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
2016 looks like it will be a busy year in Timmy Reed-land. I have a number of projects forthcoming and I am excited to tell you about them. I have three novels coming out from three different presses, for starters.
My mother/daughter novel of sainthood and cross-country travel in a tear-drop trailer, Miraculous Fauna, is coming out this Spring from Los Angeles press Underground Voices (http://www.undergroundvoices.com).
This Summer I have another novel, a satire of reality television and celebrity culture in the early years of the 2000’s, Star Backwards, entering the world courtesy of the British outfit Dostoyevsky Wannabe Press (http://www.dostoyevskywannabe.co.uk)
And, finally, in the Fall, I have a novella about social media, vacationing from the Internet, and mound-building in an east Baltimore vacant lot. The novella is called I.R.L. and will be featured as part of San Francisco press Outfit 19’s (http://www.outpost19.com/index.html) Short-ish series of novellas and extended essays.
Also my short story Birds and Other Things We Placed In Our Hearts, which was featured included in last year’s Wigleaf Top 50 among other places, is being adapted into a short film by a film crew from Columbia in Chicago.
Below are a few links where you can learn about the film, see some early footage, and help support it as well.
Oh, and look out for another short story, The Star Fort, in the February or March issue of Juked (not sure which one yet).
“Timmy Reed’s sense of detail and description astounds me and makes me jealous, that he threads so much of that through this Miraculous Fauna is nothing short of, well, miraculous. Baby Rachel is a beautiful monster and the novel is full of great compassion. Miraculous Fauna is one of the most fantastic and one of the most fucked up novels I’ve read in years.”
- Michael Kimball Author of Us, Big Ray, and Dear Everybody
“Miraculous Fauna is nothing less than a miracle of a novel: beautifully strange and richly moving. Timmy Reed continues to create worlds that I long to get lost in, and this novel is no exception. Start reading, and soon you’ll want to get lost in Miraculous Fauna too.” – Laura van den Berg, author of Isle of Youth and Find Me
“No one writes like Timmy Reed; he has a haunting, unique voice that sticks hard and fast in your head. Miraculous Fauna is freaky in the very best way. You’ll glide straight through to the tender and enchanting end.” – Jessica Anya Blau, author of The WonderBread Summer and Drinking Closer to Home
“Very few authors can make me sincerely say awwww after one sentence, then giggle in the next. The magic in Miraculous Fauna does this within celebrity-culture-infatuated backdrop that takes the reader inside and outside the experience of reality.” – Tracy Dimond, author of I Want Your Tan and Sorry I Wrote So Many Sad Poems Today
Illustration by Carabella Sands
In France they eat frogs but I don’t eat frogs because I like them. I’m not a vegetarian or anything. I eat other meats. But I happen to like frogs enough to leave them alone.
They are not gross, by the way. No grosser than any other animal. Really, including humans.
I met a nice frog once. He peed on my hand. I shouldn’t have picked him up because that was what made him pee on me, I think.
I have never seen a frog on a log but once when I was floating down the Gunpowder, I saw one try to pounce on a small bird! He missed it by more than a good measure, but I admired his ambition for trying.
If you kiss a frog, something magic might happen. At least that’s what they say in the fairy tales. I wouldn’t know. I’m not into frogs like that.
The guy sitting next to me at the bar as I write this orders some obscure kind of hard cider. I glance up and ask him what he knows about frogs. He gives me a funny look. Apparently he is somewhat unfamiliar with the animal. I guess maybe I am writing this for him, telling him what I know about frogs.
Illustration by Carabella Sands
I love to watch fish. Almost as much as I love to eat them. I don’t like to catch them all that much though. It’s boring. So here’s my one and only fishing story: Me and Dave were on some boat with his girlfriend. I didn’t have a girlfriend, but that’s another story. We were trying to catch a rockfish or something. Beats me, I was just there to get drunk. We didn’t catch anything for a really long time though and we started to go crazy out there. Conversation completely ceased and I even began pacing. On a boat! Pacing!
I was wanting badly to go back to the city and sit at a bar, when Dave made some lame joke about catching whales. Killer whales. I pretended to laugh, sarcastically. Then we actually caught one and I felt stupid.