A Strange Objectis an imprint based in Austin, Texas, dedicated to publishing surprising, heartbreaking fiction alongside thoughtful ephemera. We're talking about fiction that haunts and inspires us—big work that engulfs, that takes risks, that bucks form, that builds warm dwellings in dark places.


Welcome to A Strange Object

Hello! You may know us as the Austin-based independent press focused on fiction. In 2019 we joined the nonprofit publishing house Deep Vellum as an imprint.

We are thrilled to be able to continue our mission of publishing original voices in fiction (as well as the occasional stellar memoir or brilliant but hard-to-categorize nonfiction) alongside Deep Vellum's powerful list of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic novels, photography, and translated literature. Deep Vellum's works in translation span forty-five languages, and its authors hail from sixty-five countries. In addition, DV actively invests in creating and supporting a diverse literary culture here in Texas. We couldn't be prouder to join such a cosmopolitan, humane, and visionary organization.

On to the books! Our most recent title is the Farthest South, by Ethan Rutherford, which arrived April 13. Kirkus gave it a starred review; so did Publishers Weekly! Laura van den Berg says, “Ethan Rutherford is one of our great artists of catastrophe. Drawing on landscapes both mythic—the fairy tale, the ghost story—and domestic, this collection illuminates terrors that feel at once prescient and eternal. Farthest South is a masterpiece.” Rattawut Lapcharoensap on the collection: “Each story is an uncanny revelation, as if Nathaniel Hawthorne had decided to take up residence among us. . . . A brilliant and literally wonderful collection.” Order it here.

Forthcoming in 2022: Country of Origin, an intergenerational, continent-spanning novel about family inheritance and individual paths to freedom by Dalia Azim, out in March 2022. In September we have The Traces, by Mairead Small Staid, a mixture of memoir and criticism about Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, traveling in Italy, and happiness.

We are distributed by Consortium, available under Deep Vellum's listings.

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We believe in the subtle art of subtraction. We're pressing mute on the noise of publishing and increasing the signal and the strange.

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[Side note: Writers, we love you, but we are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time.]