Henry Bankhead

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Frankissstein: A Love Story

As the subtitle declares, this is a love story, paralleling the relationship between Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley and that between Ry and Victor. The forthright description of nonbinary choice forms a replete example of embracing transgender experience, and both Victor Stein and Victor Frankenstein are finally shown to be illusory characters, adding spookiness. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]


This incisively outlandish but lyrical meditation on intolerance, TV addiction, and the opioid crisis operates on multiple planes, with razor-sharp topicality and humor, delivering a reflective examination of the plight of marginalized personhood with veritable aplomb. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 3/11/19.]

A Particular Kind of Black Man

Rhodes scholar and Caine Prize winner Folarin enriches our understanding of cultural identity and race within the caustic malaise that is modern American culture, with shifting memory, shared tradition, and the ineffable foundation of family arising as antidotes. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]

The Porpoise

The integration of a modern setting that reverts to ancient times and back again makes for a fascinating read. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/19.]

Dark Alpha's Awakening

This very sultry and satisfying installment in the "Reapers" series (Dark Alpha's Hunger) does a bang-up job of settling the fate of Bran and Death and explaining the reason for the Reapers' existence; highly recommended.

Trump Sky Alpha

This macabre vision of a future America presents a frighteningly real scenario and brings into focus the pervasive yet inane power of politicians and the Internet. Scary bedtime reading that will make you think. [See Prepub Alert, 8/27/18.]

We Can Save Us All

In the end, it's the parents who step in the clean up the mess. This is an unlikely but timely contribution to the ongoing #metoo dialog as well as humorous riposte to concerns about society and the environment. Highly recommended.


Gritty realism intermixes with historical allusion, allowing the work to function on various levels. The transmogrification of ancient events into a modern context creates a gripping world of hyperrealistic abandon; recommended for intrepid readers. [See Prepub Alert, 5/4/18.]


This host of haunting narratives teases the mind and taunts the soul, providing multiple paths of escape in response to questions about existence and the life's struggles. As a preservative solution of severed threads, it relies on readers for assemblage, and the task is exhilarating indeed. [See Prepub Alert, 2/26/18.]

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