LETISIA CRUZ & HEATHER LANG
Issue 1 reminds us of the final scene of the film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, in which – CAUTION: EXTREME SPOILER ALERT – the world ends as two newly met, somewhat dysfunctional lovers – and we, the viewers – are blinded by an inescapable light just moments after a booming asteroid strikes the Earth. Notably, and in the vein of the collaborative efforts that our Press strives to disseminate, Scafaria’s plot more than nods toward grunge rocker Chris Cornell’s late nineties album, Euphoria Morning.
Matthew Wilson writes, “he left the refrigerator door open to keep cool, as he sat down in his favorite chair, and watched the sun explode.” We, the Editors of Petite Hound Press, have long been interested in the relationship of the poem to the moment or, perhaps more precisely, to the moment as it is perched within memory. For each of us, after the unexpected passings of loved ones, we felt compelled to narrow our attention even further by focusing on themes of time and loss in our own work, which now includes the editorial mission of the Press. We need, at the very least, to make sense of an assembly of happenings, which we feel are not quite secure within our memories; as time slips by and, consequently, the distance from events grows, we can no longer bear to categorize them by simple chronology. The man falling within W. Jack Savage’s “Now Take This Guy For Example” captures one such moment in an almost iconic fashion.
Accordingly, Issue 1 demonstrates the Press’ leanings towards sparse, imagistic work with adroitly stitched narratives. We suspect our fate as human beings is to experience, often, both grief and wonder concurrently — and to be both astonished and subdued by it. Welcome to the inaugural issue of Petite Hound Press.
AUTHOR Matthew Wilson, 31, has had over 150 appearances in such places as Horror Zine, Star*Line, Spellbound, Illumen, Apokrupha Press, Gaslight Press, Sorcerers Signal and many more. He is currently editing his first novel and can be contacted on twitter @matthew94544267.
ARTIST W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books (wjacksavage.com) including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage. More than three-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been featured in over seventy publications worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.