Participation Trophy by Ira Rat


SKU: N/A Categories: ,
Perfect Bound//4×6, 120pgs.

There are a few things that we’ve put out that I can point to as one of the potential origins of the press. This has to be one of them, it’s the first novella I ever published. Long story short, during an open submission period to another press that shall not be named. I turned a script I was working on into a novella. They didn’t pick it up. But I then spent the next 3 years trying to get it into order, and that is what made it the micro-cult hit that it is today.

(cover text)

High school sucks. especially when you’re a geek, your brother committed suicide, the popular kids are dropping like flies, your teachers speak in chick tract quotes, & worst of all your best friend might be turning into a goddamn goth. But, hey, at least there’s pizza!

Imagine Stranger Things, but darker and kind of sad, mean-spirited, and ambiguous. If you’re a fan of 80s-centric horror, horror-comedy, and coming-of-age tales, you’ve got to give this a read.” ★★★★★ (GoodReads Review)

– Jon Steffens (author, The God in the Hills)

(A) teenage-anxiety induced nostalgia fever dream. Good times.” ★★★★ (GoodReads Review)

– Danger Slater (author, I Will Rot Without You, Puppet Skin)

“Ira is cynical without lacking empathy, experimental without lacking direction. A dark, ambitious new voice.”

– Garret Cook (Author, Crisis Boy)

Participation Trophy was featured in the Jan/Feb ’21 issue of Rue Morgue!

Signed, Unsigned