…and somehow I forgot to mention it on my own fucking webpage. I tweeted it. I Facebooked it. I posted it in the obscurer depths of a Nine Inch Nails message board, but I never mentioned that the interview is actually available online. Below, is the full-text. But I think the magazine probably wants you . . . → Read More: Amoskeag Interview Went Live…
Earlier this year, Amoskeag Journal, out of New Hampshire, published my short story “[sic].” Recently, I had the good fortune to be deemed by their editors worthy of an interview and, should you so choose, you’ll be able to read that interview here, on January 8th—allegedly it will “go live” around noon.
In a bit of good(ish) news, the poorly managed and soon-to-be-virtually-obsolete US Postal Service has actually lowered rates for a change. As of today, the criminally high $15.95 shipping cost for international orders of Happiness is a has been lowered to the slightly less criminal price of $13.95. I’m not sure why, but it doesn’t . . . → Read More: Lower International Shipping Cost
Perhaps it’s the fact that this evening I forgot whether or not I’d taken my anxiety medication, and so took more, only to learn quite quickly that I had, in fact, taken it earlier as well. At present, I’m so stress-fress, I’m having borderline romantic feelings for my chai latte. Or maybe my youth of . . . → Read More: Book Sale Prompted by Christmas Spirit Infection
If you happen to live in the Rochester area, I’m pleased to announce that Happiness is a is now on sale at the Lakeshore Record Exchange—best venue in town for new vinyl. Stop in, snag a copy of the book in person (and keep the shipping & handling charge for coffee, or crack, or what have . . . → Read More: Now On Sale on the Streets
Volume 45 of The Wisconsin Review, due in early 2011, will feature my short story “Gehenna.” TWR has, within recent memory, won the Best of the Small Press award, so I’m a little freaked and quite honored to have been accepted. I actually did a little jig when I opened the letter. Seriously. Previously, I’d . . . → Read More: Jackpot: Accepted Again!
Happiness is a, my collection of thirteen stories and a novelette, is now available for purchase exclusively through this website (depending on financials, an Amazon.com outlet is likely to follow). As is all the rage in the post file-sharing era, I’ve chosen the road taken by venerable indie musicians of late: I’ve said damn the . . . → Read More: Full-Length Book Now Available: Happiness is a
Amoskeag: Your work, “[sic],” was featured in the 2011 Spring edition of Amoskeag. Tell us a little about the story behind this piece. How did it come about?
James Black: I was discussing with a friend the importance of names. His stepfather’s birth certificate provided only “Baby Boy” as his first name, and we were laughing . . . → Read More: January 7th, 2012
I. You got your first tattoo when you were twelve. Thirty days back from the hospital, your best friend Jack, son of a three-strike con, did the work for you. He had the know how; made the ink from toothpaste, newspaper ash, and the rainbow runoff of a busted Vis-a-Vis marker set. The outline hurt . . . → Read More: Husk