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Southern Nights


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A collection of three of Gifford's wildest and weirdest Southern gothic novels

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BARRY GIFFORD is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into thirty languages. His most recent books include The Cuban Club- Stories, The Up-Down- a novel, Writers, Sailor & Lula- The Complete Novels, Sad Stories of the Death of Kings, Imagining Paradise- New and Selected Poems, The Roy Stories, and Landscape with Traveler--all from Seven Stories. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. More at


"Barry Gifford is a killer fuckin' writer and I have a lot of respect for him. His writing is pure and minimal and it sparks things and gets your imagination going. ... Barry's got these characters and they're not going to be doctors or lawyers, but they're smart and they live in a kind of subterranean culture, and I really love that world and the things that can happen there. It's wild and free and there's a kind of fearlessness, yet there's also some kind of deep understanding of life." --David Lynch, in his autobiography Room to Dream "The three short novels in Southern Nights, comprised of Night People, Arise & Walk, and Baby Cat-Face will leave you awake at night, pulse racing, double-taking the shadows for Gifford's people. These novels are a howling freight train, lit up and pummeling full blast into the darkness. While reading them, I kept thinking of Flannery O'Connor, Barry Hannah, and William Gay: southern writers unafraid of depicting violence, the grotesque, the worst in the human heart." --Ellis Purdie, Jackson Clarion Ledger

"Barry Gifford is one of the great American writers... up there with Patricia Highsmith and Raymond Carver... Anyone who flits between quoting Tuesday Weld and Roland Barthes at the start of his stories is a good man, and when chapters start with transsexual Cuban bartenders offering free drinks to whoever would play 'Lookin for a Love' by The Valentinos, then you know you're in the presence of a beauty itself rare--no matter how mad the company is." --John Carney, Tangents (UK)

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