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This Darkness Got to Give
This Darkness Got to Give follows Cain, a vampire who has chosen a careful and unconventional life: he is a Deadhead. In a moment of weakness, Cain takes a tab of LSD from a stranger, which brings about painful and violent episodes that end in what Cain's careful life was constructed to avoid: murder. With bodies mounting behind him and the Dead playing the final dates of their fated 1995 tour, Cain’s path will cross with Jenkins, a lonely FBI agent whose former partner is a vampire, and Peter, a recent graduate recruited into the government’s secret Invasive Species Division.
-- Coming Summer 2017
Massive Cleansing Fire
"Once again, Dave Housley has shaped a singular collection to dazzle and delight, this time with a tool as old as civilization itself: fire. In eight stunning stories and an equal number of interstitial vignettes, Housley wields spark and flame and smoke as plot device, metaphor and theme, while balancing his uproarious comic sense with an unerring glimpse into the human heart. Reader, Massive Cleansing Fire doesn’t care that the roof is aflame. It lets that motherfucker burn."
- Tom Williams, author of Don't Start Me Talkin' and Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales
If I Knew the Way,
I Would Take You Home
"Accents of hair metal, glam rock, and boy-band pop punctuate the 12 engaging stories in this collection, most of them set in rural backwater towns in the author’s native Pennsylvania....Readers will find these stories light, amusing, and warmly wrapped (as Housely writes in “How to Listen to Your Old Hair Metal Tapes,” one of three essays that conclude the book) in “that gauze of nostalgia, the soft edge that comes from growing up with something." Publisher's Weekly
“It's time to admit what everyone knows: there's no bolder, no wittier critic of our modern, polarizing American culture than Dave Housley, who points out the absurdities in our relationships while reminding us why we must hold on to each other." -- Susan Muaddi-Darraj, American Book Award winner, A Curious Land