“surprisingly bizarre & unexpectedly touching collection of short/flash stories that deliver healthy doses of heartbreak, memories, weirdness, and violence”

RIFT FINALRIFT received three new glowing reviews this past week! Co-author Robert Vaughan and I could not be more grateful for the surge in attention the book is getting lately. Thank you to everyone who has bought the book, read it, reviewed it, mentioned it, promoted it, etc.!

Gabino Iglesias, in his review at Dead End Follies, says:

“Rift is constructed so that each writer has an equal amount of space and they trade stories so that, instead of half and half, readers get four sections in which they alternate narratives. This works really well because it allows for the stories to flow nicely and for each voice to feel fresh every time it comes around. Fish is up first, and her work throughout the book is outstanding. Her knack for surprising the reader and writing about relationship as it were a new theme is enough to make this book one that all fans of short fiction should check out. There are many standouts from Fish, including Vocabulary, which puts an entire new relationship and its possibilities inside a paragraph, Grip, which pushes the boundaries of how much sadness and reminiscing can be crammed into a very short tale, and The Blue of Milk, which is at once gritty and incredibly haunting but also poetic and beautiful in the way only unexpected encounters can be. That being said, this is a review and one piece needs to be held above all other and given the space/spotlight of a quote, and that story is There is No Albuquerque, a narrative that packs the heart-wrenching biography of a pale-eyed woman born with a hole on her neck and three horns. This one is what happens when literary fiction, bizarro, and magic realism collide:

When I was little, my mother used to stand me before the mirror every morning and make me say: I am beautiful. After she died, I keep doing it for a while until Buddy told me to stop. After he married the Tattooed Lady, they soon lost interest in me, and I was sent to a foster home. My foster parents thought I was retarded. They told everyone who would listen that they saved me from a dumpster. I ran away when I was sixteen.

You can read the entire review HERE.

Gay Degani, in her lovely review at Heavy Feather Review, says of Rift:

“Imagine a coffee shop, something independent, unique, not part of a chain, where the air is filled with a rich, dark aroma, where the tinkle of music is subtle, underlining real conversations about real things. Now imagine a solid wooden table, highly polished by hand, scarred by time, yet warm with love. Stitting across from you are two writers you admire, not just for the skilled pieces of written art they create at their computers, but also for their humanity, their generosity, their views on the human condition. Who would those two writers be? How about Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan? What if they were taking turns, telling you stories? What would that be like?”

You can read the rest of her review HERE.

At The Tavern Lantern, the blog for the lit journal Literary Orphans, Ray Nessly wrote another wonderful review. In it, he says:

“Simply put, Rift is a collection of stellar examples of an infinitely variable art form, by two writers at the top of their game.”

You may read the entire review HERE.

Many thanks to Gabino Iglesias, Gay Degani, and Ray Nessly!

*cover photography courtesy of Casey McSpadden

RIFT is coming to Kindle soon! And lots of other news…

RIFT 4th July*Happy to announce that RIFT (Unknown Press), co-authored with Robert Vaughan, will be available on Kindle soon. Will keep you posted!

There’s been a flurry of press for RIFT recently, in the form of reviews (Change Seven Magazine and Goodreads), two interviews (Midwestern Gothic and Bartleby Snopes) and research notes at Necessary Fiction. If you’re interested, please follow the links below:

Interview with Rachel Hurwitz at Midwestern Gothic

Research Notes for RIFT by Kathy Fish & Robert Vaughan at Necessary Fiction

Interview with Leonora Desar at Bartleby Snopes

Review of RIFT by Anne Weisgerber at Change Seven Magazine

Goodreads review of RIFT by Al Kratz

Goodreads review of RIFT by Steve Karas, author of Kinda Sorta American Dream

Goodreads review of RIFT by Meg Tuite, author of Bound by Blue & Lined Up Like Scars

I will be conducting another weekend workshop through Word Tango in May. This time, we will focus on writing flash creative nonfiction. Go here for more info and to get on the mailing list!

Tomorrow I begin my SIXTH Fast Flash© Workshop! Very excited to work with a new group of amazing writers!

*cover photography courtesy of Casey McSpadden

RIFT is chosen as The Nervous Breakdown Book Selection for December!

RIFT 4th July*Cover photography by Casey McSpadden

The Nervous Breakdown Book Club

Robert Vaughan and I are thrilled to pieces that RIFT has been chosen for the TNB Book Club! Past monthly selections from: Matt Bell, Lidia Yuknavitch, Jami Attenberg, Amelia Gray, and more. If you want to receive an early copy of RIFT you need to subscribe by November 15th. It’s a low, low $9.99 per month and you get great books!

Here’s how it works:

What is it?

It’s a book club. Each month, we’ll be featuring a new title, hand-picked by TNB executive editor Jonathan Evison and TNB founder Brad Listi.

How does it work?

Every 30 days, a book will be mailed directly to your door. Depending on the publisher and its plans for the specific title, the book will either be a hardcover or a paperback. It should be noted that members may receive advanced review copies, particularly for titles distributed prior to publication.

The TNB Book Club is diverse in its offerings. From month to month, we’ll be featuring both fiction and nonfiction — novels, story collections, memoirs, anthologies, translations, histories, biographies, true crime, you name it.

We sometimes feature new titles, pre-publication, and also feature already-published titles that did not receive the attention in the marketplace that we feel they deserved — overlooked gems by underrated authors.

The common denominator is that we’re always working hard to offer you great books at an amazing price on a monthly basis.

That’s it! You may go here to learn more: The Nervous Breakdown Book Club

Advance Praise for RIFT

RIFT COVER RIFT is getting awesome praise from our very generous early readers, writing mentors, and literary heroes. Many thanks to: Lidia Yuknavitch, xtx, Daniel Handler, Michael Martone, Ron Carlson, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Jensen Beach, Robert Lopez, Michael Seidlinger, Ryan Ridge, and Luke Goebel!

Read what they have to say about RIFT here on our page at Unknown Press

Cover photography by Casey McSpadden

RIFT – Coming December 1st!

RIFT COVER

Thrilled by our beautiful cover! Many thanks to Bud Smith at Unknown Press, and to cover photographer, Casey McSpadden at Cross River Photography

For more information about RIFT, co-authored with the great Robert Vaughan, see our page at Unknown Press