To correspond with our release of Sebastian’s Relativity by Jonathan Greenhause, we are giving away $100 in Amazon credit and a FREE COPY OF ANOBIUM: VOLUME 1 (which features writing from Jonathan Greenhause, Joe Meno, and many others) [MSRP $12]. You can use the Amazon credit to buy a Shake Weight™, a Guardian Angel (to promote organ regeneration), or a Twin Peaks VHS collection. You can use A:V1 to explore your inner-space or set your table straight.

Starting today, (Oct. 17, 2011) and ending on Oct. 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM (CST), you have four different ways to participate in the contest. Each contest option counts as one entry. [That means you can have up to four entries!]

Here are your options:

1) LIKE us on Facebook. Once you’ve done that, copy & paste this on your Facebook wall: “I just entered the Anobium $100 Amazon Contest.” Make sure and tag Anobium, so we can log your entry.

2) FOLLOW us on Twitter. Once you’ve done that, copy & paste this to your feed: “I just entered the @anobiumlit $100 Amazon Contest. #Anobium.

3) SUBSCRIBE to our mailing list. We only send one-or-so updates a month.

4) Follow us on Tumblr (just click the button on the top right of the screen) and REBLOG THIS POST.

Except for Option 3, entries will only be counted if posts, tweets and/or reblogs are posted. We have a trained reptile counting your entries around the clock.

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We would also like to encourage you to follow our fundraising progress for Sebastian’s Relativity, a new chapbook of poetry by Jonathan Greenhause, designed by Jacob van Loon. Less than sixty of these extremely limited-edition books are left for pre-order, and there are a lot of amazing benefits associated with your choice to support Jonathan Greenhause, Jacob van Loon, and independent publishing.

The winner will be notified and announced on November 1st, 2011. We don’t like making people wait.

Good luck!

[This contest is being supported and funded by the generosity of Golden Prairie Consulting, LLC.]

Anobium Presents: ‘Sebastian’s Relativity’ by Jonathan Greenhause.

Sebastian takes off his shoes,placing them in front of the mirror as his eyes stare back at him.

     He pauses,
hearing the sound of the trickling water from his leaking toilet,
then peers at the tiny goldfish swimming precise circles around the bowl.

He steps back into his cluttered bedroom to search for some glue.

     Fido, his plastic German Shepherd,
mentally follows along from his resting spot in the corner.
Where did I leave my brother? Sebastian mutters to himself
     as he digs through a heap of discarded underwear.

- From the poem Sebastian’s Shoes, entry #17 in Sebastian’s Relativity, a new chapbook by Jonathan Greenhause scheduled to be released this fall by Chicago’s own Anobium Books.

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Sebastian’s Relativity is a 40+ pp, perfect-bound book by Jonathan Greenhause about a young man whose best friend is a plastic dog named Fido. He has Siamese sisters, he philosophizes with a burrito, and he’s learning to make sense of his broken heart in a world of gas chambers, time travel and wholesale cutlery.

Jonathan Greenhause is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has been published in dozens of national and international journals, including Rattle, The Bitter Oleander, Nimrod and others. The book is designed by Jacob van Loon, whose flowing, complex illustrations serve to compliment and amplify the already compelling text.

Not only is Sebastian’s Relativity a significant work of independent literature, but it’s a book of firsts:

- It’s the first official collection of Jonathan Greenhause’s inimitable hybrid style of surreal, dreamlike prose-poetry.
- It’s the first book of it’s kind to be designed by talented and accomplished illustrator, Jacob van Loon.
- It’s the first chapbook to be released by Anobium Books.

With the cost printing and shipping continuing to escalate, we need your help to make Sebastian’s Relativity an Absolute Reality.

All money donated to this project will go towards offsetting material costs for this important project. We’re not asking for much, because Anobium Booksprides itself on its ability to do a lot with a little.

In this time of substantial cultural change, it is imperative for us to continue upholding the value of the arts. By donating to this project, you will not only be supporting the important work of independent artists, but you will you also be aiding the strength and continuity of the greater literary and artistic community.

Expected release for Sebastian’s Relativity is scheduled for October 31st, 2011.

Visit Anobium Books at (which is powered by Tumblr) to stay up to date on all the latest Anobium news. You can also follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our mailing list here.

