Carnality reading with author Josiah Hesse

October 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

Josiah Hesse will be at Boneshaker on Oct 14 to read from his book, Carnality: Sebastian Phoenix and the Dark Star. Part historical fiction, part psychological horror, Carnality: Sebastian Phoenix and the Dark Star is the second installment in a series revealing the corruption, greed and sexual repression of Evangelical Christian culture.

After escaping a life of harsh labor and religious fundamentalism on his father’s farm, Jacob is discovered by an ambitious youth pastor who turns him into a teenage evangelical pop star, where he warns the youth of America that Hell awaits those who succumb to drugs and “same-sex attraction.” But when the incessant throb of Jacob’s own body betrays the chastity and sobriety of his ministry, his fear of eternal damnation is eclipsed by carnal desires for another man – driving him ever deeper into supernatural madness.

Josiah Hesse is an author and journalist from Denver, Colorado, whose work has appeared in Vice, Esquire, and The Guardian. He is senior editor of the arts and literature magazine, Suspect Press, and author of the psychological horror novels, "Carnality: Dancing On Red Lake and “Carnality: Sebastian Phoenix and The Dark Star." His work focuses on the childhood trauma inflicted by evangelical Christian culture, seasoned with a bit of humor and pop-culture wisdom.