Madeira Press

“They had been drowned in Madeira wine…. In less than three hours, two of them by degrees began to recover life.… I should prefer to an ordinary death, the being immersed in a cask of Madeira wine, with a few friends … then to be recalled to life by the solar warmth of my dear country!”

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Private Spaces • Public Places —
a woman at home in the world
by Lucina Kathmann

 A collection of 20 plus essays finding the author, Lucina Kathmann, in widely varied roles and spaces; mothering six adopted orphans in her home in the center of Mexico; tutoring middle school math students in Chicago; creating a story about a backward jumping kangaroo to explain the number line; sampling sheep’s brains as the honored guest of the Kurdish PEN chapter; traveling the world as a Vice- President of PEN International; always encouraging women writers working at great odds to make their voices heard. Serious and droll by turns, her stories reveal a world seldom open to outsiders from the West. Published in paperback and Kindle, in both English and Spanish editions.


Secrets of San Miguel
by Alice Denham

Secrets of San Miguel opens a Pandora’s box of wild, wicked, scandalous, funny, and heartbreaking tales about a Mexican town long known both for its beauty and the day-to-day misadventures of its artists, writers, expatriates, and locals—by an author who was there for it all. Paperback and Kindle editions.


Mayan Interface
by Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin

This tightly-woven tale blends mysticism, technology, archaeology, and authentic Mayan history in an engrossing story of challenges, consciousness change, and transformation. An award-winning thriller. Paperback and Kindle editions.


The Jamais Vu Papers:
Or, Misadventures in the Worlds of Science, Myth, and Magic
by Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin

Did you ever get the strangest feeling you’ve never been here before? This eccentric, experimental novel with a longtime following was originally published by Harmony Books. Real-life participants in the story include: Daniel C. Dennett, Tom Robbins, Fred Alan Wolf, Paul Krassner, John Brockman, Timothy Leary, Fred Chappell, María De Cespedes, Jamake Highwater, and a number of intriguing visual artists. The fictional character Llixgrijb still roams the internet today. Reviewers called The Jamais Vu Papers: “A witty, unconventional exploration of reality.” (Booklist); “A playful romp through all the theoretical realities of current scientific thought.” (Kirkus Reviews); “Cleverly plotted and seminally integrating illustrations and text.” (Publishers Weekly). Author Fred Alan Wolf littered his 1995 book The Dreaming Universe with quotes from this book. And on a website devoted to works influenced by Jorge Luis Borges, Greg Carden called Jamais Vu “the best postmodern novel I’ve read, or at least the most entertaining…. The literary equivalent of an M.C. Escher print on peyote.” Paperback.


Cole Perriman’s Terminal Games
by Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin

In an exclusive, expensive, and often bizarre branch of cyberspace, anonymous people live out their anonymous fantasies. But when Insomnimania members begin dying, hi-tech fantasy morphs into real-life nightmare, and the final piece of the puzzle lies in the depths of human consciousness. Originally published by Bantam as Terminal Games by Cole Perriman, the book was translated into German (3 editions), Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian, and was taught in courses about literature and contemporary culture at several leading universities. Clifford Stoll, author of The Cuckoo’s Egg, called Terminal Games “the first detective story set in the world of interactive networks, where you are whoever you wish to be.” Kirkus Reviews called it “a real page-turner… ” Paperback and Kindle.


Amo: The Feminist Centerfold from Outer Space
by Alice Denham

An amazing carnival of juicy sex, humor, and horror, and lofty planetary ideals. The title character is a liberated alien who visits Earth to teach spaced-out sex and equality. Ms. Magazine said, “Denham writes better about sex than anyone.” Newsweek called AMO “Tough and witty.” Library Journal called its heroine “a superwoman in this super saga” and called AMO “a women’s liberation classic.” A New York Press feature story/interview described it this way: “The cult novel, AMO, bubbles with pop art fantasy. A work ripe for resurrection.” First published in 1974 by Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, AMO became a cult favorite soon after it appeared. This edition includes the entire original text in paperback and Kindle.


Horses: in myths, legends, folktales, ancient stories
edited by Pat Perrin

According to some of our most ancient tales, horses go beyond being beautiful, brave, strong, fast, and loyal. They also talk, fly, and fight to protect their riders. They have opinions of their own, and are usually wiser than their human companions. These stories have been collected from great storytellers and edited to replace obsolete words, simplify sentences, and clarify meaning. Paperback and Kindle.


The Lullaby Tree
by Wim Coleman

A no-holds-barred literary and theatrical extravaganza of ideas, The Lullaby Tree reels riotously between prose and verse, vulgarity and beauty, farce and heartbreak, earthiness and mysticism. It is meant as much to be read as it is to be staged. Kindle.


The Poe You Don’t Know
edited by Wim Coleman

A wit, a wag, a laugh-aloud humorist and satirist? A jaunty man of ideas, with his finger on the pulse of the science and technology of his age? An ornery literary prankster whose hoaxes fooled thousands of people? This anthology introduces The Edgar Allan Poe that you might not know — whose writings will delight, stimulate, and surprise. Paperback and Kindle.


My Darling from the Lions
by Alice Denham

Alice Denham’s My Darling from the Lions portrays the passionate conflict between a young painter and her macho composer husband, their lovers, her female rage, his brutality, and her struggle for self-realization as an artist. The Sunday New York Times Book Review said, “When Miss Denham is being lyrical she is capable of some really incredible language.” The Raleigh News & Observer said, “Grace is very much a female animal given to bestial and sensual passions for Carl. Carl can’t possibly love her as much as she loves him, so she finds out in a soul-rending experience.” Paperback.


Jamais Vu Views: a companion to the classic, The Jamais Vu Papers
by Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin

These two authors wreaked playful havoc on consensus reality in their groundbreaking novel The Jamais Vu Papers. Drawing on both the novel and the newsletter that inspired it, these “jamais inter-vus” are intriguing conversations between fictional characters and real people. The inter-vus with real-world participants Stewart Brand, Jean Houston, Russell Jacoby, Charles Johnston, Russell Targ, and Robert Theobald have not appeared since they were first published in the jamais vu papers newsletter (1987-1991). Inter-vus with John Brockman, María De Céspedes, Fred Chappell, Daniel C. Dennett, Jamake Highwater, Timothy Leary, and Tom Robbins are from the 1991 novel. Those with Paul Krassner and Fred Alan Wolf (with Llixgrijb) are the expanded versions from the newsletter. About half of the material in Jamais Vu Views has not been seen since 1987-1991. If you are already a fan of The Jamais Vu Papers, you’ll be delighted by what you have jamais (never) seen before. And if you have jamais (never) experienced the reality-bending phenomenon known as The Jamais Vu Papers, this collection is a great place to start. Paperback and Kindle.