Million Deaths Unimagine
Booklets $5.00 each, postage $1.50
Unimagine and Million Deaths: Booklet collections of Boyack’s new short-short stories with his trademark cut-through innovative and evocative word power. Covering the intricacies of human relationships, the oddities and contradictions of plain life and lust, and the extreme ironies of a white Australia with a black history, these stories resonate on many levels. Launched at this years Newstead Short Story Tattoo, they were wildly acclaimed. Complete with congruent line drawings from stellar artist Lucy Roleff. Signed by the author, and in limited edition.
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T-shirts $20 each, postage $8.00
Ryan Ford’s original and limited edition designed T-shirt marks the first T-shirt for the Newstead Short Story Tattoo. Moving his focus from pin striping hot rods and creating the image of the Chopped Hot Rod Show, Ryan has created something special for all who want a part of the Newstead Short Story Tattoo. This is the toughest literature and storytelling T-shirt going around. All sizes available, colour and black and white, fitting men and women. These won’t last. Get in now.
Book $14.95 plus postage ($5 within Australia)
Boyack’s first solo collection of short stories and documentary pieces was hailed by critics all over the country. A versatile collection that is an homage to realism and urbanity, also deals with the day to day lives of customers in retail environments. At the time of release, 2003, through The Vulgar Press, it was Boyack’s greatest work to date and still stands the test of time in terms of maturity, quality and detail. A gloom tinged, sparse and sex flavoured collection that you will go back to time and time again. There are still copies available in print format only. Signed by the author with a personalised inscription, Transactions is yours, for only $14.95 plus postage ($5 within Australia).
Self Help and Other Works: In his debut collection of poems, Neil Boyack digs deep into the trials of loyalty, the stink of lust, and the wounds of solitude. Boyack’s commitment to vulnerability is there for all to see and judge, as is his way. Heavily based in the operational and everyday he finds the hidden and the secret in the self deceptions and the anonymity of the dead fox, roads as long as sight, an argument on the beach, and in the continual ironies of a modern capitalist economcy that hides away Indigenous roots. His writing is never accusing, but draws the reader with sweet threads into places Australian poems and peices rarely go. Boyack’s works have followed his stories; sharp, jagged, sugary jabs of writing tasting of rust yet respecting all. Whether its kids in care, outback grief, the brutality of pecking orders, or a lost wedding ring, you’ll find that sometimes you have to jump into black water to find life-giving light. This digital only release is available on different platforms here: Kindle , ITunes, KOBO .
See Through: Embodying the beginnings of Melbourne Grunge circa early nineties the stories in See Through (originally published by UQP in 1996) come from the seminal self published collections Black, and Snakeskin/Vanilla. Filled to the brim with stressed, working class characters who are running out of time, money and mental health, these people exist in the social margins and survive in the wastelands of the urban sprawl. Boyack’s characters are shards of smashed mirror on a bathroom floor, reflecting bits and pieces of environmental neglect, pub brawls, toxic football club culture, and the gut wrenching personal devastation of experiencing rejection from lovers.
With an introduction by Ian Syson (The Vulgar Press) and an updated author’s note, 20 years on, this is a pointed, lusty, bleak package. Boyack did his apprenticeship in realism writing these stories, and in a tradition of Grunge he wrote them with nothing to lose. His eye for detail excels, along with his trust for the reader, and his strong ability to write freely in his own vulnerabilities. Fat, the lead story in this collection, was henpecked and championed simultaneously at the time of its release; yet, it survived on a university curriculum for a decade or more. This version of See Through contains the story Spit which was not in the original release. It also contains the manifesto that kicked off Black in 1993. Like it did when it was released See Through will repulse as many people as it entrances. This digital only re-release is available different platforms here: Kindle ‚ KOBO .
Verbals: This spoken word recording comes complete with the epic French translation of the prize winning short story A Chair in the Shower, (appearing in Transactions), as well as the immense reading of the 15 Year Old Songs; the bleak evening at the “over 28″ night at the Dorset Gardens Hotel. This is a landmark spoken word recording. French translation and performance by Amandine Ducray. Production and musical partnership with Cris Sirc. Listen free before you buy. Available digitally through Bandcamp for unbelievable value at $4.95 (US)
Terra Terror: Complete with Boyack’s signature stormy guitar, snowballing feedback sweeps and noise options, this collection contains the lauded Australian poem Others in the Town. Other highlights are the cutting Smokes, and the gutsy architecture of an argument contained within A Record of Our Trip. There are no weak links in this beautiful, brutal, and skillfully produced spoken word recording that comes with the bonus of selected musical contributions coming from Sirc, and David Thrussell (Snog, Black Lung). Listen for free before you buy. Available digitally through Bandcamp for an unbelievable $4.95 (US)