Brian Alan Ellis


Brian Alan Ellis edits the literary journal Tables Without Chairs, and is the author of three novellas, two short-story collections, a forthcoming novel, and a book of humorous non-fiction. His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, DOGZPLOT, Connotation Press, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Literary Orphans, The Collapsar, Heavy Feather Review, People Holding, The Next Best Book Blog, jmww, Talking Book, Lost in Thought, Hypertext, Electric Literature, and Atticus Review, among other places. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Who are your favorite authors?
When I first started writing I was way into Henry Miller, Bukowski, Henry Rollins, John Fante, Salinger, William Saroyan, Hubert Selby Jr., S.E.. Hinton, and so on. I got into french dudes (Sartre, Baudelaire, Rimbaud), Russians (Dostoevsky, Chekhov), Germans (Heinrich Boll); some poetry (Sylvia Plath, Kenneth Patchen, Conrad Aiken, Jim Carroll) and theater (Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, William Inge, Joe Orton); the short-story masters (Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Shirley Jackson, Grace Paley); lots of that “Dirty Realism” stuff (Raymond Carver, Lydia Davis, Amy Hempel, Frederick Barthelme, Mary Gaitskill, Larry Brown). Recently I’ve been reading a lot of the Lazy Fascist Press writers, like Scott McClanahan and Sam Pink, and also Willy Vlautin and Elizabeth Ellen and Alissa Nutting and Mary Miller and Noah Cicero, and so on. These hardly even cover the basics of what I enjoy reading. I read a lot of bullshit, too.
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"The Mustache He's Always Wanted but Could Never Grow" Official Book Trailer, Brian Alan Ellis
Official book trailer for the Brian Alan Ellis short story collection, "THE MUSTACHE HE'S ALWAYS WANTED BUT COULD NEVER GROW," directed by Adrian Orellana, best viewed in HD!

“Something Good, Something Bad, Something Dirty” Official Book Trailer
Official trailer for Brian Alan Ellis’s short-story collection, “Something Good, Something Bad, Something Dirty” (House of Vlad Productions), directed by Andrew Seward and featuring music by Strange Lords (, best viewed in HD!

TABLES WITHOUT CHAIRS #1 Official Book Trailer
Official trailer for the new House of Vlad Productions book, TABLES WITHOUT CHAIRS #1, directed/edited by Andrew Seward and featuring music by Room Full of Strangers (!


Loco Mask II
Price: Free! Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Sports
Saliva, or Drowning Pool, or something kicked me in the dick through a shitty PA system as a big son-of-a-bitch announced as Loco Mask II—wearing a sequined blue hood with crazy yellow dragons stitched onto the sides—charged through the curtain and down the aisle towards a shoddily built ring. On his way there, an old woman in the crowd lobbed a plastic cup of beer at him.
Price: Free! Words: 1,720. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Christopher grips the neck of the now empty beer bottle he took from the party, raises it above his head, smashes it against the sidewalk, and begins dragging the toothed edges across his arms until tiny red droplets appear. Arms bloody, Christopher uses his fingertips to smear shapes into them—circles, stars, sailboats, roads to faraway places, and even a game of solitary tic-tac-toe.
Eulogy for Johnny Thunders
Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Johnny Thunders is dead. Hit and run. Hadn’t seen my poor, neglected Johnny in months, and here I am burying him. With my bare hands and a shovel I am burying him. In the backyard of the house Phoebe and I had once lived in together, he is being buried.

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