City of Weird!

Happy Halloween!


I wanted to say how excited I am to be in the forthcoming anthology from Forest Avenue Press. I thought since it’s Halloween I’d give a small preview of my story: The Fixer: A Serial -1- The Duchess

Keep Portland Weird, sure it’s our slogan but most people’s commitment to this idea consists of a three dollar bumper sticker; there is a weird here most don’t have the slightest idea about, a otherworldliness only limited by how much you can take in. If you allow yourself to see it, to really see it, it’s everywhere. Let’s take Jimmy for instance. Jimmy is one of my regulars, but he’s also one of a long line of religious prophets that has included Hercules, Gautama, Jesus, Muhammad, Joseph Smith, and Bob Barker. Yes, every generation or so the one true God known by many names sends down one divine sperm and—bam!—another conception bordering on the immaculate. Of course in our modern times no one believes in poor Jimmy, so he spends his afternoons driving his 1960 cherry red convertible AMC Rambler to the Poppy Lounge and drinking himself into martyrdom.

There are so many awesome and just kick ass writers in this anthology. Check out this roster:

Stevan Allred, “Notes from the Underground City”

Jonah Barrett, “Alder Underground”

Doug Chase, “Squatty and Weasel Boy”

Sean Davis, “The Fixer: a Serial – 1 – The Duchess”

Susan DeFreitas, “The Mind-Body Problem”

Rene Denfeld, “The Sturgeon Queen”

Dan DeWeese, “Transformation”

Art Edwards, “Waiting for the Question”

Stefanie Freele, “A Sky So Blue”

Jonathan Hill, “How Do You Say Gentrification in Martian”

Justin Hocking, “Vampire”

Jeff Johnson, “Twin Carbs on Bad News”

Leigh Anne Kranz, “Orca Culture”

Kirsten Larson, “The Heft of Ashes”

B. Frayn Masters, “Queen of Tabor”

Kevin Meyer, “Out of Order”

Karen Munro, “The Color Off the Shelf”

Linda Rand, “Stone Cold Monk”

Brian Reid, “How I Got This Job”

Bradley K. Rosen, “Yay”

Nicole Rosevear, “This Many Lost Things”

Mark Russell, “Letters to The Oregonian in the Year 30,000 BC”

Kevin Sampsell, “In Transit”

Jason Squamata, “Aromageddon”

Andrew Stark, “A Code for Everything”

Adam Strong, “Always”

Suzy Vitello, “The Deflowering”

Leslie What, “Trainwreck”

Brigitte Winter, “Octopocalypse: a Love Story”

Leni Zumas, “Tunnels”

It’ll be coming out in 2016. Be on the look out. Here’s the link for more info:

By Sean Davis

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights award for 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the the Ted Talk Book The Misfit’s Manifesto (Simon and Schuster), Forest Avenue Press anthology City of Weird, Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, The Big Smoke, Human the movie, and much more.

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