Now available is our third title, Carol Guess’s Index of Placebo Effects, a collection of flash fiction. $6.95 + $3.00 shipping.
Carol Guess explains, “This tiny book is based on the index of my father’s co-edited anthology, The Science of the Placebo. I selected terms from the index of his book and used them to organize a fractured, fragmented narrative that was originally part of a longer manuscript titled Hand mit Ringen. While I was working on Doll Studies: Forensics, I winnowed part of that longer manuscript into the story of a vet returning from WWII. It appears in Doll Studies as “Departure Lounge.” Then I worried and revised and changed the remaining material, adding and subtracting, returning to the original narrative: the story of two women, a plane crash, and too many cameras. Guided at first by the NATO phonetic alphabet, I eventually used the index of my father’s book to structure their story, which became Index of Placebo Effects. As always, I miss my father, and wish I could share this process with him. I suppose the path to scientific discovery is not that different from the path to a story: hard work and happy accidents.”
Carol Guess is the author of ten books: Seeing Dell, Switch, Gaslight, Femme’s Dictionary, Love Is A Map I Must Not Set On Fire, Tinderbox Lawn, Homeschooling, Darling Endangered, My Father In Water, And Doll Studies: Forensics. She teaches creative writing and queer studies at Western Washington University, where she is Professor of English. you can email her at carolannguess (at) gmail (dot) com.
Or send a check for $10.00 ($7.00 + $3.00 shipping) to:
PO Box 704
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Matter Press is now offering private flash fiction workshops and critiques of flash fiction collections here.