Jeremy Hawkins is the author of The Last Days of Video, published by Soft Skull Press (an imprint of Counterpoint Press). His fiction has appeared at Diagram, Pacifica, Molotov Cocktail, and other venues. He earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and he is an independent bookseller at Flyleaf Books. He is also the founder of The Distillery, a web-based editing service. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC.
Book Title: The Last Days of Video
It’s 2007, and video stores are dying. But most of you don’t care. You’ve got your Netflix and your Redbox and your DVR, so why deal with VHS tapes or scratched DVDs? Why deal with the grumpy guy at the worn-down independent video store?
That grumpy guy is Waring Wax, and he’s usually too drunk to worry about his declining business at Star Video, let alone his quickly evolving extinction in popular culture. But everything changes in his small college town when a bright and shiny Blockbuster Video opens nearby: Clearly, this means war.
So Waring enlists the help of his two reluctant employees to hatch a series of wild schemes and fight against the corporate invaders. Together, these three misfits try to save Star Video while confronting Waring’s self-destructive tendencies, a life-training cult, corporate bicycle gangs, an indifferent base of customers, and the arrival of a famous Hollywood director plagued by visitations from the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock.