Ed Steck's A PLACE BEYOND SHAME is a harrowing, original, and endlessly surprising book.
Ed Steck’s A PLACE BEYOND SHAME is a long-form poetic exploration of autobiographical trauma. APBS is an excavation of memory linked to topography, site, and sight: the bleak expanse of plagued rural landscapes; addiction and terror; the house or the home; and a personal archive of horror, adult, and exploitation films. APBS follows a father and a son transform into Ghoul and Son of Ghoul over the course of dubbing films to tape, loitering in the woods searching for UFOs, and the shock and horror of secrecies hidden behind the walls of the everyday. If when you are reading this book and the horrors become too real, repeat to yourself: it’s only a book, it’s only a book, it’s only a book…
Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Essay. Hybrid. Art.
"Ed Steck's A PLACE BEYOND SHAME is a harrowing, original, and endlessly surprising book. shapeshifting in our hands as we read it, it is as scary and wondrous as the horror films it not only references, but writes into itself. The horror genre has long been a space to explore the terrors of childhood, the way a parent can become a ghoul, to finally confess, in a scream not a whimper, all the secret things we've hidden under the bed. this book reminds me it's in the darkness, not the light, that we finally face ourselves." – Kate Durbin, author of Hoarders and E! Entertainment.
Ed Steck is the author of AN INTERFACE FOR A FRACTAL LANDSCAPE (Ugly Duckling Presse), THE GARDEN: SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENT FOR ANALYSIS AND SIMULATION (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Rose (with Adam Marnie, Hassla), sleep as information/the fountain is a water feature (COR&P), FAR RAINBOW (Make Now Books), DoorGraphicDataRecovery (orworse press), A Time Stream in Spaces: The Cultic Parody of Time- Induced Capital (West), and THE NECRO- LUMINESCENCE OF PINK MIST (Skeleton Man Press). His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. He is the editor of Theme Can, an online art and writing publication. He is a recipient of two Fund for Poetry Grants, the Artist Opportunity Grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and an Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation. He lives in Tampa, FL.Author City: PITTSBURGH, PA USA