Nick Antosca

Nick Antosca is the author of two novels: Fires (2006, Impetus Press) and Midnight Picnic (2009, Word Riot Press). Antosca was born in Louisiana and currently lives in New York City.


I haven’t read the New York Times in a while now.  Not since the paywall went up.  But yeah, I read that article the other day by Jennifer Medina about college students asking for “trigger warnings” on the books and movies they encounter in class.  It’s good that I’m not a professor.  I’d get in trouble somehow.


I know about the article because John Landis read it out loud at a PEN Center USA event last Sunday in LA.  The event was Forbidden Fruit, PEN’s fundraiser where authors and actors read passages from some of the most banned books of all time.  (Lolita, check.)  Landis was the emcee.  Panio Gianopolous, Maria Bello, Molly Ringwald, Jill Sobule, Frances Fisher, Hill Harper, and others read work from authors like Ken Kesey, Anais Nin, Orwell, Updike, Steinbeck, and Nabokov.  All writers whose books might need a trigger warning, I guess.


Events / 26 Comments
May 24th, 2014 / 9:37 am

Do you enjoy keeping your opinions to yourself and being seen but not heard? Have you been looking to de-prioritize parts of your life like “family obligations, writing, involvement with other organizations, degrees to be finished, holidays to be taken, [and] weddings to attend in Rio”? Looking to earn a low-level salary while living in fear of “immediate dismissal” if you don’t answer emails fast enough on a Saturday night?  Well then, apply now for a job at Dalkey Archive Press!


Pretty sure @joycecaroloates is the literary personage who most entertains me on twitter (closely followed by @breteastonellis).

Author Spotlight / 2 Comments
November 29th, 2012 / 2:56 pm



Grimson sepia

Todd Grimson is one of the great living cult novelists.  I’ve known him for a few years, under strange circumstances.  He wrote Brand New Cherry Flavor, which is both one of my favorite horror novels and my favorite novel about Hollywood and the film industry.  He also wrote the underground vampire classic StainlessBoth were recently re-released by Schaffner Press, which is now publishing his new collection of stories, Stabs at Happiness, in pleasing hardcover.

It’s a terrific collection, diverse and weird and disturbing.  (Here are some reviews: LitbitchThe  You can and should buy it.

I asked Todd some questions about Stabs at Happiness and about his strange life and career.

For a while, you assumed the name “I. Fontana” and published stories in BOMB, Juked, The Quarterly, Lamination Colony, Word Riot, PANK, the Voice Literary Supplement, Bikini Girl, Spork and many others. We corresponded for some time before I knew your real name. Why did you adopt that name?

Fontana comes from “Fontana Mix,” a composition by John Cage I heard when I was 13. READ MORE >

Author News & Author Spotlight & Film & Massive People / 2 Comments
November 12th, 2012 / 11:15 am

I read Benjamin Anastas’s novel An Underachiever’s Diary a while back and liked it.  I read these Salon and Daily Beast excerpts from his new memoir Too Good to Be True today and I feel profoundly anxious about money, relationships, and–most of all–writing as a career.

The New Yorker‘s diaeresis tic bothers some people.  It’s the double-dot thing they put in words like “coöperate” to tell you to pronounce both syllables.  It’s also “the single thing that readers of the letter-writing variety complain about most.”  As I read this piece about it, I kept waiting for Mary Norris to announce that they’d finally decided to change their style.  But apparently the diaeresis lives on.  What do you think, is the diaeresis annoying or endearing?  (I like it.)  Diaeresis.


Speaking of Egon Schiele and “Adrien Brody,” Jezebel ran an exclusive exposé in November about the novel You Deserve Nothing, by Alexander Maksik.  You Deserve Nothing is about a thirty-something teacher at an American international school in Paris who has an affair with, and impregnates, one of his seventeen-year-old students.  Turns out (according to Jezebel) Maksik was a teacher at an American international school in Paris who had an affair with, and impregnated, one of his seventeen-year-old students.


Author News / 62 Comments
January 9th, 2012 / 1:43 pm


Dave Bowman as naked girl?

Sleeping Beauty, the mesmerizing, disquieting first film directed by Australian novelist Julia Leigh, was the most psychologically penetrating work in any medium that I encountered this year.  It’s weird how the most impenetrable works can also be the most penetrating.

Leigh seems to get that paradox.  “My vagina is not a temple,” says Lucy, assuring her prospective employer that she has no problem with taking sleeping pills and allowing wealthy men access to her nude, unconscious body.  “Nevertheless, you will not be penetrated,” the madame promises. READ MORE >

Film / 20 Comments
December 22nd, 2011 / 11:45 am

Some of you know Innocente Fontana, so I thought this might be of interest: I wrote a piece for the Paris Review‘s website about my relationship with him, who he really is, and his extraordinary novel that was just republished.

And this is what we call fishing for outrage. Anyways, off to go read American Psycho again.


I got an email from Zoetrope with the subject line: “Fall Preview!  The Horror Issue” and my first thought was, Awesome, I’ll probably have to resubscribe to Zoetrope: All Story.

Then I opened it and read the email’s content:

Zoetrope’s Fall 2011 release is a specially themed horror edition that includes scary stories from Jim Shepard, Karen Russell, Alexandra Kleeman, and Ryu Murakami.

Are you fucking kidding me?  Those are the authors you pick for your horror issue, Zoetrope?  READ MORE >

Random / 61 Comments
August 24th, 2011 / 12:00 pm

The Millions most-anticipated list for the second half of the year attempts to rip its penis off.

So, wow, Yale just announced $150,ooo literary prizes that’ll be awarded starting in about a year and a half.  Endowed by the late writer Donald Windham, who “specifically requested that writers with no academic affiliation be considered.”  Here’s hoping prizes go to some surprising (in a good way) recipients.

Cool article on Mark Hogancamp in today’s NY Times.  Hogancamp was the subject of the documentary Marwencol, which I posted about when I saw it a few months back.  I can’t encourage you strongly enough to see this documentary, it’s one of the best films I’ve ever seen about the process of and the reasons for making art.

The Paris Review is running ‘James Salter Month,’ a series of essays on Salter’s work, in anticipation of their annual Spring Revel on April 12.  The most recent essay is on Salter’s famous story “Last Night.”  Salter’s being honored at this year’s Revel with the Hadada Prize.  Looking forward to it.


Brian Jacques, the Redwall guy, just died.  I read those books when I was tiny… when there were only like four or five of them (now there are 21; a new one is soon to be published).  His name brings back memories.  I used to have nightmares about a huge rodent with a skull-helmet and a large, weighted net chasing me.

Author News / 19 Comments
February 9th, 2011 / 3:13 pm

If you found J.D. Salinger lying on a pile of coats at a party, and he invited you to leave the party — and your life — with him and go away together forever, what would you say?


Tonight I was at the house of a friend whose house I’d never been to before and there was a noise in the back yard, and my friend said, “Want to meet the raccoons?”  So we went to the back yard.

They were watching and waiting for food


Random / 24 Comments
December 15th, 2010 / 6:14 am