j/j hastain is a collaborator, writer and maker of things. j/j performs ceremonial gore. Chasing and courting the animate and potentially enlivening decay that exists between seer and singer, j/j, simply, hopes to make the god/dess of stone moan and nod deeply through the waxing and waning seasons of the moon.
j/j hastain is the inventor of The Mystical Sentence Projects and is author of several cross-genre books including the trans-genre book libertine monk (Scrambler Press), The Non-Novels(forthcoming, Spuyten Duyvil) and The Xyr Trilogy: a Metaphysical Romance of Experimental Realisms. j/j’s writing has most recently appeared in Caketrain, Trickhouse, The Collagist, Housefire, Bombay Gin, Aufgabe and Tarpaulin Sky.
j/j hastain’s Luci: a Forbidden Soteriology, published July 2015, is available at SPD.
Praise for Luci
“Call me Luci: effeminate spindle, soft erection,” proclaims hastain, in this radical re-framing of the old, sad, cultural (read, biblical) narrative of good vs. evil, Satan vs. Jesus, girl vs. dude. hastain boldly imagines Lucifer as Luci, God’s rebellious and fearless one, who abandons heaven not because s/he is cast out but because it is “fear-based,” who confesses to us that: “Angels want to fuck too, you know.” Part Descent of Alette, part Queer Lives of Saints, Luci is a juicy, richly embodied, apocryphal text. —Kate Durbin, author of E! Entertainment
j/j hastain’s Luci is the most seductive devil I’ve met in some time. A queer devil, she must learn to know her cursed body in all its mercurial forms—as black hole, cave lip, letter, fatty winged-thing, beauty, ravisher, mass of genres, thirsts, and images. In investigating the medium of her own body, she becomes mediumistic to the bodies of others, and most fatally drawn to that impossible bit of clay: the human. hastain dresses and undresses Luci’s body in a garment of prose as fluid and fulgurating as Luci herself. This is a smoking, lucid book, a vermilion and quicksilver book. —Joyelle McSweeney
“A body of flickers” indeed. Lucifer to Luci to lyrical essence, j/j hastain (a name–a person as unique as the work) explores ideas and images of separation, a certain mode of reconciliation, “differing speeds up an unending hill” of salvation. Falling from grace (here envisioned as cloudy abyss, thoughts and fog) into shattered glass, but this speaker dances on the glass, holds up shards for us to see: a bent light, a cracked mirror, the arterial blood of inquiry. So much questioning. A vivid yearning. This is a persistent and perceptive narrator, with much to say. Truly a fierce voice. So, listen. —Sean Lovelace
Suffused with delight and an exuberant mischief — j/j hastain’s Luci: a Forbidden Soteriology reveals an entirely new, unexpected, and multi-dimensionally devilish Rebel Angel who transitions from paradise to possibility. This Luci will inhabit your imagination with irreverent wonder. —Max Wolf Valerio, author of The Testosterone Files
“A daring, imaginative work of dazzling, theological and linguistic complexity. j/j hastain’s Luci will challenge your mind and capture your heart. Poignant, funny, profound.” —Elizabeth Cunningham, author of The Maeve Chronicles