ Collective A Go Go, time TBA
w/ Insurgent Theatre

Friday, August 16th–Brattleboro, VT @ People’s Bookshop, 7:00pm

Saturday, August 17th–Boston, MA @ The Lilypad, 5:00pm
w/ Militza Jean-Felix, Zach Buscher & Shira Lipkin

Sunday, August 18th–Ithaca, NY @ Buffalo Street Books, 3:00pm

Monday, August 19th–Montreal, QC @ Argo Bookshop, time TBA

Tuesday, August 20th–Ottawa, ON @ The Daily Grind, 7:00pm

Wednesday, August 21–Toronto, ON @ The 460, time TBA
w/ Kelly Rose Pflug-Back & Leah Bobet

Friday, August 23–Chicago, IL @ Quimby’s Bookstore, 7:00pm
w/ Patty Templeton

Saturday, August 24–Cincinnati, OH, details TBA

If you’re in any of those places at any of those times, do not miss this shit. Check Elwin’s Bookface or blog religiously for updates.

Cotmaniana

Posted in New Releases, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2013 by 6GPress

Elwin has a new guest post at elfwriter.com about the historical background of “The Revelation of John” & his approach to fantasy generally. On his blog there’s a new essay explaining what a zombie novella is doing in Hard Times Blues & the genesis & evolution of “Graveyard Shift”; & another about the relationship of Robert E. Howard’s novel The Hour of the Dragon to the Book of Exodus.

Yesterday the Hard Times Blues launch party occurred at Pegasus Books in Berkeley & soon Elwin will be coming to a bookstore/café/temporary autonomous zone near you. More on this as it is figured out.

Inside Your Brain

Posted in New Releases, Recent Publications with tags , , , on July 18, 2013 by 6GPress

it’d be too dark to read, were it not for Elwin’s glowing words.

With hyperbolic, technicolor imagery and engrossing characters that radiate intrigue, these modern tales comprise a new book of essential fables for our time–read it, close your eyes, and delight in the words still glowing hot inside your brain.

Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa

Light up your brain with the opening scene from “A Song for the Yellow Prince” & Elwin’s latest guest post at Fade Into Fantasy.

7/24 Hard Times Blues Launch Party @ Pegasus Books

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , on July 15, 2013 by 6GPress

Miraculously, Hard Times Blues is available on Amazon, just in time for its release date. But the melancholy difficulties are just beginning.

On July 24 at Pegasus Books in Berkeley, Terra Brigando & Miquila Alejandre will help Elwin launch the HMS HTB & inaugurate another trip through the dreamlands.

Gritty Predicaments

Posted in New Releases, Recent Publications with tags , , , , on July 13, 2013 by 6GPress

 

An exciting, inspiring, and sublime mix of beautiful imagery, old-fashioned pulp, gritty predicaments, biblical poetry, soul, charm, heart, heartache, ghosts, lost souls, bad attitudes, and literary invention. I love these energetic, wistful, vibrant stories. Elwin Cotman writes like a brilliant maniac, as if he’s afraid someone will take his pen away too soon.

Timothy Schaffert, author of The Coffins of Little Hope

To promote Hard Times Blues, Elwin will be guest posting on various fantasy sites in the coming weeks. So you know Schaffert isn’t just blurbing smoke when he writes of “gritty predicaments,” this recent post at Literary Escapism includes an excerpt from “The Elvis Room” that is absolutely filthy.