Fiction. African American Studies. Latino/Latina Studies. Illustrations by Rachel Dorrett. A Washington D.C. punk club gets a visit from very ancient—and dangerous—guests. The mythic and the mundane collide at a general store in the segregated South. A young boy becomes apprentice to the Angel of Death. In Elwin Cotman's Carl Brandon Award-nominated debut collection, the humorous mixes with the historical and the epic mixes with the deeply personal. Cotman combines the language of high fantasy, urban fantasy, black folklore, teen angst, punk rock and horror to create American fairy tales with landscapes all their own.
"Elwin Cotman is one of the most original new voices you will encounter—he is a synthesizer of the domestic and the fantastic, of soaring myth and the grittiest realities, of lewd dialect and high lyricism. His stories are profound engagements with suffering of every stripe—they will also make you hoot with laughter. I was amazed by the force of Mr. Cotman's pinwheeling imagination."—Karen Russell
Elwin Cotman is a storyteller from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of three collections of speculative short stories, THE JACK DANIELS SESSIONS EP, HARD TIMES BLUES, and Dance on Saturday. Cotman holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA from Mills College.
Author City: LAFAYETTE, LA USA