Shoot the Horses First


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$29.99  $27.89
Kernpunkt Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.69 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Leah Angstman is the author of the historical novel of 17th-century New England, OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA (Regal House, 2022), the novel of the French Revolution, FALCON IN THE DIVE (Regal House, 2024), and the collection of short histories, SHOOT THE HORSES FIRST (Kernpunkt, 2023). She serves as executive editor for Alternating Current Press and The Coil online magazine, and her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, and The Nashville Review. She's recently been the winner of the Shorts Award for Americana Fiction and a finalist for the Colorado Independent Publishers Association Book Awards, Laramie Book Award, Chaucer Book Award, Eric Hoffer Book Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Da Vinci Eye Award, Clue Book Award, Richard Snyder Memorial Prize, Cowles Book Prize, and Able Muse Book Award; a semifinalist for the Goethe Book Award; and longlisted for the Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Leah serves as an appointed government-advisory vice chair of a Colorado historical commission and an appointed liaison to a Colorado historic preservation government-advisory committee. You can find her online at and on social media as @leahangstman.


"I'm astonished by the historical breadth in this collection of stories and by the sensibility that unites them. It's a thrill to be dropped, so vividly, into such a wide variety of settings and periods-and even more of a thrill to discover the strong new voice of Leah Angstman." -Ethan Rutherford, author of Farthest South

"Angstman astonishes us with complicated characters and crystal-clear prose. She is the literary heir to Shelby Foote, Willa Cather, and E. L. Doctorow." -Ryan Ridge, author of New Bad News

"An immersive, expansive, and unforgettable collection of fictional histories. Drawn from various points in America's past and clearly well researched, these stories are harrowing and hopeful by turns. Soaring and vast and lyrical, this book is a must-read." -Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life

"Each of these stories breathes troubling, beautiful life into the history that inspires it. The exhaustive research that must have gone into this collection lives in an easy harmony with the stories it undergirds, and it's Angstman's chief achievement here to strike that balance with poise and grace." -Schuler Benson, author of The Poor Man's Guide to an Affordable, Painless Suicide