LIGHT WITHOUT HEAT by Matthew Kirkpatrick

Light without Heat

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"Playful but not pretentious, occasionally elusive and consistently evocative, these pieces resonate on the same emotional plane as any conventional story. That Kirkpatrick seeks out new paths to emotional connection should fill any reader with gratitude rather than trepidation."
James Tate Hill, at Bookslut
"Kirkpatrick can clearly pen a story that rivals the most anthologized of our short story writers, but also in his collection are heretofore unimaginable forms, stories that mirror the moment when you arrive late to a Surrealist tea party, and you're not entirely sure which parlor game is being played. Ecstatic linguistic pyrotechnics, multi-dimensional constellations: a character sketch written as a diagram of the pineal gland, erasures that leave the text cratered, an impossible encyclopedia, 'basements with or without dens.'"
Tasha Matsumoto, at HTML Giant
"In pushing the possibilities of narrative, Kirkpatrick returns fiction to something almost before 'the word': to sound, to image, to the contrast of white space and the black of ink, dissolving his writing until it becomes a beauty beyond sense, beyond story."
Robert Kloss, at Necessary Fiction
"Matt Kirkpatrick loves words and images and the crazy chemistry between them. Reading LIGHT WITHOUT HEAT is like watching a circus act where humans fling themselves gorgeously from increasingly fantastic heights: you think uh-oh and wowee and yes yes yes."
Noy Holland
"Matthew Kirkpatrick's new book is outstanding. The stories in LIGHT WITHOUT HEAT are taut, formally inventive forays into the soft, fragile core of families. Kirkpatrick's language is sharp and severe, but beneath the disciplined voice is a writer looking to reveal the most difficult feelings. An extraordinary debut by an ambitious new writer."
Ben Marcus
Extra Stuff
I read the story "Crystal Castles" at Apostrophe Cast.
Download "Metal Church" (PDF). This story originally appeared in Barrelhouse #1 (long gone) and didn't make it into the collection.