I’m pleased to announce that Concentration, my collection of holocaust stories, will be published by PS Publishing in November. It will also contain an original story called “Trainspotting in Winesburg”, which is set in a future Australia.
In her introduction to the book, critic and scholar Marleen Barr writes:
In Jack Dann’s Holocaust visions, “imagination is used to enrich reality, not to escape from it.” His “invented, alternate worlds” are related to the ones Faulkner and Márquez create. But Yoknapatawpha and Macondo are not Jewish neighborhoods. Dann is a Faulkner and a Márquez for Jews. His fantastic retellings of the horror stories Nazis made real are “more truth than fantasy.” Dann imbues the Holocaust with the fantastic to liberate it from the constraints of temporal reality and, via using writing as a time machine, transports it to the new light of present and future relevance.
Looking forward to November, as my showcase PS Australia collection Dreaming in the Dark will also be published. This volume really shows off the extraordinary talent we have in Australia…and will truly be a showcase for the new PS Australia imprint. Oh, did I mention that I’m its MD? <Grin>
Satalyte Publishing has just published a special edition of my novel The Rebel in commemoration of James Dean’s death sixty years ago.
My original working title for The Rebel was Second Chance.
It was my publisher’s idea to title this edition The Rebel: Second Chance; and, indeed, it is a second chance for this novel, as it explores in greater detail the lives of James Dean, Elvis Presley, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and the Kennedys in this, my alternate history of American pop culture. This version—with its greatly expanded scope—is meant to be a deeper meditation on the construction of myth and its creators.
I appreciate this opportunity to reveal my original conception, this rather large, fully painted canvass…
You can order the book in hardcover, trade paper, or e-book format here:
Jack has done an interview with Moment Magazine on the topic of “What Does the Concept of the Messiah Mean Today?” It can be found at: http://www.momentmag.com/moment/issues/2012/04/Symposium.html
Jack’s anthology Ghosts by Gaslight, coedited with Nick Gevers, has been short-listed for The Bram Stoker Award, which will be presented at the World Horror Association in Salt Lake City, on March 31, 2012. Congratulations to all the contributors!
More information can be found at http://www.stokers2012.org
Jack’s essay “Antinomies” has just been published in Russell Blackford’s and Udo Schuklenk’s 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (Wiley-Blackwell).
Jack and Nick Givers have just sold a new original anthology called Ghosts by Gaslight to HarperCollins US.