St John Karp

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Quake City Release Day

Quake City Cover

In the tradition of the great Roman general Tootingus Ownus Hornus, I’m announcing that my new novel Quake City has hit the streets! Well, sort of — it’s available a couple of weeks early from my publisher Bold Strokes Books as both a paperback and a DRM-free ebook. Head over to the BSB store to buy a copy today. It is also available to pre-order at your local bookshops and favorite online retailers.

Quake City is an urban fantasy/comedy set in San Francisco, a city that is more like being on Mars than it would be to actually be on Mars. It is my first novel for adults. Want to know more? Don’t clutch your head in an agony of discombobulation! Here’s the blurb:

Andre met his best friend Amy on a night like tonight. The way Amy tells it she had to stop him from climbing over the bar at Aunty Bob’s to punch the bartender, though if you ask Andre he’ll say, “What? That never happened. I don’t even know what you’re saying to me right now.”

Now Amy is worryingly missing in action, and Andre goes to Aunty Bob’s on a quest to find her. No sooner does he walk in with his depressingly heterosexual date than his best hat is spirited away by a lesbian in the throes of breaking up with her girlfriend. She in turn has it stolen from her when she starts a fight with two twinks at the bar. The hat makes its way around Aunty Bob’s from one head to another, giving glimpses into the dozens of stories playing out at the same time, unaware of each other but colliding in catastrophic ways. Can Andre find Amy before this party devolves into a nightmare of broken hearts, malevolent drag queens, and spontaneous human combustion? Or has it always happened this way, every night, at Aunty Bob’s Quake City Club?

Once again it’s available in paperback and DRM-free ebook from Bold Strokes Books. Look! Here’s me doing a reading! In a fez! You can’t not be confident in a fez.