8 Small Press Books To Check Out in August

6. Darkansas by Jarret Middleton (8 August 2017 from Dzanc Books)

A novel in the Southern Gothic tradition, Darkansas has been called “gritty, ghostly, [and] poetic” by Donald Ray Pollock, who wrote some pretty gritty stuff himself. The protagonist is a not-so-up-on-his-luck man living in the shadow of his father, a famous musician. When he goes home for a wedding, he discovers the kind of family secrets that change your world fundamentally, and there are dark forces working to make sure that a family curse persists into his generation. Darkansas looks like it will live up to its name for sure.