Erika T. Wurth's Buckskin Cocaine is a wild, beautiful ride into the seedy underworld of Native American film. These are stories about men maddened by fame, actors desperate for their next buckskin gig, directors grown cynical and cruel, and dancers who leave everything behind in order to make it, only to realize at thirty that there is nothing left. Poetic and strange, Wurth's characters and vivid language will burn themselves into your mind, and linger.
"This is the raw stuff, the loud stuff, the hard stuff, the true stuff. It'll infect you in a way you won't realize at first, too. Not until days later, when you can't remember if you read this or you lived it. Trust me: you did both."-- Stephen Graham Jones
Potted Meat, a novel set in a decaying town in southern West Virginia, follows a young boy into adolescence as he struggles with abusive parents, poverty, alcohol addiction, and racial tensions. Using fragments as a narrative mode to highlight the terror of ellipses, Potted Meat explores the fear, power, and vulnerability of storytelling, and in doing so, investigates the peculiar tensions of the body: How we seek to escape or remain embodied during repeated trauma.
Steven Dunn is the author of the novel Potted Meat (Tarpaulin Sky, 2016) which was a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards and on VICE Best Books of 2016. He was born and raised in West Virginia and attended University of Denver for Creative Writing. Some of his work can be found in Blink Ink, Connotations Press, and Granta Magazine. His next novel water & power is forthcoming in 2018 from Tarpaulin Sky Press.