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    Massive Cleansing Fire

    "It's time to admit what everyone knows: there's no bolder, no wittier critic of our modern, polarizing American culture than Dave Housley, who points out the absurdities in our relationships while reminding us why we must hold on to each other." Susan Muaddi Darraj, author of A Curious Land

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    If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home

    Publishers Weekly: Readers will find these stories light, amusing, and warmly wrapped (as Housely writes in “How to Listen to Your Old Hair Metal Tapes,” one of three essays that conclude the book) in “that gauze of nostalgia, the soft edge that comes from growing up with something.”

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    Notes from Inside a Burst Bubble

    This book tracks the Penn State community’s reaction to the events surrounding the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Articles from major news sources and literary outlets are interspersed with blog excerpts from Penn State freshmen. Taken together, these reflections capture a moment in time and show a community struggling to answer the question of what exactly “We Are...Penn State” means in this harsh new light.

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    Commercial Fiction: 18 Stories Inspired by Commercials

    "With Commercial Fiction, Dave Housley demonstrates his gift for literary sleight of hand, first drawing us in with his satirical skewering of corporate branding, before cutting us off at the knees us with his nuanced tales of desperate lives, dead-end jobs, and diminished expectations." BEN TANZER, author of Orphans and You Can Make Him Like You

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    Four Fathers: Fiction and Poetry

    Four Fathers, a book I co-authored with BL Pawalek, Ben Tanzer, and Tom Williams, is out from Cobalt Press. Proof that good things do happen when you drink Guinness at the AWP hotel bar. Ch-ch-ch-check it out.

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    Ryan Seacrest is Famous now available in e-book format

    My first collection of short fiction is back from the dead and available through Dzanc Books ebook rEprint program! CHECK IT OUT

Howard and Charles at the Factory: Part 3

  NOTE: This is the third installment in a thing that will be, I don’t know, some more installments long. You can read the first one here and the second one here.   Howard crosses and uncrosses his legs. He looks to the weedy field, the woods behind, the clear blue sky above the canopy of […]

Howard and Charles at the Factory: Part 2

  NOTE: This is the second installment in a thing that will be, I don’t know, some more installments long. You can read the first one here.    January 22, 2017 Howard wakes up shivering. His coat is wet with dew and his neck is stiff. His bad knee aches. He sits up in the […]

Howard and Charles at the Factory

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

January 21, 2017 Howard parks the Lincoln in the familiar spot. He takes a moment to savor this feeling, so long in coming. He looks at the factory in the distance, at his own grizzled hands on the wheel, and he feels it again, the swell of pride and relief and validation. And then, like […]

Notes from Inside a Burst Bubble. Again.

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

It’s hard to believe, but the Sandusky scandal at Penn State was five years ago. I’ve been thinking about that time a lot because in the past few days I’ve been feeling like that time a lot. It was a weird time to be living here in State College, working at Penn State. Every day it […]

Magic Power

NOTE: This was originally written, I’m pretty sure, for the blog of the now long-departed Dark Sky Books. The book referenced below was going to be published by them, and then then didn’t exist anymore and it wasn’t. The book does, in fact, now exist, and was recently published, after a long, strange, infuriating and […]

Giving Levels

I’m running a literary crowdsourced fundraising campaign to buy myself an island and have plastic surgery and body modification so I look just like Channing Tatum. Donate now and receive these fabulous gifts. All for a good cause! $250 million: my butler legally changes his name to your name. $150 million: I whisper your name […]

Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Jewelry Heist and the Google Machine

So I had an idea and I wrote this thing about Wikipedia Brown and I sent it off to McSweeneys, and then it turned out, of course, that I wasn’t the first person to have that idea, see image below, or to write it up and send it to McSweeneys. Oh well. So…I wrote the […]

Grover Cleveland: Presidential Flash Fiction

Grover Cleveland: Presidential Flash Fiction

This is a piece I wrote for an anthology my friend Amber Sparks was editing, called Their Peculiar Ambitions, which was comprised of one flash fiction piece for each of the US Presidents. The book was supposed to come out on Dark Sky Books, which was the same publisher that was supposed to publish my […]

A Partial Transcript of the Creative Writing Workshop Session for “Thomas and the Magic Railroad,” by Britt Allcroft

A Partial Transcript of the Creative Writing Workshop Session for “Thomas and the Magic Railroad,” by Britt Allcroft

Here’s a thing that I wrote that nobody seems to want to publish. And that’s cool. It might be a little funny, especially if you have kids, and your brain is kind of mushy from reading, say, Thomas and the Magic Railroad every night for a year or two. In any case, I thought I’d […]

Damage Control: Alternate Grover Cleveland Story

Damage Control: Alternate Grover Cleveland Story

I wrote this for an anthology that my friend Amber Sparks was putting together called Their Peculiar Ambitions, which was composed of one flash fiction story for each of the US presidents. I got Grover Cleveland, which turned out to be pretty great after my father, who is a historian, filled me in on the […]