Ted Morrissey is the author of the novels An Untimely Frost (2014), Men of Winter (2010, re-released 2013), the novelette Figures in Blue, and, most recently, the novella Weeping with an Ancient God (Twelve Winters), named a Best Book of 2015 by Chicago Book Review. His short fiction and essays have appeared in more than forty journals, including Glimmer Train, The Chariton Review, PANK, Writers Ask and North American Review. He is also the author of two scholarly books: Trauma Theory As a Method for Understanding Literary Texts (Mellen, 2016), and The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters (2013). He holds a PhD in English studies and lives just north of Springfield, Illinois. A William H. Gass scholar, several of his presentations on Gass’s work are archived at his 12 Winters Blog.
Contact: jtedmorrissey (at) gmail (dot) com
News: (April 13, 2017) A writing career first. I had two pieces come out in different journals on the same day — both excerpts from my work in progress The Isolation of Conspiracy. Part I, “Meditations on the Word,” is in the journal Floyd County Moonshine; and an excerpt of Part II, “The Glance of Orpheus,” is in Lakeview Journal.
News: (March 11, 2017) Floyd County Moonshine has accepted for publication “Meditations on the Word,” Part I of my work in progress titled The Isolation of Conspiracy. Part II, “The Glance of Orpheus,” is forthcoming in Lakeview Journal.
News: (March 1, 2017) I’ve been invited to join a prearranged panel at the American Literature Association Conference May 24-28 in Boston. The panel is The American Recluse: Contesting Individualism in Narratives of Isolation and Withdrawal, and my paper is “In the Heart of the Heart of Despair: Seclusion in the Fiction of William H. Gass.”
News: (March 1, 2017) I presented my paper, “Modernism’s Last Gasp and the Architecture of William H. Gass’s The Tunnel,” at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 Feb. 23. I also been read an excerpt from my long story “The Curvatures of Hurt,” which is part of the forthcoming book Crowsong for the Stricken. The paper is available here.
News: (October 4, 2016) Mrs Saville, a novel in progress, will be published serially at Strands Lit Sphere.
News: (September 20, 2016) Trauma Theory As a Method for Understanding Literary Texts (Mellen) is available for pre-order and will be released November 2.
News: (August 2, 2016) An excerpt of the second section of my novel in progress, The Isolation of Conspiracy, will be published in Lakeview Journal. It will appear under the title “The Glance of Orpheus.”
News: (May 25, 2016) My story “Planes” (originally published by Lavender Wolves Literary Magazine) was a finalist for the Sequestrum Editors’ Reprint Award.
News: (April 29, 2016) I have joined the MFA in Writing faculty at Lindenwood University as an online instructor, and will begin by teaching a literature course on the “The Long Story and Novella” this fall.
News: (March 28, 2016) “The Pedigree of Self-Publishing,” a short article, is included in the newest issue of North American Review (301.2). Available for purchase here.
News: (February 2, 2016) “Crowsong for the Stricken” has been published by Flyleaf Journal. “Crowsong” received the Editors’ Reprint Award 2015. From the email informing of the award: “Although you were in good company with many other accomplished contributors, we were absolutely enchanted by your story and its unique premise of a small town plagued both by disease and paranoia. The style of the language and the overall tone seemed to harken back to the stalwarts of the literary fantasy and horror genres like Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson.” The story originally appeared in Noctua Review, and it will be the title story of a collection released later this year.
News: (January 7, 2016) My story “Beside Running Waters” has been reprinted in Literature Today, volume 4.
News: (December 28, 2015) The novella Weeping with an Ancient God was included on the Chicago Book Review‘s list of the Best Books of 2015.
News: (October 4, 2015) Fiction on the Web has published the my long short story “The Curvatures of Hurt.” It is the final story in a collection of related stories that will come out next year, titled Crowsong for the Stricken.
News: (August 4, 2015) Southern Humanities Review has accepted the my short story “Sheol” for publication. It is part of a collection of related stories yet to be released.
News: (June 30, 2015) Everest magazine has accepted the my short story “Erebus” for publication. “Erebus” is part of a collection of related stories that may be out next year.
News: (June 13, 2015) I presented my paper “Fictionalizing the Life and Voice of Washington Irving” at the North American Review Bicentennial Conference. The paper was about his writing of the novel An Untimely Frost. Visit my 12 Winters Blog to read the paper.
News: (May 18, 2015) “A Hot and Cold ‘Frost,'” a review of the novel An Untimely Frost, is in Chicago Book Review: “There are moments of true brilliance in An Untimely Frost. It reads like a post-modernist emulating Henry James, which proves to be an intriguing combination. The novel’s ending is as strong as many, and the author’s writing is in turns funny and harrowing.”
Update: (March 24, 2015) My post, “Professor Tolkien’s Rebel Readings of Beowulf,” expanding my review of Tolkien’s translation is on the North American Review blog here.
News: (March 20, 2015) My review of J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf, “A Dragon-Worthy Treasure,” has been published in the North American Review (300.2).
