Ambushing the Void
About the Book
About the Author
Fake reviews on Amazon. Punk rock angels. YouTube memorials. Anarchists, misfits, immigrants, addicts, juvenile detention communes. Religious testimonies via web cam, the nature of digital obituaries, depression salesmen. Ambushing the Void explores the margins of 21st century America, presenting characters confronting new worlds, new technologies, and new social structures while attempting to retain their identities and formative worldviews. Despite the impersonal technological and corporate apparatus of the contemporary world, they strive to re-imagine and discover how empathy, connection, relationships, and meaning can be found in our increasingly mechanized and atomized culture. These quirky, off-beat stories (with a tinge of the weird and disturbing) are thought-provoking takes on the post-modern search for meaning.
James McAdams grew up near Philly and currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL, where he teaches English at the University of South Florida, Ringling College of Art+Design, and Keep St. Pete Lit. He has worked as a telemarketer, social worker, web designer, veterinary tech, medical transcriptionist, and chess tutor. He has a G.E.D. from the state of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Lehigh University. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in over forty venues, including Amazon/Day One, Bending Genres, Superstition Review, and B.O.A.T.T. Press. He is Flash Fiction editor of Barren Magazine and is working on a novel-in-flash about the opioid epidemic. Ambushing the Void, forthcoming from Frayed Edge Press, is his first book. Ominem unius libri timeo.