The Collidescope aims to publish writing that is subversive in nature, that is art for art’s sake.
There is a difference between a writer simply telling a story (or telling a story simply) and creating a work of art. We love to see the mental fireworks of a writer wrestling with their imagination, with language itself.
All one has to do is look at what Joyce accomplished. Ulysses alone broke every rule and then some. A century later, many writers are still afraid to step outside of the rules. Luckily, there are a kaleidoscope of other writers who have fearlessly gone wherever language has led them and have produced astounding works, such as Jorge Luis Borges, Angela Carter, David Foster Wallace, Wendy Walker, Salman Rushdie, Kojo Laing, Clarice Lispector, Vladimir Nabokov, etc. Such is the kind of writing we live to read.
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Praise for what we do here at The Collidescope
“I’ve checked out The Collidescope and loved what I found.”
– Joseph McElroy, author of Women and Men
“Thought-provoking. Edited with an eye for what is fresh or lost or both.”
– Patricia Eakins, author of The Hungry Girls and Other Stories
“My candidate for the best blog of the year: The Collidescope.”
– Andrei, founder of The Untranslated
“Wow! That may be the best review I’ve ever seen on Darconville’s Cat. [George Salis is] right to focus on the language, for that’s the true glory of the novel, and the ‘misandrist’s library’ is a hoot!”
– Steven Moore, author of The Novel: An Alternative History
“[George Salis is] the antidote to the prevailing narrowness of too much contemporary fiction. Readers seem to expect little more than naturalistically accurate accounts of who we are in the moment as if the moment isn’t fluid. The slicing of life seems to be the only business of so many publishers, flattering our smuggest identities.”
– Alan Singer, author of The Inquisitor’s Tongue
“Wow—I think [George Salis] may be single-handedly recreating the book review genre! What a rich and delectable feast of words, puns, allusions, jibes, gushes, and above all (recursively of course) lists!”
– Douglas Robinson, translator of Volter Kilpi and Aleksis Kivi
“In addition to being a discerning reader and incisive critical voice, George Salis is a gifted creative writer and brings a prose style worthy of a Theroux review.”
– Chris Via, BookTuber at Leaf by Leaf
George Salis is the author of Sea Above, Sun Below (River Boat Books / corona/samizdat). His fiction is featured in The Dark, Black Dandy, Zizzle Literary Magazine, House of Zolo, Three Crows Magazine, and elsewhere. His criticism has appeared in Isacoustic, Atticus Review, and The Tishman Review, and his science article on the mechanics of natural evil was featured in Skeptic. He is currently working on an encyclopedic novel titled Morphological Echoes. He has taught in Bulgaria, China, and Poland. Find him on Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram (@george.salis), and at www.GeorgeSalis.com.
Nicole Melchionda is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in various journals, such as Abyss & Apex, Helios Quarterly Magazine, and Brindle & Glass. Her work has been nominated for the WSFA Small Press Award and twice for the Best of the Net Anthology. Visit her website here.
Our Editor’s Debut Novel
Sea Above, Sun Below by George Salis
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Upside-down lightning, a group of uncouth skydivers, resurrections, a mother’s body overtaken by a garden, aquatic telepathy, a peeling snake-priest, and more. Sea Above, Sun Below is influenced by Western myths, some Greek, some with biblical overtones, resulting in a fusion of fantastic dreams, bizarre yet beautiful nightmares, and multiple narrative threads that form a tapestry which depicts the fragility of characters teetering on the brink of madness. Within you will find flashes of immolation and mutilation, transubstantiation threaded through thematic and genealogical membranes in a literary voice composed of whispers over wails.
“I have read Sea Above, Sun Below with great delight, find it ‘a cacophony of jubilation,’ and I love the boldness of Salis’ characters, his wit, and the dash of his writing. There is electricity on every page, reminding me of what Dr. Sam Johnson said of Dr. Birch, ‘As soon as he takes up his pen, it turns into a tornado.’”
– Alexander Theroux, author of Darconville’s Cat and Laura Warholic
“George Salis has an exhilarating gift. The overall breadth of the book, the cinematic quality, and the ease with which he juggles all the voices are terrific. It’s masterfully orchestrated, vast in scope, and fearless.”
– Rikki Ducornet, author of the Tetralogy of Elements