Brian Wood is an active writer in Rochester's literary community. He is a writing instructor at Writers & Books, where he helped organize the inaugural Ladder Literary Conference in 2018. He also co-hosts the podcast Two Month Review with Open Letter Press publisher Chad Post. Wood has also served as the Managing Editor of Reed Magazine and the Fiction Editor for POST. He has previously ghostwritten five published books. This is his first book published under his own name.
Wood's writing style is comparable to Etgar Keret, Rebecca Lee, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Kathy Acker, and Dorthe Nors, with a touch of playfulness, energy, absurdity, and Southern Gothic mixed in for good measure.
Joytime Killbox was a finalist for the BOA Short Fiction Prize prior to being accepted for publication.
This book explores various forms of impotence. There's sexual dysfunction, and beyond that, the characters often wallow in the awkwardness and absence of meaning in everyday, mundane situations. In most instances, the landscapes and settings are bare, illuminating the characters' relatable inner struggles and inability to navigate simple situations, which the author explores through a witty sense of humor.