Haints Stay (Paperback)
Colin Winnette makes use of the Western genre to stunning effect. --Los Angeles Times
Brooke and Sugar are killers. Bird is the boy who mysteriously woke beside them while between towns. For miles, there is only desert and wilderness, and along the fringes, people.
The story follows the middling bounty hunters after they've been chased from town, and Bird, each in pursuit of their own sense of belonging and justice. It features gunfights, cannibalism, barroom piano, a transgender birth, a wagon train, a stampede, and the tenuous rise of the West's first one-armed gunslinger.
Haints Stay is a new Acid Western in the tradition of Rudolph Wurlitzer, Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff, and Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man meaning it is brutal, surreal, and possesses an unsettling humor.
"In his astonishing portrait of American violence, Haints Stay, Colin Winnette makes use of the Western genre to stunning effect. But this isn't a chummy oater penned by the likes of Zane Grey or Louis L'Amour. Winnette's frontier feels more Homeric. His knack for tapping into scenes of primal fear and poetic violence serves as an indictment of our species' base nature and worst instincts. While the novel flouts most of the conventions of the traditional horse opera, the rewards of Haints Stay belong to the reader." --Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Colin Winnette is from Denton, Texas. He is the author of Revelation (Mutable Sound), Animal Collection (Spork), Fondly (Atticus Books), Coyote (Les Figues), Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio), and The Job of the Wasp (Soft Skull Press).He was the winner of Les Figues Press's NOS Book Contest, a runner-up for Cleveland State University Poetry Center's First Book Award, and a finalist for Gulf Coast Magazine's Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose.His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Playboy, Lucky Peach, The Believer, BuzzFeed Books, and others.