News: (December 1, 2014) my story “The Ancient World” has been accepted for publication by The Snapping Twig. “The Ancient World” is one of a nearly complete collection of connected tales titled A Murder of Stories, which should be out in book form in 2015. The stories in the collection are all set in the same Midwestern village, usually in the 1950s, with reoccurring characters, themes and motifs — but each is a unique experiment in narrative style and/or structure.
News: (October 28, 2014) My short story “Bitterness on the Tongue” has been published by the Blue Bonnet Review. “Bitterness on the Tongue” is one of a growing collection of connected tales, titled A Murder of Stories. Others have appeared in the Tulane Review, Noctua Review, Constellations, and Black Denim Lit, while others are forthcoming in Stone Crowns Magazine and Lavender Wolves Literary Journal. The stories are set in the same unnamed village and have reoccurring characters, themes and images. Yet each is a unique experiment in narrative style or structure.
News: (October 27, 2014) The short story “Planes” is a featured “Scary Story” on WUIS public radio. Listen here.
News: (October 4, 2014) Anne Drolet reviewed An Untimely Frost in the fall 2014 North American Review: “In An Untimely Frost, Ted Morrissey takes us on a haunting journey through mid-19th-century London. . . .The novel becomes an engrossing mystery and more than a simple historical novel . . . a wonderful read that draws the reader in. . . .” News: (August 29, 2014) My story “The Drama of Consonants” is in the summer 2014 issue of ink&coda. “The Drama of Consonants” is part of a series of related stories. Others have appeared in the Tulane Review, Noctua Review, Constellations, and Black Denim Lit, while others are forthcoming in Stone Crowns Magazine and Lavender Wolves Literary Journal. The stories are set in the same unnamed village and have reoccurring characters, themes and images. Yet each is a unique experiment in narrative style or structure.
News: (August 24, 2014) Weeping with an Ancient God, a novella, has been released by Twelve Winters Press. The book includes illustrations by Adam G. Perschbacher and an interview by Beth Gilstrap. News: (August 8, 2014) My story “Season of Reaping” is in the August issue of Festival Writer. “Season of Reaping” is an especially experimental narrative, combining prose from multiple characters’ points of view, and villanelles embedded in the text of the story. It is part of a series of related stories. Others have appeared or are forthcoming in the Tulane Review, Noctua Review, Constellations, Black Denim Lit, Stone Crowns Magazine, Lavender Wolves Literary Journal and ink&coda.
News: (July 26, 2014) The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters continues to be added to notable collections around the world, recently the British Library and the Library of Congress. Other noteworthy libraries include Notre Dame, Duke, Pepperdine, Purdue, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, as well as research libraries in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Iraq, and elsewhere. See the complete list on WorldCat. News: (June 28, 2014) My short story “Planes” will be included in an upcoming issue of Lavender Wolves Literary Journal. “Planes” is part of a series of related stories. Others have appeared in the Tulane Review, Noctua Review, Constellations, and Black Denim Lit, while another is forthcoming in Stone Crowns Magazine. The stories are set in the same unnamed village and have reoccurring characters, themes and images. Yet each is a unique experiment in narrative style or structure.
News: (May 29, 2014) Men of Winter is now available for Nook — and has been reformatted for Kindle as well. News: (May 25, 2014) The audiobook edition of Figures in Blue is available from Audible.com, Amazon and iTunes. News: (April 14, 2014) My brief article “The Loss of Intellect” has been posted on North American Review’s blog. It’s an extension of my review of William H. Gass’s novel Middle C based on Gass’s mid-1990s predictions about the effects of technology and the Web on young minds in particular.
News: (March 8, 2014) My short story “Scent of Darkness” is in the March issue of Black Denim Lit. “Scent of Darkness” is part of a series of related stories, others of which have appeared in the Tulane Review, Noctua Review and Constellations.
News: (January 7, 2014) The novel An Untimely Frost is available in paperback from Amazon as well as for Kindle, from Barnes & Noble, including for Nook, and from Espresso Book Machine. Visit the Twelve Winters Press site for a complete list of sellers. News: (December 2013) The poem “A Painful Commerce” has been collected in The Muse: An International Journal of Poetry, volume 1, issue 2, edited by Pradeep Chaswal, Deepak Chaswal and Mohammad Arif.
News: (December 2013) WUIS Public Radio has aired an interview with me, discussing the novelette Figures in Blue and the forthcoming novel An Untimely Frost, among other topics. See the Interviews page for others as well.
News: (November 18, 2013) North American Review posted “The Psychic Origins of Creativity” on its blog.
News: (August 2, 2013) Men of Winter, a Revised & Expanded Edition, has been released by Twelve Winters Press and is now available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Espresso Book Machine. It will soon be available in a variety of formats from multiple sources. Download a printable flyer. News: (March 12, 2013) The monograph The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters was released by Edwin Mellen Press. It is the first time that the postmodern critical model of trauma theory has been used to gain insight into the classic Old English poem. The book is available in various formats, and scholarly journals may request free copies for review. Please see the monograph’s page for further details. Update: Edwin Mellen Press awarded the monograph the D. Simon Evans Prize for distinguished scholarship–the Press’s highest honor.