Release Date: April 23, 2014
Civil Coping Mechanisms
Escoria has a poet’s knack for knowing when to tie off a paragraph for thunderous effect and displays enormous empathy for the damaged souls that populate her stories..
– San Diego CityBeat
This is an edgy, intimate book that lends itself easily to questions of autobiography.
– Electric Literature
[Escoria’s] stories are confessional, sometimes aggressively, and she writes about human ugliness with bluntness and even a little verve, like maybe she gets a kick out of things being fucked up.
Like Gaitskill, Escoria can write about parties and drug taking and twisted relationships without it ever seeming clichéd, or done for shock value.
Black Cloud, is quick, smart, and darkly entertaining.
“Juliet Escoria is like a gutter-punk Grace Paley.”
—Adam Wilson, author of Flatscreen
“Reading the stories in Black Cloud is like getting punched in the throat; Juliet Escoria leaves you speechless. Her honesty teaches us that beauty can be found in violence, truth in pain, and life where we’ve always been afraid to look.”
—Benjamin Samuel, co-editor of Electric Literature
“This book is like Julia Child meets Michael Jackson.”
—Mira Gonzalez, author of I will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together
“Black Cloud is one of the best things I’ve ever read… I want more literature to be like this: brutal, honest, dark, and incredibly real.”
“Juliet Escoria will murder the crap out of you, if you let her.”
—D. Foy, author of Made to Break
“I met Juliet Escoria outside a bar in New York. I was selling drawings before a reading. She asked how much for a drawing. I said anything, then she basically started challenging that, saying shit like ‘Really? So if I pay [x amount] that’s okay?’ She was looking at me without blinking the whole time. Pretty sure she called me a pussy as well, which is all really funny because I’d crack this little lady in half and throw her in the fucking garbage and think nothing of it. She paid me eight dollars for a drawing.”
—Sam Pink, author of Witch Piss
“Juliet Escoria generally makes me feel uncomfortable all the time. She is a dreadful, mean, creepy bitch. When I’m around her, I am constantly seeking escape.”
—Kendra Grant Malone, author of Everything Is Quiet
“Juliet Escoria wants us to believe she is ‘white trash’ and a ‘wigger’ and an “Eminem fan’ but she once spelled Hailie’s name Hailey in an email to me so it’s pretty fucking clear she’s a poser.”
—Elizabeth Ellen, author of Fast Machine
JULIET ESCORIA is a writer from Southern California. Her work has appeared in places like Electric Literature, Dazed, Hobart, Thought Catalog, and Everyday Genius. She received an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College, and a BA in creative writing from the University of California in Riverside.