Literature is drowning in humanity. Venerating, above ideas, a faux honesty more accurately called journalism.

We need to resuscitate a creative idealism that serves as more than a smug commentary on society—taking the chance that it is for the better. Instead of being so impressed with our ability to condescend, it’s time to ask nothing short of everything from the reader.

No more squishy, weak, apathy that goes nowhere and anesthetizes with commerce and pharmaceuticals. Aspiring to apathy is treading water with a broken limb.

What we ask of our reader, we ask of our society: think, feel, rage against and for, but never wallow in mediocrity. Going along to get along makes for submissive swine, quick to slit their neighbor’s throat. Ignorant of one another’s worth—a lazy hatred for reaching out and failing.




Editor: Elise Portale
Artist: Davide Bonazzi

Dean O’Leary is a man who lives on the edge: of life, love, and happiness. After a bank robbery gone horribly wrong, Dean leaves his life of crime in Los Angeles and exiles himself to the cold grey sands of Las Vegas. A cruel and unusual twist of fate shows Dean a life filled with the love and hope that he has always thought impossible, and then rips it away. With nothing left to lose, Dean goes all in on one final crime.

“Many a yarn has been woven around the quest for love. But that familiar tale starts to fray at the edges when young Dean O’Leary, a bank robber whose pinstripe suit is a better fit than the age in which he lives, packs up his cigarettes and his battered heart to start fresh in Las Vegas. With a voice and style that drag you in, Brandon sets up a character whose neurotic, mile-a-minute mind echoes the desire, anxiety, depression, and insanity found at every intersection on the road to love. From Dean’s ultimate highs to his rock-bottom lows (making a quick pit-stop at the surreal), Brandon will take you on an emotional walk in a desperate man’s wing-tip shoes—and you’ll be hooked from the very first step.”

-Elise Portale, Editor

AGENTOFDISCORD: The Atlantic: a short story by William M. Brandon III

“The Atlantic”

Explosions: Stories of Our Landmined World

“The Atlantic” tells the story of a beggar, trapped in a small college town by his guilt. His journey from war-torn Los Angeles, across the foreign-occupied, once-United States, illustrates the physical and psychological effects of warfare.

Explosions: Stories of Our Landmined World is an all-star charity anthology for MAG, featuring stories contributed by both bestselling and up-and-coming authors. 100% of the proceeds from this book will go directly to MAG and its work around the world.

Jeffery Deaver, David Morrell, John Sayles, Peter Straub, Amy Wallace, James Grady, Ryan Gattis, and William M. Brandon III are just some of the writers whose work author and screenwriter Scott Bradley has collected here, with haunting visions of “our landmined world” to help build a better one.

Nobel Prize honored Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is dedicated to eradicating this menace, not only saving lives, but offering new beginnings to these war-torn regions.

AGENTOFDISCORD: William M. Brandon III featured on The Rumpus dot com

The Last Book I Loved

Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann

I had been wandering after completing Infinite Jest for the fifth time. This statement should not be read as vanity, for all who have dared complete Infinite Jest know that it is an act of compulsion and obsession, rather than a comfortable notch in your literary belt. Although Infinite Jest and I have shared many long, and satiating romances, it raises the proverbial bar so high that reading anything else is inevitably a short, albeit sweaty and unilaterally passionate endeavor. Each time we have parted ways it has been for the best, but inevitably leaves an immense chasm in desperate need of filling. I needed something to take Infinite Jest‘s place: something as gloriously girthy, as naively sincere, and as pregnant with beautiful, meticulously parsed prose…

AGENTOFDISCORD: The Cost of Paper: Volume One edited by William M. Brandon III

(a continuation of SILENCE)

The Cost Of Paper: Volume One

Editor: Ryan Gattis
Artist: Konstantin Datz

Stories by Kate St. Clair, Bryce Carlson, Marisa Roemer, Corrie Greathouse, Veronica Bane, Peppur Chambers, Kevin Staniec, Brett Arnold, Pam Jones, Ryan Gattis, Tomas Moniz, Arianna Basco, Lilliam Rivera, William M. Brandon III, and Douglas Cowie.

“Selene” takes place over twenty-four hours after a character, Selene, disappears suddenly from the pages of my novella SILENCE. Selene has just witnessed her true love vanish into thin air, her alarm brings Las Vegas Metro Police and threats of mental incarceration. A retired detective recognizes Selene’s name and has a hunch she holds the secret to a case he never had a chance to solve.

The Cost of Paper is an annual publication dedicated to short fiction. It is a unique anthology of international narrative prose sold only for the cost of paper in your hand—or, completely free at 1888.center. Featuring cover artwork by Konstantin Datz. Purchase the print edition of The Cost of Paper: Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three, and Volume Four on Amazon.

