"Ball's phrases often fold in on themselves suddenly to produce startling mouthfuls of dream and delight ... The reader doesn't even notice the trapdoor that's opened beneath their giddy feet."
"Ball is not only a virtuoso of language and form, but a virtuoso of our present moment, exploring how we are entwined in words and history and how we find ourself here and now, surrounded by ourselves and our words."
"Jonathan Ball deploys [a] distinctive blend of sinister insight and munificent imagination, illuminating horror and dark humour, artful precision and formal play."
PRE-ORDER (SHIPS FALL 2020) — The first collection of “stranger fiction” from Jonathan Ball, the poet laureate of Hell. More information coming soon, but can be pre-ordered anytime. Forthcoming from Book*hug Press. If price lowered before publication, you will be partially refunded. All pre-orders signed by the author. Cover image just a dream at this point. Thank you for buying this book!
PRE-ORDER (SHIPS FALL 2019) — A poetic meditation on the modern world: Rilkean elegies for an iPhone, sonnets about The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and other strange missives from the poet laureate of Hell. All pre-orders signed by the author. Thank you for buying this book!
The Canadian Prairie teems with life — not all of it of this world. Get acquainted with baby dragons, killer insects, faery kings, infernal entities and more, as 19 authors let the Manitoban landscape inspire weird and wondrous tales.
An anthology of weird fiction featuring writers who have all lived in Winnipeg for a time and been inspired, horrified, changed by that experience. Features an introduction by Jonathan Ball and a short story by Richard Crow (aka Jonathan Ball).
An anthology of poetry that scrutinizes Canada’s poetic avant-gardes for signs of humorous life. Moving deftly between entertainment, attack, and critique, this poetry makes us laugh while making us wonder why we’re laughing at all.
An experimental novella sculpted entirely from passages from out-of-copyright novels transcribed by Project Gutenberg that were e-mailed to me by spambots. The result is a fractured narrative in 35 chapters, with sources ranging from Stendhal to Virginia Woolf to D.H. Lawrence, including occasional interruptions by the copyright policies of Gutenberg itself.