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On the Dial | Steve Erickson



Steve Erickson

It should come as little surprise to anyone familiar with our press, that I am a huge fanboy of Steve Erickson. My introduction to his extensive and distinctive work came with the publication of Zeroville (which James Franco has adapted into a movie slated to release later this year). From there, I gobbled down Arc d'X, Rubicon Beach, and These Dreams of You, which I got to recommend a couple years back at Flavorwire. These aren't books that you can summarize in a sentence or two. They are always astounding, monumental, and tenaciously original.

Erickson edited the journal Black Clock, publishing everyone from young writers alongside Rick Moody and Brian Evenson. He generously wrote the introduction to Grace Krilanovich's debut The Orange Eats Creeps, a daring, provocative work that tantalized readers. Also, he has blurbed Radio Iris by Anne-Marie Kinney, The Only Ones by Carola Dibbell, and the forthcoming Found Audio by N.J. Campbell for us.

In 2017, Erickson's first novel in five years—Shadowbahn—will be published. At Granta, Jonathan Lethem described it as such:

Shadowbahn by Steve Erickson"Steve Erickson’s jaw-dropping next novel, Shadowbahn, which concerns the phantasmic reappearance of the Twin Towers in the Badlands of South Dakota, accompanied by the resurrection of Elvis Presley’s twin brother Jesse. And anyone who approaches the Towers hears music – but not the same song. Into this radical audacity Erickson also weaves an intensely-personal self-reckoning, a playlist for the dying American century, and his usual lucid-dreaming prose. I’ve read every novel he’s ever written and I’ll still never know how he does it; Erickson’s not so much a writer’s writer as a tour-de-forcer’s tour-de-forcer."
Posted by Eric Obenauf on 29 August, 2016 shadowbahn, steve erickson | 3 comments
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  • Eric O - December 18, 2016

    Ha, Calvin, yeah, I’m pumped for Shadowbahn, and a huge Erickson fan myself. He’s a great, generous person, too, and has blurbed a couple books for us—The Only Ones by Carola Dibbell, Radio Iris by Anne-Marie Kinney, and the forthcoming novel Found Audio by N.J. Campbell. He was also the person who alerted us to Grace Krilanovich’s The Orange Eats Creeps, and went so far as to write an incredible introduction to the book.

  • calvin Edward Ramsburg - December 17, 2016

    About the earlier message . When I said Thanks for Publishing that was shout out to the universe.
    I do know Blue Rider Press is doing this book.

  • Calvin Edward Ramsburg - December 17, 2016

    I am so excited to read the new Erickson. I have been a fan for many years. It was the Pynchon quote all those years ago that got me to read him.Third book. I order ten copies of Erickson’s books as they come out to hand to people that need to be reading this author. Thanks for publishing “Shadowbahn”.
    Ed

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