Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Poem in "Thrush" poetry magazine

My poem "Bus Stop Boys" is in the latest issue of Thrush Magazine. Fantastic publication and so proud to have my work there! 

Echo lake Sale!

Echo Lake Book Club Selection at LitReactor

Echo Lake is the book club selection at LitReactor: if you've read it and want to ask a question, I'll be there to respond! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Bear in Psychopomp Magazine

I have a short story (The Bear) in the fantastic latest issue in Psychopomp Magazine!
Just in time for Halloween 2014, our young neo-noir/horror/speculative fiction imprint Dark House Press…
You guys! You can get my book, Echo Lake, the excellent anthology The New Black, and the new short story collection by Stephen Graham Jones, all for 20 bucks—it’s a Halloween bundle special! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Echo Lake by Letitia Trent

Echo Lake

by Letitia Trent

Giveaway ends October 01, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pantheon Magazine Review

Check out this lovely Pantheon Magazine review of Echo Lake:

"As a work of mystery, Echo Lake is as interested in the whydunits as it is the whodunits. The lake itself exhales both a literal and metaphorical fog, one that implies cause as well as conceals truth. Few are immune to its draw; fewer still to its murderous influence. Past and present crimes braid together in a way that stops time and denies exceptionality, and this is one of Echo Lake’s great accomplishments: it speaks of the violence and umbrage between and within families as a cyclical constant, doomed to repeat itself if never addressed. It takes its time doing this, but with Trent’s clean but elegiac prose (she’s an established poet), the scenery on the journey is always intriguing, rich, alive. Think the secret lovechild of Flannery O’Connor and James Dickey." 

Buy Echo Lake from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at your local store--check out Indibound for local retailers. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Letitia Trent on Other People Podcast

I was recently on Brad Listi's Other People Podcast

Review from Heavy Feather Review

Very kind review of Echo Lake from Heavy Feather Review:

"Any narrative that manages to create and successfully convey a distinctive mood deserves to be called atmospheric. However, there are novels that possess an atmosphere so strong, so inescapable that it turns the narrative into an unbelievably engrossing reading experience. More than atmospheric, these rare novels deserve to be called something far more powerful: mesmerizing. Letitia Trent’s Echo Lakebelongs to this select group, and it doesn’t stop there. From the gloominess of rural noir to the foreboding tension of supernatural horror, Echo Lake smoothly transitions between a plethora of ambiances that, while distinct, mix very well with one another and allow the novel to keep its dark talons deep in readers’ brains for almost three hundred pages."

Friday, July 11, 2014

Echo Lake Stuff

Hey all! Here is a bunch of Echo Lake stuff, in case you wanna try-before-you-buy or read some of my words in other places: 

Article in The Nervous Breakdown

My husband works at a treatment facility for youth with emotional and behavioral issues. He reports that his students love films and novels about the end of the world. They fully believe the world as they know it probably will end, whether it be by war, climate change, or economic collapse. They aren’t afraid of this, though. What they love about these narratives is the idea of being a survivor, of seeing the structures of the existing world crumble, of creating a society full of fellow survivors who will create a new world the right way. Who can blame them? They’ve already been failed by family, school, and social services. For them, and many disenfranchised people, the idea of collapse comes as a kind of relief. The world is bad. Perhaps destroying it and starting over is the only way to create a better future. Apparently, my husband’s students are not alone.  Apocalyptic narratives are all over current popular culture, from films like World War Z to Noah to the wildly popular series The Walking Dead on the small screen.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Essay in The Nervous Breakdown

I have an essay about True Crime Television, women, paranoia, and the line between victim and perpetrator in The Nervous Breakdown:

