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MASTERWORKS

Available now from Instar Books.

 

"Masterworks is an absolute weird original. It’s a frantic, funny tumbling of culture into the abyss - or maybe just a catastrophic date in an Olive Garden. Either way, read it at your peril and pleasure.”
Amber Sparks, author of The Unfinished World and Other Stories

"Simon Jacobs writes like he’s grabbing your hand and pulling you fast through a crowd. You’re laughing and gulping and thrilled. These stories are both told and inhabited, ripe for revisiting, because even as Jacobs is moving you, you yearn to linger.”
Lindsay Hunter, author of Eat Only When You’re Hungry

My second collection, Masterworks, is now available from Instar Books. Order it directly from the publisher or at your local independent bookstore!

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Available from Instar Books (20% off!), Small Press Distribution, or your local indie.

Press:

  • add/rate it on Goodreads.

  • listen to the opening story, “Let Me Take You to Olive Garden,” and an interview, at The Other Stories. [9.19]

  • review by Brook Shelley at dill & fennel. [9.19]

  • review by Mark Andresen at The Pan Review. [9.19]

* A Small Press Distribution Fiction Bestseller! *

"Masterworks is an absolute weird original. It’s a frantic, funny tumbling of culture into the abyss—or maybe just a catastrophic date in an Olive Garden. Either way, read it at your peril and pleasure.”
—Amber Sparks, author of The Unfinished World and Other Stories

"Simon Jacobs writes like he’s grabbing your hand and pulling you fast through a crowd. You’re laughing and gulping and thrilled. These stories are both told and inhabited, ripe for revisiting, because even as Jacobs is moving you, you yearn to linger.”
—Lindsay Hunter, author of Eat Only When You’re Hungry

”Jacobs’ sly, whip-smart stories take you to the uncanniest of places—to an anomaly in Olive Garden, to a plank at sea, to the pleasure-scapes of Heironymous Bosch. Here you’ll find all of the daring, curious and soul-baring ways humans love and seek meaning. Masterworks is a masterful delight.”
—Hannah Pass, author of Our Reincarnated

My first novel, Palaces, was published by Two Dollar Radio in January 2018. Order it directly from the publisher or visit your favorite independent bookstore.

Booksellers, critics, librarians, and others can request copies from Two Dollar Radio here.

Press:

"Jacobs’s terrifying debut novel is a master class in anxiety and atmosphere."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Palaces is robust, both current and clairvoyant, and answers the question of what happens when our deepest fantasies become reality. With a pitch-perfect portrayal of the punk scene and idiosyncratic, meaty characters, this is a wonderful novel that takes no prisoners."
—Foreword Reviews (starred review)

"In Simon Jacobs’ tense, unwinding novel Palaces, two midwestern punks wander an anarchic, eerily unpeopled landscape . . . Even as the narrator progresses farther north and away from his old life, the indeterminate noise and violence of a musty punk house pit are never far."
—Niina Pollari, Pitchfork

"Palaces utilizes aspects of speculative fiction and horror as its story unfolds, but its questions are thoroughly primal. . . . Whether he’s outlining a harrowing vision of a sparse tomorrow or providing a lived-in perspective on a small punk scene, Jacobs has unsettling questions on his mind, and the disorienting narrative of Palaces is the means by which he’s asking them."
—Tobias Carroll, Tor.com

"Palaces is post-apocalyptic, but stranger than that. It’s a novel that’s gritty, moving, and punk."
—Nate McNamara, Literary Hub

"If you’re looking for something a little more punk rock this spring, look no further... Surreal, strange, and drenched in mosh scenes, it’s a bit of a nailbiter, too."
—Sarah Rose Etter, Philadelphia Weekly

"A fierce fever dream paused at that worst moment before we wake up. A tightening loop of the tension of untying and retying ourselves down: to people, to place, to motive and motivation. Less a meditation than a persistent jab in the ribs, repeating patterns of distrust and surrender. Addictively disorienting."
—Jac Jemc, author of The Grip of It and My Only Wife

"In this singular debut novel that reads like a cross between Derek Jarman's Jubilee and an unsettling folk ballad, Jacobs narrates the journey of two Midwestern pilgrims, each striving for ascetic purity both in their possessions and in their emotional lives, as they silently war against the ostentation of the wealthy, the dread expectations of gender, maybe against object permanence itself. It feels like The Road, but with less faith in humanity, and this S. Jacobs is a literary talent to watch."
—Jeanne Thornton, author of The Dream of Doctor Bantam

My first book, SATURN, a collection of David Bowie stories, is available from Spork Press.

