Scenes from the Underground

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Arachnide Editions
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5.5 X 8.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

GABRIEL CHOLETTE (@gab.cho) scours the New York, Berlin, and Montreal underground scenes for literary material, which he writes on using the codes of Instagram. He is also finishing a thesis on the commercial imagination in medieval French literature.

Montreal artist JACOB PYNE (@cumpug) explores themes of sexual identity, relationships, and anonymous sex from a queer perspective. His intimate and erotically charged scenes are inspired by his personal experiences and desires.

E. S. TAILLON is a queer, neurodiverse writer and the former managing editor at PRISM international magazine. She also holds a Master's degree in French literature from the University of Toronto and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has published prose in Déraciné and filling Station, and poetry in CV2, The /tƐmz/ Review, and Augur Magazine. This is her first translation for Arachnide.


Terse and vivid.

-- "Boston Arts Fuse"

An ode to queer nightlife ... Within the evocative prose, there is no shame or fear of judgment ... Cholette succeeds in reflecting the facets of queer nightlife through a pensive lens, allowing readers to dissect its subjects and figures on their own terms.

-- "INTO more"

The intimacy of being granted nearly full access to someone else's life, during perhaps some of their most private moments, is captivating and engrossing, and makes Scenes from the Underground difficult to put down.

-- "Montreal Review of Books"

Pyne's erotic illustrations, depicting unabashed nudity, add to the book's appeal and help center us further into the narrative that Cholette is telling. ... The stories in Scenes from the Underground give off a sense of endless exploration. ... These blissful moments morph into faceless blurs and snippets of recollection. Affection is so fleeting, and Cholette finds this out the hard way. There is a looming quietness in the juxtaposition to all the chaos.

-- "White Wall Review"