Welcome to the Poison Pie Publishing House!
March 1, 2014
The Poison Pie Publishing House is proud to unveil the title and working cover art for the forthcoming
illustrated story, The Faerienomicon,
"An Account of Faerie: Its Substance and Curiosities, Its Architectures and Landscapes,
Its Hitherto Unsubstantiated Histories, And the Habits of Living Of the Diverse Creatures Dwelling Therein".
A page with sample artwork is available here.
The Faerienomicon will be published in paperback and electronic formats sometime in 2014.
February 17, 2014
Today we present a quote from Yasushi Inoue on the destiny of literary works.
Just as men are born under lucky or unlucky stars, so, too, literary works are more or less blessed by fortune.
Some arrive in the world perfectly formed; others are born sickly.
Certain works achieve celebrity, while others languish in shadows, condemned to huddle all their lives in an out-of-the-way corner.
Whether or not a work meets with success is to some extent a matter of caprice.
Works the author approves of are ignored, and vice versa.
The destinies of literary works are as fickle as those of men.
Among the works I have published, some have had the good fortune to be much discussed, while others were forgotten almost as soon as they saw the light of day.
originally published as the preface to the 1988 edition of Bullfight
included as the Afterword in Bullfight
translated by Michael Emmerich
Pushkin Press, London, 2013, pp. 126-7.
February 16, 2014
A new broadside, 4 faeries, has been posted in the
broadside page of the gallery.
These puppets were designed by Miss Ruth Keffer and will appear in her sequel to the
The Mushroomnomicon, which will be published sometime in late 2014.
February 10, 2014
The Seven Wondrously Replicating Elemental Coins
The Poison Pie Publishing House proudly announces the publication of its first
fantasy role-playing module, The Seven Wondrously Replicating Elemental Coins created by David J. Keffer.
The module was motivated by the acquisition of a set of gorgeous fantasy role-playing coins minted by Osborne Coinage
and funded in December, 2013 through
The module provides an adventure in the form of seven dungeon delves through which the party can acquire the coins.
The module can be freely and anonymously downloaded here.
If the module and/or the coins pictured therein look interesting to you, a set of coins can be purchased at the
Rare Elements Coin Store. There is a Rare Elements Coin
Facebook page as well.
(Disclaimer: The Poison Pie Publishing House has no official affiliation with Osborne Coinage.)
February 8, 2014
Hebelomic Acid A
Hebeloma Crustuliniforme, also known as Poison Pie, is generally regarded as a toxic mushroom,
although there are those who simply describe it as unpalatable. The offending agent in Poison Pie
is Hebelomic Acid A. Today we present an interactive model of Hebelomic Acid A.
(This requires an HTML5 compatible browser, including up-to-date versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and MSIE 11.)
January 27, 2014
With The Mushroomnomicon unleashed upon the world,
the staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House turns their attention to the next installment of illustrated stories.
While the name of this new endeavor has not yet been made public, certain broadsides have been released that hint at
creatures that may reside within its covers. A new broadside, 4 dragons, has been posted in the
broadside page of the gallery.
Readers familiar with the The Mushroomnomicon will recognize only one of these dragons.
Each dragon was designed by one of the four authors of The Mushroomnomicon. Can you make a one-to-one correspondence between dragons
and father, mother, sister & brother?
January 5, 2014
A New Year's Message
Looking back, 2013 was another productive year for the Poison Pie Publishing House.
We published seven novels in 2013, written between 1993 and 2013, including
The Ruins of My Daughter's Cities: An Imaginary Travelogue.
These novels helped us surpass our goal of publishing twelve novels in the first twelve months of our existence,
September, 2012-August, 2013, (we actually published fourteen novels in this time period).
We also published another illustrated book, The Mushroomnomicon, to critical acclaim.
We also released our first published essay, A Literature of Non-Idiomatic Improvisation.
Looking forward there are at least five potential projects for the coming year,
including a new novel of non-idiomatic improvisation,
a new illustrated story and the the tinkering with of an archival novel, as well as two pending projects with new authors.
2014 should be an exciting time for the Poison Pie Publishing House. Details will be provided as arrangements coalesce.
Here at the Poison Pie Publishing House, we wish you all the best intentions for the upcoming new year.
December 9, 2013
The Many Faces of Poison Pie
It has been repeatedly noted that Poison Pie was an entity who encouraged if not thrived on ambiguity, particularly in regard to
the various descriptions of his person and stories of his origin, which are often simply contradictory. Today, we add new material
to this already abundant file of conflicting information.
Some of the accounts of Poison Pie have been literary in nature. These include but are not limited to the following texts.
Other representations of Poison Pie have been material in nature, including the following objects.
To this myriad of forms, we now add a description of Poison Pie as a role-playing character.
This character background is fourth in a series of six character histories posted here.
