Recently a reader wondered why I have not written for a long time anything for the abcofreading... part of the reason is the nearly fatal disappearance for me of GOING TO PATCHOGUE and while three other novels of mine have been published: PARTY OF PICTURES, THE BULGARIAN PSYCHIATRIST and EMPTY AMERICAN LETTERS they are to a very large extent hidden from the world... though there was a Bulgarian version of DIPTYCH BEFORE DYING which sadly has not been published in English
As some might remember, Dalkey Archive Press a long time ago published two novels of mine: THE CORPSE DREAM OF N. PETKOV and GOING TO PATCHOGUE.
THE CORPSE DREAM OF N. PETKOV remains in print in paper from Northwestern University Press and a Bulgarian version is in print from Ciela in Bulgaria.
GOING TO PATCHOGUE was published in 1992 and was well reviewed across the country with major reviews in The New York Times, Newsday, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. It was reprinted once. A paperback version appeared in 2010 and was allowed to disappear. A copy of the hardcover of GOING TO PATCHOGUE is available from Amazon at $540.25 and a paper version is avilablew at $32.00.
I will not repeat the whole depressing and sad story of my relationship with the founder and owner of DalkeyArchive Press as John O'Brien sadly drank himself to death and left a major publishing enterprise to its fate. O'Brien was even godfather to my daughter Elizabeth.
At the moment some titles from the vast Dalkey Archive list are being reprinted by Deep Vellum Press in Texas. One can hope that GOING TO PATCHOGUE will be one of those books but... the BUT... I wonder: if LARVA by Julian Rios, if the long long new novel by James McCourt will ever see light--- a book which John O'Brien promised to see into print--- or even if the issue of the Review of Contemporary Fiction focued upon James McCourt will ever see the klight of the day though it was set in type... and there is Ken Tindall's BANKS OF THE SEA?... or or....
At AMAZON a reader can find my last three books: THE BULGARIAN PSYCHIATRIST, PARTY OF PICTURES and EMPTY AMERICAN LETTERS along with THE CORPSE DREAM OF N. PETKOV
THE BULGARIAN PSYCHIATRIST draws upon the life of George K to describe the consequences of the grand lie in the center of modern Bulgarian life. PARTY OF PICTURES is a comedy based on a St. Patrick's Day party that never ends. EMPTY AMERICAN LETTERS is a journey about Bulgaria-- mostly on the aerial tollway of a soul--- provoked by the violent useless death of an American woman in Upstate New York...the novel concludes in the end of the last Crusade at the Battle of Varna...