I grew up on true crime television. While I was never allowed to watch horror films, which my mother was sure would influence my malleable mind, she never seemed to think that a steady diet of real-life murder could affect me negatively. I vividly remember watching America’s Most Wanted as a kid and having her lecture me afterward about all of the terrible things that could happen to me simply because I was a child, kidnapping being the most obvious, though murder was always there in the background, a constant possibility, post-kidnapping. She knew about the Adam Walsh murder, which happened the year I was born. She told me the gruesome details, emphasizing how easy it would be for me to be taken, just like him, if I drifted away from her in a grocery store. (More)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In the middle of a strange adventure: Things to read, listen to, and watch while pregnant

So, I'm currently waddling around, waiting for the arrival of both of my babies, Echo Lake in July (you can pre-order now!) and my actual human baby in late May, and figured this is as good a time as any to recommend some pregnancy & childbirth-related media. Being that I love all things weird, and pregnancy is certainly a weird time (at least for me), these recs will not be of the warm & fuzzy kind. Maybe, like me, you are interested in those strange edges of experience. If so, these various pregnancy & birth-related media might appeal: 

Nine Months by Paula Bomer: In this novel, a woman pregnant with her third child, fearing the complete loss of her life as an artist and woman, leaves her two small children and husband to take a cross-country trip to regain her sense of identity & figure out exactly what parts of herself she left behind. Along the way, she has random sex with a stranger at a rest stop, visits her high school friends, drinks and smokes, and pays a painful visit to a fellow artist and former lover, a painter who berates her for her lifestyle choices. The novel opens with one of the most realistic and arresting birth scenes I've ever read and ends on a hopeful, but realistic note: everything isn't going to be OK, but life will go on. While the novel might sound grim, the humor and sheer honesty of the narrator keep even the most desperate moments from becoming too much. 

Fever Ray's self-titled album: Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of the brother-sister band The Knife, put out her first solo album under the name Fever Ray in 2009. This album is hypnotic and sometimes terrifying, fragments of language repeated and run through various spooky vocal manipulations. Many of Fever Ray's songs seem to be about navigating the cramped spaces of a home with a strange, new creature, about sleeplessness and early-morning delirium

Eyes are open the mouth cries
Haven't slept since summer

I live between concrete walls
When I took her up she was so warm
I live between concrete walls
In my arms she was so warm

Can I come over, I need to rest
Lay down for a while
Disconnect the night was so long
The day even longer
Lay down for a while recollect

The Brood, directed by David Cronenberg: The film focuses on Nola, a woman in an experimental psychology program that encourages people to exorcise their psychological problems somatically: through scratches, cuts, tumors, etc. Her estranged husband and young child suspect much more is going on, though, when a pack of very blonde, not-quite-human children start murdering people who have hurt Nola. C-berg is the King of body horror, and this films is one of his best (if not his very best). I won't give much more away, but the movie includes anger babies and  Oliver Reed and a crazy good Samantha Eggar as Nola, who is "in the middle of a strange adventure"

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Blurbs for Echo Lake

Check out the latest blurbs for Echo Lake:

"Echo Lake is more than just a good debut novel. It is the coming-out party for Letitia Trent, the new poet-queen of neo-noir."—Kyle Minor, author of Praying Drunk.

In Echo Lake, Letitia Trent, with deceptively simple, beautiful language, creates a small American town slowly self destructing under the weight of its secrets. Trent illuminates the mystery of family and community, the pain of loss, all the while spinning a tale of murder and suspense. It's at turns a lovely and bone chilling read.”—Paula Bomer, author of Inside Madeleine.

In Echo Lake, Trent’s small town characters guard their secrets, and warn their children away from the mist-covered lake. Dark, ominous, and lyrical, Echo Lake is a beautiful exploration of loss, and the menace of deceptive surfaces.”—Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls

Trent’s debut novel combines a ripping good scare with prose as rich as dark verse. Her characters wear the imprint of the past like livid bruises, the bravest among them untangling their distorted histories to discover truths about the nature of community, family and self."—Sophie Littlefield, author of House of Glass

Add Echo Lake on Goodreads or pre-order on Amazon