Please join us on Friday, July 12 at 7 pm for a reading with a twist. Using his new novel Madhouse Fog as a jumping-off point, Sean Carswell will present an Exquisite Corpse writing prompt. Kiyoshi Nakazawa will then deepen the prompt with a drawing element.
About Madhouse Fog
: Fleeing a troubled marriage, the narrator takes a seemingly benign grant-writing position at a psychiatric hospital in Southern California. Once the grounds of a scandal-ridden private university, the hospital now houses a menagerie of lost souls including a wandering academic who still believes he works at the university and Lola, the narrator’s long-lost second love. Soon, the narrator is enmeshed in a struggle between Dr. Bishop, a brilliant, batty research psychologist, and Frank Walters, a dapper, blind advertising executive who believes that Dr. Bishop’s research has lucrative implications. It is up to the narrator to make sure that Frank Walters is unable to harness the findings for questionable ends, as he begins a metaphysical journey that may lead him to murder. In the tradition of Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy
and Haruki Murakami’s early novels, Madhouse Fog
bends the boundaries of noir and invites the reader to regard the world in an entirely new way.
About Exquisite Corpse
: A method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed. See more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exquisite_corpse
is the author of the novels Drinks for the Little Guy, Train Wreck Girl,
and Madhouse Fog
. He wrote the short story collections Barney’s Crew
and Glue and Ink Rebellion
. He co-founded the independent book publisher Gorsky Press and the music magazine Razorcake
. He has been a regular contributor to Flipside, Ink 19
, and Clamor
. His writing has appeared in diverse places: the skateboarding magazine Thrasher
, tiny ‘zines like Zisk
, and prestigious literary journals like The Southeastern Review
and The Rattling Wall
. He currently teaches writing and literature at California State University Channel Islands.
is a Los Angeles-based illustrator and fine artist. He is the creative force behind the Drunken Master II
comic. He is a regular contributor to Giant Robot
Magazine. His work has appeared in the LA Weekly, Dark Horse Comics
, and Destroy All Music
, as well as on the cover of books and records. He also teaches a regular class on making your own comics at Blue Rooster Studios.
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