Impossible Princess

Impossible Princess

Stacey Lewis interviews Kevin Killian

Impossible Princess is the third collection of gay short fiction by Kevin Killian. An original member of the notorious San Francisco-based "new narrative" circle including Dennis Cooper and Kathy Acker, Killian is a master short story writer, crafting campy yet edgy tales that explore both the humor and darkness of desire. From an examination of an ex-British-boy-band-member's skeevy skivvies, to a sexual assault inside a copy machine, to a nocturnal tryst in a panther cage, Impossible Princess runs a bizarre gamut of erotic experience, where the appetite of lust is only satisfied by the peculiar unexpected.

"Kevin Killian is the greatest unsung genius in contemporary American literature."
Dennis Cooper, author of Everyman: Stories and Closer: A Novel

"Kevin Killian's Impossible Princess is impossibly captivating, each short story a bed of sticky pollen. It's an endless inspiration to writers and readers alike."
Susie Bright, editor of Best American Erotica

"Kevin Killian's stellar body of work defies categorization. His novels, stories, and poems have been around for over two decades, occupying sacred spaces on the bookshelves of idolators like me and many others. The pieces in Impossible Princess—some of them written with various splendid collaborators—are hilarious, sad, scary, intimate, weird, complex, really dirty, and most of all, first-rate. Each story's a little outburst of brilliance. I love this book."
Scott Heim, author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear

Title Impossible Princess
Author Kevin Killian
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading FIC000000 FICTION
Title First Published 10 October 2009
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 200 p.
ISBN-10 0872865282
ISBN-13 9780872865280
Publication Date 10 October 2009
Main content page count 200
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.95

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