A pile of rats having an identity crisis. A sexy robot rebellion. A velociraptor revenge wedding. The world’s horniest scientist. Enter Sexy Tales of Paleontology: a world of queer romance, (dis)connection, and artifical intelligence told with Patrick Lenton’s idiosyncratic bizarreness and heart.
Lenton’s short stories combine laugh-out-loud humour with an honest-to-goodness sensibility. Sci-fi oddities, pop culture, a lesser-known Kardashian who lives on the moon, and a deft turn of comic absurdity bound through this truly queer romp of a book. But beyond all this, at the beating heart of the book, is the foolishness, horror, and delight that is love and heartbreak and 43 rats.
Pre-order now and receive your book on or before 26 July 2021. Shipping worldwide.
Praise for Sexy Tales of Paleontology:
“Patrick Lenton is a hot little piece of ass, and his book is a hot little piece of ass (for the mind).” – Nina Oyama (Utopia, The Weekly)
“Wildly inventive, refreshingly bonkers. I verify this attempt at humour by this human male.” – Julie Koh (Portable Curiosities)
“Lenton has an imagination like dropped pudding — delicious, and a crime to waste it. This collection is wicked, witty and only occasionally horny. Here Lenton writes with enviable verve around the intersection of science, inhumanity and the clarifying force of love. It is a book teeming with life and brilliance and I am very mad that I did not write it.” – Rick Morton (One Hundred Years of Dirt, My Year of Living Vulnerably)
Release date: 26 July 2021.
Where to buy: Subbed In website.
Uncle Hercules and Other Lies is a book of true stories about the nature of lies. The stories range from silly to sadly funny, and include stories that are about queer identity in action, rather than queer identity in theme—you’re not gonna read a coming out story. But every story is queer culture! Also, Skyrim Dog.
Prepare to have your heart warmed, tickled, shattered, and put back together with sticky tape as Uncle Hercules and other lies barrels through a collection of tender and tenderised non-fictions.
Shortlisted for the Scribe Non-fiction Prize, Uncle Hercules and other lies is gooey with incroyable half-fibs, formative moments, and bad life choices.
Praise for Uncle Hercules and other lies:
‘Wonderful, infectious and genuinely hilarious. Patrick Lenton is the Cormac McCarthy of being a huge idiot.’
– Ben Jenkins (Story Club, Dragon Friends, The Checkout)
‘Patrick’s writing inspires something unusual in me: the desire to hear men tell me stories.’
– Rebecca Shaw (No To Feminism, Get Krack!n, Tonightly)
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A Man Made Entirely of Bats is a collection of short stories and flash fiction by one of Australia’s newest voices. Comedic and absurd, these stories are an entertaining exploration of the concept of super heroes and of the super strange in our world.
‘These startling, often surreal and sometimes very funny microfictions seem at first glance to be no more than little jokes and deliberately whipped-up confections, but most have more to them on reflection. While some do seem a little forced, they are mostly the sort of joyously crazy pieces that you’d expect from a book with a title such as this.’ – The Sydney Morning Herald
‘In this collection of short stories and flash fiction, Patrick Lenton careens wildly across genres and draws on elements of surrealism, horror, fairytale, stand-up comedy and pulp fiction to generate tiny worlds that are surprising, original and frequently hilarious… the stories are propulsive and readable, buoyed by a sharp and generous wit. There are echoes of David Sedaris’ surreal animal fables Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. Like Sedaris, Lenton is hugely entertaining, which renders occasional moments of emotional tenderness all the more poignant.’ – Bookseller + Publisher
‘Lenton’s writing is confident, witty and unashamedly fun, playing with genre tropes and narrative conventions… Like any comedian, some jokes land better than others, but the delight Lenton takes in wordplay and narrative experimentation is infectious, and there are frequent moments that are laugh-outloud hilarious. But there are moments of poignancy and melancholy too, and juxtaposed against the overall playfulness and strangeness of the collection, these moments, when they come, knock the wind out of you.’ – Readings Monthly.