And of course, if you have questions, always feel free to ask!

Slow news day at Anobium.

- We are still receiving submissions for Volume 2! The window is wide open.

- Even though summer has come to a close, we still want to hand-deliver your copy of Volume 1. If you live on the north side of Chicago, check out our doorstep delivery program.

- …and with summer coming to a close, a lot of people are back in school. If you are enrolled in a Chicago metropolitan area school, you may qualify for a 20% discount!

- Anobium is going to be attending an upcoming meeting of the Chicago Literary Alliance! This portends great happenings for the future of Anobium.

- We’re getting closer to the release of Sebastian’s Relativity by Jonathan Greenhause. Stay tuned for updates and pre-order news.

Have a great week. Write on!

Today, you get to meet Bethany Minton, Assistant Editor:

Q: Describe your patronymic.
A: Derived from Ye Old Minton Shire, located beneath a secret hill in a remote gated community close to Austin, Texas.

Q: If you were to throw a rock fifty yards east, what would you hit?
A: Three hundred identical rocks being hurled from the Bean.

Q: Who is your all-time favorite author? All-time favorite book? All-time favorite Movie? All-time favorite album/LP? All-time favorite freak occurence?
A: The Twilight Saga is able to meet all of those requirements.

Q: What is it you like to write? What is it you look for when you read other writing?
A: I like to write fragmented thoughts on post-it notes and rearrange them on my walls.

Q: What are you doing right now in life? What would you like to be doing right now in life?
A: Right now I am waking up in the morning before work and saying, ‘I hate my life’ aloud and with fervour, in case god or the saints happen to be listening. I would like to be looking back on this time and remembering how great everything was.

Q: What artifacts would you leave behind to be uncovered by future archaeologists?
A: Bobby pins and fairy tails.

Blaster “Al” Ackerman. The best writer you’ve never heard of, and he’s one of Anobium’s top tenners.

That you haven’t heard of him isn’t a problem. Part of his appeal is his obscurity. What we do know is that he’s been writing since the 70s, and that he’s like a regular basement-case – in the best sense of the term. His Wikipedia page has some good links, but we encourage you to pick up his book ‘Corn and Smoke’ from Shattered Wig Press in Baltimore.

The book we have pictured here is ‘Blaster: The Blaster Al Ackerman Omnibus.’ It’s an out-of-print compendium of collected writings and drawings and letters from Ackerman over the years. The writing is visceral, chaotic, clever, unsettling, and pretty damn funny, too. Americana via LSD flashbacks, 40 oz. benders and school dropouts.

Also, we’re pleased to say that Mr. Ackerman has sent us a little scratch to be featured in the forthcoming Anobium: Volume 2, but that’s all we can say for now.


“The acrid clouds billow several thousand feet over the steep sides of the lake.”

They just don’t write the same sort of news these days.

Today you meet our other Assistant Editor, Jon-Erik Means.

Q: Describe your patronymic.
It’s fine.

Q: If you were to throw a rock fifty yards east, what would you hit?
A boulder. It cracks open and a stream of rock candy spills the streets.

Q: Who is your all-time favorite author? All-time favorite book? All-
time favorite Movie? All-time favorite album/LP? All-time favorite freak

Author/Books: David Foster Wallace, Calvino. Infinite Jest, Sylvester and
the Magic Pebble, JR.

Movie: Blue Velvet

Favorite Album(s): Mother of All Saints, 330003 Crossdressers From
Beyond the Rig Veda, Smiley Smile, Doolittle.

Freak Axe: I lost most of my top front tooth in a dancing accident and then
chipped its prosthetic replacement in a recent jaw harp breakdown. I fell on
a ukulele’s tuning-knob and now have a long scar on my elbow.
Q: What is it you like to write? What is it you look for when you read other

I like writing poetry about construction, hauntings, animal architecture,
garbage etc. People getting lost outdoors. Spooky junk.

I enjoy neurotic and ‘overly’ self-conscious lit. Humble and sincere writing.
I like scattered thoughts; my memory is pretty fragmented, so the style
is comforting. I love weirdos and nice guys and gals. Healthy skepticism.
Funny garbage. Calvino and DFW sort of perfectly embody what I look for
in reading, though they don’t set the parameters for what I will read.

