City of Boom

Publication Information

Publication Date: December 2019
ISBN: 978-0-99-915353-6

$13.95 paperback

120 pages
5 x 8 inches

AOP Publicity: Stanley Ashenbach
Cover Design: C.V. Hunt


© 2019 Anti-Oedipus Press

City of Boom

A banished criminal. Two demons, a maiden, and a beast king. A holiday devoted to arson. Adventures in adult babysitting. Drugs, sex, and violence . . . In this innovative collection of short fiction, Bonnie Bee performs a delicate vivisection on pop culture and our collective unconscious to create myths out of common moments and legends out of unremarkable people. Through ancient allegory, modern celebrity, corrupted Shakespeare, and the shimmering oppression of West Texas, City of Boom reveals what we inherit from generations before us while showing how we cut out what’s dead to repair the living.

BONNIE BEE is an award-winning writer, playwright, and filmmaker.


"City of Boom is loaded with hallucinatory wit, the precision of a natural writer’s aim, and a poet’s pleasure in fucking with space. Bonnie Bee has a rare sense of dialogue, and her stories are like perfect films that don’t want to be reeled in. This is a challenging, electrifying debut!" —JAMES REICH

"Reminiscent of Dennis Cooper, City of Boom is a gritty and unflinching ride through the human condition." —C.V. HUNT

"Bonnie Bee has created a true anthology mixture of realism-rife-reality and highly-perceptive human natures clashing in spirited chaos. Each story is unique and takes me to a place I want to go where the people strive to live and thrive despite themselves. These stories are fun and slightly harmful to the truths we must all face." —CHRIS EYRE