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THE DESERT PLACES...coming October 15th

I’m a writer.

My second short story collection, THE UNFINISHED WORLD AND OTHER STORIES, is due out from Liveright/Norton in 2016.

I also wrote this book with Robert Kloss and illustrator Matt Kish, and it’s available here. It’s called THE DESERT PLACES. It’s probably one of the most gorgeous books you’ll ever hold in your hands, no joke.

Flavorwire said about it that: “In this case, Curbside Splendor should be loaded up with heaps of praise (but I’m sure they’d settle for just taking your money if you wanted to give it to them) for putting out this little book that takes its cues from the Bible, amplifies the Good Book’s violence and darkness, and then smashes it together with modern times.”

Rain Taxi said that “none of McCarthy’s novels has the cosmic scope that Sparks and Kloss develop here, even if The Desert Places isn’t half as long as McCarthy’s shortest work.”


My debut short story collection, MAY WE SHED THESE HUMAN BODIES, is still available from Curbside Splendor.

mwsthb_-_cover_04-27-12.jpgAtlantic Wire called it the “best small press debut of 2012.”

Publisher’s Weekly said it “swirls with a Tim Burton-like whimsy…modern fables in which epiphanies replace moral lessons and tales unfold with Grimm-like wickedness.”


over a dozen bloggers and literary magazines and websites named it one of the best books of 2012.

(And yes, that really is my real name.)