Book List in Order:14 titles

  • “[Norman Lock’s fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights.” ―NPRIn the seventh stand-alone book of The American Novels series, Ellen Finch, former stenographer to Henry James, recalls her time as an assista...


  • Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize Longlist Finalist“[Norman Lock’s fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights.” ―NPRIn the sixth stand-alone book in The American Novels series, Shelby Ross, a merchant ruined b...


  • “[Norman Lock’s fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights.” ―NPRWhen U.S. Army chaplain Robert Winter first meets Emily Dickinson, he is fascinated by the brilliance of the strange girl immersed in her bota...


  • “[Norman Lock’s fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights.” ―NPRIn Norman Lock’s fourth stand-alone book of The American Novels series, Samuel Long escapes slavery in Virginia, traveling the Underground R...


  • “[Norman Lock’s fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights.” ―NPRIn his third stand-alone book of The American Novels series, Norman Lock recounts the story of a young Philadelphian, Edward Fenzil, who, in t...


  • “[Norman Lock’s fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights.” ―NPRIn this panoramic tale of Manifest Destiny―the second stand-alone book in The American Novels series―Stephen Moran comes of age with the y...


  • “[Norman Lock’s fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights.” ―NPRHuck Finn and Jim float on their raft across a continuum of shifting seasons, feasting on a limitless supply of fish and stolen provisions, pr...


  • “Topical, astonishing and provocative . . . a masterful collection.” —Shelf Awareness for Readers (starred review)“[Lock’s stories] are gems, rich in imagination and language . . . For all their convolutions of space and time, these stories ar...


  • Fiction. "There are moments that remind me of Sax Rohmer or early 20th century science fiction, bits and pieces of language that seem to come out of Jules Verne or Gaston LeRoux. The language itself is quite stylized, replete with a carefully eccentr...






  • Fiction. Norman Lock's GRIM TALES is a mythological catalog of the peculiar, a string of strange, often murderous urban myths. It comes on fast and dirty, wasting no time in lunging at your throat.... GRIM TALES is populated end to end with the magic...


  • Fiction. In Java, a master of the shadow-puppet theater seeks to possess--by his art--a woman, who perishes as though by the contagion of his unnatural desire. SHADOWPLAY is a meditation on story-telling as an act of seizure, a parable of obsession a...


  • Like his gorgeous Long Rowing Unto Morning, The King of Sweden centers on a woman who is simply misunderstood by a world where innocents are fooled into a myriad of seductions that lead to the unraveling of the most human of human hearts. It is Lock...


  • Norman Lock's "Trio" combines his acclaimed Joseph Cornell's Operas and Emigres with Grim Tales, his riff on the Brothers Grimm. These masterful works of the imagination demonstrate Lock's innate ability to transform the fanciful into the tactile. He...


  • A History of the Imagination is a postmodern tale of adventure that reshapes the parameters of time and space, thought and action. In a metaphorical Africa, replete with nostalgia (but no dimensions), anything can happen and usually does. The narrato...