Rad Sick Record, a novel
Set in an era of endless Cold War, a 21st century radiation-altered student confronts a mysterious, drug-centered, campus conspiracy that forces him to come to terms with how a nuclear accident affected him at birth.
In Rad Sick Record, John Needle leaves his Miami home behind to become a graduate student in north Florida. He hopes to escape his notoriety of being one of the radiation-sickened babies of Incident ’80, children known for weird behavior and oddly glowing eyes. In his new setting, he’s introduced to peculiar natural wonders and a group of people with whom he finally feels connected. However, in the midst of this new and better life, a strange conspiracy unfolds on campus that has Needle as its target. Will he ever escape his label as one of south Florida’s “radiation sickened weirdos?" Will he uncover what’s at the root of these machinations, which center around the local, recreational drug TallaTec? In the end, he’s shocked to discover the bewildering interconnections at the heart of the conspiracy and the ramifications for all those, like him, born Rad Sick.
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About Michael Trammell
Michael Trammell’s new novel is Rad Sick Record, published by Hysterical Books Press. He grew up in South Florida and currently lives in the Florida panhandle. His poetry collection is Our Keen Blue House; other work has appeared in New Letters, The Chattahoochee Review, Pleiades, and the G.W. Review. He’s a Senior Lecturer at Florida State University and an associate editor for the Apalachee Review. In the summers he teaches abroad for FSU in either London, Florence, or Valencia, Spain.
In this wild and wonderful novel, Michael Trammell explores the uneasy coexistence between the everyday and the surreal. In Trammell’s world there might be radiation, terrifying hallucinogens, and the threat of the Cold War, but as well there’s basketball, love, and friendship, and it’s all told with a sense of humor like no other.
--Pamela Ball, Author of Lava and The Floating City,
winner of the Hemingway Short Fiction Award
Rad Sick Record is a radioactive revision of our Cold War fears, a fantastic story set in the North Florida swamps and springs and clicking with the energy of an atomic bomb.
--Russ Franklin, author of Cosmic Hotel