Transgressive fiction is fiction that pushes the extreme edge of boundaries. Some transgressive fiction is autobiographical or actually memoir, and some falls more into the realm of crime fiction or dark satire. It’s a fascinating genre full of talented writers and if you’ve never heard of it, I do urge you to check it out. INFJs and INFPs tend to be eccentric and odd in our tastes and transgressive fiction fits the bill for that like nothing else.
All that said, today I’m writing about a new release from one of my writer friends, Guy Portman. I discovered Guy’s work last year and devoured the first two books in his series. Now the third book is out and I consumed it just as quickly. The series revolves around a serial killer named Dyson Devereux—a fastidious, fashionista-type, James-Bond-kind-of-guy serial killer—and it is hilarious. It’s also very dark and not for the faint of heart. Guy REALLY goes there in his writing, I will warn you. But if you like dark fiction, weird fiction, anything by Chuck Palahniuk or Bret Easton Ellis, you’ll probably love his series.
The third book, Golgotha, was just released yesterday. I was lucky enough to convince Guy to send me a copy before it went live so I got to read it before a bunch of other people. You can get it on Amazon here:
And if you by chance think that YOU might be writing transgressive fiction yourself, send me an email! I’d love to hear from you and also to hear about what you’re writing. There aren’t very many of us out there so we have to band together.
Lauren Sapala is the author of Between the Shadow and Lo, an autobiographical transgressive fiction novel based on her experiences as a raging alcoholic in her 20s. She is also the author of The INFJ Writer, a writing guide made specifically for sensitive intuitive writers. She currently lives in San Francisco.