Andy Nowicki is the author of two previous books, Considering Suicide (Nine Banded Books, 2009), and The Columbine Pilgrim(Counter-Currents, 2011). Both are psychological tragicomedies, as well as profound meditations on the persistence of spiritual hunger in the midst of nihilistic angst. Mr. Nowicki would count Joseph Conrad, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dostoyevsky, Soren Kierkegaard, Flannery O’Connor, T. S. Eliot, and Shakespeare among as his influences. Then again, he recognizes that “influences” are often a somewhat dodgy thing to discuss. Mr. Nowicki composes regular columns for online magazines The Last Ditch and Alternative Right. He has also written for Takimag.com, Occidental Observer, Dappled Things, Christendom Review, and New Oxford Review. His trenchant, mordant, and poignant commentary has moved many thousands of readers to rueful chuckles of alternating joy, contempt and outrage. He teaches college English and lives in Savannah, Ga. with his wife and two children.
The Doctor and the Heretic and Other Stories
In this collection of stories, controversial author and fearless gadfly Andy Nowicki examines the lives of the desperate, the spiritually ravaged, and the emotionally obsessed: “The Doctor and the Heretic,” depicts a forbidden love affair between a beautiful, wounded therapist and her troubled young patient, “Autobiography of a Violent Soul,” a raw and intense memoir of youthful lusts and indiscretions, and “Tears of the Damned,” in which a mass murderer finds himself in an alternate timeline where he never committed his brutal crimes. Readers will want to come back to these stories again and again, each time discovering something compelling and new.
“Equipped with a sensitive understanding of female psychology, the author portrays a middle age psychotherapist who unknowingly stands in greater need than her patients… This is a sophisticated piece of writing that affirms what we have already seen in this author’s novels – a quest for higher values than our postmodern world is prepared to offer.” – Tito Perdue, author of The Node and other novels