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About timmyreed

Timmy Reed is an endangered sub-intelligent hominid dwelling in Baltimore, Maryland. He has published and novel and and two collections of stories, one chapbook, and he has two novels forthcoming in 2016. He has also published short stories and essays in a number of places and he has not published them in an even greater number of places. You can follow his tiny stories on Twitter @BMORETIMMYREED

Kill Me Now Out From Counterpoint Press January 2018!

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“If George Saunders and Russell Edson had a baby, he’d probably grow up to write like Timmy Reed.” —Jessica Anya Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home

Miles Lover is an imaginative but insecure adolescent skateboarder with an unfortunate nickname, about to face his first semester of high school in the fall. In Kill Me Now, Miles exists in a liminal space—between junior high and high school, and between three houses: his mother’s, his father’s, and the now vacant house his family used to call home in a leafy, green neighborhood of north Baltimore. Miles struggles against his parents, his younger identical twin sisters, his probation officer, his old friends, his summer reading list, and his personal essay assignment (having to keep a journal). More than anything, though, he wrestles with himself and the fears that come with growing up.

It’s not until Miles begins a mutually beneficial friendship with a new elderly neighbor—whom his sisters spy on and suspect of murder—that he begins to find some understanding of lives different than his own, of the plain acceptance of true friends, and, maybe, just a little of himself in time to start a whole new year. When you’re green, you grow, he learns. But when you’re ripe, you rot.

With tenderness and tenacity, Timmy Reed’s prose—written in a confessional tone via Miles’s journal—captures the anguish and grit of adolescence, and the potential that comes with growing up.

Out from Counterpoint Press in January 2018!

Buy it here: http://www.counterpointpress.com/dd-product/kill-me-now/

Here is what folks are already saying about the book:

Kill Me Now could be the story of Huckleberry Finn’s trip to Hell . . . or no, just the seamier sides of Baltimore—not so much the mean streets of The Wire as the postapocalyptic working-class neighborhoods of Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill. Miles Lover . . . is as crusty a kid as they come, with a taste for strains of trouble that would stagger an adult. But as much as he thinks of himself as a moron, his perceptions of the weird world he lives in are subtly and precisely nuanced, and his story, inside its scaly carapace, has a surprisingly tender heart. At a deeper level, Timmy Reed’s arresting novel puts me in mind of Frantz Fanon: LE REBELLE (dur). Mon nom: offensé; mon prénom: humilié; mon état: révolté; mon âge: l’âge de la pierre.” —Madison Smartt Bell, author of Behind the Moon

Kill Me Now is the answer to all the literary fiction that ever bored you . . . A guide book on how to cheat death, smoke bowls, tre flip in the pouring rain. Tough, honest, beautiful in only the way the unashamed ever are. Kill Me Now is an M-80 in an open palm, fuse lit, world holding its breath.” —Bud Smith, author of Work and F 250

“Timmy Reed is one of the best. In Kill Me Now, he has created one of the great teenage narrators of our time. Like a modern version of Updike’s Sammy, Miles Lover is part philosopher, part screwup, and part skateboarding prince of Baltimore. He’s wild and buzzing and will say almost anything. Including the truth.” —Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah BookHill William, and Crapalachia

“There was Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, then J. D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield, and now there is Timmy Reed’s Miles Lover, the irrepressible narrator of Kill Me Now, which is itself a funny, compassionate, and twisted take on the coming-of-age novel.” – Michael Kimball, Author of Us and Dear Everybody

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New Short Story, Boy On Display, Out From Maudlin House Today

Check out my new short story, Boy On Display, at Maudlin House today. Read it here: https://maudlinhouse.net/boy-on-display/

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Timmy Reed at Pande Literary Agency

Check out my profile page at Pande Literary Agency. Great group of folks over there!

Here is the link: http://pandeliterary.com/pl_author/timmy-reed/

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Movie Trailer: Birds and Other Things We Placed In Our Hearts

The trailer for the short film based on my story, Birds and Other Things We Placed In Our Hearts, is out for your viewing pleasure:

Stay tuned for more news on the Chicago-based production of the film.

In the meantime, here is a link to the actual story itself: http://www.necessaryfiction.com/stories/TimmyReedBirdsAndOtherThingsWePlacesInOurHearts

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IRL Research Notes at Necessary Fiction

 

TReed-IRL-6Here is the link: http://www.necessaryfiction.com/blog/ResearchNotesIRL

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My New Agent

I was always kind of anti-agent or at least wary of the whole idea (big Ed Reed fan) but I finally found the correct gentleman to hook it up for me as an agent. I am so proud to say I just signed with a National Book Award Finalist, Madison Smartt Bell. MSB has been one of my favorites for years so signing with him means a lot to me – Plus the Baltimore connection, of course. This is one of the only people I would have felt comfortable signing with and I am feeling so glad that I just did.

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Star Backwards Out Now!

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My new, satirical, early 2000’s reality television satire has just been released by England’s Dostoyevsky Wannabe Press. Grab your copy today at the inks below.

Dostoyevsky Wannabe Originals: http://www.dostoyevskywannabe.co.uk/star-backwards

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Star-Backwards-Timmy-Reed/dp/1535289910/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468948175&sr=1-1&keywords=star+backwards

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Review: Miraculous Fauna by Timmy Reed (reviewed by Michael Tager)

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Miraculous FaunaMiraculous Fauna

by Timmy Reed

228 Pages

Underground Voices, 2016

Softcover, $10.99

ISBN: 0990433153


There’s a scene in the middle of Miraculous Fauna where Bobbi and her teen-aged zombie daughter come across an abandoned amusement park in the middle of the desert. Instead of despairing or embracing disappointment, the mother and daughter ignore the barren waste and instead accept the reality and attempt to find the good. When the lights come on and broken, atonal music plays, Bobbi finds the joy in half of a small miracle. She’s long-suffering, long-lonely. And she smiles at misery.

Miraculous Fauna, the newest novel by Timmy Reed, is a road trip in the manner of an American Job, if Job was a single mother with a vaguely demonic Immaculate Conception baby. Bobbi meets a handsome man in a graveyard who may or may not be the devil. She is impregnated and the result is…

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Miraculous Fauna Reviewed at JMWW and Fields Magazine

JMWW: https://jmwwblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/review-miraculous-fauna-by-timmy-reed-reviewed-by-michael-tager/

Fields: http://www.fieldsmagazine.com/blog/spring-lit-roundup-2016-2/

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New Novel, Miraculous Fauna, Is Out Today From Underground Voices

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My new book, Miraculous Fauna, is out today from Underground Voices in Los Angeles. It has beautiful cover art by Carabella Sands. Grab your copy today! Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Miraculous-Fauna-Timmy-Reed/dp/0990433153/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1459198770&sr=8-2&keywords=timmy+reed

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