As cult writers go, Stewart Home may be one of the most singular. A 2014 Vice piece on Home referred to his work as “a collision of Jonathan Swift, William Burroughs and Jean-Luc Godard,” and a 1994 Iain Sinclair essay on Home called him “a dynamo of invention, recycling Dadaist provocation into fugues of inspired counter-terror, then moving on.” Home has been writing surreal, politically-charged fiction and nonfiction for several decades now, some of which can be harder to track down on these shores than others. I can remember searching various New York bookstores in my early 20s to see if I could find anything of his, which is how I came to read his memorably-titled novel Come Before Christ and Murder Love.
This November, Penny-Ante will release a new edition of Home’s 1991 novel Defiant Pose, which features an introduction by writer and theorist McKenzie Wark and an afterword by Home; an edited version of the cover can be seen above. Home will also be doing several events in New York to coincide with the new edition of the novel, which should make for a welcome addition to the fall’s literary happenings.