A drag queen. A Mississippi ghost. Two lives from two worlds. Bateman’s debut novel meshes gothic traditions with modern themes.
Portland, Oregon— June 12, 2019 — Unsolicited Press announces the immediate availability of Who Killed Buster Sparkle? by John W. Bateman threads together dialogue on race, gender, orientation, and economics, showing oppression exists in many forms. Bateman masters the comic and gothic through two characters who need each other more than they understand.
When a drag queen named Peaches meets Buster, a Mississippi ghost with partial amnesia, questions of past, present, and future surface. Buster attempts to reckon with who he was and is in the presence of Peaches, whose gender-fluid identity perplexes him. Although he doesn't want to associate with Peaches, Buster realizes that he must push aside his biases to avoid eternal loneliness.
John W. Bateman lives in the Deep South, chasing words and finding stories. Influences include comedian and writer Bob Smith, photographer Duane Michals, his fairy godparents, and coffee. His work has appeared in OneNewEngland, The Huffington Post, Glitterwolf Magazine, Nately's, the SFWP Quarterly, and lots of notebooks stacked in a bookcase somewhere. He has won a few awards for screenwriting and received a 2018 Emerging Filmmaker grant from the Mississippi Film Alliance.
Who Killed Buster Sparkle? will be published June 12, 2019 and is distributed through Ingram in both hardback and paperback. Who Killed Buster Sparkle? by John W. Bateman is brought to the trade by Ingram and is available wherever books are sold. Print (hardback and paperback) and electronic versions are available.
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