“This isn’t so much an anthology of short fiction and art as a book in the tradition of eclectic record samplers. Full of B-Sides and Rarities from nearly every member in our artistic family, it’s the equivalent of a mix-tape packed with different styles and genres: Supernatural Fantasy, Shoe-gazing Romance, Mystery, Historical, Noir, and Surreal Sci-Fi. The stories inside span eras and places, from Louisiana to California, from Harlem to Kyoto. This sampler is a testament to the power of collaboration, and we enjoyed the process so much, we’re making The Cost of Paper an annual tradition, not for a profit, but to share who we are and what we most believe in with you—all for the cost of what it takes to print.”

-Ryan Gattis, Editor


The Pit, And No Other Stories

Author: Jordan A. Rothacker
Editor: William M. Brandon III
Artist: Sam Pash

The Pit, and No Other Stories is a true a micro-epic: in just under 110 pages, Rothacker creates an entire world and its accompanying mythology. The scope of this collection of subtly interrelated meditations is massive both in its geographical reach and in its endeavor to tell a complete story spanning over four thousand years. Rothacker invokes a stark, realistic pall just beneath a light and expansive atmosphere of playful magic. The Pit, and No Other Stories brings together multiple styles, voices, and structures using lush sentences and themes delivered with a compelling economy.”

-William M. Brandon, Editor

Foster edited by William M. Brandon III


Author: Scott Amstadt
Editor: William M. Brandon III
Artist: Sam Pash

Foster follows the spiraling path of a man who is suddenly forced to face his own delusions. Worse, he faces delusions of his own making. Amstadt brings an honest tone to a myopic character grasping at a notion of happiness that resembles his former, structured, and unhappy life. Amstadt is brutally succinct in his portrayal of a dark fear that is nearly as universal as falling in love itself. Amstadt pulls no punches as he explores the existential ennui of damaged expectations and time-spent—that now feels lost.”

-William M. Brandon, Editor

A Little Evil edited by William M. Brandon III

A Little Evil

Author: B. Tanner Fogle
Editor: William M. Brandon III
Artist: Jonny Ruzzo

“Fogle combines horror and hilarity seamlessly in his debut novella A Little Evil—no small feat for any author. The journey he takes us on with Mr. and Mrs. Trimble investigates the pain and doubt created by feelings of betrayal between two persons who genuinely love one another but cannot compromise. Through scenes of grisly, ghostly murder, the walls between the Trimbles melt away as survival trumps their differences. Their reconciliation is woven into a harrowing tale of an isolated and haunted mountain hotel under attack by the ghosts of angry, disgruntled ex-guests with an ax to grind. No one is safe, and you’ll laugh all the way to the graveyard.”

-William M. Brandon III, Editor

29 to 31: A Book of Dreams edited by William M. Brandon III

29 to 31: A Book Of Dreams

Author: Kevin Staniec
Editor: William M. Brandon III
Artist: Sami Viljanto

“With 29 to 31: A Book of Dreams, Staniec takes a time-honored tradition and adds a third and vital narrative dimension. This beautifully written first-person account of the author’s sleeping mind treats each surreal and ethereal landscape as a complete story that feeds into and enhances a sincere and heartwarming transformation that celebrates love, loss, and longing.”

–William M. Brandon III, Editor

This work was part of a special Book Release, Signing, And Performance At Moca Grand Avenue featuring Dante Basco (Hook), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Linda Park (Star Trek EnterpriseCrash), Marc Anthony Samuel (General Hospital), Adam Shapiro (1600 PennBetrayal), Ivana Shein (Last Comic Standing), Graham Sibley (Grey’s Anatomy), Jodie Sweetin (Full House), and Christine Woods (Hello LadiesFlashForward).

The Cost of Paper: Volume Two edited by William M. Brandon III

The Cost Of Paper: Volume Two

Editor: William M. Brandon III
Artist: Konstantin Datz

“It is often difficult to find examples of selfless passion. Even the most creative of endeavors, can be marred by a stain of profit and reek of the hurried rush to Market. Beneath the surface there still exists a sense of community, a feeling of Family, and a drive to create for creation’s sake. Underground currents are powerful and they silently erode the settled and stagnant surface, changing the landscape, changing the shape of our world, and reshaping the way we view ourselves and one other. This anthology is a collection of currents, a collaboration of our most powerful tributaries, flowing together, into a vast and revolutionary sea.

