Mongrel Empire Press Announces New Short-Story Collection

Mongrel Empire Press Announces The Long Rifle Season, a collection of stories and tales by James Murray


The Long Rifle Season

The Long Rifle Season 

Norman, OK August 2014- Mongrel Empire Press, an Eclectic Publishing House specializing in regional and uncommon literary works, announces the publication of The Long Rifle Season, a collection of Oklahoma stories and tales by James Murray.

James Murray’s The Long Rifle Season is a collection of stories both historical and contemporary. Some of the stories could be described as revisionist westerns, others as character studies or as literary sociological explorations of the past and present of Indian Territory in its many incarnations. There is no doubt that The Long Rifle Season stands among the best of the grit lit / rough South genre: fatalistic in humor, devoid of romanticism, anti-nostalgic, unwaveringly truthful, deeply authentic.

Quraysh Ali Lansana, Oklahoma born and raised poet and former director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University praises The Long Rifle Season: “Murray populates this Oklahoma, ‘this continuation of the frontier by other means,’ with a deft historical and cultural congestion of intimate minutiae that comprise the substance of a specific and geographically unique kind of hard living. The Long Rifle Season captures the relentless and unforgiving sensory assault of earthen Okie humanity with the vernacular dexterity and quiet lyrical wisdom of a good front porch yarn. A kind of grace. A kind of disgrace. A kind of cheap beer elegance.

James Murray is a farmer, writer, and historian living in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. With Murv Jacob and Deborah L. Duvall, Murray co-wrote Secret History of the Cherokees which won the 2012 Best Historical Novel Award from Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. He has also published writing in Counterpunch and Race Traitor. Murray is currently working on a novel about Cherokee outlaw Ned Christie and another set in contemporary Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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About Mongrel Empire Press
Mongrel Empire Press was established in 2007 with a mission to publish well-written, thoughtfully-considered works across generic and disciplinary boundaries. The Press actively identifies and promotes Oklahoma and regional writers while at the same time making room for outside the region works that, because of their mixed generic, disciplinary, and philosophical approaches, cannot find a home at other presses that have a more narrowly defined mission.

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Editor
Mongrel Empire Press