by Samuel Snoek-Brown
Published October 2018
There Is No Other Way to Worship Them is an eerie, mesmerizing collection of short stories set in Mexico and Texas. Each of the collection’s nine stories are woven together with themes of violence, mysticism and failures in the pursuit of love. Characters and landscapes slip from one story to the next, teasing readers with a sense of magical realism mastered by Snoek-Brown.
There Is No Other Way to Worship Them is an eerie and mesmerizing collection of short stories set in Mexico and Texas. Each of the collection’s nine stories are woven together with themes of violence, mysticism and failures in the pursuit of love. Characters and landscapes slip from one story to the next, teasing readers with a sense of magical realism mastered by Snoek-Brown.
“A book about borders, about solid red lines, and how they’re crossed in subtle, shocking, remarkable ways. The people here are hurting and vulnerable, but above all, they’re brave, even when — especially when — crossing their own physical, moral, or emotional red lines. That this book is about borders surely makes it important, given the current state of things. That Snoek-Brown writes with such compassion about our capacity for love and trouble makes this book beautiful. There Is No Other Way to Worship Them celebrates humanity. I don’t know what higher praise I can give.” — John Carr Walker, author of Repairable Men
Watch the video below for a sneak peek at the inspiration, themes and content of There Is No Other Way to Worship Them. Then, get your hands on “It Was the Only Way,”one of the nine little There Is No Other Way to Worship Them beauties in the Snoek-Brown’s forthcoming collection.
PRAISE FOR THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO WORSHIP THEM
“A vivid and heartfelt homage to people who are ‘slow to be accepted’ and thus caught in the between spaces—journeying, hungering, and longing to arrive, to matter, to be loved.” — Ethel Rohan, author of The Weight of Him
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“No one has written better about submission to inevitability as an act of courage than Sam Snoek-Brown. In this collection of elegant, graceful, sad, beautiful stories, big predicaments roll out like the tide, sweeping along characters who understand that resistance and redemption are better pondered than enacted, that freedom is the freedom to stay afloat. Whether depicting the past or the recognizable present, this books depicts our impasse: idealism tempered by regret or a clear-eyed sense of repercussion. These luminous stories continually deliver a turn of events or a turn of phrase that makes us reconsider what it means to be human. A fine collection.” — Debra Monroe, author of A Wild, Cold State and My Unsentimental Education
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“Samuel Snoek-Brown allows you into the intimacies of others’ lives with their open figurative and literal wounds. Ordinary people, common opportunities, conventional choices, familiar failures, but there is nothing everyday about these characters who become your friends, your family, those who live on your street, shop at the same store, eat at the same restaurant. The author guides you as you flesh out their past from your own experience. In time they move away but you will stay in touch, imagining where they are now and what they are doing.
There is no Other Way to Worship Them is a remarkable achievement introducing us to characters we will remember with a shake of the head at their past and a hope for the best as we imagine their future.” — Robert Flynn, author of Living with the Hyenas and Echoes of Glory
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samuel Snoek-Brown teaches and writes in the Pacific Northwest. He’s the author of the novel Hagridden and the flash-fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin. He also works as a production editor for Jersey Devil Press, and he lives online at snoekbrown.com. His work has appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Bartleby Snopes, Eunoia Review, Fiction Circus, Red Fez and Timberline Review. He’s the recipient of a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship and has been shortlisted in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition, twice for short fiction and once for his novella. He was also a finalist in the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award. In 2015, he was a contributor to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. For more about Sam, his previous works and literary musings, visit his website Samuel Snoek-Brown.
ABOUT THE COVER ARTIST
Show Pigeon is the professional moniker of tattooer and painter Evie Yapelli, a Chicago-bred transplant to southern California. Two of her early loves were vintage illustration and pop culture, with sailor tattoos following not long after. You can see the influence of each in her stylized designs, limited palette, and retro subject matter. Paintings by Show Pigeon have been exhibited nationally and have been published worldwide in children’s books, art compilations, fashion, and designer toys. Her tattoos are worn by collectors throughout the world.