In the spirit of these powerful currents, I welcome you to the second volume of The Cost of Paper, a collaborative anthology showcasing the passions of past, present, and future members of the Black Hill Press Family. I am very proud to present this body of multi-­‐‑disciplinary work to our longtime readers, and newcomers alike. Much has changed since Volume I, our Family has grown by leaps and bounds, and as a result the artists and authors represented here are a truly eclectic international coalition. Our contributors explore genres, voices, and mediums as varied as their cities and countries of origin, all under a banner of collaboration and in honor of creation for the sake of beauty.”

-William M. Brandon III, Editor

The Cost of Paper: Volume Three edited by William M. Brandon III

The Cost Of Paper: Volume Three

Editor: William M. Brandon III
Artist: Konstantin Datz

“We took the leap this past year and decided to accept international submissions for Volume ThreeVolume One brought together voices within the 1888 Family, and Volume Two featured several new voices alongside familiar friends; it felt like we needed to go a step further—outside of our community, as far as interest would allow.

If arteries don’t split into capillaries, we never grow. We are a circulatory system. The only vacuum is the one we allow to exist.

Welcome to the third volume of The Cost of Paper.”

– William M. Brandon III, Editor

The Cost of Paper: Volume IV edited by William M. Brandon III

The Cost Of Paper: Volume Four

Editor: William M. Brandon III
Artist: Konstantin Datz

“The principle behind The Cost of Paper only feels radical because without an avenue for profit, it is difficult to garner the attention of wide audiences over short periods of time. A passion project that rejects profit has no hook for most retail organizations.

So you do it anyway.

You work. And you bleed. And you dream. You ask your community to contribute: friends, and strangers (but not for long) submitting their words, ideas, and experiences to create a unique collection of voices. A conversation creatively contrived to make you smile, shudder, and yearn.

You come together; there is power in community and power in collaboration and cooperation. Host your own readings, sell or donate your work on the streets, in the schools, and to anyone with a willing ear and sympathetic eyes. Do not plan for the day when you will be, be today.

For the Authors: I have the distinct pleasure of knowing some of you personally, and others more casually through this anthology. I know the strength, power, and determination contained in this small community. I know the solid foundation this passion lays makes you a no-longer-grim horizon above a dark and tumultuous sea.

Welcome to the fourth volume of The Cost of Paper.”

– William M. Brandon III, Editor



The How The Why: 143 – Summer Writing Project – Writing: Finding Your Voice

The How The Why: 143 – Summer Writing Project – Writing: Finding Your Voice

Establishing your creative identity while balancing essential elements of emotion and style with William M. Brandon IIIRachel Howzell Hall, and Yi Shun Lai. Recorded live on Saturday, July 9 at the Orange Public Library & History Center in Orange, California.

The How The Why: 110 – William M. Brandon III

The How The Why: 110 William M. Brandon III

William M. Brandon III, author of Silence (Black Hill Press); editor of the Black Hill Press novellas The Pit, and No Other StoriesFoster, and A Little Evil; and Managing Editor of 1888.

The How The Why – Thtw 021 – Live At Book Soup – Part I

The How The Why: 021 – Live At Book Soup – Part I

Live at Book Soup with Veronica Bane, Kate St. Clair, Brett Arnold, William M. Brandon III, and special guest host Arianna Basco. This is Part I of the podcast.

This podcast was recorded live by Mike Jimenez and Homeroom – Production / Creative.

The How The Why: 022 – Live At Book Soup – Part II

Today we’re live at Book Soup with Veronica Bane, Kate St. Clair, Brett Arnold, William M. Brandon III, and special guest host Arianna Basco. This is Part II of the podcast.

This podcast was recorded live by Mike Jimenez and Homeroom – Production / Creative.

The How The Why: 019 – William M Brandon III

The How The Why: 019 – William M Brandon III

Today we’re connected with William M Brandon III to talk about his novella Silence, the Black Hill Press family collaboration The Cost of Paper, and the Black Hill Press, JukePop, and California Public Library program entitled the Summer Writing Project.

Interviews & Reviews

Terri Chapman reviews of SILENCE

“A little robbery, a little time travel…some saucy-ness, and at the end…without love there is nothing. Great quick read!”

– Terri Chapman


William is a voracious reader and an unrepentant scribe. The co-mingling of these pleasures forged a path that lead to editing and design for numerous publications and journals. In 2015 he became the Managing Editor for 1888.

He is a father, a husband, and his work has been published by The RumpusWIRED.com, THALO.comRain Crow Magazine, in a special anthology supporting the non-profit Mines Advisory Group, and in the not-for-profit fiction anthology The Cost of Paper. His novella SILENCE was published by Black Hill Press.

He began his lifelong roadtrip in the deprecated sands of Las Vegas, Nevada, and as a result of a military patriarch, and a subsequent unabated restlessness, has changed addresses fifty-six times in forty-two years.