Black Lawrence Press

The Man Who Noticed Everything

The Man Who Noticed Everything

Dark, cerebral stories of the American grotesque that light up hidden corners of the individual and national consciousness.


  • "Adrian Van Young channels such a diversity of mighty literary voices, you’d think this book was an anthology collecting the work of the best young writers of the new generation. But in truth these stories were all written by one man: an astoundingly talented writer."
    —Ben Marcus
  • "Adrian Van Young is the secret love-child of many authors I admire, from Ambrose Bierce to H.P. Lovecraft to Sherwood Anderson to Tobias Wolff. The stories in this collection are not easily forgotten."
    —John Wray

Adrian Van Young

Adrian Van Young is the author of The Man Who Noticed Everything, a collection of stories, which won Black Lawrence Press’s St. Lawrence Book Award in 2011, and the novel, Shadows in Summerland, forthcoming from ChiZine Publications in April. His fiction and non-fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, VICE, Slate, The Believer, and The New Yorker, among others. His work has also appeared in the anthologies States of Terror II and Gigantic Worlds. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is a regular contributor to He lives in New Orleans with his wife Darcy and son Sebastian, where he teaches creative writing at Tulane University.

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