Stacia Saint Owens




Cover photography and design by James Graham

Auto-Erotica

Winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award, a national literary prize for a debut collection of short stories.

Shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize in Writing

Finalist for the Hollywood Book Pipeline Competition


A neurotically jealous band of celebrities’ children abandons one of their pack in the desert. A recovering nymphomaniac plots to kidnap her daughter from a religious cult she deems embarrassingly bland. A stage mother starves her daughter into permanent pre-pubescence then uses her to perpetrate a child abuse scam. Two call girls who operate as a fake twin act suspect each other of murdering their johns.

On the dark fringes of Hollywood’s sparkling glamour live the eternal strivers, the unsung unknowns whose unquenchable ambition and ambivalent compliance in their own exploitation fuel America’s dream factory. Set in the modern disengaged sprawl of Los Angeles, the characters are connected by their internal tangle of deluded grandeur and wrenching resilience. The heroines give a contemporary voice and fully-rendered consciousness to the mysterious, dangerous, devoid-of-inner-life femme fatales who have long been central to the city’s identity.

Auto-Erotica is a black valentine to the city of angels.


Stories from the collection have appeared in Southern California Review, Willow Springs, Wisconsin Review, Dos Passos Review, NIGHT, Smoke Signals, Confrontation, Quarterly West, Yuan Yang (Hong Kong) and The Massachusetts Review.

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Selected Works

Fiction
A black valentine to the city of Los Angeles.

Winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award

Shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize in Writing

Finalist for the Hollywood Book Pipeline Competition
Switched babies, destiny, choice, a wayward wife and a serial killer.

Winner of the Willow Springs Fiction Prize
Creative Non-Fiction
"a troubling, unforgettable essay of witness"
Pushcart Prize Special Mention

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