The Folio Club is a literary magazine founded in 2009 that focuses on short fiction and story-like essays, presented alongside indie comic art. Named for an unfinished satirical sketch by Edgar Allan Poe that depicted a zany, dysfunctional writer’s group, it features a small handful of contributors on a recurring basis, among whom writers Romy Ashby, Mark Saba, and Robert Pranzatelli, and artist Onsmith, have appeared in every issue.
Excerpts from the Folio Club have been showcased on the Paris Review blog, and in the course of its first seven issues the Folio Club print edition has earned praise from New Yorker cartoonist Ivan Brunetti, Pilobolus choreographer Matt Kent, and the bibliophile bible Fine Books and Collections, among others, for its ability to combine underground influences, classic literary values, and indie comic art into a perfectly integrated whole.
All issues are currently available in paperback book format, with vibrant, full-color wraparound covers, and can be purchased via your favorite bookstore or online retailer.
In 2015 the Folio Club introduced Folio Club Books, an imprint name under which it will publish selected book projects.
“Superbly produced . . . fuses underground sensibilities with classical literary values.”
—Molossus“A good buy for your literary zine or comic art collection.”
—Fine Books & Collections“Beautiful and heartfelt”
“I look forward to each issue of the Folio Club. It is intelligent—smart and digestible—the selection feels eclectic but balanced and part of the same trip. There is always something that stays with me, to inspire, to ponder. I love it!”
Pilobolus Dance Theatre
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Read about the creation of the Folio Club in an early interview with founding editor Robert Pranzatelli for the literary website Molossus, and a slightly later interview for Fine Books and Collections, the magazine for book lovers and collectors.
Image by Onsmith, from the cover of the first issue.