Psychopomp Volume One: Cracked Plate is the story of Meena, who suffers a mental fracture on Portland’s light rail that alters her life in an instant. Confused and afraid that her unexpected unraveling will result in universal rejection, Meena confront a man in a coffee shop and asks if he’ll be her stalker. Meanwhile, her parents Esther and Frank fly to Portland to better measure their daughter’s distress, and to reveal the unusual mental gifts possibly informing her crack, and their own. Repair of all plates might be possible with the assistance of Lola, who witnesses Meena’s fracture and learns that she is a psychopomp, a conductor of souls. Lola has something that belongs to Meena, but can only return it with the guidance of voices she’s been told no one should hear.

Since its debut in November of 2012, Psychopomp has been shipped all over the world, from the UK to Japan. Reviews by kind friends and enthusiastic fans have informed a nearly five-star rating on Amazon and Goodreads. Regional Arts and Culture Council awarded Amanda a small grant to participate in the Port Townsend Writer’s Conference and get to work on Volume 2. Readings have taken place at Chance of Rain Cafe, Port Townsend Writer’s Conference, and are forthcoming at Milepost 5 and Three Friends Cafe (2014).

To learn more about the process of writing this book and me, check out Klint Finley’s interview with me on Technoccult or Disinfo.

To read a lovely review, click this.

If you are a bookstore, cafe, or otherwise enterprising individual and would like to schedule a reading, contact Amanda at amanda.sledz @ gmail dot com.


Psychopomp is now available at Powell’s, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, In Other Words, and bookstores everywhere. If you’d rather buy direct for the benefit of the autograph and the adoration, click this button.

IF you’d like to just donate to assist with the completion of Psychopomp Two: All of Us Are Hiding (or as I prefer, Psychopomp 2: Electric Boogaloo) just follow the linkity-links!

6 thoughts on “Psychopomp

  1. holy wow.

    thank you so much for these words. i love the way your earnest grace word-herds, wrangling memes and spells. it reminds me of feelings of which i hadn’t previously realized their import, but yours help focus it for me.

  2. Thank YOU for reading. Good motivation to continue these things. Instead of pressuring PSYCHOPOMP into a novel mode, I’m considering publishing it as part of an anthology to include a number of things from this here blog-o-sphere. Will update all as this develops…

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