ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | RIFT by Robert Vaughan & Kathy Fish

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A stunning collaboration from Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish, two masters of flash fiction, who’ve blended their work together in a vibrant explosion that is all of these things: evocative, heart wrenching, rare in the wild. The stories in RIFT explore the gamut of human connection and conflict, where emotions run deep beneath the surface. Divided into four sections: Fault, Breach, Tremor, and Cataclysm, writers Fish and Vaughan thread together their tales of strange encounters, mishaps, accidents, and disrepair. The world of RIFT is riven, tumultuous, and haunting. In here, danger lurks and the fallible human heart lay exposed and vulnerable. Fish and Vaughan leave their readers spellbound, mystified, and eager for the next story.


What People Are Saying about RIFT

“RIFT made me laugh my face off, cry my guts out, and remember why writing matters: stories save us from our idiotic but lovable selves.”- Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small Backs of Children (Harper, 2015)

“The stories in RIFT are peculiar and exciting and riveting and mournful and veer into places I hadn’t noticed in my peripheral vision. You know, like life.” Daniel Handler, author of We Are Pirates (Bloomsbury, 2015)

“Each vivid piece in RIFT, this sharp collection, clutches the reader suddenly — needing to offer its secret with the urgent elegance of the very best short short fiction.” – Ron Carlson, author of Five Skies (Penguin, 2007)


Publisher’s Information

  • PUBLISHER: 0996352600
  • ISBN: 978-0996352604
  • DIMENSIONS: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • PAGES: 211]
  • PRICE: $14.00
  • RELEASE DATE: 12/01/2015
  • PURCHASE HERE

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    Discussion Questions for RIFT

    1. In RIFT, there are pieces that could be either prose poems or flash fictions. How do you make the distinction between these two genres?

    2. It seems like experimentation is an exciting part of reading RIFT. What other writers do you read to find abstraction or a road that leads someplace other than realistic fiction?

    3. Do you think stories included in RIFT are useful for teaching fiction, as opposed to the longer short story form?


    About Robert Vaughan & Kathy Fish

    Robert Vaughan’s writing has been published in over 500 various literary journals, such
    as Necessary Fiction, Elimae, Literary Orphans, Everyday Genius, The Lit Pub, and
    Nervous Breakdown. He’s also been selected for anthologies such as Stripped (2012),
    Flash Fiction Funny (2014), and This is Poetry (2015). He is the author of four collections: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press, 2012); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps, 2013); Addicts & Basements (CCM, 2014), and RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (2015). He also edited Flash Fiction Fridays (2011). His awards include Micro-Fiction (2012), and twice a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award (2013, 2014). He blogs at www.robert-vaughan.com.

    Kathy Fish’s stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), Yemassee Journal, Guernica, Indiana Review and various other journals and anthologies. She is the author of four collections of short fiction: Together We Can Bury It (The Lit Pub, 2013), Wild Life (Matter Press, 2012), a chapbook in A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness (Rose Metal Press, 2008) and RIFT, co-authored with Robert Vaughan (Unknown Press, 2015). She has recently joined the faculty of the Mile High MFA at Regis University in Denver where she will be teaching flash fiction. She blogs at www.kathy-fish.com.




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    A stunning collaboration from Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish, two masters of flash fiction, who’ve blended their work together in a vibrant explosion that is all of these things: evocative, heart wrenching, rare in the wild. The stories in RIFT explore the gamut of human connection and conflict, where emotions run deep beneath the surface. Divided into four sections: Fault, Breach, Tremor, and Cataclysm, writers Fish and Vaughan thread together their tales of strange encounters, mishaps, accidents, and disrepair. The world of RIFT is riven, tumultuous, and haunting. In here, danger lurks and the fallible human heart lay exposed and vulnerable. Fish and Vaughan leave their readers spellbound, mystified, and eager for the next story.

    The Editors