Meerkat Press has acquired Keith Rosson’s debut novel, The Mercy of the Tide, which will release in February 2017. The deal, which includes worldwide English rights excluding UK, was negotiated by Tricia Reeks, of Meerkat Press, and Christopher Schelling, of Selectric Artists.

Calling it a “genre-defying alternate history thriller with supernatural elements,” Reeks says the story, set against a backdrop of Reagan-era nuclear tensions, follows four people inextricably drawn together by tragedy—one a nine-year-old deaf girl who dreams of a nuclear apocalypse—as they attempt to navigate strange happenings in their small town of Riptide, Oregon, like the discovery of a centuries-old skeleton, and mutilated animals seemingly sacrificed on the town’s beaches.

Said Reeks, “We are excited to be working with Keith on his debut novel. He is an amazing writer, and we are proud to be part of what we are sure will be a long and extraordinary career.”

Said Schelling, “Keith has a voice unlike any other in contemporary fiction. Unbound by genre, he opens the novel with an eerily peaceful snapshot of a small town sheriff’s office, and before you know it he’s got you hurtling toward the apocalypse. It’s wonderful that the vision is shared by Meerkat Press, a new publisher that’s thinking about new ways to get books into the hands of readers who get a thrill from the unexpected.”

Said Rosson, “I’m thrilled to be working with Meerkat Press, an adventurous publisher that’s willing to take a chance on a book that blurs genres and our sense of history itself.”



Keith Rosson’s fiction has appeared in Redivider, Cream City Review, PANK, The Nervous Breakdown, and more. He is the author of The Best of Intentions: The Avow Anthology, an omnibus collection of his long-running punk fanzine, Avow, as well as an illustrator and graphic designer, with clients that include Green Day, Against Me, the Goo Goo Dolls, and others.


Selectric Artists is an agency for literary and talent management, founded and run by Christopher Schelling in 2011. Selectric’s client list spans a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including New York Times bestselling memoirist Augusten Burroughs (Lust & Wonder), YA novelists Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park) and Cinda Williams Chima (Flamecaster) and musicians like New York-based pop-rock duo, the Skivvies.


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