December 7, 2013
Introducing Mr. H.E. Gorton
Citizens of the World Present & Future:
Earlier this year, the crack talent-identifying branch of the Poison Pie Publishing House
completed a psychic exercise during which a series of meditative sit-ins were sat in,
from which psychic reverberations were dispersed through-out the aurasphere of the Earth,
soliciting material from young writers for potential publication.
The response was overwhelming. The team was, if anything, too adept at the generation of emanations that found
resonance within sympathetic individuals. However, the task of sifting through the mountain of submissions has been completed.
Although there were many excellent materials submitted, at this time the Poison Pie Publishing House would like
to announce the addition of only a single new talent to the illustrious roster of authors writing for the Poison Pie Publishing House.
It is with a sense of great anticipation that we announce that Mr. H.E. Gorton of City Redacted,
State Redacted has agreed to publish with the Poison Pie Publishing House.
We expect his first book to be on shelves prior to December 7, 2023.
As a more definite date becomes apparent, updates will be provided.
Mr. Gorton has graciously allowed us to share the exercise he submitted that earned him this recognition.
He has asked that the writing exercise be titled, Insect Gods (Lore from the Devonian Genesis): The Arthropod Deuteronomy,
although it was originally submitted under the title Insect Gods: A Ninth Grade Vocabulary Homework Assignment.
The full text is available via free anonymous download.
The Editorial Board of the Poison Pie Publishing House
November 11, 2013
The Poison Pie Publishing House is proud to announce the publication of an essay titled
A Literature of Non-Idiomatic Improvisation.
In this freely distributed document, a description of the literature of non-idiomatic improvisation is provided.
An analogy with the established field of non-idiomatic improvised music is continuously employed to define a literary counterpart.
Elements of both the non-idiomatic nature and the improvisational nature of literature are identified.
Five works of fiction by established authors are evaluated in terms of these criteria.
Finally, one work of fiction by an author who identifies himself as a writer of non-idiomatic improvised literature is discussed.
September 6, 2013
We post a link to a new poem, Bicycling in Heavy Morning Fog, by David Keffer.
July 29, 2013
A new version of the broadside, 4 nymphs (redux), is posted online.
This broadside features four nymphs in felt fingerpuppet form designed by Ms. Ruth Keffer, soon to be in the fifth grade.
One of these fingerpuppets appears in the illustrated book, The Mushroomnomicon,
published by none other than the Poison Pie Publishing House and now available in paperback,
narrated formats. The original version of the poster is available in the
broadside page of the gallery.
June 27, 2013
by the Keffer family
has been published in paperback format.
The Mushroomnomicon is an ancient tome of the Cult of the Mushroom,
containing secrets of the eldritch universe beyond the comprehension of mortal men.
Herein, the tale is told of how the Mushroomnomicon was stolen by agents
of the ancient Dragon of the White Wasteland and how a brave group of adventurers
sought to retrieve the book and return it to a safe place.
The story is told with felt fingerpuppets and photographs from wild places in East Tennessee and North Carolina.
It is intended for both children and adventurous adults.
It is available in the shop.
June 5, 2013
Today we present a trio of brief quotes on the subject of purpose and individuality.
To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
--attributed to Friedrich Nietzsche, origin unknown.
The great tragedy of our times is that too many people spend their lives doing work that is contrary to their own natures.
from Music and the Creative Spirit: Innovators in Jazz, Improvisation and the Avant-Garde by Lloyd Peterson
Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, 2006, p. 242.
In fact, our greatest contribution to others, and to our self-development as well, lies in the direction of developing precisely along the lines where our greatest uniqueness lies.
from Destiny and Control in Human Systems
Kluwer-Nijhoff Publishing, Boston, 1985, p. 171.
May 30, 2013
The Ruins of My Daughter's Cities
by David J. Keffer
has been published in paperback and ebook formats.
"The Ruins of My Daughter's Cities" is an imaginary travelogue of a father and daughter through cities invented as the basis for providing a
better understanding between them. The novel borrows literary devices from Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities" and "Cosmicomics".
It also was written with Calvino's criteria for literature, taken from "Six Memos for the Next Millennium", in mind.
The novel was written from September, 2012 to April, 2013 in Knoxville, TN.
It is available in the shop.
April 25, 2013
15 novels written by David J. Keffer from 1993 to 2013 (most of them published by the Poison Pie Publishing House) have been rendered as abstract visualizations,
which can be viewed here.
These visualizations were created by converting the text files of each novel into an image using the Null_Sets script created
by Prof. Amy Szczepanski and Prof. Evan Meaney in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and the Art Department respectively
at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Null_Sets website is located here.
December 10, 2012
The Sutra of Reverse Possession
by David J. Keffer
has been published in both paperback and ebook formats, available from the shop.
"The Sutra of Reverse Possession" is a novel of non-idiomatic improvisation, written from 2010 to 2012 in Seoul, Korea and Knoxville, TN.
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