A few constituents of the Animal Kingdom squad did a show at Space 1026 in late November. Here's a video of Adrienne Taron reading her short story "Gero." The piece appears in Animal Kingdom #3. The first paragraph of the story is cut off in the recording. It reads as follows:
"In the fifties, when my father was in Catholic school, he was required to stand each day before the altar in a smoky, dank cathedral and beat his chest with his little boy fists, repeating "I am not worthy that the lord shall come under my roof." I am not worthy. Worthiness is a strange concept because it demands that we see the world and the people existing in it in absolutes. Maintaining these categories depends on the erasure of so much grey. If there is a state in which I can exist and be worthy, then there is the opposite state as well."
Hello and happy holidays!
If you’re looking for a belated winter gift to present to a beloved human, consider the new chapbook from Philadelphia literary heavyweight Caleb Nolen, “HOW COULD YOU BELIEVE THIS MIGHT ALL BE MADE RIGHT?”
These are poems about shame, desire, fear, sex, horror, determination, loneliness, and other petty topics, rendered with tenderness and brutality in Nolen’s unmistakable voice, and illustrated by Sunny Nestler. Each book is hand-made, printed on beautiful paper. For sale now at the webstore!
Now for sale in our webstore:
BELIEVERS, written by ALEX SMITH and illustrated by JACOB MAZER, released in collaboration with Philly Afrofuturist visionary outlaw sci-fi mob, METROPOLARITY.
"A secret society of intergalactic super-beings. A convoy of murderous alien geneti-sect mercenaries. A fresh born star.
Oscar is a gay stoner, an underpaid barista, and the drummer in a slowly deteriorating, soon defunct post-punk band. His best friend Stacey believes he's destined for more-- or at least that he's not destined to spend his (and therefore subsequently her) Saturday night alone in bed watching Twin Peaks reruns and eating Raisinets. Suddenly they find themselves on the guest list at a trashy high society rave in a hip gay bar, when things go from strange, to strangest….
BELIEVERS is a psychotropic hypertext, a reimagining of the neonatal sigils that etched themselves into the psyches of '80s babies. It's the remnants of concrete pour-overs, of shadows becoming ash on the tarmac, the sad and final adventures of lost plastic sentries tossed wildly into the unkempt backyards of the cruelest neighbors. If Tron and Metal Hurlant had a baby raised by the Silverhawks? One may never know, one may never guess, one can simply BELIEVE."
On the road-- Animal Kingdom Publishing will be in Washington, DC, tabling at DC Zinefest on Saturday, July 25 at St. Stephen's Church (1525 Newton St. NW).
ANIMAL KINGDOM #3 is now on sale in print and digital format! One hundred and four pages of creeping horror, queasy revelation, abjection, and transcendence. A man observes a sick child in a dark room. A boxer enters the valley of the shadow of death. A hobbyist tattoos his genitals. Jack Spicer looks for UFOs. Contemplations of cannibalized patriarchs and Old Testament curses, auto-castration and metempsychosis. Vanishings, post-apocalyptic landscapes, domestic dread, and more.
Featuring comics by JACOB MAZER, THOMAS KENNEDY, JOSH & ALPHA DEAL, & EDDY RIVERA. Prose and criticism by CALEB NOLEN, ADRIENNE TARON, CATHERINE AVERILL, CHRISTOPHER SCHAEFFER, & M KITCHELL. Art by CAITLIN SHERWOOD & A.T. PRATT.
A heist is executed. A face explodes into maggots & centipedes. Two business acquaintances meet by chance in a fetish dungeon. Etc.-$6
The boundary between body-modification & complete dismemberment is probed. A skull is partially shorn off. A paralytic autocrat receives sexual gratification from within the confines of her suspended animation chamber. Etc.-$12