“Keep your eye on Nickalus Rupert and his fiery talent. His writing is iconoclastic, dark, witty, hilarious. The characters in Bosses of Light and Sound bump up against each other in the darkness of their melancholy, loneliness, and regrets—their yearning for connection only slightly outpacing their desire for oblivion.”
—Mary Pauline Lowry, author of The Roxy Letters
“Nickalus Rupert has his finger on the pulse of American absurdity, and the characters in these stories are both hilarious and heartbreaking proof. Whether remorseful for past misdeeds, pursuing off-kilter quests, or just hoping to be able to stand themselves long enough to get through another day, this is fiction that insists on beauty in all this mess too—and how very ordinary and grand that can be.”
—Anne Sanow, author of Triple Time
“Nick Rupert’s debut story collection will knock you on your butt and keep you there till you’ve turned the last page. I was sad to finish it, not wanting to come back to my own less-compelling world just yet, but I was grateful for the journey it sent me on, and I’m thrilled at the arrival of this terrific new writer.”
— Andrew Malan Milward, author of I Was a Revolutionary
Bosses of Light and Sound, Nickalus Rupert’s first story collection, is now available from Willow Springs Books. This collection was selected by Kevin Canty as winner of the 2019 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Follow the link to order a copy today (you’ll need a Submittable account to complete your order; the good news is Submittable is a 100% free platform).
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