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“A beautiful mix of genre and literary fiction. The dialogue and prose snaps, crackles and flows down the page at a breakneck pace. Smith has put together a wild, comedic romp with literary overtones.”

- Tony Nesca, author of Junkyard Lucy


“Reading Vern Smith is to be reminded that urban America is more than the sum of its con jobs; it is a texture built of rips and stiches, a circus tent under which some of its wackiest animators hold forth -- from Phyllis Diller to Carl Stalling, from Erich Sokol to Ishmael Reed. The Green Ghetto is electric, eccentric, extracellular madness.”

- Michael Turner, author of Hard Core Logo and The Pornographer’s Poem

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The Green Ghetto


Vern Smith

Mitchell Hosowich is pleased as a puppy with two tails that the great American rust out has rendered parts of Detroit rural again, wild. For him, the “Green Ghetto,” as the bureaucrats have come to call it, is a safe place to grow some fairly decent Detroit dope. But when two DEA agents start sniffing around his spread, only to wind up dead, Mitchell finds himself with a lot of explaining to do. Left with two stiffs, a dead dog, a shot cow, and fifty-nine missing marijuana plants, Mitchell decides not to wait around for the law to come down on him. Instead, he goes after his stolen pot, a chase that becomes a tense, and at times hilarious, cross-border road trip to nearby rural Canada. Set in a hyper post-9/11 culture, The Green Ghetto explores the universal theme of being compromised. But mostly, it is the story of how America got there from here in the war on drugs, terror, and words.

Available February 15, 2019

Windsor native Vern Smith grew up twenty minutes from the green ghetto - an actual Detroit phenomenon. His fiction has appeared in Concrete Forest: The New Fiction of Urban Canada (McClelland & Stewart), as well as the Insomniac Press anthologies, Iced, Hard Boiled Love, and Revenge. His novelette, "The Gimmick," was a finalist for Canada's highest crime-writing honor, the Arthur Ellis Award. A veteran of four newspapers and three magazines, Smith's non-fiction has appeared in The Detroit Free Press, The Ottawa Citizen, The Vancouver Sun, Eye, Broken Pencil, and Quill & Quire, among other publications. He most recently managed CJAM 99.1 FM, where he founded the twenty-four-hour radio marathon Joe Strummer Day to Confront Poverty in Windsor-Detroit. He now lives on the edge of Chicago where urban Illinois meets the prairie.  

“Carter is the best voice we have of the disconcerted male. These disquieting stories stay with you, tucked away in the odd-angled corners of your memory.”

- Jeremy Trylch, author of The Last Resort


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Frida Sex Dreams

And Other Unnerving Disruptions


Theodore Carter

Containing elements of SciFi, humor, and erotica, Frida Sex Dreams and Other Unnerving Disruptions  includes stories about an over-sexed octopus, Jimmy Carter's alien encounters, and an attempt to reach Harry Houdini through a seánce.  These stories are about facing the unknown whether that unknown is Frida Kahlo, a fifty-foot woman, or a painting elephant.

Available January 15, 2019

Theodore Carter is the author of The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob and Other Matters of Importance (Queens Ferry Press, 2012), Frida Kahlo Sex Dreams and Other Unnerving Disruptions, and Stealing ‘The Scream’ (Run Amok Books, 2019).

His fiction runs the gamut from humor, to literary fiction, to horror. He’s appeared in several magazines and anthologies including The North American Review, Pank, Necessary Fiction, A capella Zoo, The Potomac Review, and Gargoyle.

His street art projects, which began as book promotion stunts, have garnered attention from several local news outlets including NBC4 Washington, Fox5 DC, and the Washington City Paper.

Carter lives just outside Washington, DC in Takoma Park, MD.

Populated by sideshow fairies, carnal octopi, and the Frida Kahlo of one troubled man's dreams, Carter's latest collection of creatures big and small is fascinating, unsettling and impossible to put down.

- Michael Landweber, author of We and Thursday 1:17 p.m.

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The Green Ghetto is a story with pulp fiction themes and snappy urban dialogue that propels you along a fast track with desperate characters living on the periphery of a Detroit society teetering precariously on the edge of change. Vern smith is running right up front with the heavy hitters of American fiction.”

- Roland S. Jefferson, author of Damaged Goods and School on 103rd Street

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