The Ghosts of Bohemian Grove
ISBN 978-1-956005-67-7 138 pages $16.00
On the Possibilities of the Short Novel:
A Conversation between
Ravi Mangla and Kevin Allardice
The Ghosts of Bohemian Grove—funny, unapologetically weird—works on multiple levels: as satire, California gothic, and surrealistic odyssey. The story would be compelling and hilarious even without Reagan, Nixon, and Goldwater, but the presence of these ghosts transports Allardice’s novel into a literary netherworld that is always captivating and every once in a while genuinely spooky. This tale of a young artist lost in the woods of America’s political subconscious is above all a pleasure to read, at times recalling satirists like Vonnegut and Heller while staking out entirely new territory.
author of Whispering Bodies
Kevin Allardice is the author of three previous novels: Any Resemblance to Actual Persons (Counterpoint, 2013), Family, Genus, Species (Outpost19, 2017), and As The Ceiling Flew Away (Spuyten Duyvil, 2022). He teaches high school in the San Francisco Bay Area where he is a Jack Hazard Fellow with The New Literary Project. He lives with his wife, the translator Diana Thow, and their son.