Fiction. LONG RIDE YELLOW is the debut novel from two-time Journey Prize Finalist Martin West. The novel explores the limits of sexual desire and willfully prods the veil at the edge of reality. Nonni is a dominatrix who likes to push the boundaries; she is also easily bored. Her disdain for all that is conventional and "vanilla" launches her on a journey of personal discovery: first via the local swingers' scene, then through the world of clandestine S&M clubs, and on to more adventurous and dangerous "private" diversions.She eventually pushes the envelope so far that she attracts the attention of alien beings she refers to only as the "Woodenheads." They do strange things to her, alchemic things, as she is slowly transformed into wood and steel and electricity.You won't soon forget Nonni; she won't let you.Praise for CRETACEA AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE BADLANDS:"... Martin West's impressive debut short story collection ... readers will encounter echoes of Flannery O'Connor and Barry Hannah." —Foreword Magazine"the 11 tales in Martin West's debut collection ... often surprise with strange, startling images." —Alberta Views
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Martin West was born in Victoria and spent his youth working and living in the Canadian west. His previous novel LONG RIDE YELLOW (Anvil Press, 2017), won the 2018 ReLit Award for Fiction. He was previously a ReLit nominee in the short fiction category in 2016 for his collection CRETACEA AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE BADLANDS (Anvil Press, 2016), recipient of a Gold IPPY award. The title story "Cretacea" was a finalist for the Journey Prize, and his story, "Miss Charlotte," appeared in the 2017 edition of Best Canadian Stories. Martin currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.