I write more poetry than prose and read more prose than poetry.

Q: What are you doing right now in life? What would you like to be doing
right now in life?
I am writing and reading and drawing and listening to records and turning
the fan to 3 and hanging out with my cat and recording music and driving
and hanging out and walking and working on sketches and looking for
paying jobs. I would like to be doing the same things, but with a steady
income and whatever else, y’see.

Q: What artifacts would you leave behind to be uncovered by future
Nothing too embarrassing, hopefully. It’s difficult to answer this sincerely.
Stacks of my notebooks filled with writing and drawings. Cryptic maps to
keep them archaeologists busy over nothing for years. A disposable castle
preserved in Barbicide.


Occupy Your Mind: An Interview With Alejandro Jodorowsky.

One of our favorite realists.

Anobium: Volume 1 (Summer 2011) - Featuring new writing from Laura Carter, Jennifer L. Collins, William Doreski, Eric Evans, Ricky Garni, Jonathan Greenhause, Luke Irwin, Rich Ives, Eddie Jones, J.S. MacLean, Claire McCurdy, Bethany Minton, Thomas Mundt, Ben Nardolilli, James Payne, Stephanie Plenner, Graham Tugwell, Meredith Turits, Susan Yount, and Joe Meno.

(The above illustration, by our resident illustrator, Jacob van Loon, may or may not be accompanying Thomas Mundt’s story. You’ll have to order a copy and find out for yourself.)

Pre-order here. Only $9.99!!

Meet our new Assistant Editor, Kari Larsen.

Over the next few days, we’re going to post short interviews with each of our staffers, so you get a better idea of who the brains are behind our braun. First up is the newest addition to our team is the entity you see pictured above.

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Getting in touch:

Q: Describe your patronymic.

After centuries of dwelling in Vest-Agder county, the Bookstadt family felt an American writer coming on, and changed their name to Larsen before there could be visited upon them any bad puns.

Q: If you were to throw a rock fifty yards east, what would you hit?

A teenage couple copulating in a cornfield with enough fervor that the rock might not get in their way.

Q: Who is your all-time favorite author? All-time favorite book? All-time favorite Movie? All-time favorite album/LP? All-time favorite freak occurence?

1. Anna Kavan
2. Ada, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov
3. Mulholland Drive by David Lynch
4. “Who Killed Amanda Palmer?” by Amanda Palmer
5. Winning the Amazon contest and becoming acquainted with Anobium!

Q: What is it you like to write? What is it you look for when you read other writing?

I like to write about perseverance and ritual. In the writing of others I look for sensitivity, intelligence, and a wonder informed by an appreciation for life’s complexity - that is, ideally, the inverse of Insane Clown Posse’s “Miracles.”

Q: What are you doing right now in life? What would you like to be doing right now in life?

I am writing, editing, designing the occasional book, and I hope my doing so will contribute to central Pennsylvania being a better place to live in and make art.

Q: What artifacts would you leave behind to be uncovered by future archaeologists?

Disposable camera-borne photographs of girls in high school pre-social media making out with each other and wearing the shirts of bands lost to history.

Anobium is now an official memeber of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. We’re legit. And also, Anobium will continue to become more available across a wide variety of networks and distributors. And other business lingo.

We have some changes to make to our website and guidelines, but the Internet connection from our underground bunker has been unstable. We are making this update from an Internet Cafe in Haysworth, IL. Don’t look for it on a map, you won’t find it. We are surrounded by dust and filth.

Orders have been slowly rolling in. If you’ve received your copy or thumbed through it at one of our sellers, send us an e-mail letting us know what you think. If it’s witty enough, we’ll post it on here.

Watch on

THE MEGALOPOLIS OF THE ANTS, the man narrates.

This is your brain on dregs.

At midnight tonight, submissions for Volume 1 will be officially closed. Submissions will reopen on the 20th of next month (Tamuz for the Jews, Epip for the Coptics, Pushperr for the Kurds, Saaun for the Nepalis, July for the Gregorians).

Today we purchased an ISBN for the first volume, and began registering with the Library of Congress. The real deal. We want to make sure that we’re easy to find.

For now, stay tuned, and if you’re not following us on Twitter, do it now. And you can join us on Google Groups, too, if you’re a buncha nerds like us.