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Articles, news and latest writings from alternative, original voices.

Aiden O’Reilly’s Greetings, Hero launching in Dublin on 12 November

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

If you’re in the Dublin area, hit up iconic bookshop Hodges Figgis this coming Wednesday for the launch of Greetings, Hero, the debut collection from short story maestro Aiden O’Reilly. (more…)

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The Suicide ‘Special Edition’

Friday, September 12th, 2014

We’re very happy to announce that we’ve got 25 special edition copies of The Suicide featuring signed and numbered postcards from Mr. SaFranko himself. Bourbon not included.

The Suicide 'Special Edition'

AND one fortunate punter (selected at random) will also receive a further 4 Honest Publishing titles of their choice*. Aren’t you lucky things…

The Suicide 'Special Edition' - Honest titles

Don’t miss your chance to own one of only 25 special editions of The Suicide. Praise:

Dan Fante: “A major work by one of America’s best authors.”

Sam Millar – New York Journal of Books: “A first-rate intelligent thriller.”

David Noone – Out of the Gutter: “For most writers, working within the specific limitations of a formula would be a constraint, for SaFranko it’s a release.”

Mark SaFranko’s novels include Hating Olivia (Harper Perennial), No Strings (Black Coffee Press) and Lounge Lizard (Murder Slim Press).

The Suicide Special Edition is being sold at the RRP price of £13.99 with FREE postage to the UK. Residents of EU and US can also purchase, but you’ve got to pay for postage – that’s just the way the tough cookie crumbles. You know the score – first come, first served.


The Suicide By Mark SaFranko – Special Edition (x 25)




*Title selection does not include The Vorrh

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Mark SaFranko Interview

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Mark SaFranko photo

Mark SaFranko – author of Hating Olivia, Lounge Lizard, and God Bless America – is about to set sail on the good ship Honest, and we’re rather excited to have this fellow aboard.  SaFranko’s warts and all, often bleak, thought-prodding style is Honest writing at its finest. Regularly compared to Bukowski and the Fantes (both father and son), SaFranko’s fanbase can already be found around the globe.

We’re very proud to be releasing his latest work The Suicide, described by Dan Fante as “a major work by one of America’s best authors” – we couldn’t agree more.  Accolades aside, without further ado, and surely the highlight of any writer’s career, it’s time for the Honest Publishing interview… (more…)

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Readability & The Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

So the judges of the Man Booker prize 2014 have been announced, accompanied by a good old re-hash of the ‘readability’ argument unwittingly initiated by Dame Rimington in 2011. Is it ‘dumbing down’ to reward authors who write enjoyable books? Essentially, books are written to be read; just like any art form authors need to entertain and move their audience. But we already have a competition for the most readable books – bestseller lists. Let’s have a look what they show us. (more…)

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Exclusive excerpt from Vorrh 2 by B. Catling

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

OL LONGFELLAR, ADAM AND A PREVAILING BREEZE: AN EXTRACT FROM THE ERSTWHILE, VORRH 2

Execution techniques vary widely and cultural preferences do not always travel well. Such was the case in Essenwald. The twentieth century’s fashion for enclosing the act and making it clandestine and elitist was not well-receive d among the ancient tribes of the African continent. They wanted, demanded something more theatrical, lavish in its spectacle and democratically available to all. (more…)

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Selected Poems – Anne Champion

Monday, September 9th, 2013

We proudly present a selection of brilliant poetry by Anne Champion.

Read these hard-hitting beauties right here.

 

Anne Champion is the author of Reluctant Mistress, a poetry collection released by Gold Wake Press in 2013. Her work appears in Verse Daily, The Pinch, Cider Press Review, PANK Magazine, The Comstock Review, Poetry Quarterly, Line Zero, Thrush Poetry Journal and elsewhere.  She was a 2009 Academy of American Poets Prize recipient, a Pushcart Prize nominee and a St. Botolph Emerging Writer Grant nominee.  http://anne-champion.com

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From Untitled Chapbook – Katie Longofono and Mary Stone Dockery

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

We bring you an exclusive extract from a collaborative as-yet-untitled chapbook by the ultra-talented duo Katie Longofono and Mary Stone Dockery. (more…)

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The Independent Publishers’ Alliance

Friday, August 16th, 2013

The Independent Publishers’ Alliance was set up in 2013 by Honest Publishing. Current members include: Pighog Press, Reality Street, Unthank Books and of course, Honest Publishing. The publishers in the alliance are proud to share the ethos of publishing original, innovative writing.

What do we stand for? We stand for true independent publishing and we aim to publish the best, and sometimes unheralded, talent from around the world.

Through combined marketing and promotion, the Independent Publishers’ Alliance aims to combine the reach of its members, ensuring their literature is accessible and known to all.

Keep an eye out for our titles at your local bookshop or library and help keep the spirit of the independent alive.

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Pepper the Yard with Light – Matthew Porubsky

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

We bring you a very exciting extract from Matthew Porubsky’s book-length poem Pepper the Yard with Light.

Read it here.

 

Matthew Porubsky lives in Topeka, Kansas and works as a freight conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. He has four collections of poetry, voyeur poems, Fire Mobile (The Pregnancy Sonnets), Ruled by Pluto and John.  His poetry has been featured in RHINO, Quiditty, The Journal (UK), {HOOT} and elimae. Visit mppoetry.com for more info.

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Atavistic Elf – Meg Tuite

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

She was gamey, ossified in my being, with a tattoo of a cockroach on her right arm and bagpipes on her left. I sat across the cafe from her every morning and tried not to gouge out my eye from lust for her musk. She permeated my wail that I tucked under my wretched self so I wouldn’t have to flog myself at home again.

I was an unkempt skull she twirled by and nodded at. Someone like a flowerpot seen everyday and barely noticed. I hoped there were blooms that dripped like a rosary in my wake. (more…)

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