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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Cavern: City in the Dark
by Nicholas Morine
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"
by David Reynolds
"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.
Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture's Modern Myths
by David Reynolds
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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