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THE BLACK EMERALD
by Jeanne Thornton

A high schooler finds her drawings corrupted by a haunted stone she inherits from a suicidal underground cartoonist. A video game addict discovers a vast, hidden dimension to colonize in the walls of his girlfriend's apartment. A philosophy student seeks anonymous Craigslist sex with the ubiquitous devil that stalks her. In this new collection from Jeanne Thornton, author of The Dream of Doctor Bantam (a Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2012), reality and relationships blur, creating a queer pulp experience with a literary sensibility, a hallucinatory journey into despair...and, possibly, toward hope.

(preview The Black Emerald)

$10
ebook edition
.epub, .mobi, and .pdf
ISBN 978-0-9904528-0-5
(purchase)

$25
seed edition
2 GB emerald flash drive
containing
.epub, .mobi, and .pdf
(schematics)
(picture)
(purchase)

"The gorgeousness of Thornton’s writings help sustain the worlds she creates . . . That’s the kind of seductiveness these stories have—in reading them, you become strange and dreamy in the same way they are." —Torrey Peters, Topside Spotlight

"Jeanne has this way of writing self-consciousness inside these perfect, self-contained worlds with signifiers that make them seem like they are the world we live in but if that world were . . . I don’t even know exactly. Mystifying and uncomfortable and bulging with complicated, contradictory feeling just below the surface of everything. Seriously check out this book." —Imogen Binnie, author of Nevada

"Jeanne Thornton is the kind of artistic superwoman who not only writes a critically praised novel, she also does all of the book's illustrations." —Sarah Bridgins, Bookslut

"Beautifully written. The grossest stuff is like jewels on the page. Read it if you are a sad gay girl who loves messed up art and creepy magic." —Kelsey Jarboe

Scenes & Illus.

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@25 sales

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Jeanne Thornton sings "Born to Run"

@50 sales

UNLOCKED

Purchase a 2 GB flash drive "Wunderkammer Seed" sculpture of The Black Emerald

(schematics)
(picture)

@100 sales

UNLOCKED

Buy a poster of The Black Emerald cover, illustrated by A. Litsa

@125 sales

Jeanne Thornton will hide a treasure trove somewhere around Austin

@150 sales

Limited edition handmade books are painstakingly printed

@200 sales

Jeanne Thornton performs and records a story from the book for THE INTERNET

@250 sales

Jeanne Thornton will create a sequel to the smash-hit video game, "Capitalism"

(capitalism)

@500 sales

A paperback edition becomes available from OR Books (20% off for purchasers of this ebook)

@1000 sales

One of the stories from The Black Emerald will be adapted into a video game

@5,000

A single real emerald is turned into a flash drive seed sculpture, handcrafted by a Licensed Jeweler

@25,000

We travel to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, hiring Sherilyn Fenn (and others) to perform a live reading of the entirety of The Black Emerald, which will then be made available on the internet

@50,000

We purchase a ship and name it "The Black Emerald." We use this ship to go on a tour of East Coast, West Coast, and Southern port towns, performing readings from "The Black Emerald" and having public dinners with friends and fans, hosting panel discussions on Various Topics for engineers, mechanicals, "liberal artists," and the aged