James R. Gapinski is the author of the novella Edge of the Known Bus Line (Etchings Press, 2018) and the flash fiction collection, Messiah Tortoise (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2018). His
James R. Gapinski is the author of the novella Edge of the Known Bus Line (Etchings Press, 2018) and the flash fiction collection, Messiah Tortoise (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2018). His short fiction has previously appeared in The Collapsar, Hobart, Juked, Monkeybicycle, Paper Darts, Psychopomp, and other publications. He’s managing editor of The Conium Review and an instructional specialist at Chemeketa Community College. James lives with his partner in Portland, Oregon.
In Edge of the Known Bus Line, a woman’s daily commute takes an abrupt turn when she’s dropped off in a grotesque shantytown. The townsfolk live in huts and tents scavenged from broken trinkets. They eat dead rats and human flesh. They’ve developed cult-like religions about miracle bus routes that will someday set them free. The narrator searches for a way out of this surreal hellscape while dredging up a few nightmares of her own.
Maryse Meijer, author of Northwood, raves “Hallucinatory, savage, but ultimately hopeful, Edge of the Known Bus Line is a bloody bible for our times.” Melissa Reddish, author of Girl & Flame, proclaims “Edge of the Known Bus Line takes us on a one-way trip to the end of civilization and the beginning of what it means to be human.” Ashley Farmer, author of The Women, says “The dark, smart absurdity of James R. Gapinski’s writing jolts and delights in equal measure.”
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