Rubberneckers is an anthology of short stories by Brendan Howard meditating on life, love, loss, and longing. From coming-of-age tales to relationship drama to magical realism to examinations of mortality, these stories will transport you into a world before smartphones and social networks: while the ease of communication is now fundamentally different, our core human emotions have always been just as difficult to navigate.
The stories included in Rubberneckers were composed by Howard throughout his lifetime, starting in his teenage years and continuing for the next two decades. All 21 stories have been newly revised for this collection, marking the first time the majority of these works have been been available in print. To read excerpts from the stories in this collection, visit the Stories section of this website.
Cover artwork on this edition reproduced with the permission of Lee Wagstaff.
Dave: The Adventures of Rip Tapioca & Co. is a science fiction comedy romp told across three goofy novellas, satirizing celebrity culture and the very nature of a sci-fi story. Originally written by Brendan Howard as a high school student, the adventures of time-traveling investigative reporter Rip Tapioca and his moronic sidekick George of the Gelatin-Brains have been lovingly reformatted into a paperback edition with illustrations, and finally answers the question "What would happen if everyone in the universe sneezed at the same time?" As a bonus feature, three additional stories from Howard's childhood have been included to provide the full scope of his bizarre sci-fi and fantasy ravings.
To read excerpts from the adventures of Rip Tapioca, click over to the Juvenilia section of this website.
Lightning Without Thunder collects Brendan Howard's poems into a slim volume packed with emotion, heartbreak, humor, philosophy, and the innate struggles that come with life's transitions. Most of these poems have never been available in print, and others have not been available for decades.
To read selected poems from this collection, click over to the Poetry section of this website.
Cover photography on this edition reproduced with the permission of Benjamin Kotthoff.