Welcome to Gnat Smoke Press
Gnat Smoke Press is a publication company dedicated to bringing you the finest quality poetry and fiction from John Ryland. As a southern small press, we revel in southern hospitality and great southern writing. We are unique, perhaps a little quirky, but we always aim to please. Stay a while, have a look around, just be careful which curtain you look behind. Some of them are hiding ghosts.
What is a gnat smoke you ask...
A gnat smoke is an old-fashioned insect repellent. To make a gnat smoke one simply takes an old t-shirt or any other unused rag, light it on fire, then drop it into an empty metal can or bucket. The rag will smolder for hours, emitting a small flume of smoke that will prevent you from being eaten alive by mosquitoes and, yes gnats, on summer evenings when you are enjoying an outdoor gathering.
It was a staple of many yards where I grew up in rural Alabama. It is a testament to ingenuity and remains today as a pleasant memory from my childhood.
It is uniquely southern, but would work just as well anywhere; It is crude, but effective; It's simple, but somehow it just works; just like us. That is why we chose it for our name.