City of Weird is thirty different weird and otherworldly tales about Portland, including, among other things:
1 giant killer sturgeon
1 half-decayed Russian water spirit
2 teen aged zombies
2 alien invasions—1 of the classic kind and one of the ravening slime mold variety
1 beer-can toting rampaging super- human Santa Claus
Newt creatures, mantis creatures, killer orcas
1 sentient, somewhat sex-starved volcano
1 gigantic octopus monster
1 semi sea monster
1 giant crack in the floor of the Max train
1000 lost things
1 secret underground biosphere
1 sky with all the blue stolen away
Cavemen, blood-drinkers, men in black
A 500-plus year old wizard presiding over a miniature city
1 pet robot, 3 angels, 2 ghosts, 1 gorgon, 3 magical books, 1 aging vampire
And Alex Trebek
I can't say enough what a joy it was to curate this collection with these fantastic authors. The book is doing tremendously, which is a huge tribute to them, and to our publisher, Forest Avenue Press.
There's some more info, here.
The latest Forest Avenue Press title is Parts per Million, by writer and artist Julia Stoops. Parts per Million was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.
The cover design for Parts per Million, along with a mess of other covers and designy stuff is on my design page here.
In non-Forest Avenue Press news, Jeff Johnson's A Long, Crazy Burn (Skyhorse Publishing) is out now, and I'm working on the cover design for Animals After Midnight, the third in Johnson's Darby Holland crime series.
I recently finished cover designs for Jenn Stroud Rossmann's The Place You're Supposed to Laugh (7.13 Books) and Liz Scott's gorgeous memoir This Never Happened (University of Hell Press).
Gigi Little's essays and short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies including Portland Noir, Spent, and The Pacific Northwest Reader, and she's the editor of the collection City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales. She's also a freelance book cover designer and the staff designer for Forest Avenue Press. She works for Powell's Books and lives with her husband, fine artist Stephen O'Donnell, and a Chihuahua named Nicholas. In her earlier days, Gigi spent fifteen years in the circus as a lighting director and professional circus clown. She never took a pie to the face, but she’s a Rhodes Scholar in the art of losing her pants.