We set up 404 Ink in the Summer of 2016 with a view to publishing novels. Fast forward to Summer-sort-of-Autumn 2018, we still don’t have any. Until now.
We are bloody delighted to announce that in May 2019 we will be publishing Elle Nash’s incredible debut novel Animals Eat Each Other.
Animals Eat Each Other sees a young woman with no name embark on a fraught three-way relationship with tattoo artist Matt and his partner Frances, a new mother. She finds herself balancing on a knife's edge between the promise of what-ifs against isolation in the present’s strict rules, examining the wreckage of love and how we can lose ourselves in it.
Elle Nash is the author of Animals Eat Each Other. She is a founding editor of Witch Craft Magazine and a fiction editor at Hobart Pulp. Her work has been featured in Volume 1 Brooklyn, The Fanzine, Cosmopolitan, Elle, The Offing, Enclave, and other places. She lives in the Ozarks with her husband, daughter and their dog. Occasionally she reads tarot in exchange for money. You can follow her at @saderotica.
You can pre-order your copy on the 404 Ink store, and mark it as ‘to read’ on Goodreads here.
Personally, we’re thrilled to publish Animals Eat Each Other in the UK (it was published earlier in 2018 by Dzanc in the US and we have acquired UK & Commonwealth right (exc Canda)) - the book caught our attention via Publishers Weekly earlier this year and after a glowing reader report from Mika, our Publishing Assistant, reading the book leapt to the top of our to-do list, and we knew immediately we had found the perfect novel for 404. Don’t just take our word for it:
‘Nash writes with psychological precision. A complex, impressive exploration of obsession and desire.’
– Publishers Weekly starred review
‘Scintillating work of literary erotica. Perceptive and raw.’
– Book Riot
‘A desire map, a cartography or eros. A heartbomb.’
– Lidya Yuknavitch, The Book of Joan
‘If Holden Caulfield was the face of adolescence during Salinger’s era, then Nash’s Lilith represents the face of today’s youth as they struggle to come-of-age in a world where people are increasingly alienated.’
– Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, Fig