Whistling Shade is a literary journal and small press located in St. Paul, MN. We take a populist approach to literature and our audience is the general reading public. Whistling Shade is published semi-annually and we have been in print since 2001. See our Subscriptions page to purchase a subscription or individual issues. Whistling Shade Press also publishes books. To receive announcements about issue and book releases, join our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook.

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Whistling Shade Press has two new book releases this spring! Julian Bernick's gothic narrative poem, Castle Bash and Jeff Vande Zande's story collection The Neighborhood Division are both excellent summer reads.

Below is trailer for The Neighborhood Division. A particularly prescient collection of stories, Jeff Vande Zande's new book explores the struggles between self and community, isolation, fear, and greed, as played out against the backdrop of the American Neighborhood. As John Guzlowski writes in his review: "Vande Zande's got what Donna Tartt's got, an incredible sense of language, an ability to understand people, and a gift for creative narrative. In each of the stories in this volume, Vande Zande writes of people facing real problems that separate them from the people in their communities."

Whistling Shade's Spring/Summer 2020 issue has been released! You can download a $1 PDF below, or buy a print issue from our Subscriptions page. The theme for this issue is "Technology".

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New books from Whistling Shade!

The Neighborhood Division - Jeff Vande Zande

Jeff Vande Zande's latest story collection travels down the shady lanes of the American neighborhood. From kids egging windows to lost joggers and insomniacs to basement prisoners and Orwellian gated communities, these stories grow ever more surreal, holding a darkened mirror up to that which we are - and may become.

Castle Bash - Julian Bernick

A narrative poem in the Romantic tradition, Castle Bash is Byronic in character, Gothic in atmosphere, Romantic in outlook and Lovecraftian in scope. When a bastard poet is given safe haven and patronage at the tenebrous Castle Bash, mystery, passion, and the forces of hell converge upon its benighted inhabitants. This is the second title in Whistling Shade's Geste Series.

Encounter in Prague - Jarda Cervenka

Jarda Cervenka's fifth collection of stories ranges from gold panning in the jungles of Colombia to fossil hunting on Corsica and sailing off the Florida Keys. But at the center of the collection is Prague, Cervenka's home town, which he fled in the wake of the Soviet invasion of 1968 - an event recounted in his story "Tanks and Quantum Mechanics in 1968".