Black Light

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Pub Date 06 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 06 Aug 2020

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'The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush... I loved every moment of this book.' Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

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A black light illuminates that which the eye doesn't see, uncovering what is hidden in plain sight. 

In this raw, compassionate, debut collection Kimberly King Parsons casts light onto the weird, the intimate, the eerie and the sublimely beautiful with unflinching gaze and ferocious eloquence. Over twelve crackling stories, each a glorious escape hatch, she captures the bright ache of first love, the claustrophobic shadows of desire, the obsessive nature of friendship and the rapturous pull of taboo. Filled with a frenetic longing for connection, her reckless yet resilient heroines exhilarate and charm as they pursue the promise of elsewhere. 

With psychedelic energy and deep humanity, Black Light chews over the messiness of being alive, the unsteadiness of hope and the ecstasies of coming of age.

'The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush... I loved every moment of this book.' Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

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Advance Praise

'The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush... I loved every moment of this book.' Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

'Exhilarating, enchanting, charming and irresistible... This is real-deal fiction.' Los Angeles Times 

'There is a reckless kind of heat to the tender, broken characters in these stories... Parsons is both unflinching and eloquent in her portrayals of people as they burn and rage.' Paris Review 

'Kimberly King Parsons' weird, intimate, enchanting debut does a service to the short story form... The writing sings at an undeniably pleasing pitch, with many of the sentences hitting such high notes that it feels breathtaking.' Lit Hub, “The Best Queer Debuts of 2019”

'Parsons's short fiction parses the addictions and desires of Texan girls and women, and will break your heart even as it makes you laugh.' O, The Oprah Magazine

'The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush... I loved every moment of this book.' Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

'Exhilarating, enchanting...


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Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons is a gritty and raw collection of short stories. Unflinching and bold.

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I was intrigued from beginning to end, and enjoyed the reading experience. I was interested in the characters, and looked forward to learning where their stories would lead.

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