Afropunk features "God's Wife and the Synonymous X" by Jesse Chase

Novel explores how imperialism & racism erase History, and how to decolonize our minds...Novel explores how imperialism & racism erase History, and how to decolonize our minds...

God’s Wife and the Synonymous X is the first novel by writer Jesse Chase. An existential novel that follows a male protagonist while they try to develop a new analytical methodology for decolonizing the black mind as it pertains to “inhuman ideologies and oppressive technologies”.

An experimental piece of semi-autobiographical fiction, the prose read as a version of stream of consciousness that defies standard (read: Western) grammar standards and formatting and slipping into poetic stanzas at will.

“the characters deal with homelessness, mental health issues, latent shamanism, the streets, police, dismantling patriarchy, identifying the origin of slut shaming of god’s wife, the last western goddess before monotheism asherah aka ishtar aka esther aka mary aka the black madonna. the book is a tribute to the black madonna as a symbol of alterity,” Chase tells

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Cultural Weekly on Darren C. Demaree's "Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly"

"Within each section, each sequence, readers are given new discoveries, internal and external.... Within each section, each sequence, readers are given new discoveries, internal and external.... "

"From many shifting shapes and senses, to many steadfast directions, to pieces leaving keys to rituals, Many full hands applauding inelegantly manages to be meditative and ponderous even as it is driven by a frenetic energy."

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God's Wife and the Synonymous X - Released!

8th House Publishing is proud to announce the release of Jesse Chase's first novel, "God's Wife and the Synonymous X'.
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"God’s Wife and the Synonymous X", Jesse Chase's first novel follows the protoganist on his search for a new cultural and literary theory. Finding all of history and culture appropriated by imperialist and racist perspectives inimical to his own self, he must construct his own program of decolonization and dismantle the philosophic mindspace of the inhuman ideologies and oppressive technologies he has inherited.

"A brave, fresh work that champions an ethics of self-recovery and rehabilitation of personal narrative in a world of masks, capitalism and oppression."

God’s Wife and the Synonymous X is the first in a series of three books in different genres: (1) a novel, (2) a book of critical, cultural and literary theory as an assassination attempt on philosophy and the hegemonies; of cultural appropriation by inhuman ideology and oppressive technology, and (3) a treatment of the process of the making of the first two books; as these literary processes are an experiment in the ethics of self-recovery, and recovery of personal narrative in a world of masks, capitalism and oppression.


170 pages | 5.5 x 8 | ISBN 978-1-926716-43-5 | $16.99 | Info Sheet:; pdf, jpg






EMPIRE BURLESQUE by Charles Talkoff is now available ...

8th House Publishing is proud to announce the release of Charles Talkoff's latest novel, "Empire Burlesque".


276 pages | 5" x 8" | ISBN 978-1-926716-42-8 (pbk.) | $19.99 | Info Sheet: pdfjpg


EMPIRE BURLESQUE by Charles Talkoff

Call it America. Vast the tumble-rocket-particle-wave shows the world in a rush to arrive deparpt and become and forget and remember everything all at once. Call it history. Call it time and memory the way water is the measure of the clock your bones the measure of love. I mean everything passes. I said the earth is a sentry, everything passes and nothing escapes. Call it home; call it exile in a kingdom of rain. - Empire Burlesque, Charles Talkoff 

The first novel in an upcoming trilogy, "Empire Burlesque" is an attempt at reaching a realism with modernity, finding a continuity in fractured timelines and significance in chaos in a world in which these very things--realism, continuity and significance--have been deconstructed and possibly destroyed. In this "Empire Burlesque" of modernity, many things occur in the novel (life) with no apparent significance until imbued with meaning by the subject (us) and narrative authority (authority) itself is assailed by arbitrary, chaotic and decentralizing forces. This means the plot (political framing) to the extent one exists, may be ignored or contradicted and information might arrive to intrude into the narrative for no apparent reason and with no obvious connection to the events in the story. Welcome to the modern, schizoid, fragmented,unhinged burlesque empire that the West has become where Trumpian characters define reality and distort reason. An existential detective story with Theseus and the Minotaur as characters, taking on the many forms of man versus beast, citizen versus state, liberty versus control, "Empire Burlesque" renders our modernity with all its farcical, Faustian fog. 



8th House is going to China!

8th House will be in Beijing, August 23-27 for the 2017 International Book Fair. Drop by and say hello.... 

Construction Lit Magazine Features "Trump as Fire Without Light" by Darren C. Demaree


Construction Lit Magazine features Darren C. Demaree's Trump as Fire Without Light alongside a photovideo presentation. See/Read it here.



"Trump as Fire Without Light" by Darren C. Demaree

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The Ottawa Jewish Bulletin Reviews "The Chassidic Trauma Unit" by Abraham Boyarsky

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Lunch Ticket spotlights Claudia Serea

Lunch Ticket features a new poem by Claudia Serea, I Remember the Smells. Read it online at the Lunch Ticket.


Darren C. Demaree featured in the latest issue of Scrittura

Read Darren C. Demaree's Donut Friday #40,#41 & #42 featured in the summer 2017 issue of Scrittura.




New Prose by Claudia Serea

Read The Man Who Paints Time by Claudia Serea in the NarrativeNortheast.


Gnarled Oak features Darren C. Demaree

Read Darren C. Demaree's Ode to the Corner of the Drug House...  on Gnarled Oak.





Rolli's fiction "The Ghost of a Computer" featured Feathertale

Those of us who know his poetry don't see much of his prose about. Here's a chance! Read Rolli's "The Ghost of a Computer" at Feathertale.


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Yellow Chair Review: Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly by Darren C. Demaree

"Darren Demaree’s expansive, exquisite new book of poetry Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly is a puzzle with many pieces consisting of dozens of short poems, each of which are necessary in his pointillist painting of the human experience. This collection begs us to examine ourselves, but also to step outside of our bubbles and look at ourselves from the perspective of the other, and from the great heights of the universe. Here, all is interconnected, all hopes are shared, and all deficiencies are intentional and necessary within the boundaries of the world we inhabit."

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ELSiEiSY reviews "Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly"

"Darren C. Demaree’s Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly is a play of monologues clad in poetry. The many full hands in the title is a synecdochical portrayal of the audience, who applauds after watching a play performance of poetry. But why are the applauding inelegantly? Is there something wrong? Well, I think the audience have become so bewitched by the linguistic lyricism that resonates in Demaree’s poetry that they are not conscious of how they clap. A trance-like clap. A clap in awe of a beautiful performance..."
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