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SATURN was first published by Spork Press in 2014. A revised, expanded edition was published in 2016.

Buy a copy here.

Press:

    Other Writing

    STORIES &c:

    OPINIONS ON BOOKS:

    INTERVIEWS WITH ME:

    INTERVIEWS WITH OTHERS:

    And some longer-form conversations:

    [In past incarnations, I created and ran the Safety Pin Review, edited flash fiction at Flywheel Magazine, and interviewed people for PANK.]

    Long ago (age 19) I co-authored an erotic novella, but you can't buy that online anymore. Maybe if you say something nice.

     

    Performances

    2019

    Forthcoming:

    August 14, 2019
    @ Hinterlands Bar, Brooklyn
    Ditmas Lit
    with Audrey Olivero, Rax King, and Meher Manda

    2018

    September 16, 2018, 7pm
    @ KGB Bar, NYC
    Reading with Sara Batkie
    Event

    April 6, 2018, 5pm
    @ Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City, IA
    Lit Walk at Mission Creek 2018
    @ RSVP (Round #1)
    with Hanif Abdurraqib, Shy Watson, Amy Saul-Zerby, Steven Fletcher, and James D’Agostino.
    Event / Facebook event

    April 5, 2018, 7pm
    @ Volumes Bookcafe, Chicago, IL
    Reading with Lindsay Hunter, Alex Higley, Rachel Hyman, and Alexis Pope
    Event / Facebook event

    April 4, 2018, 7pm
    @ Wells & Co. Custom Tattoo, Dayton, OH
    Wells & Co. Presents Simon Jacobs and Cricketbows
    with Cricketbows!
    Facebook event

    April 3, 2018, 7:30pm
    @ Two Dollar Radio HQ, Columbus, OH
    Reading and Discussion
    Facebook event

    April 2, 2018, 7pm
    @ Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
    Reading and Discussion
    Event / Facebook event

    March 29, 2018, 4:30pm
    @ Earlham College, EPIC Co-Lab, Richmond, IN
    Reading and Discussion

    February 23, 2018, 7:30pm
    @ Babycastles, New York, NY
    Unlit
    with Jeanne Thornton, Sarah Bridgins, and a swarm of others.
    Facebook event

    February 15, 2018, 7pm
    @ Gina's 45, Philadelphia, PA
    Rare Jawn: Machado / Beilin / Winnette / Jacobs / Oka
    with Carmen Maria Machado, Caren Beilin, Colin Winnette, and Cynthia Dewi Oka.
    Facebook event

    January 29, 2018, 6:30pm
    @ Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street, 476 5th Avenue
    New York, NY
    Apocalyptic Visions - Dystopian Fiction:
    Simon Jacobs in Conversation with Leni Zumas (Red Clocks) and Eugene Lim (Dear Cyborgs)
    Event / Facebook event

    January 20, 2018, 7pm
    @ Bluestockings
    New York, NY
    Book Launch for Palaces
    with Jeanne Thornton, Miracle Jones, and more!
    Event / Facebook event

     

    2017

    August 24, 2017, 7pm
    @ KGB Bar
    New York, NY
    Instar Books 3-Year Anniversary
    with Todd Anderson, Miracle Jones, Allison Parrish, Jonathan Reiss, and Jeanne Thornton.
    Event

    January 29, 2017, 8pm
    @ Manhattanville Coffee
    New York, NY
    The Shapes We Make With Our Bodies Fundraiser
    Facebook event

    2016

    December 3, 2016, 7pm
    @ Bluestockings
    New York, NY
    TJY Book(s) Tour: Dance on Yr Face
    Facebook event

    January 24, 2016, 4pm
    @ Pineapple Reality
    Brooklyn, NY
    LINE & HOOK Book Release
    Facebook event

    2015

    2April 11, 2015, 8pm
    @ Public Functionary, MPLS
    LIT + ART PARTY
    hosted by Paper Darts & FSG Originals
    Facebook event

    April 8, 2015, 6pm
    @ Dublin Underground, Iowa City, IA
    Mission Creek Lit Crawl
    hosted by Spork Press, Black Ocean, Third Man Books
    Event page

     

    About

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    Simon Jacobs is from Dayton, Ohio, and currently lives in New York City.

    He is the author of the novel Palaces (Two Dollar Radio, 2018), and of two collections of short fiction: Masterworks (Instar Books, 2019), and Saturn (Spork Press, 2016), a collection of David Bowie stories.

    His other fiction has appeared in Tin HouseBlack Warrior ReviewJoyland, and Paper Darts.

     

    Email: jacobs852 [at] gmail [dot] com