The HOZ Journal of Speculative Literature — Volume 1

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A woman confesses to killing god… Two people stand on the edge of the abyss that is the end of the world… A hidden history of earth is revealed in the interpretation of mysterious found manuscripts… An alien entity takes root in a suburban garden and starts transforming the neighbourhood…

These are just few of the many ideas explored in this exciting new collection from the House of Zolo. Writers and poets from around the world conjure fractured dimensions, cast dark nightmares and offer alternatives to the apocalypse as they navigate to the very edges of time and back. Delving into themes of post-humanity, future-shock, and the consequences of climate change, these short stories and poems fearlessly explore what it means to be human. Alternately dark and hopeful, heartbreaking and humorous, this volume contains stories and poems to spark the imagination and inspire new perspectives on the future.

HOZ’s Journal of Speculative Literature, Volume 1 is an international collection of short stories and poems by some of today’s most compelling writers: Jessica Barksdale, Joe Baumann, L. X. Beckett, Melanie BellJenny Blackford, Robert Borski, Shenoa Carroll-Bradd, M. S. Chari, Deborah L. Davitt, Joe DiCicco, Steve Dillon, James Dorr, Kevin Freeman, Amelia Gorman, Vince Gotera, Russell Hemmel, Richard Leis, E. H. Lupton, JBMulligan, Jennifer Loring, Sally McBride, Stephen McQuiggan, Laurel Radzieski, Samannaz Rohanimanesh, George Salis, Lucy Stone, Ojo Taiye, Cohl Warren-Howles.

Curated and edited by Nihls Andersen and Erika Steeves with guest poetry editor Jon Parsons.

EDITORS: Nihls Andersen, Erika Steeves
GENRE: Fiction, Poetry
FORMAT: Paperback and e-book
DIMENSIONS: 6 X 9 inches
PAGES: 335
ISBN: 978-1-989587-04-1 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-989587-01-0 (e-pub)
ISBN: 978-1-989587-06-5 (Kindle)
RELEASE DATE: 01/01/2020

Phreak – Coming Soon!

AUTHOR: J. E. Solo
GENRE: Fiction
FORMAT: Paperback, audio and e-book
DIMENSIONS: 5.5 X 8 inches
PAGES: 260
ISBN: 978-1-989587-00-3 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-989587-01-0 (e-pub)
RELEASE DATE: 20/04/2020
AUDIOBOOK RELEASE: 2020

In an alternate, near-future world where corrupt government and corporate interests rule the smallest details of Island life, an unusually sensitive child is born. Navigating a landscape of ecological devastation and botched genetic modification experiments, the child’s survival depends upon their heightened senses and the skills they learn at the knee of their life-hacking father. Will it be enough? As they cross the threshold of adulthood the collapse of Island society draws close and they must act in order to protect what they love.

A richly detailed and compelling first novel, Solo deftly layers satire and social commentary to create a powerful story of resilience and survival.

“This book hacked my mind and modified the way I see my city. A sweeping, crusty feat of biting, Nostradamic wisdom. An imaginative force. A dirty mirror held up with tough love. A warning.” Terry Doyle, Author of Dig (2019 Breakwater Books)

“Phreak is an urgent, evocative novel. It’s a treatise on the dangers of our capitalist, resource-driven economy and a warning of what our future could be if we don’t take action. Phreak is a call to resistance and a reminder that individuals can fight against corrupt systems. The world in this book is imagined but shockingly familiar. St. John’s and Newfoundland are like a second protagonist, with a voice and character that shines through the pages. JE Solo has sent us a warning in this novel, but has done it with humour and heart. This book is a quick witted, word-playing journey that gives us what we all need right now: hope.”
Susie Taylor, author or Even Weirder Than Before (2019 Breakwater Books)

“Phreak is a masterfully written post-dystopian tale — a “what if”, multi-lessoned story that, once injected under the reader’s skin, stays in one’s system long after the book has ended. A brilliantly crafted first novel by Fresh Fish finalist JE Solo.”
Poet and comedian, E.B. Reid

J. E. Solo is an award winning writer, multi-disciplinary performance artist, and composer whose artistic practice is focussed on creating universes, building worlds and merging the real with the virtual. Solo’s work explores humanity’s tenuous connection to nature and juxtaposes the evolution of modern technology against the fragility of living things.

JE’s recent accolades include an ECMA in 2017; Media Arts Prize and Dramatic Script Prize, Arts and Letters 2011, 2013; Linda Joy Award, Atlantic Film Festival for the script “the machine”, 2012. JE Solo’s fiction, articles and essays have been published in Room Magazine, Write On Journal, the Newfoundland Quarterly, Canadian Theatre Review, Switch Magazine, among others. Her first novel, Phreak was short-listed for WANL’s 2017 Fresh Fish Award and is being published this year by House of Zolo