Problematic Press

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Problematic Press is a small, independent book publishing endeavour founded by David Reynolds and based in St. John’s, NL. Problematic Press has a mission with a broad scope, aiming to entertain and educate readers of all ages. Perhaps that’s problematic. Problems make us think. Regardless, Problematic Press will produce original works as well as popular classics, with an emphasis on texts that challenge readers’ notions and the status quo. Special attention is given to Newfoundland literature, Canadian literature, and other imaginative works from such genres as speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, pulp fiction, non-fiction, comics, and children’s books. Problematic Press will also release selected anthologies of poetry and short fiction, some of which will be formatted as textbooks suitable for high school and post-secondary education.

The attention span of the collective consciousness is too short. Problematic Press aims to challenge readers while revitalizing interest in important narratives from the past that remain relevant today.

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Narrative, Nature, and the ‘Cock’ and ‘Bull’ Story: The Lockean Tristram Shandy and the Modern Novel
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,440. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014 by Problematic Press. Category: Essay » Literature
Laurence Sterne’s Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760) is one of the first English novels to stray from Aristotle's classical literary structures. Tiller's paper explores how this deviation leads Tristram, in the series of events stemming from his birth, to a more precise imitation of nature than, perhaps, adherence to such guidelines could have procured.
Cavern: City in the Dark
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,600. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014 by Problematic Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Cavern: City in the Dark is a dystopian adventure set on a ruined Earth. There, the last of us remain. The Cavern is dark and damp, but people remain industrious. Technology has been scavenged from the surface and repurposed. Survival comes in the form of the shunt. Demons, beasts, and motors roar. Restless spirits seek change. A revolution begins to unravel. Visit the shadow of our glory.
Sabaku, the Deserter Vol. 0: "Showdown at the Cactus's Prick"
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Price: Free! Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013 by Problematic Press. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
"Showdown at the Cactus's Prick" is a short story written by David Reynolds. It was originally published in Late Night Dungeons. Sabaku has already left the oppressive land that was once his home. Now, he must resist capture at the Cactus's Prick, a tiny hovel beyond the borders of his homeland.
Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Problematic Press. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Fawning, Fear and Frustration collects thirty six poems by a young David Reynolds. It features a range of poetry that considers love, death and confusion in addition to a number of matters that lay somewhere in between.
Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture's Modern Myths
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,910. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011 by Problematic Press. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Linguistics
A scholarly interrogation of popular North American superhero narratives, such as those of Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman, provides insight into how media’s messages influence the culture’s ethical values. As an extension of ideas presented by Friedrich Nietzsche, Joseph Campbell, and Umberto Eco, this dissertation argues that superhero tales must be regarded as modern mythology.


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