Best-of short fiction collection

Pink Narcissus Press ~ January 2018 ~ 92,000 words ~ fantasy and science fiction ~ $15.00

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Ramshead Jones has a billionaire father, a dysfunctional family, and a shocking secret nestled in the hedge maze in his backyard: Earth’s only portal to hundreds of other realities. When Ramshead’s unwitting father decides to rip the hedge maze out, Ramshead is forced to use dangerous magic to move the portal before it’s destroyed, too—unless the deadly maze of other family secrets that come to light destroys him first.

In THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES, sand cats speak, ghost bikes roll, corpses disappear, and hedge mazes are more bewildering than you’ve ever imagined. These 11 fantasy and science fiction stories from KJ Kabza have been dubbed “Sublime” (Tangent), “Rich” (SFRevu), and “Ethereal” (Quick Sip Reviews) and will take you deep into other astonishing realities that not even Ramshead has discovered.

Cover design and interior illustrations by Dante Saunders. Introduction by Gordon Van Gelder.



from Review Outlets:

“A fresh new voice in the genre.” —Booklist

“A strong, promising debut… bursting with both ideas and emotion.” —RT Book Reviews

“Kabza’s well-drawn characters… are recognizably human, and their emotional authenticity lends gravity to these tales’ wildest flights of fancy.” —Publishers Weekly

“You will treasure this collection. RECOMMENDED.” —Abyss & Apex

“Eleven stories with eleven compelling characters driven by passion and love.” —Tangent

from Authors:

“I can’t come close to approximating the crackling language or incandescent imagination that KJ Kabza displays in these stories. So instead I’ll say this: he’s really f***ing good. Literate, smart, sometimes gentle, sometimes devastating, these stories will set your brain on fire.” —Cecilia Tan, author of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles and the Magic University series

Powerful work that is wholly original, delightfully strange, and emotionally resonant.” —LJ Cohen, author of the Halcyone Space and Changeling’s Choice series

Unlike anything you’ve read before.” —Craig Shaw Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Batman and Temporary Monsters

Every single story will linger in your mind long after you read it.” —Fonda Lee, award-winning author of Jade City, Zeroboxer, and Exo

“Recommended for any fan of complicated characters moving through intriguing places.” —Scott H. Andrews, Five-Time World Fantasy Award Finalist Editor-in-Chief of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Magazine

“Reading KJ Kabza is like reading early Roger Zelazny crossed with early J.G. Ballard crossed with—oh heavens, I don’t know what. His prose sparkles with colors you’ve never seen.” —Jeffrey A. Carver, author of The Chaos Chronicles and Eternity’s End

“A highly imaginative mix of genre stories with the feel of classic fables. Reading this fantastic variety left me hungry for the next book by Kabza!” —Linda D. Addison, four-time Bram Stoker Award winner and author of How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend

from Book Bloggers:

“This is a gorgeous collection.” —Judith C. Moore, Chain Interaction

“Every detail in these stories creates the world.” —Katherine Nabity, The Writerly Reader


Other Coverage

  • The SFWA blog – “A Publisher Might Approach YOU: Four Stupid Mistakes to Avoid” – November 2018
  • Once in a Blue Muse – “Some Doors Will Open, but Not All: Traditional Publishing with a Small Press” – June 2018
  • Book Riot – “An Astounding Debut: THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM by KJ Kabza” – January 2018
  • Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog – My Favorite Bit: “KJ Kabza talks about THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES” – January 2018
  • The Furry Writers’ Guild blog – “On the Inside, Looking Out: Furry in a Human Land” – January 2018