March 10, 2005
Dark Rides: A Novel in Stories (1996)
Halloween Suite (1998)
Wild Mouse (1998) with Chris Chambers -- Nominated 1999 Toronto Book
Wish Book a Catalogue of Stories
Western Suit (2001)
The Haunted Hillbilly: A Novel (2003) --
Finalist, 2004 Lambda Literary Award for Male Fiction
The Haunted Hillbilly reads like both a vintage 1950s issue of Tales from the
Crypt and a 21st-century re-imagining of Michael Ondaatje's The Collected
Works of Billy the Kid. This historical first-person narrative is told by
Nudie, "The Rodeo Tailor" (perhaps most famous for dressing Elvis Presley), a
gay couturier who, in Derek McCormack's world, also happens to be a vampire.
As the story evolves with its magical poetic cadence and minimalist style,
Nudie makes and then breaks the career of Hank, a country-and-western singer
at the Grand Ole Opry. Inspired by the real-life observations of country music
promoter Oscar Davis, who saw it all and told it all in a series of tapes
suppressed by the Country Music Foundation, The Haunted Hillbilly conjures the
seamy queer underbelly beneath country music's sparkling, sequined surface.
Grab Bag (2004)
Grab Bag is comprised of two interrelated novels, Dark Rides
Book, from one of Canada's most important young writers. Both books are
set in the same small rural city, in different eras (1950s, 1930s), each
characterized by McCormack's spare and elliptical prose.
Christmas Days (2005) with Seth, Illustrator
What do the doors of Advent calendars conceal?
Chocolates, sometimes, or toys. Sometimes there are illustrations of
chocolates and toys. And holly. And snow. Things that make Christmas
Derek McCormack's Christmas Days is an Advent calendar in words and
images. The chapters are doors, each wittily illustrated by Seth, and each
offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of something quintessentially
Christmassy. Wrapping paper, toy stockings, tree stands. When did they become
part of Christmas? Where were they made? Who made them?
A blend of history and reportage, Christmas Days includes a cast of
incredible characters and a sampling of festive holiday treats from the past
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