OUR LATEST ISSUE: BARRELHOUSE 12
Barrelhouse 12 includes fiction by Roxane Gay, Tara Laskowski, Jen Michalski, Dave Scrivner, Jared Gottlieb, Tracy Gonzalez, Dan Townsend, Sam Martone, Aaron Burch, and Amber Sparks, with stories about baseball, game shows, video games, and death, death, death. We also have poetry by Dan Boehl, Daniel Carter, Dan Chelotti, S. Whitney Holmes, Andrea O’Rourke, Masin Persina, Tommy Pico, Nate Pritts, and Corey Zeller. Plus new Kanye West poems by Sarah Blake! But wait! There’s more! Essays by Rolf Potts, Jeff Chon, Lucas Mann, and Justin Lawrence Daughtery. And this issue includes one of the best illustrated stories we’ve ever published: “A Hypothetical Universal Solvent,” written by Gina Keicher and adapted and illustrated by the fabulous Chelsea Martin.
That is so much awesome, awesome stuff! And this issue is the first in our new print redesign, so you’ll quite literally be getting slightly more Barrelhouse bang for your buck, as we get slightly larger in size, and also slightly better and more contemporary looking in design. Get it.
Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck: Rejection Letters from the Eyeshot Outbox
Lee Klein’s book compiles a dozen years of disappointment transmitted via e-mail from a single editor to hundreds of writers around the world. Performative and funny one minute, respectful and constructive the next, these rejections both serve as entertaining writing tips (suitable for use in today’s more adventuresome creative writing classrooms) and suggest a skewed story about a boy and his seminal semi-literary website, Eyeshot.net, which Lee Klein founded in 1999.
What started as a lark—sending playful rejection notes to writers who’d submitted work for the site—over ten years took on a life of its own, becoming an outlet for Klein to meditate on his aesthetic preferences, the purpose of literature, and the space between the ideal and the real.
YOU’RE GOING TO MISS ME WHEN YOU’RE BORED, by Justin Marks
The poems in You’re Going To Miss Me When You’re Bored integrate the sublime and the mundane, the destined and the happenstance, the dire meaningfulness of the moment and the absurd lack of consequence in the infinity. In some, the trivial becomes transcendent and in others, the transcendent turns out to be a mirage. Justin Marks treats both moments with equity, qualifying epiphanies and salvaging disappointments.
Marks confesses to “not seeing what’s here / for amazement that it exists,” but for the reader, what’s here is exhilarating. Each poem feels like a realer version of a reality show, and everything buzzes with a sense of possibility or precariousness, “the ant [he’s] about / to flick from [his] foot” or the fact that he “saw a femur once.” What pervades this book is the feeling that, at any second, we too could see a femur.
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BRING THE NOISE: THE BEST POP CULTURE ESSAYS FROM BARRELHOUSE
Over the past decade, readers have learned to count on Barrelhouse to publish inventive, irreverent essays by authors exploring the ways their lives have been shaped by their pop culture obsessions. BRING THE NOISE is a collection of the magazine’s greatest hits, plus five new pieces produced exclusively for this anthology. Inside, a roster of accomplished and respected authors grapples with a wide range of topics, including Thin Lizzy, dive bars, Barry Bonds, Bob Dylan’s beard, pro wrestling, The Hills, roller derby, Adrian Grenier, and Magnum, P.I.
Passionate, insightful, and funny, this collection is simultaneously a celebration and a critical dissection of the ways in which pop culture affects us all.
Be the first on your block to have Barrelhousey goodness delivered straight to your door! Stories originally published in Barrelhouse have been featured in the Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Million Writer’s Award.
We publish great work by established and emerging writers. We’ve interviewed the Hold Steady, Chuck Klosterman, Malcolm Gladwell, Emmylou Harris, Hal Hartley, and others. We’ve run special sections on Patrick Swayze, Crime, Roller Derby, Dive Bars, and the Future.
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Barrelhouse 11 features new fiction from Edward Porter, Dave Madden, Sarah Rose Etter, Matthew Vollmer, and more, essays on Jersey Shore, rollercoasters, hipsters, and the Three Stooges Museum, and poetry from Justin Marks, Shanna Compton, Gina Myers, and lots of others. Plus, Ian Stansel interviews Hal Hartley. What’s Hal Hartley’s favorite Patrick Swayze movie? You’re going to have to buy Barrelhouse 11 to find out.
This issue also features artwork from Dean Haspiel and Joe Infurnari of Trip City, and an amazing illustrated story, “Me and Gin,” written by Lindsay Hunter and comicked by Jordan Jeffries.
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Barrelhouse Ten is a heaping helping of fiction, poetry, and essays, including the winners of our Barrelhouse Invitational: Crime Edition. We’ve got fiction from the likes of Barrett Travis, Christine Sneed, Jen Fawkes, and Gabe Durham, poetry from Melissa Broder, Steve Kistulentz, and Christie Ann Reynolds, and essays about Before Adrien Grenier Got Famous (about, you will have to trust us, so much more than the star of Entourage), heavy metal screams, and coming to grips with (the twin horrors of) getting older and going to a John Mayer concert.
But wait, there’s more! Our Crime Section includes work from Chad Simpson, Mary Biddinger, Michelle Dove, Art Taylor, and Tara Laskowski. Plus we partnered with the wonderfully named Diarmid Mogg of the wonderful site Small Town Noir, and asked some of our favorite writers — Stewart O’ Nan, Stephen Graham Jones, Craig Clevinger, Brian Evenson, Paula Bomer, and Randall Brown — to write fictional pieces to match Small Town Noir’s real stories of real mug shots rescued from the New Castle, PA police department, and taken from the 1930s through the 1950s.
All of that stuff, plus the illustrated story “Unbecoming,” written by Emma Straub and illustrated by Elizabeth Graeber.
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