How to Read

Our next title, Eckhard Gerdes' How to Read, an experimental textbook on innovative reading practices, will be published in October and is currently available for preorder.

Kindle Countdown Deal for The Irreal Reader

Beginning on March 25, there will be a Kindle Countdown Deal for The Irreal Reader. The price will begin at 99 cents and go up one dollar per day. Here's the schedule:

March 25 at 3 A.M. (PST)

March 26 at 4 A.M.

March 27 at 5 A.M.

March 28 at 6 A.M.

March 29 at 8 A.M.

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of a true masterwork. The Irreal Reader is a collection of the best international stories and essays from the The Cafe Irreal

World Fantasy Award

Raw Dog Screaming Press and Guide Dog Books will be at the World Fantasy Convention this year. Here is a list of our 2013 publications that are eligible for the World Fantasy Award. Our latest publication, The Irreal Reader, edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg, is among them.

Goodreads Giveaway Complete

Congratulations to Karen Mikusak from Detroit, Michigan. She won a free paperback copy of The Irreal Reader: Fiction & Essays from The Cafe Irreal in Guide Dog Books' recent Goodreads giveaway. The Irreal Reader is currently available in paperback and Kindle formats.

Czech Literary Portal & Goodreads Giveaway

The paperback edition of The Irreal Reader: Fiction & Essays from The Cafe Irreal was officially released today and mentioned in the Czech Literary Portal. A lot went into the creation of this anthology; naturally we're very proud of it. Below are a few different places where you can check it out. Reviews are appreciated!

Also, there is a Goodreads giveaway for a free copy of the book that will run until the end of the month. Enter to win here.

The Irreal Reader

Available now from Guide Dog Books: The Irreal Reader collects the best fiction from The Cafe Irreal.


Order direct or purchase from Amazon.

The Cafe Irreal: International Imagination, a pioneering web-based literary magazine, first went online in 1998 with the intention of publishing a type of fantastic fiction most often associated with writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe and Jorge Luis Borges. To this end, it has published more than 250 authors from over 30 countries. In the course of the past fifteen years, it has also seen its editors nominated for a World Fantasy Award and been named by Writer’s Digest as one of the Top 30 Short Story Markets.

In this anthology, edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg, Guide Dog Books presents a selection of the fiction and essays from The Cafe Irreal that take us most definitively into the realm of the Irreal. These include pieces by Diploma de Honor Konex winner Ana MarĂ­a Shua (Argentina), Michal Ajvaz (winner of the Magnesia Litera prize in the Czech Republic), Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic, and Pushcart Prize winners Bruce Holland Rogers and Caitlin Horrocks.

White Indians

The launch for GDB's next book, Michael Gills' White Indians, is on Thursday, October 24, at The King's English Bookshop. In this memoir, Gills' recounts his experience as a participant at a Native American Sundance ceremony on Zuni Territory, New Mexico, in July 2005. Here are a couple of blurbs:

“Gills’ beautifully written prose in White Indians combines his warring natures—the daring macho infused crazy man with the earth-reverent husband and father. This book is a reminder that we Americans still live on a continent that recently was a wilderness, and that we all possess an atavistic need to interact with it. For those of us not so good as Michael Gills at camping, hiking, and white-water rafting, he’s offered us a thrilling armchair version.”
 —Diane Wakoski, author The Diamond Dog
“Each word is a spark, every sentence a sizzling fuse. The whole of White Indians is a sun-white conflagration, cleanly and cleansing. The intensity of this visionary memoir is the core of its message. Michael Gills sojourned in the heart of light and he has returned to his home world with that light still clinging to his every utterance. I shall never be the only reader grateful for his revelations—and a little frightened of them.”
 —Fred Chappell, Ancestors and Others: New and Selected Stories

White Indians will be available in paperback and ebook formats. Please check out the book's Goodreads page.