NOT EVERYONE IS SPECIAL is out now from 7.13 Books! Order at Amazon or IndieBound or your favorite bookstore!

Read my interview in The Millions.

Read the Kirkus Review.

Read the title story in The Offing.


“Josh Denslow’s stories are intricate, fun, and beautiful, though always about heartbreak and loss. They’re like perfect little castles made of jewels and lego bricks that rise out of a howling abyss.”
—Ben Loory
author of Tales of Falling and Flying

“Josh Denslow’s Not Everyone is Special is truly irresistible. Subversive, hilar- ious, and profoundly moving, these stories should come with a warning labelto clear your schedule before you begin because you’ll find yourself bingereading the entire book. A sensational debut.”
—Kirstin Chen
author of Bury What We Cannot Take

“Denslow makes his cast of outsiders, six-time losers, and lovelorn loners both heartbreaking and unforgettable. This debut collection sparkles with heart, bitter satire, and irresistible aplomb.”
—–J. Ryan Stradal
author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“Denslow does something here that’s refreshing and unique in the literary landscape: he skips the cynicism and heads right for the emotional honesty, producing some of the best dialogue (internal and external) that I’ve read in ages. This book is a genuinely warm and funny book about what it means to be a human in the modern world.”
—–Amber Sparks
author of The Unfinished World

Stories in print

Stories online

Bingo - Okay Donkey

One-Time Offer - BULL Men’s Fiction

Where the Magic Is - Catapult

Therapy - Pithead Chapel

Ash - Bending Genres

Blurry - apt online

Dorian Vandercleef - Split Lip Magazine

Luck - wigleaf

Everyone Continued to Sing - SmokeLong Quarterly

Sonny Boy (reprint) - Jersey Devil Press

Too Late for a Lot of Things (reprint) - Sequestrum

Blake Bishop Believes in True Love - The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review

Hope She Doesn't Notice - Storyglossia

My Particular Tumor - wigleaf

A Real Boy - Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

Crossing Guard - Good Men Project

Consumption - A-Minor

Taking Chances - Literary Orphans

Bio - Used Furniture Review

Superpower - apt

Book Reviews, Interviews, etc.

From the Writing Desk of...Josh Denslow - Split Lip Magazine

Say Goodnight, George (review of The Last Repatriate by Matthew Salesses) - The Lit Pub

In Other Words #9 - interviewed by apt online for a series on the art of editing

Contributor Spotlight - Sequestrum

Interview - True Sincerity #1

David Wallace Disappears 100 Pages In (review of The Pale King) - The Lit Pub

Guest Mix - Guest blogger on Side One Track One