ABOUT THE BOOK
In this lurid novel-in-stories, The Motorcycle Gang, a mythic and silent anti-hero whose very presence foretells the coming of the end of the world, descends upon the land. Cast against a dystopian backdrop and set in the near-distant future, the country has devolved into two capital cities: Las Vegas and Detroit. When everyone learns of the end of times, society comes unhinged and anarchy rules the day. But The Motorcycle Gang has a secret that no one else knows…
1st Printing: Small Doggies Press 2014.
Small Doggies Press Trade Paperback Edition, May 2014
Edited by: Carrie Seitzinger & Matty Byloos
Cover Art by: Christine Blystone & Matty Byloos
Cover Design & Layout by: Olivia Croom
Interior Layout by: Olivia Croom
Type set in Bell MT Std & Bordeaux Roman Bold LET
Distribution: Small Press Distribution.
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PRAISE FOR ROPE
“Rope is totally fascinating. Matty Byloos’s precise, crookedly nailed sentences seem to be chiseling the story at large as you read, their signage as fresh and mysterious as the broken branches and footprints of a forest’s newly lost visitor. And yet everything is so, so clear. Really beautiful.”
Dennis Cooper, author of The Marbled Swarm and God Jr.
“Matty Byloos’s Rope presents an America of the near future that is literally polarized between two inland cities with seemingly irreconcilable values. The time is ripe for a Messiah. Told as a parable, this improbable vision becomes increasingly plausible. Simple and vivid, Rope is a scary and disarming book.”
Chris Kraus, author of Summer of Hate and Torpor
EXCERPTS FROM ROPE
A Plague of Rains Enshrouds the People @ BOMB Magazine, featuring an excerpt.
The Last Frontier Town: A Page in a Diary @ Everyday Genius, featuring an excerpt.
Some of them Almost Grew Up in the Zoo @ Matchbook Literary Magazine, featuring an excerpt.
The Freed Prisoner Versus His Horoscope@ Unshod Quills, featuring an excerpt.
REVIEWS OF ROPE
The Collagist, reviewed by Lavinia Ludlow