Coming in April 2024 from Psychotoxin Pink
"A stunning debut with a narrative voice so strong, you'll feel the swamp breathing down your neck. Eerie and very moving."
—Tim McGregor, author of Eynhallow and Wasps in the Ice Cream
"Ink Vine is a lush and deliciously queer Southern Gothic romance about desire and the things we will do to sate it. Broadbent's richly drawn characters and smart, evocative prose gives new meaning to the phrase ‘blossoming love.’ Emerald's longing--for acceptance, for love, for something more--haunts every word and sets the stage for a beautiful narrative about acceptance, self-discovery, and the power of connection.”
—Jolie Toomajan, editor of Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic
ABOUT INK VINE
Emmy's mother tells her: Stay out of the swamp. Deep in its cypress-forest, Emmy meets a green-eyed stranger offering love, comfort, understanding—everything the world isn't willing to give. But there's something strange about Zara. Something about her secrets . . .
Lower Congaree calls Emmy a whore. It doesn’t help that she’s a stripper. It doesn’t help that she’s one of those Joiner girls, trailer trash, destined for welfare or the chicken plant. Worst of all, she likes girls better than guys, and in a town like Lower Congaree, bi girls are smart enough to keep their mouths shut.
Emmy can stay with her family, play by the crooked rules of Lower Congaree, and accept her fate, or she can follow that half-hidden trail into the heart of the swamp. In that place of tangling moss and rioting vines, Zara’s offering something Emmy wants. Its pay may be more than she wants to pay.
ABOUT PSYCHOTOXIN PINK
A new imprint of Psychotoxin Press edited by Pushcart-nominated author Rebecca Cuthbert, Psychotoxin Pink specializes in bold, feminist work that doesn’t apologize for its female or queer energy. Ink Vine, a Southern Gothic novella, will be the first work available from the imprint. Rebecca says its “unforgettable voice snagged me right away—I was in love before page two.” Queer, erotic, and full of swamp magic, Ink Vine is set for release in April 2024.
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Coming 2025 from Raw Dog Screaming Press
From RDSP managing editor, Jennifer Barnes,
“I’m excited about this addition because I feel there’s still much to explore in the realm of generational horror and the horrors of daily life. Blood Cypress peers into some dark corners that have been long overlooked and deserve closer examination.”
From managing editor R.J. Joseph, "Broadbent uses the confessional trope to plunder emotional depths in this Southern Gothic story of family and loyalty. Quite an admirable feat, considering so many details are packed into the short, novella form. I enjoyed the overwhelming discomfort this story brought.”
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ABOUT BLOOD CYPRESS
No one cares when Lila Carson’s ten-year-old brother Beau disappears. He can’t speak. He throws tantrums. He’s a useless Carson, one of those kids in a broken-shuttered house that lost its glory when his father died. When the sheriff and his good ol’ boy deputies show up to investigate, they eye up Lila and call her twin brother, Quentin, names. A closeted bisexual girl in the South, she’s terrified.
Lower Congaree recites it like an eleventh commandment: Don’t go in that swamp. But as the long night drags on, it’s clear Beau disappeared behind those ancient trees. The sheriff’s deputies won’t risk going back there.
Lila might not have a choice.
ABOUT THE NOVELLA LINE
The Selected Papers from the Consortium for the Study of Anomalous Phenomena (CSAP) is a line of novellas curated by editor/academic R.J. Joseph. She serves both as editor for the line and also imaginary “Crypt-Keeper,” introducing each tale as a found document and part of the fictional journal produced by the CSAP society. The first book in the series, Bleak Houses, is now available and contains two novellas from Kate Maruyama. Upcoming books also include Errant Roots from Sonora Taylor and 12 Hours from L. Marie Wood, Hollow Tongue by Eden Royce and Asylum by Sarah Hans.