Joseph Mattson writes like a guitar player with nineteen fingers—everywhere at once, stinging, dark, and beautiful.
Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight and Pain Killers
“Here I was, doing ninety on the Santa Monica Freeway with a quart of whiskey shoved into my crotch and my dead neighbor in the trunk. It had come time to leave Los Angeles...”

“Here I was, doing ninety on the Santa Monica Freeway with a quart of whiskey shoved into my crotch and my dead neighbor in the trunk. It had come time to leave Los Angeles...”

Empty the Sun

by Joseph Mattson

“Here I was, doing ninety on the Santa Monica Freeway with a quart of whiskey shoved into my crotch and my dead neighbor in the trunk. It had come time to leave Los Angeles...”

Thus begins the pre-apocalyptic, cross-country race with death to bury the murdered past in Joseph Mattson’s urgent, beautifully reckless debut novel of transgressive loss and hunted redemption, culminating in a shotgun fight with God. Includes an open-road, open-whiskey soundtrack by enigmatic and stunning Drag City recording artist Six Organs of Admittance

Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book
Paperback with CD, 2010: 9780982505625
US $18.00 | Fiction
Also available in ebook formats

As Rolling Stone once said about Public Enemy, Empty the Sun doesn’t just break new ground—it’s become the new ground to break.
Dan Collins, LA Record

Joseph Mattson is the author of Eat Hell, and his writing has appeared in Ambit, Pearl, Slipstream, Two Letters, and many more. An epical rambler—miles under him include working as a farmer, dishwasher, cook, getaway driver, healthcare worker for the clinically mentally insane, and more—his home base is Los Angeles.


Six Organs of Admittance tours multiple continents and has released over a dozen albums, including Dark Noontide, School of the Flower, Shelter from the Ash, and Luminous Night.

 

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