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I Love You I'm Leaving

The stories in Vic Sizemore's collection I Love You I'm Leaving are as dark and unpredictable as unlit mountain roads at three in the morning. Sizemore presents an unlikely cast of musicians, middle managers and meth-heads struggling to survive in the broken landscapes of post-millennial West Virginia... With mordant humor and stoic compassion, Sizemore unveils an array of characters wrestling with a world of bad breaks and bleak justice.   --Craig Fishbane, On the Proper Role of Desire
“There was nowhere for the heavy things to go,” says the narrator in "Toxicity Report." But he’s wrong, because woe becomes art in these mesmerizing stories. Here are characters who need groceries, drugs, gas in their cars, diapers for their babies. They’ve got trouble, and it’s more complicated than you think. Sure, it’s Godforsaken country; sure, they bring it on themselves. But Vic Sizemore takes you where these folks live. Down and out is a place he knows, and he’ll hold you in its thrall. For fans of Daniel Woodrell.   --Sandra Scofield, The Last Draft; Swim: Stories of the Sixties 

"With brilliant insight and emotional daring, Sizemore delivers a collection of stories that sparkle with humanity. His attention to cadence and rhythm makes this an unstoppable read."   --Meg Tuite, Meet My Haze
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About the Author

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Vic Sizemore is the author of Watching My Religion Die, a collection of essays. His fiction and nonfiction appear in Story Quarterly, North American Review, Southern Humanities Review, storySouth, Blue Mesa Review, Sou’wester, [PANK] Magazine, Reed Magazine and elsewhere. His fiction has won the New Millennium Writings Award and has been nominated for Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best of the Net, and several Pushcart Prizes.






“My Three Moms,” Solstice Literary Magazine, forthcoming

“White Supremacists in Our Midst,” essay, Cold Mountain Review, Fall 2018

“Not a Bad Man at All—and Yet,” essay, The Smart Set, March 2018

“The Moral Bankruptcy of Roy Moore’s Defenders,” essay, The Good Men Project, November, 2017

“How to Negate Hate,” essay, Image journal “Good Letters,” November 2017

“Keep Your Flag off My Lawn,” essay, The Good Men Project, November 2017

“My White Tribe,” essay, bioStories, August 2017

“Conservative Christians and the Great Deceiver,” essay, The Good Men Project, August, 2017

“Love Russia, Hate Putin,” essay, The Baltimore Sun, July 2017

“The Will to Devolution,” essay, Eclectica, Oct/Nov, 2016

“Losing My Religion,” essay, Appalachian Heritage, August 2016

“Tennis with the Man Boy,” essay, Brain Child Magazine, July, 2016

“The Gay Worm Turns,” essay, Atticus Review, May 2016

“The Case against Evangelical Higher Education,” essay, The Humanist, February, 2016

“Big Bully,” essay, Superstition Review, December 2015

“The Holy Fool in Winter,” essay, bioStories, October, 2015

“In Mammon We Trust,” essay, Eclectica, October 2015

“The Army of the Lord,” essay, Entropy, September 2015

“Why Did I Go to War,” essay, The Good Men Project, February 2015



Good Letters blog posts

“Her Name Was Phoebe Lilly,” short story, The North American Review, forthcoming

Some Say the World Will End in Fire,” short story, Sinking City, September, 2018

“Escape Route,” short story, Connotation Press, March 2018

 “River Mud, Steepled Sky,” short story, Saint Katherine Review, February 2018

“Kirk and Anna Lee Just Disagree,” novel excerpt, Heavy Feather Review, September 2017

“Delmas,” short story, The Woven Tale Press, June 2017

“Pray for Us Elpis,” short story, Wayne Literary Review, April 2017

“Your Family Chooses You,” novel excerpt, Windhover, February 2017

“Riders on the Storm,” short story, The Spark: the alternating press blog+journal, July 4, 2016

 “Rae,” novel excerpt, Drunken Boat, April 2016

“The Sound of Knocking,” short story, West Trade Review, March 2016

“When All Was Young,” short story, Litro, December, 2015

“A Cold and Broken Hallelujah,” novel excerpt, Ghost Town, September 2015

“A Lone Gunman,” short story, Crack the Spine, September 2015

“What’s in the Water,” short story, The Stockholm Review of Literature, September 2015

“Into the Woods,” novel excerpt, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, March 2015

 “Glory,” short story, Red Truck Review, January 2015

“Evangelism Explosion,” novel excerpt, Foliate Oak, December 2014

“Flying J,” short story, REAL [Regarding Arts & Letters], November 2014

“A Fisher of Men,” novel excerpt, WIPs: Works (of fiction) in Progress, November 2014

“Blindside,” novel excerpt, eFiction, September 2014

“One Strange Animal,” storySouth, September 2014

“The Uninvited,” novel excerpt, Canopic Jar, July 2014

“Plan B,” short story, A River and Sound Review, June, 2014

“The Elder Brother,” short story, Superstition Review, May 2014

“Old Things Are Passed Away,” novel excerpt, Letters, March 2014

“All Fall Down,” short story, Reed Magazine, May 2014

“Karma, Dharma, Freedom, Fate,” short story, Ilanot Review, winter, 2014

“Chamber Music,” short story, Southern Humanities Review, volume 47, no. 4, fall 2013

“Little Wendell’s Fifth,” short story, Connotation Press, December 2013

“When the Sound of the Grinding is Low,” novel excerpt, Pithead Chapel, November, 2013

“From a Far Country,” novel excerpt, Burrow Press Review, October 2013

“Claims Adjusting,” short story, Conclave: a journal of Character, issue 6, fall 2013

“Son of a Preacher Man,” novel excerpt, Vol.1 Brooklyn, August 2013

“Freedom’s Just another Word,” short story, Fiction Fix, winter, 2013

“A Prophet of the Most High,” novel excerpt, Rock & Sling, volume 8, 2013

“The Evangelicals,” short story, Atticus Review, 22 January 2013

“The Rod of Correction,” short story, Connecticut Review, fall, 2012

“The Squirrel Gun,” short story, Silk Road Review, issue 7.2, spring, 2012

“Behold All Things Are Made New,” novel excerpt, Relief Journal, volume 6, 2012

“The Calling,” novel excerpt, Prick of the Spindle, issue 2, 2012

“A Hot Day in October,” short story, Sou’wester, vol. 40, number 2, spring 2012  

“Hymn to the Chaos,” short story, Blue Mesa Review, issue 25, spring 2012

“A Hell of a Thing,” short story, Pembroke, number 44, 2012

“Family of God,” novel excerpt, Connecticut Review, volume 33, number 2, fall 2011

“Gnosis,” short story, Saint Katherine Review, volume 1, number 4, fall 2011

“As the Spirit Moves,” short story, PANK Magazine, 6.12, October 2011

“An Atheist and a Saint,” essay, Rock & Sling, issue 6, volume 2, summer 2011

“Centrifugal Child,” short story, The Dos Passos Review, volume 7, number 1, spring 2010

“What Really Happened to PFC Quinos,” short story, StoryQuarterly, issue 44, fall 2010

“Hush Little Baby,” short story, Southern Humanities Review, volume 44, number 3,

summer 2010; New Millennium Writings, no. 20, 2011; The Tower Journal, volume 6, no. 2, winter 2014

 “Ask, Seek, Knock,” novel excerpt, Portland Review, issue 56, volume 2, winter 2009


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