Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness

•May 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness

by Heather Fowler

Art and Appendices by Pablo Vision

Heather Fowler’s fourth collection of fiction speaks the language of need. Desperate, obsessive, even demented need—both emotional and erotic—is voiced by characters ill or ill-advised. From cyber to stalker, illicit, explicit, tender and tedious, the relationships in Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness translate love and lust into disorder. How we hear our own need and the way it sounds to others proves in these enthralling stories an imperfect but utterly captivating conversation, a destructive yet dynamic discourse between well-being and disease, images and words.

 

PRAISE for Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness :

“The stories in Heather Fowler’s Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness span time and space, sanity and insanity, our dreams and our nightmares. From Renaissance Italy to the French Revolution to the modern dangers of Facebook stalkers, Fowler’s characters explore all of the pleasures and pains of love, that “monster…forged from both hope and desire.” Fowler takes risks; each story is a spellbinding journey. I can’t think of a short story collection I’m more excited to recommend this year.” —Shaindel Beers, author of A Brief History of Time and The Children’s War and Other Poems

 

“Heather Fowler writes stories that need to be written. Unabashedly ripping open the emotional turmoil that continues to plague the lives of men and women, Fowler crafts fantastical tales that reveal the underbelly of our pains and desperation. She’s the heir of Angela Carter, caressing words like lovers, making the unreal real.” —Paula Bomer, author of Nine Months

 

“The characters in Heather Fowler’s fiction are strange and magnificent, sad and strong, trapped and independent, adjusted and not. In other words, they are real. The sheer variety of stories in Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness is striking and the pure athletic grace with which each is told is testament to Fowler’s willingness to stretch and experiment. This is an author with a voluminous bag of tools. She is daring and audacious in all the right ways. There is a delight to her surprises, her wonderments. Savor her titles, which, emblematic of her range, are pithy, mordant, cerebral, playful and ingenious: ‘Giant Balloon Animal Tragedies,’ ‘Good Country. People’ (with its conscious echoes of Flannery O’Connor, an author to whom Fowler can be favorably compared), ‘Speak to Me with Tenderness, Howard Sun.’ Heather Fowler is adept at decoding the human predicament. One yarn begins, ‘Listen, I am telling you a story.’ So you lean closer and, when you do, you can feel the author’s warm breath on your cheek.” —Corey Mesler, author of Diddy-Wah-Diddy: A Beale Street Suite

 

In Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness, Heather Fowler draws us into characters buzzing with internal lives that feel eerily familiar, as though she is showing us a piece of ourselves. What is chilling—and addictive—about her writing is how often those internal lives are ones of disorder. Her renderings remind us of the sanity within insanity, and they do indeed reveal the elegance—and sexiness—of the seamy underbelly of what it means to be human, of the most private parts of our bodies and brains.” —Ming Holden, author of The Survival Girls

 

“The characters in Heather Fowler’s Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness are so vulnerable and full of yearning that I read the collection with my heart in my throat. Their lives of quiet desperation are rendered with such depth and grace that they seem to haunt the stories they inhabit even while they live and breathe inside them. Fowler is truly a master of her craft.” —Rebecca Kanner, author of Sinners and the Sea

 

Queen’s Ferry Press

 

 

ELEGANTLY NAKED IN MY SEXY MENTAL ILLNESS

•April 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Cover art by pablo vision for elegantly naked in my sexy mental illness by heather fowler

I am extremely pleased to announce that Heather Fowler’s Elegantly Naked in My Sexy Mental Illness is to be published by Queen’s Ferry Press in May 2014.

Elegantly Naked in My Sexy Mental Illness is an absolutely stunning collection of literary modern and historical short fiction. I am tremendously proud to have contributed custom artwork to accompany each of the seventeen stories.

Heather Fowler

Queen’s Ferry Press

Exterior and interior art and design by pablo vision.

SWALLOWTUDE

•April 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment

cover art by pablo vision for SWALLOWTUDE by rob plath

I am very pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Rob Plath’s Swallowtude by Epic Rites Press.

“This book will make Henry Miller blush in his grave.”

Rob Plath’s uncompromising novella will also include a visual appendix comprising of twelve new illustrations.

Epic Rites Press

Exterior and interior art and design by pablo vision.

PARAPHILIA: TAGADA

•September 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

PARAPHILIA: TAGADA

In a rare deviation from visual art, I’m pleased to announce the inclusion of new written work in the latest issue of Paraphilia Magazine.

PARAPHILIA: TAGADA
AUGUST 19TH, 2012
FEATURING:

PABLO VISION, ROB SUSSMAN, SEAN MADDEN, ANDREW MABEN, MARIJKE KOGER-DUNHAM, HEATHER HARRIS, ELE-BETH LITTLE, TOBY HUSS, STEVE OVERBURY, LAURENCE THOMPSON, CHRISTOPHER NOSNIBOR, JIM COLEMAN, BETH B, F.X. TOBIN, MIKE HUDSON, RICHARD BLANDFORD, DOLOROSA DE LA CRUZ, ALEXANDER NATAS, ALEXANDER HACKE, MATTHIAS PENZEL, TONY RAUCH, MICHAEL DENT, LISA WORMSLEY, MICHAEL CANO, PATSY FARAGHER, MIKE WATT, LANA GENTRY, CRAIG WOODS, GREGG SUTTON, RICHARD REYNOLDS, ROBERT EARL REED, RICK GRIMES, HANK KIRTON, CHRIS MADOCH, dixē.flatlin3, DON BOLLES, CHRISTY LOU, CLAUDIA BELLOCQ, RICHARD A. MEADE, PATRICK WRIGHT, VICTORIA FIEREK, KATIEJANE GARSIDE, TOM GARRETSON, DAVID GIONFRIDDO, CLAUDIA MURARI, JOSHUA SERAPHIM, THOMAS EVANS, JOHN WISNIEWSKI, HENRY ROLLINS, KRIS DENTON, GAY ANNIVERSARY, SUSAN TE KAHURANGI KING, DAVID HOENIGMAN, MATASHICHI KUMAGAE, MATT LEYSHON, RON GARMON

(Image: Multiple Paraphilias – copyright pablo vision, all rights reserved)

BLOUIN ARTINFO

Noah Charney interviews Dire McCain, Editor of “Paraphilia Magazine”

The Secret History of Art

Noah Charney on Art Crimes and Art Historical Mysteries

Interview with Dire McCain, Editor of “Paraphilia Magazine”

BLOUIN ARTINFO – PARAPHILIA INTERVIEW

Antique Children

•September 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Kingdom Freaks & Other Divine Wonders

Writers: Scot Sothern, Hank Kirton, Andrei Codrescu, Paul Krassner, Kris Saknussemm, Amy Wright, Craig Woods, Rudy Ch. Garcia, Gary J. Shipley, James Beach, Patrick Wright, William Michaelian, Janet Slike, Aimee DeLong, Timothy
Martin, Ron Hirschbein, Travis Jeppesen, and David Shetzline

Poets: Bill Gainer, evan lee ward, Paul Lopez, Martin Balgach, Ruxandra Cesereanu

Comics: Rick Grimes, Sean Madden, Vincent Wright, Fiona Poppadello, Elliot Feldman, Cody Sevedge

Artists: Dariusz Skitek, Richard de la Torre, Christian Demare, Emric KABAL, Myko Semper, Brendan Danielsson, Bryan Lewis Saunders, pablo vision, Mateusz Niebal, Nunzio Barbera
II, Piercarlo Carella, Cystal Herman, Joseph Loughborough, Matt Nocera, Stephan Maich, Jean Fabien, Scot Sothern, Janieta Eyre and Pedro Meyer

Antique Children

Kino

•September 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Klaus Koblitz Retrospective

RetroKoblitz Poster designed by pablo vision

To find out more about Klaus “Kino” Koblitz – including recently restored footage of The Tulip Thief – visit Atticus Books and the Tulpendiebe blog

Jürgen Fauth’s Kino at Atticus Books

Tulpendiebe Blog

PARASITE

•September 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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VOLUME ONE: PARASITE LOST – D M Mitchell – PARAPHILIA BOOKS

Introduction by Michael Roth
Cover art and design by pablo vision

“…a derangement of the senses, an infiltration of one’s carefully constructed identity and its ultimate destruction from within; an invocation of one’s guardian demon; a letter to a secret lover; a hagiography of a disturbed saint; a dissolution of boundaries that follows contact with the meaningless; a manifestation of a cephalopod’s wet dream… …a funhouse mirror that disfigures the ideas of the dominant culture…”

“When David Michael K visited The Doctor’s office, housed in the mysterious Building, he hadn’t anticipated his life tipping into madness where reality melted and stretched and fiction merged with real life. In a satirical romp that sends up postmodernism, popular culture and satirises satire itself, our hero is chased by homicidal drug-dealing clowns, cartoon characters, pink UFOs and creatures of pure nightmare. Is this a serious book disguised as humour? or a joke at the expense of the intelligentsia? Fun stuff.”

Paraphilia Books

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“…name me someone that’s not a parasite and I’ll go out and say a prayer for him…”

“…for I am the parasite who travels two by two…” :