The little blog of Cairn Press. Small Press publisher of remarkable fiction. Where good books find a home.

Thanks, Mom.

Our first publication is rooted in Ireland’s history of internal violence… The good people at Crime Fiction Lover kindly mentioned Cairn and the forthcoming publication, As Close As You’ll Ever Be, written by Seamus Scanlon.

Check out the link below because blogs can be fun and treacherous, like getting stuck in the elevator with your mother. The dull drum in the background is not the beat leading to escape, or a cry for help, but your unfortunate voice grown raspy from the inability to refuse an opportunity to talk about oneself.  

You’re welcome:

Forthcoming Publication, July 2012

“Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Eirinn.”

 (Long life to you, a wet mouth, and death in Ireland.)        

—Irish Proverb

We are happy to announce the forthcoming publication of Seamus Scanlon’s remarkable short story collection, As Close As You’ll Ever Be

We look forward to updating you with more information as we approach July and understand you might be eager to have your hardcover, paperback, or e-book signed, so please continue to routinely visit us for updates. In the meantime, have fun, and enjoy the links below: 

Seamus Scanlon is a Librarian and Assistant Professor at the Centre for Worker Education at the City College of New York (CUNY). Hailing from Galway, Ireland, Scanlon’s fiction won the 2011 Fish Publishing One Page Story Award, and the 2010 Over The Edge Writer of the Year Award. His writing has appeared in numerous publications and most recently his play, Dancing at Lunacy, finished an extended run at the Cell Theatre in New York City, March 2012.

If you’ve told friends that letter writing means a stamp and they replied, “Ha”, or worse, “LOL”, fear not, friend, you can buy used letters. Click on the pictures to see loot from the Antique Paper Show. 


We’ve got people. People that work three jobs, think on the toilet, and if the choice is between writing or eating, we’re writing. We’ve got people that like words and it better be a good story. Publishing or whatever the hell your lousy piece of the pie looks like doesn’t matter much among our people, so long as the content is damn interesting. The media is filling our eyeballs with wars on Amazon, print versus electronic content, self-published authors versus legacy authors, and the dominance of the big publishers or their fading clout. This shit is BIG news, and we’re happy to hash out our opinions on these matters (just ask us), which we have an openly vested interest in, but like we said, this shit is BIG news, and we’re a SMALL duck. We’re proud of it.  Our ear is on the ground. Our people are wearing the hell out of their shoes, and you’ve probably never heard of us or them, but they are writing some badass shit, and we are going to publish it and get it out there. So when someone said, “Cairn Press?” we said, “You bet”.  Hang tight while we are piling our stones…