Playdate by Mark Katzman

ISBN: 978-1-937865-47-4
124 pages
Release Date: August 25, 2015

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I have the house all to myself now.

Mother and father are here but they’re not talking. This will take all night. In the morning I shall finish the job. Perhaps after a game of pool. Yes, that’s how it will be. They’ll find me sprawled across the red felt with my little ass in the air.

Good. Settled. We can move on.

You look peaceful, mother. I’m going to touch you up a bit.


I want you to look your best. Father too.

Family occasions are so rare.

“Mark Katzman’s weird and wonderful Playdate looks like a poem and reads like a novel. Fast, ever so fast and on point, it hurtles you through its dizzying narrative and leaves you gasping for breath. What a book. Once you start, it’s impossible to stop reading.”
Paul Auster, author of The New York Trilogy


“A weird wild ride with a protagonist that’s more sophisticated than Lester Ballard and more hysterical than Norman Bates.”
–Jim Ruland, author of Forest of Fortune

 is an author, playwright, and musician. He lives in Athens, Georgia.