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New Anthology of Transgressive Fiction from Outcast Press!

Transgressive fiction is getting to be quite the buzz word for writers and lit nerds these days, and nobody does it better than Outcast Press. The description of their newest anthology, In Filth It Can Be Found, promises the best of the best:

In this volume, you’ll find 20 stories that explore the shadow side of humanity. These stories might disquiet, upset, or even enrage certain readers. Outcast Press doesn’t cater to such cries for censorship because we believe the best art isn’t comfortable or comforting. Reading isn’t a spectator sport. And since life doesn’t come with a trigger warning, neither should literature.

I’m honored that my story, The Harpy, is featured in this collection alongside other transgressive fiction greats like G.C. McKay and Greg Levin. According to one reviewer:

Regardless of your taste in genres, they’re all covered here. From horror to science-fiction to drama; the surreal, the gross out, the hilarious…There are nods to Edgar Allan Poe (the story from Stephen J. Golds) as well as Chuck Palahniuk (Sebastian Vice’s insane ode to pyromania). It’s good to see a large number of female writers also included, in fact they make up almost half of the stories here. Though it waves its transgressive flag high, the collection is accessible, entertaining and always maintains interest.

Whether you’re already an established transgressive fiction fan, or you’re just curious about how to get started reading in the genre, this anthology is a hidden gem you won’t want to miss. You can buy it on Amazon here:


And if you want to learn more about transgressive fiction in all its various forms, you can check out the Outcast Press website here:


I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as we enjoyed writing them!

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ WriterThe INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Intuitive Writing, a six-step online video course for INFJ and INFP writers who struggle with writing. She is also currently offering a free copy of her book on creative marketing for INFJ and INFP writers to anyone who signs up for her newsletter. SIGN UP HERE to get your free copy of Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers.

In Support of Transgressive Fiction

I’m one of the authors contributing to a new anthology of transgressive fiction from Outcast Press coming out later this year called “In Filth It Shall Be Found.” For those of you who know my work, you know that transgressive fiction is a genre that’s near and dear to my heart.

There’s a small, but marginal market for transgressive fiction novels. However, for short story writers, the market is almost nonexistent. Outcast Press hopes to change that. They strive to always pay writers a fair price for their pieces, but the biggest challenge is cash flow.

For the new anthology, Outcast Press has put together a Kickstarter campaign to ensure every writer is paid fairly for their work. If you’re interested in donating, even putting $5 toward this campaign gets you an ebook of the published anthology + your name in the dedication section.

You can find more info here:


And if you’re reading this and asking yourself, “What the heck is transgressive fiction?” you can check out a couple of articles I’ve written on it to get a better idea:

The Big Lie About Transgressive Fiction

On Writing Transgressive Fiction: A Feminine Perspective

Thanks so much everyone, for your curiosity about this topic, and your support.

Lauren Sapala is the author of  Between the Shadow and Lo, a transgressive novel based on her experiences as an alcoholic battling her alter ego in Seattle in the early 2000’s, and its sequel,  West Is San Francisco. You can SIGN UP HERE to join her newsletter and get your free copy of the e-book  Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers.