Dysphoria: an Appalachian gothic

By Sheldon Lee Compton



What can you save with a Mason jar? Money? A life? When Paul heads back to Red Knife, Kentucky for his father's funeral, his visit turns into an extended stay and a search for the people and places that made his dad so dysphoric about life. What he finds is years of tumult and abuse and shame, all centered on one day, long ago, and an accident at an abandoned mine tipple. The hauntings of the past become all too real for Paul, and, as he comes to grips with his father's death, his own life is endangered... A new Appalachian gothic from Sheldon Lee Compton, the man Donald Ray Pollock has called "a hillbilly Bukowski, one of the grittiest writers to come down the pike since Larry Brown."

Product Details

Price: $13.99
Publisher: Independently Published
Published Date: April 05, 2019
Pages: 200
Dimensions: 5.5 X 0.46 X 8.5 inches | 0.56 pounds
ISBN: 9781092736732
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About the Author

Sheldon Lee Compton was born, raised, and continues to survivein Pike County, Kentucky, the commonwealth�s easternmost tip. He livesthere with his wife, Heather, and two children, Tyler Lee and NatalieGrace. He has worked as a coal miner, journalist, public relations specialist, short order cook, college professor, speech writer, and carpenter. Hiswriting career started at the age of fourteen as an opinion columnist forthe local newspaper.A graduate of Spalding University�s MFA program in Louisville, heis the author of the short story collections The Same Terrible Storm and WhereAlligators Sleep. He has been nominated for the Chaffin Award for Excellencein Appalachian Writing and was a finalist for both the Gertrude SteinFiction Award and the Still Fiction Award in 2012. His work was mostrecently included as a finalist in Queen�s Ferry Press�s anthology The BestSmall Fictions 2015. In addition to his own work, he founded and edits theonline journal Revolution John and is a former associate editor of theacclaimed literary journal Night Train.